- Dates: Saturday 4th May – Monday 6th May – Arrive from 11am Saturday. Depart by 2pm Monday.
- Location: Set in the stunning Wormsley estate, only forty miles outside of London
- Accommodation: Options for family groups of 2, 3 and 4+
- Food: All meals organized by us and all ages and diets catered for.
- Activities: Over 8 activities over the weekend led by experienced and well qualified Exploration Society instructors.
- Cost: £250 per camper (min 2) and 10% discount for each additional person. Includes accommodation, meals and activities
- All ages welcome!
- Plenty of opportunities for games, exploring the beautiful woodland, and chatting around the campfire.
FAMILY CAMP 2019: 4th – 6th MAY 2019
The Exploration Society are privileged to invite you to the stunning Wormsley estate, only forty miles outside of London. The camp will be set up on the crest of a hill in a beech wood in a quiet corner of the estate with views over the surrounding countryside.
The cost for this camp is on a sliding scale depending on how big your family is. For the first two campers the cost is £250/head. The price then decreases by 10% for each additional person i.e. the 3rd person costs £225, the 4th costs £202.50 etc. Children in Reception class or younger are welcome free of charge and although there are no creche facilities, we will have a few of our accomplished Forest School staff on site to run activities for the littlest ones throughout the days.
The cost includes:
- Tented accommodation including carpets, fairy lights and inflatable sleeping mats
- All meals starting Saturday lunchtime up to and including Monday lunchtime
- All activities and necessary equipment
- Applicable VAT
- Camp beds (ordered after booking)
It doesn’t include
- Transport to and from Camp (approx 1hr10 from London and 1hr40 from Cambridge by road)
- Suitable outdoor clothing (details on our kit list below)
- Alcoholic drinks
There is no minimum (or maximum!) age for this trip but those with very young children will obviously be limited in what activities they can do when Forest School is not in session.
A deposit of 20% per person regardless of participant age or size of family will be taken on booking. The final balance due by the end of March will be adjusted to ensure the correct amount is paid.
Everyone will be sleeping in our canvas bell tents. These 4 metre wide bell tents have sewn in ground sheets, Coire matting, inflatable mattresses and even fairy lights! They can sleep up to a family of 4 comfortably and provide an excellent camping experience, families of 5 or more will be assigned one of our 5 or 6 meter bell tents.
A small number of fold-out camping beds are available for those who would like a bit more comfort at a supplementary cost of £25 pp. If you would like to hire one or more, please make a note on your booking form.
Some of the children may decide to abandon their parents on the second night and move into hammocks, tarps or even natural shelters, supervised by our instructors.
A wash block and event toilets will be installed an appropriate distance from the camp site, and there will be basic camp showers on request.
Good food is a crucial part of enjoying the outdoors. Although the camp will have a survival theme, this doesn’t mean we have to eat badly! Families will have the chance to watch and engage in group preparation of deer before enjoying a venison stew, baking bread, hot smoked salmon, and plucking pigeons but we’ll also make sure there is plenty of plain food for the more conservative eaters. In the evening there will be the mandatory cocoa and marshmallows before bed.
The Exploration Society will organise a breakfast buffet in the morning, set out picnic food for lunch and help you and your family prepare and cook dinner over a campfire. We can cater for most dietary requirements but please be aware we will not have a fridge, only cool boxes. There will be a tea tent for adults to help themselves to hot drinks throughout the day.
Activities and Atmosphere
The activities will be run in an informal way and families will be able to join in or not as they choose. You are welcome to leave your kids with our instructors at any time, go off for a walk with the family or join in with everything on offer! Each evening we will run night exercises but if sneaking around in the dark is not your thing, you can always stay warm by the fire.
Everyone who comes along will have the opportunity to try a variety of activities including:
- Fire lighting
- Game preparation & cooking
- Shelter building
- Carving and whittling
- Archery and Rifle Shooting
- Canoeing and Kayaking
- Forest School
- And more…
Activities will be led by experienced and well qualified Exploration Society instructors used to working with both adults and children. We do request that children don’t have access to electronics for the duration of the camp and that parents’ phones are kept on silent so as not to disturb others.
This list is not exhaustive and it’s obviously worth checking the weather forecast to make sure you dress for the weather! If you have any questions about what you should bring please get in touch. We will be able to transport your kit from the carpark to your tent so don’t worry about having to carry it.
- Small Rucksack for going off site (walking, foraging, canoeing etc)
- Sleeping bag. Please bring extra blankets/duvets if you are worried about being cold. Better looking at it than for it….
- Pillows – key to a good night’s sleep
- Comfortable shoes/trainers
- Waterproof hiking boots/Wellingtons
- Socks/underwear + Swim suit
- Light hard wearing trousers (not jeans ideally) + Shorts
- Warm fleece/Jumpers
- Sun Hat + Sunglasses (100%UV)
- Full Waterproofs (Jacket and trousers)
- General toiletries and towel
- Sunscreen & insect repellent
- Eye care material (if appropriate)
- Head torch
- Water bottle – 1ltr capacity (Sigg / Nalgene recommended)
- Personal medication (such as inhalers or hayfever relief)
- Evening refreshments (inc plastic picnic glasses if required)