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Kingswood Overstrand Hall


Inspiring learning through outdoor education and adventure

Description

A trip to Kingswood is a life changing adventure. For over 35 years, our transformative school trips have encouraged primary and secondary school pupils to build confidence and resilience by taking on fun challenges.

Nestled right beside the beach in a beautiful area of North Norfolk, Kingswood Overstrand Hall residential activity centre gives young people the opportunity to get out into the great outdoors. Drive through the gates and you are greeted by a spectacular grand Lutyens Manor House. This tranquil, stately setting gives way to an exhilarating adventure activity park set amongst pretty landscaped and wooded gardens close to the main building. It is here that students can face challenging adventures, ranging from an artificial caving system, woodland problem solving course and low ropes, to a whole series of demanding initiative exercises.

Set along a coastline designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as one of our dedicated Environmental Field Studies centres, fieldwork modules may be selected according to your schools exam board from within Geography, Geology, Biology and Environmental Science. Led by our dedicated Environmental Instructor Team, all programmes can be adapted to meet the teaching syllabus of your school.

Facilities
- Outdoors: Experience the great outdoors through bushcraft and environmental sessions, or enjoy the outdoor laser zone and high ropes activities including Jacob’s ladder
- Indoors: Accommodation and classroom space in the spectacular Lutyens Manor House, plus an indoor caving system
- Gift shop: Our on-site shops sell snacks and drinks, as well as postcards, souvenirs, games and mementos
- Other facilities: Diner, cinema room, social hubs, party leader lounges, indoor classroom spaces
- Security: Coded security gates with CCTV and boundary fencing keep the site safe and secure

Accommodation
Overstrand Hall has standard dormitory style accommodation. Rooms range from 4 to 16 bed dormitories, with gender-separated bathroom and shower facilities and party leader rooms close by. Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided for all guests.


Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.4
38 reviews


Excellent
 
53%

Very Good
 
37%

Average
 
8%

Poor
 
3%

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0%

(January 2020 - Secondary)




(November 2019 - Primary)




Children really enjoyed the activities and had an excellent leader however the place itself was very run down and we had a number of issues with catering. (November 2019 - Primary)




Our school enjoyed a great fun-packed week of activities. After visiting two years ago - the only areas arising would be: accommodation - not as clean as previous. Also- being able to have a say in the activities we could do would be great as some children ended up repeating activities from previous year. (October 2019 - Primary)




Superb environment for children to learn and develop the skills we set out to achieve (October 2019 - Primary)




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(June 2019 - Secondary)




Children enjoyed their trip, were safe and well fed. Accommodation was dated. Some group games were either boring or not well organised (June 2019 - Primary)




The staff and facilities at Kingswood Overstrand Hall were extremely good.They were patient and caring towards our SEND students. (June 2019 - Secondary)




It was good to see improvements made at Kingswood from the previous year in the length of the sessions - which meant that the children had more than one opportunity to try the activity - and in the menu. We had concerns with one instructor during our stay but this was dealt with quickly by senior staff at Kingswood when we raised our concerns. (May 2019 - Primary)




(May 2019)




The activities and the staff were amazing, however the accommodation was not suitable for the size and mix of the pupils. (May 2019 - Primary)




An excellent residential. Very well run and organised. (April 2019 - Primary)




Very accommodating (April 2019 - Secondary)




Wonderful Centre who were only too willing to support the group as individuals and as a whole. (March 2019 - Secondary)




(March 2019 - Secondary)




Good accommodation, helpful staff. Also a good location. (March 2019 - Secondary)




Very helpful staff, great activities. (February 2019 - Secondary)




(November 2018 - Primary)




Staff very supportive, very aware of safety with good safety equipment. Good facilities. (November 2018 - Primary)




(November 2018 - Primary)




Some activities were very basic (e.g. build a marble run using two sheets of flip chart paper) and there was very little discussion about how well they were working as a team or how they could improve. The high ropes and abseiling activities were good but only 1 or 2 children could go at once meaning the children only had around 5 minutes of activity in the hour. Some activities (fencing and laser tag) did not have enough equipment for all the children to have a go at once. 29 children did the nightline with 1 instructor in the dark - this was only safe because 3 of my staff supported and ran one of the groups. The tuck shop sold children sweets telling them they did not have gelatin in, when in fact they did. (November 2018 - Primary)




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An excellent service provided which the children thoroughly enjoyed (May 2018 - Primary)




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(January 2018 - Primary & Secondary)




Inspiring learning through outdoor education and adventure

Description

A trip to Kingswood is a life changing adventure. For over 35 years, our transformative school trips have encouraged primary and secondary school pupils to build confidence and resilience by taking on fun challenges.

Nestled right beside the beach in a beautiful area of North Norfolk, Kingswood Overstrand Hall residential activity centre gives young people the opportunity to get out into the great outdoors. Drive through the gates and you are greeted by a spectacular grand Lutyens Manor House. This tranquil, stately setting gives way to an exhilarating adventure activity park set amongst pretty landscaped and wooded gardens close to the main building. It is here that students can face challenging adventures, ranging from an artificial caving system, woodland problem solving course and low ropes, to a whole series of demanding initiative exercises.

Set along a coastline designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as one of our dedicated Environmental Field Studies centres, fieldwork modules may be selected according to your schools exam board from within Geography, Geology, Biology and Environmental Science. Led by our dedicated Environmental Instructor Team, all programmes can be adapted to meet the teaching syllabus of your school.

Facilities
- Outdoors: Experience the great outdoors through bushcraft and environmental sessions, or enjoy the outdoor laser zone and high ropes activities including Jacob’s ladder
- Indoors: Accommodation and classroom space in the spectacular Lutyens Manor House, plus an indoor caving system
- Gift shop: Our on-site shops sell snacks and drinks, as well as postcards, souvenirs, games and mementos
- Other facilities: Diner, cinema room, social hubs, party leader lounges, indoor classroom spaces
- Security: Coded security gates with CCTV and boundary fencing keep the site safe and secure

Accommodation
Overstrand Hall has standard dormitory style accommodation. Rooms range from 4 to 16 bed dormitories, with gender-separated bathroom and shower facilities and party leader rooms close by. Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided for all guests.