Info for Parents

Every young person remembers their residential trips—a time of laughter, exploring exciting new experiences, learning new skills, as well as  discovering a little more about themselves and those around them.

Lodge Hill is a short stay outdoor activity centre that accommodates 79 people in the main house along with 2 Woodland Lodges that sleep 23 in total, a camp site for 100 & challenging activities contained within 32 acres of woodland. Over the course of 60 years the centre has become a firm favourite with schools, youth groups,  voluntary organisations, young  musicians & community groups of all ages.

Our aim, for every participant by the end of their stay, is to have gained knowledge of their own abilities, self-confidence and real pride in their achievements both as individuals and team members.


“All of the class benefited from the activities & encouragement provided”.

“It’s always worthwhile to see some of the quiet less self assured gain new respect & self-worth”.


* All Lodge Hill staff are DBS/Police checked, inducted & trained. They have achieved appropriate qualifications for each of the activities they teach.

* Lodge Hill staff are qualified First Aiders.   

* Lodge Hill is independently inspected by the British Activity Holiday Association (BAPA)

* We operate comprehensive risk assessments on all Activities.

* Activity groups are at a ratio of 1 instructor to 12 participants [on certain  activities it is a ratio of  2:12]

* Each activity is accompanied by Lodge Hill instructors & group leaders.

* The Centre have secure & clearly defined borders, with CCTV in operation.

* The Lodge Hill Duty Manager is on call 24/7 for any emergencies.


Lodge Hill Centre programmes include challenging & exciting activities that students love. All have been tried & tested, chosen to encourage mental and physical prowess.

All activities will challenge and inspire.

Q & A's

Q. Accommodation arrangements? 

A. We have 79 beds in 27 bedrooms [2 are en-suite] , with shared bathroom facilities. Boys & girls are on separate floors. Sheets, duvets & pillows are provided.

Q. Care at Night?

A. Group leaders are located on each floor, and there is a Duty Manager on call for emergencies

Q. Special needs?

A. We can accommodate special needs as long as group leaders make us aware of them at the time of booking. We will advise you if we think we are not equipped to cope with a specific situation.

Q. What’s the food like?

A. Our onsite caterers are committed to producing home-made meals ranging from soup and sandwiches to roast dinners, with  fresh produce purchased from local suppliers. Special diets are catered for if we are informed well in advance.

We believe in "family dining" service where food is served in dishes and placed in the centre of the table and you serve yourself.

Meals are served in a communal dining room, lunch is followed by fresh fruit & yoghurt. Hot & cold desserts are served with Dinner.

Q. What does my child need to bring?

A. Clothing & shoes worn outside during activities are bound to get dirty—so old clothes are best! We strongly advise that you label their items, and that they pack their own suitcase [with a tick sheet], as they are then aware of what they have brought with them.


* Bath towel

* Wash bag [soap, flannel, etc] 

* Night clothes

* Socks / underware

* T-shirts [long & short sleeved]

* Trousers / tracksuit bottoms

* 2 x pair trainers / indoor shoes

* Large named plastic bag for dirty clothes

* Waterproof jacket [& trousers if you have them]

* Fleece

* Water bottle

Summer:- kit list plus hat & suncream

Winter:- kit list plus Gloves & wellingtons

Optional:- Disposable camera / torch.

Not advisable: Electronic games / ipods & MP3 / mobile phones / expensive clothing or shoes / cherished or expensive jewellery.

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