Summerscape @ Wasing 2019

Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August 
Open to those in Yrs 5-8

Our annual August retreat returns at a brand new venue, the wonderful Wasing estate near Reading. We will be mixing our long tradition of high adrenaline Exploration Society games and activities with sessions to help the group tune in to nature and open the senses, with forest meditations, foraging and woodland yoga all helping to develop a calm atmosphere at camp.

Location and setting

Set within the picturesque Berkshire countryside, the Wasing Estate is less than an hour from London which covers several thousand acres of farmland, woodland and lakes. Wasing has matured gracefully over 250 years under the ownership of the same family since 1759. Offering paths and tracks throughout the magnificent woodland and parkland for walking and riding, this stunning location has magnificent lakes and meandering rivers for fishing, swimming and watersports.

Travel and Accommodation

The group will be based at our private and secluded woodland campsite on the edge of the Wasing Wood with views over the lake. They will live in small groups in our beautiful white canvas bell tents with camp beds to sleep on. The camp is also furnished with large tents for meals and activities, composting toilets and rustic showers and plenty of open space for games. The group will be given clear boundaries so they can explore safely nearby within earshot.

Campers can either be dropped off at the estate on Monday from 11am or travel down with us from London Paddington at 9am for a small extra charge. The camp will finish at 3pm on Friday afternoon with the London travel group arriving back around 5pm.

Activities and Itinerary

Each day on camp will be filled with a variety of activities which will be shaped by the weather as well as the interest and energy levels of the group. During the 5 days we would expect to sessions on:

  • Canoeing
  • Yoga
  • Bushcraft
  • Target Sports
  • Meditation
  • Adventure games
  • Campfire cooking
  • Crafts such as weaving and pottery

Each day will begin with breakfast around 8am followed by morning activities until around 12 noon. We then break for lunch and rest for a short time before afternoon activities. After a drink and a snack there is usually some free time before dinner which is partly cooked by the campers themselves on campfires (with adult supervision). Once dinner is cleared away we normally head out into the woods for some twilight games before finishing with campfire, cocoa and story telling.


Safety and Supervision

Safety is a key consideration on our camps. When running our trips we do everything we can to ensure the children have an exciting experience but are well looked after throughout. A certain level of risk is inherent to all of these activities but we believe the enormous benefits far outweigh them. All of the activities will be run by a high ratio of appropriately qualified and experienced outdoor instructors, and we will have conducted full risk assessments for every aspect of the trip. All of the ESOC leaders are first aid trained and DBS checked and a vehicle will always be available in the unlikely event that we need to take anybody for emergency medical attention.



  • Kitbag / Holdall / Suitcase
  • Sleeping Bag (rated for comfort from 0-5 degrees)
  • Small back pack for day hikes
  • Shoes to wear for wide games and evenings (trainers)
  • Shoes for walking in (e.g. walking boots)
  • Socks (including thick socks for walking) & underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Light hard wearing trousers/ warm leggings (not jeans)
  • Warm fleece/Jumper
  • T-shirts/shirts
  • Sunglasses & sun hat
  • Sunscreen (UVA & UVB, SPF 30+)
  • Full Waterproofs (Trousers AND jacket) – to get 15% off and free delivery on all orders at our partner Muddy Puddles, use the code EXSOC1117
  • General toiletries and Towel
  • Antihistamines (if needed to help with hay fever/grass allergies)
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • 1l water bottle (Sigg/Nalgene type recommended)


  • Reading book / Games
  • Cuddly toys
  • Disposable camera

Personal mobile phones and other personal electronic devices are not permitted on this expedition and any found will be confiscated. All leaders will be carrying phones if needed.


The 5 day, 4 night camp at Wasing will cost £475 pp

This includes:

  • Glamping accommodation in 2-4 bed tents
  • Full activity programme including yoga, watersports and meditation
  • All meals from Monday lunchtime until Friday lunchtime
  • Instructor ratio of approx 1:6-1:8 (dependent on activities)

Not included:

  • Personal kit including sleeping bags
  • Travel to camp

Return travel from London Paddington can be provided at an additional cost of £25 pp

A deposit of £150 will be taken at booking to secure your place. The remaining balance will be invoiced at the beginning of June.


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"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." 


Sir Ranulph Fiennes