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.

The Kingswood Trust Newsletter

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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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Our bird ringing expert, Colin McShane was first up tonight on BBC Winterwatch 8pm talking about the Jack Snipe... This well-camouflaged wader is a winter visitor to the UK, where it can be seen feeding on wetlands with a distinctive bobbing motion. Join us next Tuesday 25th January at Kingswood Trust 8am for our next bird ringing session with Colin. #birdringing #belvideringers #explorenatureImage attachment

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An excellent piece to camera! A natural - Well done Colin.

This week our Volunteers have been working hard to complete the next stage of our new forest school shelter. We have been busy moving 20T of soil to create a bank around the structure for us to plant with wild flowers. We also planted some new trees in our orchard including this winter gem apple tree. Thank you again for all the support from our volunteer team! we couldnt do it without you!Image attachment

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We had a fantastic time as always. Thank you x

So gutted that i couldn't come ! However I am now a qualified First Aider for another few years x

Lovely morning if a little chilly 🥶 xx

On a crisp winters morning theres something quite special about cooking round a campfire.
Starting this Saturday 15th January, we will be running Saturday Forest Fun – and then every fortnight into March.
This is still chance to take part in our Wild Walk and Nature Play where families can park, play and enjoy the walk but there will now also be a theme or activities for each Saturday. For this Saturday 15th the activities are Campfire Smores and Clay Modelling.
Get wrapped up and cosy, get your tickets here. 
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/saturday-forest-fun-tickets-244534077007
We look forward to seeing you. @DefraGovUK @HeritageFundUK
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Brilliant place, great activities, wonderful staff.

Nicola Chandler fancy trying this one Saturday morning

Amy Louise Steele we can’t do this week, but do you fancy this one weekend? X

What age is this for an how long is the session? Do you have to book tickets for adults too?

Emily Machin we should take our crew xx

Gemma Simpson Natalie Bailey Elizabeth Garratt Maybe one for the kiddies xx

what age is it for please?

Laura Reader

Jenny Mason

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Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters. We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2022. Stay safe everyone and see you soon. Rachel Wells.

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Happy New Year to all you lovely people !

Happy New Year, see you in 2022 x

Happy new year xx

Thanks Rachel and Happy New Year to all the team.

Happy New Year

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If you are a supporter or have been to Kingswood Trust...please could you help us by writing a review and post a photo if you have one. Many Thanks Rachel Wells (Charity Manager)
Here are the steps for how to leave a Facebook review:
Click the Reviews/Recommendations tab.
Click Yes to recommend the Page.
Write your recommendation and if you use mobile upload a photo along with the recommendation text.
You can also choose a tag such as great service, amazing staff or similar.
Click Post.

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Done!

We have lots of great outdoor events next year for families and friends. Take a look at our calendar, we have seasonal activities, themed events, camping in the summer and lots more. All the details for each event and how to book can be found at www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/kingswood-trust-15880876381
Meanwhile we wish you a very 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
We look forward to seeing you soon. 🙂

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A wonderful place, fabulous activities for all ages, lovely environment and brilliant people! Well worth a visit - or several...

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Merry Christmas 🎅 🎄

It was beautiful! ❤️❤️

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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.

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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