Our holiday weeks are held in beautiful parts of the UK. We choose special centres that will mean our holidays are unforgettable.
We look for centres that have lots and lots and lots of outdoor spaces, fields and woods, big indoor spaces for evening activities and games, little indoor spaces for smaller groups to use as their own, and lovely dormitories for night time whisperings and a good night’s sleep.
These are the 5 centres we’ve chosen to be home to our Superweeks this year: Hudnall Park; White Hall; Moor Park; Frank’s Place; and Edgmond Hall.
Hudnall Park, nr. Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.
We’ve been exploring near and far and found a brand new centre for 2020, just for you! We’re taking our tents to Hudnall Park, 85 acres of beautiful Chilterns parkland with a former art deco mansion at its centre. Every acre of the site is ours for the duration of the Wild Things Superweek, and we can’t wait to start exploring.
There are plenty of enormous fields where you can get out of breath, and two separate areas woodland, perfect for building dens, gathering firewood, and enjoying a healthy dose of stealthily sneaking. We’re sure to see plenty of wildlife; Hudnall Park is located in red kite country, so there are sure to be plenty of birds of prey to be spotted. When we went for our recce we met a handful of hares, a gathering of game birds, and dozens of deer, who we are assured are regualar visitors.
We’ll be honing our bushcraft skills through pioneering and wild workshops; expect to learn about how to build a fire and a shelter. We might even be able to do some cooking in the wild. We’ll have full access to a large common for team games and all manner of whole holiday fun, along with a cosy snug. Hudnall Park has all mod cons, including lots of hot showers and a nice big dining room to eat our meals in. We have pre-ordered plenty of warm, dry weather, so we can enjoy lunches in the outdoor picnic area too.
In 2020 Hudnall Park will be home to The Wild Things.
White Hall nr. Buxton, Derbyshire
We sent our posse of explorers to White Hall for the first time in 2019. They loved it so much that we’re coming back for two Superweeks in 2020! It’s got 35 acres of grounds to explore, complete with low ropes and outdoor challenges. The indoor spaces are a lovely mix of grand and comfy, with lots of cosy snug spaces that also feature ornate fireplaces and ionic columns. The dorms are not too big and not too small, with loads of space to unpack into. And they’re barrel-vaulted, for extra novelty-factor! White Hall is near Buxton, in the heart of the Peak District. Almost every window (and there are a lot of windows) has beautiful views out over the hills.
For some photos and further info, visit White Hall’s website.
Moor Park, nr. Ludlow, Shropshire.
When not being home to ATE Superweeks, and 3,336 kg of fun, Moor Park is to be found being a boarding school near Ludlow, Shropshire. It has playing fields, woods (equipped with very climbable trees and a squodgey bog), fountains and lake. It has its very own indoor heated swimming pool, and a huge gym for Whole Holiday Benchball Tournaments. In the main house there is a big hall we use as a games room or theatre, and really comfy themed dormitories. You could find yourself sleeping in the Pirates Lair, under the treasure map!
“Moor Park will always be my favourite centre. The building is lovely the grounds are great fun and have some lovely extras to offer the holiday.” – Monitor, 2013
In previous years at Moor Park we have:
- Discovered secret passages
- Made huge art attacks on the lawn
- Raced mechanical fish in the pool
- Had a party in a ship’s galley
There’s a pool at this centre!
For some photos and further info, visit Moor Park’s website.
Frank’s Place nr. Bewdley, Worcestershire.
An outdoor adventure and Eco-Education centre; 90 acres of woodlands (all ours for the whole week), forests and meadows within walking distance of the river Severn and the famous Teddy Gray sweet shop in picturesque Bewdley.
The centre itself has really lovely spacious dorms (definitely what is needed after an energetic afternoon in the woods), a big dining room, a games room for evenings all together, outdoor classrooms and plenty of interesting things to investigate like the worm farm and why there are bottles of diet coke inside all the loos.
In previous years at Frank’s Place we have:
- Woken up REALLY early to go deer stalking
- Spent the afternoon on a bug safari
- Got far too competitive in the Food Waste Challenge
- Made marble runs from junk that looped the centre
- Spent the day canoeing on the river Severn
In 2019 Frank’s Place will be home to Action and Adventure!
For some photos and further info, visit The Frank Chapman Centre’s website.
Edgmond Hall, nr. Newport, Shropshire
Edgmond Hall is a Georgian House sat in 45 acres of its own woodland and farmland in the village of Edgmond, just outside Newport in Shropshire.
The estate was once a working farm, and now the farm buildings have been converted into games rooms, group spaces and hideaways ideal for a Superweek snug. The centre has ponds for pond dipping, allotments and an animal area with pygmy goats, guinea pigs, chickens and rabbits!
There are brilliant woods, playgrounds and a bonfire pitch. The centre sits right in the heart of the village, so groups will be able to go for a walk, post their postcards and find the local sweet shop.
For some photos and further info, visit Edgmond Hall’s website.
What bedding should I bring?
For Moor Park, White Hall, and Edgmond Hall, you will need to pack a pillow case, bottom sheet, and a sleeping bag or single duvet with cover.
For Franks Place you will need to pack a pillow case, bottom sheet and a single duvet cover.
For Penn Wood, you will need to pack a pillow and pillow case, and a sleeping bag. We provide extra blankets for cold nights.
For Abberley Hall all bedding is provided.
Updated June 2019