Team Camp & Bell Tent Village The Camp Hill Estate Bedale
The Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
DAYS OPENMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
AGE GROUPS SERVEDPreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University
What we offer on a school trip
The Team Camp would be your base for the event, pitching your tents on the field immediately surrounding the Camp, to create your “Tented Village”.
There are toilets and showers at Team Camp, as well as covered seating areas, a main log cabin and fire pit. The Team Camp is located in the centre of Camp Hill Estate and provides an idyllic setting for an event of this nature.
What makes us a great choice for education?
The exclusive accommodation is unlike many others in the industry. The wooden lodge is in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside in tranquil surroundings of nature. Each school has their own space which allows them to do what they would like to do and enjoy the outdoors.
What is typically included on our school trips?
Your team are stranded on the wrong side of a minefield and have to negotiate the live bed of mines without hitting one.
The task is for the whole team to pass through the High Voltage grid without touching the wires. You must avoid any part of your body or clothing touching the high voltage wires. Once a team member has passed through a hole, that hole becomes closed. No other member may pass through it. Tricky challenge but lots of fun!
Your teams have been stranded on opposite sides of a lake deep in the woods (real not imagined!). Can you get the vital information across the floodwaters using only the equipment provided? Be careful there is a sting in the tail and contingency planning will be required!
A container of nuclear waste has been deposited in the woods. Your team is responsible for lifting the container of waste and depositing it in a safe housing. You can practice with your team but during the real event you will be blindfolded…you will rely completely on team communication to complete this task.
Your team is faced with a large grid, across which there is one correct path. The team must find the correct path across the grid by trial and error, against the clock. There are strict penalties and rules with this great fun activity, not least of which is that the team are not allowed to talk or make any sound once the task has started! Not easy!
The challenge to earn the required points is for the team to build the highest possible tower using beer crates while suspended from the forest canopy. A truly adrenalising experience!
Crashed Plane Rescue Mission
A plane has crash landed in the middle of an island and there is an unexploded bomb. Everyone on the island has to get off – this is a race against the ticking time bomb….and a race against the team on the other side of the island!!!!! This activity utilises a real aeroplane and 12ft deep moat to negotiate. One of a kind and unique to Camp Hill.
The ideal warm up for everyone. Rope courses can be the ultimate challenge for groups and individuals. Low elements are 18” to 24” from the ground so it’s not scary at all. Delegates must work as a team in order to complete them successfully. They include; Swinging Logs, parallel Ropes, Burma Bridge, Vines, Scramble Nets, Wild Woosey, See-saw etc.
Your team have to be transported above the woodland floor using amongst other things barrels, a plank and a tyre suspended from the trees. The solution to the task is in the title - is your team up to the challenge?
The bridge you have to cross has been blown apart and needs to be re-constructed as a matter of urgency…however, the electronic conduit between each side needs to be completed in the exact mapped format to operate properly.
Can your team complete the section of wires without touching the ground? The teams use the ropes hanging from various positions and a nominated ‘spotter’ to assist in the crossing.
Nuclear Fuel Rods
Your team has been chosen to assist in a nuclear facility. Your challenge is to insert the fuel rods in their correct housings. The problem is that only one team member can make it into the chamber at a time and must communicate to the rest of the team how to progress with the challenge…the fuel rods are different lengths as are the housings….tricky one!
One of its kind! The official dry training track for the Olympians. With top class coaching, teams push a 2 or 4-man ‘Bob’ for the fastest time of the day. Requires controlled aggression, team power and co-ordinated speed. Although it may seem surprising, parallels are easily drawn with the work environment.
Whether you are an experienced rock climber or complete novice, why not try this spectacular discipline. At 40ft, our outdoor wall is one of the tallest in the UK. Exceed your expectations by climbing to the top, or as high as you can. The wall can accommodate six people climbing at any one time on both vertical and inclined slopes.
Using automatic belay devices climbers go head to head – fantastic spectator sport.
Uncover the letters at different heights and solve the anagram – choose your height.
Plan a route and challenge your colleagues to a climb.
Leap of Faith
For a real adrenalin rush, try climbing to the top of a 35ft telegraph pole, standing on a platform no larger than 1ft square and leaping for a Buoy (just in reach). Huge energy surrounds this activity, with support given as you literally step into the unknown.
These are replica Field Guns but made of wood. The team complete the obstacle course with the Field Guns and limbers, breaking down the guns where necessary to complete each section, which may be a limbo to get under, a high bar to get over, a narrow gate to get through, or a slalom to negotiate. Not only does the gun and its components have to get under or over the obstacles, but so do the team members. An exercise, which relies on the team to plan, communicate, support and work together.
Segway X2 Experience
Experience the unique feeling of riding one of our Segways. Segways are upright two wheel vehicles that guests stand on and using weight distribution only for speed and direction. Segways are great fun and can operate on a variety of terrains.
Archery or Crossbows
Can you consistently hit the ‘Gold’ and record the highest team score for the day? The Silver Arrow – an event which provides a fascinating insight into the techniques and equipment used in the Middle Ages.
If you don’t’ know, Footgolf is like golf, but kicking a football around the course rather than hitting a golf ball. This is highly addictive and seriously competitive…. Everyone can kick a football, right? So anyone can play Footgolf!
Our brand new course is a 9 hole course (played twice for 18 holes), and incorporates natural obstacles such as a pond, hedges etc.
This is the most adrenalising walk of your life as you clamber 40 feet up a climbing wall to the Sky Walk itself – a very wobbly wooden plank and wire bridge. Take in the amazing view for a moment before you launch yourself into the air on our “MegaZip” – 575ft of sheer adrenaline rush as everything becomes a blur as you reach hair raising speeds, before landing on the runway. One go is never enough!!!
High Ropes Tree Top Adventure Course
This unique experience combines a truly remarkable outdoor experience with delegates taking part in a tree top trek. The course grows in difficulty from the induction level through a series of exciting elements. They will be crossing wobbly logs, traversing wires using cows-tails and crashing through the forest canopy into cargo nets on a zip wire. The course finishes with an awesome Mega Zip Wire into a landing zone.
Quad Agility Tests & Obstacle Course
Think you can handle an all-terrain quad bike or complete a slalom course in reverse? Then try this event and put your co-ordination skills to the test! Ages 6 Upwards.
Adventure Playground & Shelter Building
Let out the Bear Grylls inside of you and get adventurous in our Adventure Playground complete with Shelter Building and bushcraft area. How good a shelter can you build? Tackle the obstacle course and see if you can complete it faster than your friends, and then have a chill out on the Monkey Nets. Fun for all ages.
Group Sizes Catered For
The lodge sleep 40 in total and we can add additional pupils and staff in bell tents.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Risk Assessment Details
Risk assessments are reviewed annually or when action is required. As part of staff training they must read and understand all risk assessments.
Our schools packages are all bespoke events so prices vary on activities, numbers and accommodation.
First Aid Information
No, the group does not need to bring a first aider, the majority of our instructors are first aid trained. However, if they are not, there is always on site.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Yes, we have ramps for all stairs and steps and disabled accessible toilets. However, we do not have SEN staff on site. However, our staff are trained and have worked with people with disabilities.
Opening Hours & Information
All year round.
Camp Hill in Yorkshire offer outdoor activities & residential facilities to schools of all age groups & abilities. But don’t just take our word for it, read what our happy customers have to say:
Mr Greenwood, The Dales School, Northallerton - A co-educational special school
"The Camp Hill Estate has been an ideal location for the Sixth Form students of the Dales School to learn new skills, build confidence, problem solve and develop their ability to work on tasks, both independently and cooperatively in an outdoor environment. The Dales School is specifically for children and young people with severe, moderate, profound and multiple learning disabilities, all of which were acknowledged and catered for while at Camp Hill. We found that the facilities, access to activities and the welcoming and inclusive attitude towards all of our students made for an ideal setting for our lessons.
While visiting Camp Hill over a 12-week period, our students took part in a variety of outdoor educational lessons incorporating bushcraft, shelter building, campfire cooking, mini-beast searches, trail walks and team building activities. The lessons were facilitated in the natural woodland surroundings of the estate, providing a fun, pleasant and safe learning environment for the students to work. The 'Woodland Kingdom' especially was a productive location to facilitate the teaching of the students allowing them to work on lesson tasks and activities while finding their own personal space in the park, enhancing the overall level of learning which took place.
The Camp Hill Estate has been a wonderful location to lead lessons and I would strongly recommend the site to other school groups who would like their students to take part in outdoor educational and team building sessions."
Mr Waugh, Huntcliff Secondary School, Lincolnshire
"We had two clear objectives that we wanted to achieve over our two day visit to Camp Hill. Firstly, we wanted our students to experience outdoor adventure activities that they hadn’t done before. Secondly, we wanted our students to stay over for a night; which for some may be the first time they have stayed away from their parents. We wanted this to further strengthen the bonds whey had with students in the year group and also attempt the level of maturity within the students by looking after themselves and their environment over the two days.
Camp Hill were extremely organised and accommodating, both before and during the two day visit. They were flexible in the way they organised the activities, provided the food and set up the sleeping arrangements to best suit our needs. The range or activities available at camp will was extensive and we were able to discuss the activities that would best suit our needs and price range.
Both myself and the other staff members were overwhelmed by the success of the trip in terms of the amount of high quality activities that we were able to conduct over the two days, the quality of the food, also providing for a number of allergies that we had in our group and most importantly the enjoyment that the students experienced over the two days. We feel that it will be one of those trips that they will remember throughout their school life and beyond."
Ms Hughes, St Thomas CofE Primary School, Huddersfield
"This was our second visit to Camp Hill, the first visit was a few years ago, but every year we evaluate our trips and feedback from the staff and children showed that Camp Hill was one of the best trips by far our school had taken part in, it was because of this we decided to do it again.
From the friendliness of staff to the organisation of the day everything was brilliant. The bit of rain we endured did nothing to dampen our spirits as the activities were such good fun! It was so good to see the children conquering their fears and attempting the climbing wall, many of which climbed to the very top, most of the activities were based around team building which was so beneficial as they were all mixed age and ability. It gave the children an opportunity to be a leader, a coach, a team mate and most of all to just have some good fun."
Lee Hill, Vice Principal, Gilberdyke Primary School, Leeds
"All our the Gilberdyke staff were blown away by the facilities and activities. Everything was engaging and suited to the diverse needs of our children. The Camp Hill Estate staff were incredible! They adapted activities to the changing needs of the children, made the residential a truly fun and enjoyable experience for all. They went above and beyond to ensure that we had a great time.
Accommodation was superb: clean, tidy, gave an air of seclusion whilst still providing confidence in the children's safety at all times. The catering staff met the needs of the children perfectly - providing excellent meals throughout the stay and supporting the needs of our children. What an amazing Year 6 residential. Having been to several different venues within the UK and Europe, The Camp Hill Estate lived up to detailed and well informed website. The activities were perfectly matched to the needs of our children and challenged them in a safe, nurturing environment. The staff (both activities and catering) went above and beyond what was expected of them to ensure that all of the children had a wonderful experience that will provide them with memories that will last a life time. We would whole heartedly recommend The Camp Hill Estate to any school looking for the most amazing residential experience."
The lodge is in the center of the Estate close to the woodland area.
The bell tents can be placed any area to suit the school.
Room Sizes and Facilities
- Bedding is not provided.
- Each bunk barn has electrical heating, mirrors and electric sockets.
- Pool table and football table are available for your use. Please leave as found. Please note these may vary from time to time.
- Showers and toilets on site.
- There is an induction hob, kettle, toaster and microwave. Some cooking utensils are provided. Only use the induction pans provided on the hob.
- Fridge and freezer.
- You will need to bring your own crockery and cutlery if you are providing any of your own meals.
- Logs are provided for the fire pit.
- Half oil drum BBQ is provided with charcoal and firelighters if you opt to cook your own BBQ.