What will students see and do?

At Lodge Hill Trust, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get out and about and explore nature. At the centre, students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities that help them get in touch with nature and explore the wild side of the English countryside.

Students can put their physical strength to the test with abseiling and climbing, a gladiator challenge, a high wobble board, zip lines, mountain biking, slacklining and tunnelling. All these activities are designed to get students’ adrenaline pumping and help them uniquely engage with their surroundings.

Aside from these thrilling challenges, students can participate in numerous nature-focused activities. These include nature walks, guided hikes, sno-tubing, night hikes and orienteering.

Or, for groups that want to focus on teambuilding exercises, students can participate in Jacob’s ladder, crate stacking, shelter building, low ropes and other team-building exercises. They can also participate in archery and rifle shooting, getting them in the outdoor spirit.

Teaching resources provided

Lodge Hill Trust provides teachers with floor plans and kit lists to help better prepare for activities and overnight stays.

Additionally, the kit list offers packing lists and tips for teachers as they prepare for an adventure to Lodge Hill Trust. These resources make planning a school trip to the centre far easier.

Minimum and maximum group size

There is no minimum or maximum group size for a visit to Lodge Hill. The type of accommodation that students will be placed in will depend on the size of the group. Campsites and self-serve lodges may be better for students in smaller groups, for instance.

Details of risk assessment

Learning outside the classroom at Lodge Hill Trust is an extremely safe experience. The centre conducts individual risk assessments for each one of its activities. Additionally, the facility has active liability insurance to protect students and teachers while on their trip to the centre. Staff are also trained in first aid and accident prevention to ensure student safety.


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Facilities On-Site

There are four main accommodation options available to student groups.

Hardwick Hall offers 107 rooms for students and teachers and is equipped with 14 showers and toilets. Students are given dormitory-style accommodation while teachers are housed in private rooms. All guests staying in Hardwick Hall are provided with catered meals, including packed lunches, BBQs and other meal choices.

Groups wishing to do self-catering can choose to stay in either the Woodland Cottages, which accommodate nine people each, or in the Lodge Cottage which accommodates 14 people. Each lodge has a lounge, a kitchen and its own private campfire.

For groups wishing to be more rustic, there are campsites available. There are 100 pitches available, with a sheltered kitchen area, a large indoor hut, toilet/shower block and a campfire ring.

Opening Times

Due to the residential nature of the activities at Lodge Hill, the centre is open 24/7. Staff are on-site around the clock to ensure student safety and assist teachers.

Call during business hours to discuss your trip arrangements.



The price per pupil at the centre varies depending on the length of the trip and what activities are included. Most school groups choose to build residential adventure packages in which students and teachers stay overnight at the centre.

On residential trips, room and board as well as all activities and instruction are included in the package.

Travel arrangements

The centre is located in the middle of South Downs National Park. Due to the remote nature of the centre, it is inaccessible by public transport. There is ample parking for coaches at the centre.


Watersfield, Pulborough, West Sussex
RH20 1LZ

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