Horstead Outdoor Residential Centre Norwich

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Horstead Centre Rectory Road, Horstead, NR12 7EP

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Horstead Centre can give you the school trip of your dreams in our small but perfectly formed Activity Centre. With a range of stunningly good activities rich in learning opportunities and developed over 40 years.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

We make it our business to ensure that each child has the time of their life and a valuable life-long learning experience. As a registered charity we are here for the children's education and not for profit and we pride ourselves in putting the needs of the children first with outstanding service and customer care.

Set in beautiful countryside we are on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, the UK's largest nationally protected wetland. 15 minutes away is The City of Norwich the most complete medieval city in the UK and 30 minutes away is the stunning North Norfolk Coastline an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a protected landscape.

Based in a substantial and secure Georgian Rectory refurbished to provide a perfect mix of comfortable dormitory and leader accommodation it suits the most discerning groups. A variety of additional beautifully proportioned rooms including a lounge with an open fire, prayer space, large common room, games room and spacious dining hall provide plenty of flexibility for school groups.

The majestic walled garden wrapped round the Centre provides a welcome haven for our young visitors so when they?re not building rafts, canoeing across the tranquil River Bure, climbing the tower, zip wiring across the sky, building dens or bridges across the stream, baking bread on an open fire or working together to solve mind boggling team challenges they can relax in safety.

Responding to the children's need and exceeding the expectations of their teachers the Centre has an unsurpassed safety record so when you book your school trip with Horstead Centre you are in safe hands. The Centre is run within the educational framework of the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and follows safer recruiting procedures for our child protection.

Out and about in the area

Horstead Village Trail

The small Broadland Villages of Horstead and nearby Coltishall are steeped in years of history has a ruined mill

Local Walks.

We are fortunate to have many and varied footpaths and walks in Horstead and Coltishall and nearby in the Norfolk Broads. Many of our schools enjoy a walk before supper or after supper before bedtime.

Walks from our doorstep can be a gentle 30 minute stroll to Horstead Mill and Coltishall Lock and back to the Centre.

For a longer walk, maybe 2 hours, follow the peaceful upper reaches of the River Bure, returning via the Bure Valley Railway path.

Walks in the Norfolk Broads.

For serious school walks the long distance Weavers Way runs through The Broads. If a leisurely amble is more your style you will be spoilt for choice with a vast network of footpaths. Norfolk is also famous for its wildlife spotting opportunities. Broadland's rare species include the beautiful Swallowtail butterfly, the Norfolk Hawker dragonfly and, for birdwatchers, Bitterns and Cetti's Warbler.

Norfolk Broads - The UK's largest nationally protected wetland

Beyond the walled garden and through the Spinney lie the tranquil and shallow waters of the beautiful River Bure that leads to the Norfolk Broads - Britain's Magical Waterland and The UK's largest nationally protected wetland. The Broads are a fragile wetland of international importance, with rare wildlife. If you want to taste the exhilaration of being afloat The Horstead Centre provides a variety of boating and water activities. Canoeing, rowing and wildlife boat trips to enhance a range of school projects or curriculum outdoor learning.

City of Norwich - most complete medieval city in the UK is a 15 min drive away boasts a range of heritage rich landmarks - the spire of the majestic Norman Cathedral, the domineering castle on its tall mound and the largest undercover market in Europe. Cobbled streets line the routes to many beautifully preserved ancient buildings, St Andrew's Hall, half-timbered houses such as Dragon Hall, The Guildhall and Strangers' Hall and the picturesque Pull's Ferry, a 17th century flint house named after the last ferryman to work this stretch of the river.

Norfolk's varied and enchanting coastline is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a protected landscape. From the striped cliffs at Hunstanton to the earliest signs of human habitation within Europe at Happisburgh. Holkham beach has been voted Best British Beach by UK travel writers and with a vast expanse of sand backed by dunes and pinewoods to rock pools and the infamous sticky Wells 'mud' it is no surprise. School groups love the beaches at Sheringham, Cromer and Mundesley for their more traditional seaside charm and for the inquisitive, a few hours crabbing can be enjoyed at the Quay in Blakeney before a walk along the coast path to Morston to catch a boat to see the seals. The Deep Heritage North Norfolk Coast, spanning from East and West Runton to Happisburgh, is renowned for some of the best rock-pooling and fossil hunting in England. The world's most intact remains of a Steppe Mammoth were found at West Runton a 30 min drive away from Horstead Centre.

Group Sizes Catered For

Up to 70

Single occupancy of the Centre is guaranteed for groups of over 29

Risk Assessment Details

We welcome pre booking site visits and all our risk assessments for every activity are available on our website www.horsteadcentre.org.uk

Pricing Information

Full Board

Low Season (Nov Jan Feb) £22.50 + VAT per person

Mid-Season (Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct) £29.50 + VAT per person

High Season (May, Jun, Jul, Aug) £31.50 + VAT per person

First Aid Information

All our activity staff are first aid trained and carry first aid kits with them on activities. There are first aid boxes throughout the building. Schools will need to ensure that they have a first aider with them for travel and outside Centre activity lead sessions. We have a vehicle available with a warden for any non-emergency medical trips.

Available Facilities

For Residential school groups we offer full board ONLY and provide for special dietary requirements in liaison with schools and parents. All meals are served in the light and airy dining room that seats up to 60 people. Resident School groups have their own kitchen stocked with complimentary hot and cold drinks so that you can prepare these throughout your stay and at your convenience.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Full disabled access to ground and first floor accommodation via permanent ramps and lift. Wide range of outdoor adventure activities are available with special harnesses, life jackets, adapted archery bow and wheelchair access to the top of the tower enabling climbing and zip wire for all.

Opening Hours & Information

We closed for December each year for repairs renewals and decorating.

Room Sizes and Facilities

Go on to our website www.horsteadcentre.org.uk to view floor plans with numbers accommodated in each room and room layouts.

We have a large TV screen in the common room for DVD's, projector, full sized keyboard and WiFi in the common areas.

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Phone: 01603 737215

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