Every summer term we run camping experiences for year 4, year 5 and year 6 classes. Classes sleep in comfortable bell tents, cook food on the campfire, and explore the surrounding beautiful ancient woodlands.
Our summer camping residentials are based at Hobbs Hill in the High Weald National Landscape (Kent). This site is a private camping field, with nearby woods and stunning views across the rolling hills.
Hobbs Hill is accessible from London by train (under an hour from London Bridge to Cowden Station) or by coach (two hours from North/East London). We encourage all classes to use the train as the more sustainable option.
TGC provides all camping equipment, waterproofs and wellies, food, activity resources, and a thorough risk assessment. Our team of L3 Forest School facilitators are trained in trauma-informed practice and work collaboratively with the school staff to provide activities that focus on meeting the individual children's needs. Children will have a chance to try out an engaging range of activities including fire lighting, den building, whittling, woodland games, natural art, wildlife ID and more! We prioritise supporting children's wellbeing and building resilience, teamwork and communication skills through nature connection activities.
The cost of TGC residentials is highly subsidised for schools because of the fundraising TGC does but we know that cost can still be a barrier for some schools so can recommend funds that the school can apply for to help with the costs further if needed.
1, 2 or 3 night camps are available. To enquire about booking please email Director of Countryside Programmes Millie Darling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I went to the toilet in the night I saw stars in the sky. This is the first time I have ever seen stars. It was amazing!" - Year 6 Child
“I so appreciate the feeling of space and losing track of time and being so fully immersed in nature” - Assistant Head
I love it out here, it's so different from teaching academics at school- it can be simple. We walk up the hill, we reach the top, we've done it! It's great for the kids to get that feeling of achievement." -Academic Mentor
I didn't think camping would be fun so I never came before. Then I rolled down the hill and I realised oh this is fun! I wish we could camp everyday" - Year 6 Child