Xplore Finborough Hall

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East of England

Great Finborough, , Suffolk, IP14 3EF

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday


5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years

What we offer

Finborough Hall is an enormous mansion house set in the heart of Suffolk surrounded by beautiful and well-kept parkland.

Operating all year round this centre offers an extensive range of adventure activities such as kayaking, abseiling, quad biking and camping. Not forgetting a 12-metre high climbing and abseiling tower and a low ropes course, as well as an equestrian centre next door.

With Cambridge just over 45 minutes drive and London a little more than 2 hours away this centre is ideally located for those wishing to explore South East England.

Our staff live on site offering 24 hour support to group leaders.

For those groups looking to travel with an educational focus, we have a number of ways in which we can design tailor-made group programmes that are fun and interesting whilst achieving specific learning outcomes.

Applying the principles of Every Child Matters and Learning Outside the Classroom as well as the knowledge and experience we have of working with numerous UK school groups, our programmes reinforce many subjects and topics within the National Curriculum.

Our programmes are designed with a focus on the development of all students in a fun and interactive environment, giving them the chance to experience different cultures and communities. A variety of tasks/challenges will help keep both body and mind active, whilst increasing the students? self-esteem and enhancing their ability to work as part of a team and independently.

Key Stages 1-4

Our National Curriculum bolt-on options offer experiential learning, adapted specifically for students at any of the Key Stages and can be added into any of our programmes. These bolt-on options include:

River Studies - A wet and wild way to study rivers and flow rates

Habitats - a trail of exploration looking for the homes of all the wondrous creatures that live around our vast surroundings. From woodlice to woodpeckers and beetles to badgers we look at how they all live in harmony together and what affect humans have on their communities.

Forces - invites the students to become their own human experiment. Grappling with gravity as they descend the abseil tower, getting immersed in water surface tension as they attempt to build a sturdy raft and be blown over by air resistance, then bringing it all together at the end to plan their own experiment and design their way to success!

Communication and Participation - allows the students to develop their understanding of teamwork by gathering their thoughts on a real life issue in the local area. These fun and energetic sessions encourage them to express their opinions to the group concisely and help them deliver a solid argument.

Expedition (including camping)

Land based specific training including roped activities

Water based activities including paddling skills development

Camp craft and survival

Historical re-enactments

Music - including African drumming

Multi curricular - Lego Wedo incorporating PSHE, science, maths, English, technology.


Sports Leaders (Level 1 and 2)

The Chimera's Lair Business and Enterprise Programme - designed specifically for Key Stage 4 students, to teach them about the business world ahead of them. Our experts will encourage them along the way helping them to overcome some difficult decisions that may make or break their company. Does your school have the next Richard Branson or Alan Sugar? There's only one way to find out?

PSHE and Citizenship - work as a team and also push personal boundaries and comfort zones to learn more about yourself and what makes an effective team. Fundamental skills to take on to further education or a working career.

The programmes we run at any of the Key Stages are designed to challenge students at the appropriate level and throughout, encourage them to think about the world around them and the effects it has on them and others.

Further and Higher Education

For Colleges and Universities at Xplore we offer a variety of programmes and awards both in the UK and further a field, covering vocational and educational elements specific to course requirements. Our staff are fully trained to deliver and assess all units in the modules to a very high standard. Evidence is collected throughout the stay and recorded in logbooks, which can be used in both internal and external verification of the course.

Public Services Courses - We can run and assess units and modules within the Public Services BTEC and new Diploma using our adventure activities to help the students to learn. Some of our more popular programmes are:

Land and Water Based Adventurous Activities and Teamwork (Level 2 and 3)

Land Navigation and Expedition Skills (Level 2 and 3)

Team Leadership and Team Development (Level 3)

Sport and Active Leisure Diploma and Sports Leader Awards Level 2 and 3 - We work closely with some of the top colleges and schools to develop residential programmes for The Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure at all levels, ensuring that what we deliver is exactly what your students need.

We have multiple centres available at different times of the year - please contact us for more details on 01449 742700 or email info@xploregrouptravel.com

We are also Ofsted registered on a voluntary basis and will be inspected every 3 years. Xplore is committed to safeguarding all children and young people who come to our centres, which is why we work with SAFEchild. We have also been inspected by ABLS one of the UK boarder agency approved accreditation bodies and have ABLS Accreditation.

What makes us a great choice?

Xplore takes pride in delivering a first class educational visit for schools. We work closely with teachers from the very start to create a bespoke programme that delivers all the requirements of the trip. Our staff are selected by a very stringent interview and reference process followed up by enhanced police checks. The best applicants who are offered employment are then provided with all the training they require ensuring they deliver quality and safe educational activity sessions and pastoral care. They choose to work for us because they, like us, want to help every student to achieve the best they can.

During the groups stay, we ensure that every student is not only learning but also enjoying themselves, whilst interacting with peers and staff. We believe that school residentials should generate great memories to be kept forever. Every student has the ability to excel and our staff spend the time to make sure that the best is brought out in everyone.

Each of our activities has a specific set of Learning Outcomes that we explain to the students before they commence and use positive encouragement throughout to help them to achieve the best they can in a fun and safe environment. At the end of the activity, the Learning Outcomes are re-enforced with a de-brief. The day is brought to a close with a group meeting back to review what was learnt in the day and as a team to praise everyone for their achievements.

We are registered with Ofsted and have been accredited with the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, proving our dedication to education, learning and safety in every activity that we deliver.

Year on year, groups return to us because of the quality of our staff, the care and attention we give to the group before, during and after their stay and of course the high level to which we deliver our programmes. Through commendations and recommendations we are gaining more groups every year right through from Key Stage 1 to A-Level and FE students.

Accreditation and Awards

We have been awarded the LOtC Quality Badge and we are also a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning, which encourages outdoor learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision and by supporting and enhancing the good practice of those who work in the outdoors

Group Sizes Catered For

Finborough Hall has between 80 and 180 beds available depending on season.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We create and design worksheets to reinforce the learning of any curriculum criteria. Once we know the group requirements we then initiate programme and support material development.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Anything like this needs to be agreed upon prior to the groups visit, ensuring all permissions have been given. We dont have a problem with photos or video being taken as long as everyone has agreed to it.

Risk Assessment Details

An information pack detailing all risk assessments, certification, kit list, programme, etc is provided to the school upon booking. We also welcome those teachers wishing to do a site inspection prior to their groups visit and are more than happy to show them around.

Pricing Information

All programmes and packages are tailor-made and are therefore quoted on a bespoke basis. However, 2 night visits start from £90 per student and 4 night visits start from £199 per student.

We offer 1 FREE adult place per 10 students attending.

First Aid Information

All our staff are fully trained and qualified in pediatric first aid or First Aid at Work and are on call 24 hours a day.

Available Facilities

Meals are provided as part of the overall cost of your stay. Packed lunches are provided for any excursions booked. Finborough Hall has a large dining hall, tuck shop and social areas as well as classrooms with IT facilities and internet.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Unfortunately Finborough Hall does not but our nearby centre Walnutree Manor has disabled facilities please contact Head Office for more information.

Opening Hours & Information

Our Head Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Our residential centres are open all year round.

Location Information

Stowmarket train station is 2 miles away offering transport to London, Norwich and Cambridge.

London by coach is 2 hours drive. Bury St Edmunds is 25 minutes drive and Norwich is 50 minutes drive

Room Sizes and Facilities

We have 80 beds all ensuite for year round groups. In the Easter and summer months we have 180 beds some ensuite and some shared facilities. Student accommodation is 2 to 8 bedded rooms. Adult accommodation is in 1 to 3 bedded rooms. Bedding is provided.

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