Stay in The Orb - Education Outside the Classroom

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The Orb Provides day and residential accommodation for up to 16 people.

Education Outside the Classroom – Stay in The Orb at The Kingswood Trust

Education outside the classroom, home and work will be greatly enhanced by choosing The Kingswood Trust as your preferred venue. The ORB and our Main Centre buildings are set in nine acres of striking woodland in the Staffordshire countryside, with access to a range of other local attractions.

The Orb

The ORB deserves a special mention. Designed with a Danish theme and nature inspired feel, the ORB offers a home from home. Providing day and residential accommodation for up to 16 people, the ORB is perfect for family gatherings, retreats, team days, smaller parties, training, clubs and meetings as well as smaller school group residentials.

We ensure a clean and relaxed environment for your stay. Our accommodation includes: a large dining orc meeting area with free Wi-Fi; accessible bathrooms with baby changing facilities and showers; fully equipped kitchen; cosy wood burner and sofa area.
The Orb has been refurbished to provide five star quality modern accommodation, while retaining its olden day charm.

Each of the three bedrooms have bunk beds with one room having two single beds and access alarms for people with disabilities. A rayburn cooker in the kitchen and log burner in the lounge area is backed up by central heating throughout all rooms making this a perfect base throughout the winter months as well as offering exciting natural surroundings throughout the seasons.

Education outside the classroom provides an opportunity to improve wellbeing and our visitors spend lots of time outdoors, engaged in active or practical pursuits. You won’t be short for something to do on our interesting site, available throughout your stay. We also have a selection of books, games and activities to keep your group entertained when you’re not outside exploring the woodland.

The dining or meeting area has a large tabled area, with flexibility to change the layout to suit your needs with seating for 16 people. Set up a family dining area or meeting style arrangement.

You can sleep up to 54 people in 4 dormitory style bedrooms, with mainly single beds.

Our Main Centre Caters for Larger Groups

If you have a larger group to accommodate, you can hire our Main Centre.

Residential Stays

Here you can sleep up to 54 people in 4 dormitory style bedrooms, with mainly single beds. Add this to hire of the ORB and you can sleep 70 people.

Day Bookings and Evenings

Our large hall can offer space to accommodate over 80 people for a conference or gathering and 100 people for a party. The flexible space and access to our catering kitchen and toilet facilities offers good value for money, with an option for self-catering. A catered package to suit a range of budgets can also be provided.

Access break out areas indoors and take your day outside for a memorable day or residential stay. Outside, the three fire pit areas provide wonderfully secluded place to relax and enjoy outdoor cooking. All-weather table and chairs, and cob oven are available for your use.

You can book for the day, weekend or add on more nights for a week away.

The Main Centre and Orb provide a unique venue for:

  • Conferences, training and workshops
  • Networking and business meetings
  • Family holidays
  • Clubs, classes and
  • Weddings and celebrations
  • Retreats, health and wellbeing groups
  • Community functions
  • Fundraising and charity events
  • Camping – under canvas or in our dormitories.
  • Outdoor events
  • Exchange and international visits
  • School visits

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Book our Workshop

This is a fabulous outdoor classroom for children’s parties, larger group activities and a base for outdoor training. Appropriate for groups of up to 30 people, it can be booked with the Orb as an ‘add on’ and includes tables and seating, kitchen and toilets. It’s a great place to explore natural materials, craft activities and share in discussion. Book it with the Orb as an ‘add on’.

If there is something else you would like, let us know and we will help make it happen, tailored exactly to your needs.

We had a very enjoyable day, well organised and professionally run with great staff. There was laughter and nonstop chatter, from start to finish.

- Elizabeth Birch, Cheltenham Ladies College Guild.

Thank you for letting us do all the activities and have fun. I liked doing the peg trail and tree climbing. I want to go again because it was so good.

- Sophie (Aged 6).

The Orb was ideal for all our needs with space for the 15 of us to eat together, perfect for group activities and families. I think we would struggle to beat it on quality and value for money.

- Max Woollard from Cheshire.

Volunteering at The Kingswood Trust makes me feel valued and confident. It was great fun, giving the pets their breakfast and discovering freshly laid eggs in the chicken coop. Thank you for such an amazing opportunity.

- Juliet (Aged 12).

My favourite activities were the rope course, the midnight walk and the air raid shelters. Thank you for letting us stay for a night and meet the animals. You looked after us so well.

- Johnnie (Aged 7).

The Kingswood Trust is a great place to visit and volunteer. Working at the Trust has helped me become more confident and now I am now in full time work

- Stuart Bickerton from Telford.

Thank you for looking after my children at The Kingswood Trust Holiday Club. They have both thoroughly enjoyed their adventures, nature based and fun outdoor activities and arrive home happy and tired, ready for a good night’s sleep.

- Simon Briscoe from Wolverhampton.

The Kingswood Trust charity is a place where there are no limits to learning and no boundaries to the imagination.

- Rachel Wells - Head Teacher and Charity Manager, The Kingswood Trust.

I loved the zipline and feeding the rabbits. My most favourite time was when we ate our roast dinner and then went to the play area. I have been begging Miss Mason to come back soon and I hope we will.

- Rukudzo (Aged 7).

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

1. The Kingswood Trust was awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge in Autumn 2017.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

2. We are much more than a school trip… our activities support learning and development for all.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

3. Our Charity is fully risk assessed and has an outstanding health and safety record.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

4. Our venue is local – to Wolverhampton, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin and Birmingham and the Black Country Authorities so there is less travel time and lower transport costs.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

5. All Teaching staff have teaching qualifications or L5 Support assistant qualifications and are experienced outdoor educators – 4 staff have a level 3 Forest Leader qualification.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

6. Our curriculum enhancement opportunities are carefully planned to meet the needs of schools and groups – learning is memorable, active and fun.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

7. We connect people with nature for improved education, health and wellbeing – research backs up this need to combat “Nature Deficit Disorder”.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

8. We offer a range of pre-visit support via our teaching staff and house manager, including pre-planning visits, parents presentation and video for school use.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

9. We can provide you with testimonials from other schools and groups who choose The Kingswood Trust or check out our evaluation feedback.

10 reasons to choose The Kingswood Trust

10. We offer good value for money – and have a range of offers available and supporting staff come free.

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Special Events

Are you looking for a fun activities for the whole family, or something new to do with friends? Check out our calendar of events and other opportunities and connect with nature and the great outdoors. Visit our Facebook page now. Here you can find out news and what’s on and book onto our events and activities.

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Comment on Facebook

Excellent progress.Well done !

Great work done today! Thank you all.

Lovely to see the young people join us and work so hard

Well done.

This project is so transformational and exciting....the power of people and the power of the great outdoors....Kingswood Trust is such an amazing organisation with amazing support x

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Holes...hills...wood...wildness...happiness and wellbeing....Im very happy with our helping hands...all socially distanced...oh and Julia stepped in it again xImage attachmentImage attachment
We have a few places left for our exciting grounds work project starting next month. Kingswood Trust is seeking young volunteers to join a team taking on a new challenge together. Our project will see a big difference to the local community with
the creation of a gardening area, tree & plant nursery and a new wonderful forest school.
Before you know it, you’ll have been supporting each other and having a great time, as you learn how to solve problems and work together. You’ll also get to work with new people, gain evidence for your CV, future applications and get a great reference too that will help you smash your ambitions!
If you are 16 -25 years old and would like to find out more please email helen.heywood@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Comment on Facebook

Thank you so much Julia. You have done a brilliant job and produced such a wonderful record of our efforts and achievements. You should be very proud of yourself especially wearing those gloves - love ‘em - too posh for grounds maintenance!!! X

Thank you Julia for huge effort you made. I loved a pictures you took.

Lovely book Julia - thanks for all your hard work!!!

Fantastic Julia! A good job done. 😊

What an absolute celebration of volunteering and treasure of memories! Well done Julia x

What a lovely idea!

Absolutely lovely! Well done Julia! X

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Emily May

I have missed you so much today!!

Gorgeous!

Can’t wait to visit 😁

If you are out walking with your children why not collect some natural materials and make your own mark making and painting tools...
Get creative and learn through nature during lockdown.Image attachment

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Love this idea. Can’t wait to see the paintings...please post any here. Helen 😃

Sarah Wood 🤩

Kingswood Trust is looking for 12 enthusiastic, young volunteers to join them for their new grounds work project who will gain the opportunity to learn skills and benefit from working together on our environmental site. 
The Kingswood Trust Nature4All is one of the first environmental projects awarded a grant from the government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund. 
The project is all about connecting people to nature, learning about, developing and preserving the environment, biodiversity and wildlife conservation. 
Work will include the creation of a gardening area with a tree & plant nursery and a new, wonderful forest school. This is so that more activities can be offered to the whole community and particularly those with special educational needs, disabilities, and poor mental health.

The project will begin after 19th February 2021 and those interested in becoming a volunteer, participating in activities, or who would like to know more about the project, are invited to contact Helen Heywood via email helen.heywood@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

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They’ve been awarded a government grant, thank goodness. Great news. I was worried they might not survive this current climate. Sarah Kenny Sharon Birbeck Dorothy Bennett

I do hope you find enough volunteers, my grandparents and my dad's brothers lived in county lane, just up from the Summerhouse in xx jan

Terry Benton would this be useful for anybody

Émilie-Rose Naylor McNab

Sophie Green

Holly Wilson-Lees for your DofE?

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Apologies  but our Winter Play sessions and our Wild Walk and Nature Play have now been postponed on Eventbrite. Following the Governments request to STAY HOME, we have decided to postpone both our Tuesday and Saturday events in January in the first instance, whilst the R numbers locally in Staffordshire and Wolverhampton are so high. This is to ensure the safety of all our visitors, staff and volunteers. We really appreciate your support and hope you are all keeping well during this difficult time.

Frances will contact you shortly to ensure you receive a full refund if you have already booked.
We will re open and re post the events as soon as we can.
Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you at our next event in the near future.

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Hope it all gets back to normal soon. XX

Such a pity but no doubt necessary.

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Address and Directions

The Kingswood Trust
Holyhead Road
Kingswood
Wolverhampton
WV7 3AP
Tel: 01902 558132
Email: Kingswood@wolverhampton.gov.uk
Email Head: Rachel.Wells@wolverhampton.gov.uk

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Opening Times

Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Weekends: Vary by event

For group bookings and stays contact The Kingswood Trust directly to arrange or call us direct on 01902 558132.

What's on: Download The Kingswood Trust 2018 calendar

Accessibility

The Kingswood Trust are delighted to have achieved top marks for Learning Outside the Classroom, read more about LOtC here.

Assistance Dogs are welcome at The Kingswood Trust.

The Kingswood Trust is wheelchair friendly. All buildings are on one level and the majority of the grounds can be accessed with a wheelchair. Wheelchair accessible toilets are also available.

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