Hobbs Hill Kent Countryside


Nearly wild and heritage camping residentials in the Kent countryside with the Garden Classroom

Three night magical camping experience for year 5s 

Award-winning Islington based outdoor learning charity The Garden Classroom (TGC) has a limited number of heavily subsidised places available for Islington Primary Schools in June 2020, max 30 children per camp (minimum 25 children & 3 school staff including class teacher).

Unplug from technology for an immersive four days / three nights of nature connection. Make memories with classmates and school staff and try new experiences.

 Package includes:

  • Delivery of activities led by trained and experienced TGC staff
  • Nut-free vegetarian food
  • Activity equipment and materials
  • Train travel to and from London Bridge station - Cowden (Schools are responsible for arranging and paying for journey to London Bridge
  • If required we can also provide waterproof clothing and wellington boots

The Experience includes:

  • Countryside ramble
  • Using tools and fire lighting
  • Cook in our outdoor kitchen and on an open fire
  • Learn about local flora and fauna
  • Sleep under canvas

Also available in 2020

Year 4 Heritage one night camping sleepover

Prepare your pupils for longer future residentials with this great residential taster which focusses on the lives of the hop picking families from North East London who worked the land in Kent in days gone by.

Activities include: focus on natural and countryside heritage, countryside rambles, woodland and nature connection activities, campfire meals. £100

Year 6 Survival sleeping outdoors one night experience

Prepare your Year 6 pupils for a taste of survival with an exciting and character and resilience enhancing nearly wild overnight experience.

Activities include: countryside rambles, sourcing and preparing fire wood, learning how to light a fire, preparing and cooking a meal in teams, preparing an outdoor bed / bivvy bag for the night. £100

How to book

Register your interest in your school group joining the Away programme by 13th December 2019.

Initial school visits can take place in December with follow up meetings with staff, parents and pupils end of   Feb / early March.

What Teachers say

“It was an excellent opportunity for science: dispersal of seeds, animals and plants, Earth in Space, sunsets and sunrise, length of shadows, condensation of dew, fire, boiling points in cooking, geography: reading maps, history: hop pickers, art and DT, and PHSCE: social skills and team work, overcoming their fears and trying new things, having new experiences, being organised and independent, helping each other and encouraging.”

“Excellent energy levels, very well organised. Risk assessments were thorough with the children’s safety being paramount. Obviously well-planned with wide range of activities. I would recommend this experience as it allowed the children to feel the freedom of the outdoor experience and enjoy themselves.”


See the film from our Brilliant Residential camping trip in May 2017 with 3 Islington and Hackney schools.