We would like to welcome our Yr 4 – Yr 8’s to join us in an escape to the wild to live like outlaws in ancient Sherwood Forest. There is nothing better than waking up in a beautiful woodland, sunlight slanting through the trees, birds singing, and breakfast sizzling over the campfire. The outlaws will spend their days in the woods learning how to live just like Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
Travel, Food, and Accommodation
We will travel the short distance by tube from our collection point to Cockfosters. From here we will all take a private coach to our final destination Blakeley Lane Campsite, near Warsop. On Friday the trip will be reversed so groups will arrive back for collection around 5pm.
The children will be sleeping in our luxury bell tents, complete with sewn in groundsheets, coconut matting, comfortable air beds and even fairy lights! There will be between 4 – 7 in each tent, and siblings and friends will be able to be together if they choose (though boys and girls will sleep separately), there may also be the option to sleep out in dens if they choose depending on the weather. Male and female instructors will camp close by in case they are needed during the night.
The campsite is right in Sherwood Forest and the tents will be pitched beneath the spreading branches of the ancient oaks which Robin and his gang might once have hung from to catch some unsuspecting victim.
Meals will be prepared using gas stoves, campfires and wood fire ovens on site, and the children will play an active role in preparing and cooking the meals with supervision from the leaders. Dietary needs can be catered for and we often find our groups try foods they never would at home! As well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, we will provide snacks and drinks throughout the day, and cocoa and marshmallows around the campfire at night.
Hot water will be provided for washing and the site has a toilet and shower block for the groups to use. The main campfire area will be covered by a parachute for shelter in the case of bad weather.Blakeley Lane Campsite
We have a selection of activities which all the children will get the chance to take part in. We will be spending much of our time in the Forest which has marked trails but also deep undergrowth and is full of ancient trees. The oldest of which – The Major Oak – is over 1000 years old and sits in the centre of the Forest.
One of the best ways to explore the vast Forest is on Horseback. After all, once upon a time, it was the only way to travel! The children will get the chance to walk and trot along the trails winding through the wood and see it all from a different perspective.
In camp the group will be trained up so they will be ready if the sheriffs men should turn up unexpectedly! They will improve their aim with archery lessons and learn to make their own Bow and arrows which they will have the chance to try out on our targets.
We also have Gray Morris coming along to join us. Gray is a sword fighting and combat instructor and will be teaching the Outlaws fencing and sparring which the children will film and edit to make their own Robin Hood film. We will also cover a range of Bushcraft skills including Fire Lighting, Shelter Building, Wood Carving, Campfire Cooking, and Natural Cordage.
As well as leading the children in structured activities there will also be lots of opportunity for unstructured playtime to allow them to have their own adventures. The campsite is private and has very clear boundaries so there is no danger of them wandering off or coming across anyone not in our group.
Nearby there is also a steam fair where the Outlaws will get a chance to spend their pocket money on rides, games and challenges.
The area is ideal for all sorts of games and we will play them day and night, which is often the highlight of the whole trip! There will also be an epic wide game taking place in Sherwood Forest itself. The game will take the outlaws all over Robin Hood country learning a bit about his life and proving their mettle against the Sheriff’s men!
Safety and Leadership
The camp will be led by a number of experienced and well qualified Exploration Society Instructors in a ratio of approximately 1:6. Both male and female adult leaders will be present.
All activities are risk-assessed and the appropriate safety equipment will be used where necessary. We are accredited by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority and have a Learning Outside the Classroom award – see the bottom of this page for more information.
A 4*4 vechicle will be available in the unlikely event of a serious accident. The camp leaders are first aid trained and able to deal with any minor injuries.
- Small Rucksack for day trips
- Sleeping bag: rated comfortable for +5 degrees
- Small pillow
- Comfortable shoes/trainers
- Waterproof hiking boots/Wellingtons
- A boot with a heel which will be suitable for Horse Riding
- Socks/underwear + Swim suit
- Light hard wearing trousers (not jeans) + Shorts
- Warm fleece/Jumpers
- T-shirts/shirts (some long sleeved for sunny days and mosquito protection)
- Sun Hat + Sunglasses (100%UV)
- Full Waterproofs (Jacket and trousers)
- General toiletries inc Flannel and Towel
- Sunscreen 25+ (waterproof if possible)
- Eye care material (if appropriate)
- Head torch and extra batteries
- Water bottles – 1ltr capacity (Sigg / Nalgene recommended)
- Personal medication (such as inhalers or hayfever relief)
- Packed lunch for Day 1
ESOC will provide:
- Bowls, Plates, Cups, Cutlery
- Sleeping Mats
- Activity equipment
PLEASE NOTE: Personal mobile phones and other electronic items (e.g. iPods/iPads/Kindles) are not permitted on this trip. Leaders will be carrying phones at all times, and you will be supplied with contact numbers in case of an emergency. We will keep you up to date with blog posts throughout the week!
The cost of this camp is £415/head (sibling discount available – see below) which includes:
- Coach and Train travel from either London or Cambridge
- Camping fees
- Food (except for the first day, when a packed lunch will be needed)
- Accommodation in large bell tents
- Activity Programme (Horse riding, Stage Combat, Wide Games)
- Leadership (approx ratio of 1:6/7)
- Applicable VAT
A 5% discount is available when you book two or more siblings.
A 20% deposit of the full undiscounted price will be charged on booking. Any discounts will be calculated and applied to the final balance invoice.
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