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Sayers Croft Field Centre Surrey

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South East, London

Cranleigh Road, Ewhurst, Surrey, GU6 7SS

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MONTHS OPEN

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

AGE GROUPS SERVED

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

Sayers Croft is a beautiful, safe and secure site with 56 acres of woodlands, meadows, ponds and fields and has been providing quality outdoor experiences for young people for over 70 years.

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Art and Design | Team Building | Technology | Personal Development-Mentoring | Outdoor Pursuits | Outdoor Education | Ecology & Green Awareness | Environment Centres | Crafts | Bushcraft | Science | PSHE | PE (Physical Education/Sport) | Geography | Environmental Studies | Citizenship | Wildlife and Nature Reserves


What we offer

We can provide accommodation for 200 people in six comfortable, self contained wooden chalets, each with broadband internet access, intruder alarm, common room and en suite staff rooms.

What makes us a great choice?

The majority of visitors to the centre are from primary schools and as such our activities and facilities are ideal for this age range. We have 56 acres of dedicated safe grounds including fields, woodlands and streams, as well as a professional instructor to design your visit, lead sessions and host your stay. We provide self-contained accommodation on site with classrooms. Internet access, laptops and projectors are available for your use in dormitory classrooms.

What is typically included?

On booking, groups are allocated an Instructor who will invite you to visit the centre to plan a tailor made programme based upon your objectives, whether they are academic or pastoral. We offer a wide range of activities for all key stages here are a few of our most popular activities:

Science

Pond study - take part in an exciting study of the fresh water habitat, exploring how different life has adapted to feed and survive in one of our custom built ponds.

Woodland study - explore the expansive woodlands that surround Sayers Croft. Discover how insects, animals and plants live together in food chains that fit into the habitat.

Environmental games - explore the green plants of the centre's meadows through exciting role play and games. This is an active session!

Hill walk and habitat study - spend a whole day exploring our surrounding sandstone hills and study the different habitats that you will encounter.

Geography

Orienteering, compass and map skills - navigate one of our many trails and courses using a variety of techniques and equipment.

Stream study - visit either our local stream or the stream on site to study a meander. Activities include a field sketch, use of new meander-specific key words, measuring the stream depth and speed, and an invertebrate study to determine the cleanliness of the water.

Village study - compare our small local village and your home community. Students will study the local buildings, traffic and sites of interest to discover the differences.

Hill walk soils and land use study - investigate the different soils and drainage route for the surrounding clay and sandstone landscape. Discover how the geology has affected human use of the area.

Challenge

Team challenges - work together in groups to achieve a variety of physical and mental challenges either indoors or out on the fields.

Shelter building - create a sturdy shelter in the woods using the natural materials available.

Blindfold trail and maze - navigate the challenges of the centre's purpose built maze and extensive blindfold trail. Groups will learn to work together to be successful!

Ballista building - work together to construct and operate a sponge firing machine to compete with the other teams.

Adventure

Climb - scale the centre's purpose built climbing wall to gain an aerial view of the surrounding woodlands with the help of your team.

Woodland ropes course - enjoy swinging through the trees on our rope course. Groups will learn how to take responsibility for themselves and their partner's safety.

Archery - using our indoor archery range, groups will challenge groups to improve their accuracy.

Raft building - in this active and wet session, the teams will build and paddle their own rafts.

High ropes course - a physically demanding course through the branches of our oak trees.

Abseil - a personal challenge to control your descent down our wall.

Zip wire - scale the high beech tree to slide from a height of 40 feet to the group below.

Arts and Craft

Clay modelling - dig up some Sayers Croft clay and sculpt a reminder of some of the wildlife seen on your stay.

Hazel frames - create a beautiful, translucent, leafy window decoration using hazel from our site.

Environmental art - use our woodlands and meadows as inspiration for some larger scale landscape art.

Corn dollies - take part in a country craft where corn is weaved to create favours that can be taken home as gifts.

Group Sizes Catered For

We can provide accommodation for 200 people in six comfortable, self contained wooden chalets, each with broadband internet access, intruder alarm, common room and en suite staff rooms.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We provide guidance sheets outlining the main objectives, teaching points and safety procedures for every activity these can be downloaded from our website at any time. Worksheets are provided before the visit and support a wide range of our activities.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Children and schools are welcome to take photographs and videos of their visit. We even have laptops and internet access in each chalet to email them home during the visit.

Risk Assessment Details

On confirming a booking the group leader is invited to a planning visit with a dedicated Instructor who will design their timetable and host their groups visit. At this meeting all safety guidance and risk assessments are provided. We also offer all risk and safety documents for download from our website

Education Officer Information

We employ 14 full time professional Instructors that are involved in delivering activities, designing timetables and developing new activities. One of the main advantages of having a large permanent staff is that schools are able to work with the same centre staff each year allowing schools to build a strong working relationship with our staff.

Pricing Information

We offer residential visits over the whole year so prices vary depending on the season. Prices are available for the coming year on our website. We offer free adult places at a ratio of one free adult to every ten or part of ten children. So a group of 24 children would be entitled to 3 free adults.

Clothing Requirements

Sayers Croft is an outdoor education centre so required clothing can range from sun cream and hats to woolly jumpers and water proofs depending on the season.

First Aid Information

All teaching staff are fully first aid qualified and always carry a first aid kit when delivering activities. We also provide 24 hour onsite support from our residential staff.

Available Facilities

We have a shop selling souvenirs and sweets; around £5 for a visit is usually about right.

We have a 230 capacity dining hall that can cater for all dietary requirements.

Other facilities include a solar heated swimming pool, campfire and BBQ areas, two large games halls, adventure play ground, 9 class rooms, 56 acres of secure playing fields, meadows and woodland.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Sayers Croft offers fully accessible residential facilities. And most of the activities are also accessible to all abilities.


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