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We know that as a parent or guardian you are going to have a lot of questions regarding the care and well being of your child during their time at Kingswood.  This page is designed to provide you with the information you need, quickly, easily and providing the depth and reassurance you require.  Be it general information about Kingswood as an organisation, our approach to learning and our ethos or even a pre-trip packing list for your child.  You should find all the information you need in this section.

Educational programmes

Our programmes have been developed alongside leading educationalists, combining a mix of modules and sessions with thrilling adventure activities. Our modules cover topics such as environmental, watersports, computing and personal development. We also offer a range of specialist programmes including John Muir Award, St John Ambulance, transition, bushcraft and young explorers for our youngest visitors. We are proud to provide educational adventure holidays for children aged 5-17 years, including youth groups and international visitors. For a full list of modules and sessions available at Kingswood, please visit the programmes section. 

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Activities

On land, under water, in the air, under ground … with a choice of over 50 adventure activities, there’s something to challenge and thrill every personality. An exciting part of all of our programmes your child will be talking about them for months to come! Our adventure activity sessions get children into the outdoors to safely take acceptable risks and think for themselves, making their own decisions – whether this is calculating a corner on a quad bike or leading their team in an initiative challenge. Children really excel in a supportive environment and our instructors are specially trained to understand the needs of every child, in order to exceed their own personal boundaries. A full list and descriptions of all of our activities are available in the activities section of the website. 

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Accommodation and facilities

It has taken us many years to establish our national network of centres. Each has been chosen for its very special characteristics that make the centre a particularly extraordinary place to stay. This might be a fantastic beach, beautiful valley or a unique sense of heritage. Whichever centre your child will be visiting, you can be assured of a warm welcome and our highest standards of care.

All of our centres boast fantastic, year-round, all-weather facilities, so come rain or shine, there is always a day packed full of adventure. From indoor climbing walls to swimming and canoe splash, indoor sports halls, archery and aeroball, there’s always something to discover. Also, our newest outdoor activity equipment has been designed to be used in comfort whatever the weather conditions.

Young people sleep in warm purpose-built multi-bed accommodation, with gender-separated bathroom and shower facilities and teacher rooms close by. Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided for all guests. 

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Menus

To fuel young guests during a long day of thrilling adventure activities, we serve three hot meals per day, with lots of choice and seasonal variations. Each day there is a carefully balanced nutritional meal plan, recently updated to meet and exceed the latest Government standards on children’s meals.

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Peace of mind: your child staying away from home

Many of our young guests are staying away from their home and family for the first time on a Kingswood visit. We understand this and that is why our centres are such welcoming places with friendly staff, smiling faces and excellent pastoral care facilities.

We also have First Aid points with caring First Aiders should they be needed. Children can call home from our payphones which are available at all centres. We do recommend that to make the transition easier and to allow them to settle in and enjoy the centre lifestyle, family members leave a few days after arrival on centre before they speak with them. We often find that a feeling of homesickness does lessen after a few days with so much adventure and activity going on!

Health and safety

The Kingswood Safety Policy has been written to secure compliance with both legislation and our general duty of care towards members of the public and our employees. In particular, regard has been made to the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the regulations issued under it. Account has also been taken of industry guidance and codes of practice where these are available. This policy is available for all visiting teachers on arrival at any of our centres and can be requested by parents, together with copies of our staff training and qualifications.

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Parents' guide for download

Parents' guide (school groups)
Parents guide (non-school groups)

Parent questions and answers

Here are some of the things that Parents’ regularly ask, if you don’t see the answer to your question here, just give our friendly team a call on 0800 655 6564.

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