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For Parents

Wide Horizons Centres have been up and running for up to 90 years with exemplary safety records and a wealth of knowledge in outdoor activities and Adventure Learning.

We pride ourselves in keeping our centres well maintained and staffed ensuring the best experience for your child.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers to put your mind at rest for your child’s visit.

How does Wide Horizons ensure my child’s safety?

We take health and safety seriously and want you to have peace of mind whilst your child is away with us. That is why all our centres have qualified First Aiders in the workplace as well as experienced outdoor instructors that will ensure your child’s safety at all times during adventurous activities.

Our centres are all quality assured and hold certificates from the Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) or the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) Quality Badge.

We also operate a safeguarding child protection policy, details of which are available on request.

What equipment will they need to bring?

A visit to any of our centres may involve getting wet and at times muddy!

Please make sure your child is ready for the adventure of a life time by reading our Residential Kit List.

What is the accommodation like?

We pride ourselves on having quality accommodation across all of our centres. Our unique Adventure Centres are all set in beautiful countryside settings varying from converted manor houses to bunk house style accommodation and camping. Find out more about our centres.

Who are your staff team?

Our friendly and welcoming staff team is a unique blend of experienced, qualified teachers and outdoor instructors. All of our team are carefully recruited and hold enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (new CRB).

You can meet our staff team on Our Centre pages.

My child has special dietary requirements, is that a problem?

Wide Horizons will hand out dietary requirement forms to teachers and group leaders prior to your visit. We offer a healthy and varied selection of food at our centres that is all prepared and cooked on site.

Can I contact my child whilst they are away?

Staying away from home for most children is a real adventure and a valuable part of the learning experience with Wide Horizons. To ensure your child can get the most out of this memorable experience, we ask parents to allow children to settle in and enjoy the experience independently.

In case of an emergency, of course we will always be willing to ensure you are able to contact your child.

Will my child need pocket money?

Whilst staying at one of our adventure centres your child will be fully catered for and looked after by our friendly staff team. However there may be opportunities to buy some snacks or souvenirs in the shop or locally.