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Runway’s End Outdoor Centre is a woodland camp nestled in North Hampshire offering accessible indoor and outdoor recreation.

Visiting students will experience physical endurance activities while building leadership and teamwork skills. This centre also encourages environmental awareness.

The team believes in the values of resilience, wellbeing, sustainability, respect and safety. Instructors are energetic, encouraging and passionate about keeping your students safe and entertained as they learn valuable life lessons and skills.

Students and teachers can enjoy a day trip or stay overnight at the Forge Lodge, in the camping pods, or the centre’s self-service campsite. The grounds are peaceful and spacious, and catering is available.

There are seven different programmes at Runway’s End Outdoor Centre, including Outdoor and Adventure, Team and Personal Development, Primary to Secondary Transition, Special School, Runway’s End Eco Programme, Brilliant Residentials, and National Citizenship Service.

Each programme is designed to build students’ self-confidence and leadership skills while teaching them to appreciate the natural world.

A wide range of activities are offered to visiting groups by the outreach team. You can choose from the following:

– Abseiling
– Air rifle shooting
– Archery
– Artificial caving
– Artificial rock climbing
– Bushcraft skills
– Canoeing
– High ropes
– Kayaking
– Low ropes
– Nightline
– Orienteering
– Problem solving
– Raft building
– Team tasks

Teaching resources provided

If you require any specific teaching resources to support your group’s learning during their time at the Runway’s End Outdoor Centre, contact the team to discuss the options.

Minimum and maximum group size

The centre can accommodate a large number of visitors for overnight trips. The Forge Lodge plays host to up to 71 people in 12 rooms. There are also ten camping pods that can hold up to four people each. The campsite can accommodate up to 150 self-sufficient campers.

Water activities such as sailing and windsurfing are for groups of up to 12 students, with one instructor. Land activities such as climbing and snowboarding are for groups of up to ten students, with one instructor.

Teachers are encouraged to participate and assist instructors, especially with students who need additional attention.

Details of risk assessment

Hampshire Outdoor Centres has a comprehensive risk assessment process. Its safe operating procedures have been externally verified by either the ALLA or LOtC inspection process.

The Runway’s End Outdoor Centre complies with the EVOLVE system for inspections and trip approvals.

Schools and group leaders are responsible for risk assessments for the journey to and from the centre, students with specific needs, and arrangements for contacting the school in an out-of-hours emergency.

Teachers are required to complete the necessary forms before arriving, including medical and consent forms for each student under the age of 18. The centre ensures that all equipment is up-to-date, and provides first aid certificates for its staff.


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Facilities On-Site

The centre has three separate accommodation options for overnight trips, with full and self-service catering available. The Forge Lodge has adjoining bathrooms for each room and a fully equipped kitchen with a dining room.

The camping pods have communal spaces for eating, cooking, and hanging out. The bathrooms and showers are just a short walk away.

The campsite has a toilet and shower block with a drinking water tap nearby.

Opening Times

Runway’s End is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



You can discuss pricing with the Runway’s End Outdoor Centre team over the phone or by email. You can also enquire through a form on the website.

The centre can offer financial assistance where it is required; this provides a small fund to students attending any Hampshire County Council School.

The application for assistance must be made by the school. If a student requires financial assistance, parents and guardians are encouraged to speak to the school.

Travel arrangements

Teachers are responsible for organising and financing all travel arrangements to and from the centre. Runway’s End is located near Farnborough Airport at the cross of Fleet Road and Farnborough Road.


1 Forge Lane, Aldershot, Hampshire
GU11 2RE

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