Home of large veteran chestnuts, as well as pine and spruce plantations Castle Howard’s woodlands are the perfect setting for our Bushcraft Camps.
There’s a wide range of activities, available at Castle Howard all designed to enhance social and personal development, whilst having fun and learning new skills.
Our team will work with you to create a bespoke programme to suit your student’s ages and abilities, keeping them busy from the moment they arrive. Some of our favourites on offer are: Fire Lighting, Shelter Building, Camouflage and Concealment, Target Sports, Scenario SOS and many more!
Situated in the heart of the woodlands, each camp comprises of a large yurt and cosy campfire for mealtimes and talks, its own field kitchen, and safari-style bell tents to sleep in. There’s also single-sex porta-loos and on longer camps showers are also available.
Our Bushcraft Camps are run by a team of experienced Instructors, who will remain with your group and take care of the activities, mealtimes and pastoral care for your students for the entirety of their stay.
Situated just 15 miles north of York Castle Howard is perfectly located for schools in the North of the country.
If you’re a teacher looking to arrange your coach travel, please get in touch with us for your exact arrival location.
Castle Howard, York, UK
Castle Howard, York, UK
“Well managed and expertly executed – a real pleasure to bring our pupils…”
“There is nothing better than watching children run wild and connect with nature”
We’d love to talk to you about booking one of our adventures, please contact us to discuss your plans and our team will be able to draw up a programme to suit your students.
Yes, teachers can visit all our estates to get a feel for where the camps will take place. We recommend visits take place between May and October, as this gives you a chance to see what our estates look like when they’re running. In the winter, our woodlands look glorious however our camps and activities sites are all packed down! Please contact us and we can happily arrange a time for you to visit.
As an organisation that works with young people we are inspected by, and are members of a number of governing bodies, which include: British Activity Provider Association (BAPA) , The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC), Adventuremark, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL).
All staff are required to pass enhanced DBS checks, and also have a great deal of experience of working on camps of this kind. Every staff member receives extensive in-house training, as well as obtaining qualifications from national governing bodies for specialised activities, including archery and swimming. There are multiple first aid trained members at each estate, and our Field Cooks have food hygiene certificates. Throughout the year our staff are regularly monitored, and we have a full time Safeguarding officer on hand to ensure that every child is kept safe.
At Bushcraft Camps, students will immerse themselves in a range of fun and challenging bushcraft activities. Whether they are testing their trap-making capabilities or learning how to build a shelter, students will put their problem solving, teamwork and creative thinking skills to the test.