The Dreamsnatcher Experience

9am Saturday 29th August – 6pm Monday 31st August: Open to boys and girls in School Years 4 – 8 

Twelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare – the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life. Because Moll is more important than she knows…The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher’s dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure!

Come and live a real life Dreamsnatcher Adventure with The Exploration Society. Sleep in a caravan, solve ancient riddles, learn Romany crafts, cook over a campfire and battle against the dreaded Shadowmasks!


The Caravans

We will set up our own encampment in the grounds of the beautiful Kirby House in Berkshire with a fleet of hand painted traditional Bowtop Caravans. Each caravan can comfortably sleep 4/5 children while leaders will sleep in tents nearby.

Caravan spaces are very limited, and we’ll allocate them on a first come, first served basis, whilst taking into account ages and the boy/girl split. We’ll try and put friends together, although we are slightly restricted by the layout and capacity of the caravans and can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to match every single request.

A caravan space costs £345 per head.



Our troop will follow in Moll’s footsteps, exploring the local woodlands by day and night. As well as cooking their own meals over open fires, we will teach them how to carve catapults, make wax flowers, elder whistles and show them how to find edible and medicinal plants. There’ll be plenty of chances to read the Dreamsnatcher around the campfire whilst enjoying cocoa and marshmallows.

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Kit List


  • Kitbag / Holdall / Suitcase
  • Sleeping bag
  • Wellies
  • Trainers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Light hard wearing trousers (not jeans please – they are impossible to dry once wet!)
  • Warm fleeces/Jumpers
  • T-shirts/shirts
  • Sun hat/cap
  • Swimming kit
  • Knife/Fork/Spoon/Plate/Bowl/Cup
  • Sunglasses in case of bright sun
  • Suncream (broad spectrum, minimum SPF 30)
  • Full Waterproofs (Trousers AND jacket)
  • General toiletries and towel
  • Eye care material (if needed)
  • Head torch and extra batteries (essential for night games and walks)
  • Water Bottle (ideally 1 litre capacity, Sigg or Nalgene style)
  • Copy of Dreamsnatcher book (provided by ESOC before weekend)


  • Camera
  • Reading book / Games
  • Journal
  • Teddy Bear
  • Waterproof watch

NB Personal mobile phones, MP3 players, and other electronic devices of a similar nature are not permitted on this expedition. Anyone found with one will have it confiscated and may be barred from future activities with ESOC. All leaders will be carrying phones if communication is necessary; their contact details will be sent out before the trip leaves. We will also update our blog with daily news and photos.

Travel and Booking information

We will collect all of those who wish to join this trip from central London or Cambridge on Saturday morning and travel with them by train and coach to the Kirby House Estate in Berkshire. The group will return on Monday evening.

The price of this trip includes:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation in either traditional bowtop caravans
  • All meals
  • Leader ratio 1:6
  • All activities
  • A copy of Dreamsnatcher signed by the author to start reading before the trip

If you want to book a place on this trip, please follow the link below to find our booking form. If you have any questions about any aspect of the trip, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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