Well done team. A fantastic and adventurous course with a group of children who have been a lot of fun to be with! As always, this was an absolutely amazing experience for children and staff alike. We especially enjoyed our time in the slate mine. A rainy day was transformed into an action packed adventure […]View Post
Oaklands is an Outdoor Education Centre situated in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. The Centre is managed by Edsential, and owned by Wirral Council - but we're open to everyone...
...and it's not just about education! For over 35 years we've been meeting the curriculum, personal, social and educational needs of young people and schools.
Our students often tell us that their visit to Oaklands was "The Best Days of my Life" and "The Most Exciting Thing I've Ever Done!"
Read some of their stories here...
Proven outcomes of our competitively priced Outdoor Education Courses are raised self esteem, self confidence and raised attainment. Read Ofsted's report on learning outside the classroom...
Outdoor Activity Centres are great for youth groups, and at Oaklands we've got more than 35 years experience of providing adventure training to young people.
Team building is an important part of a successful business - and team building doesn't get any better than outdoor adventure activities in Snowdonia!
Information for course leaders
Group leaders will receive a booking pack with all the forms and (hopefully!) all the information you need for your course. If you’ve any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Centre via email or phone.
Copies of all the paperwork needed for your course are also available to download here
- Parent/Guardian Consent Form
- Adult Consent Form
- Dormitory List
- Activity Group List
- Suggested Kit List for course members (Full week/5 day course)
- Suggested Kit List for course members (Split week or Weekend)
- Suggested Kit List for course members (Day Visit)
Updated Sept 2017
Well done! Great course here’s some photos. Thanks to everyone at Oaklands, we have had an amazing few days and are taking home wonderful memories. Can’t wait to come again. Thanks again from all at Great Meols Primary School.View Post
Great to have you all at the Centre, and wonderful to see everyone getting stuck into all the activities in some very cold but amazing weather !View Post
Some of our recent visitors
Every week a different school arrives at Oaklands Outdoor Centre for a residential course or a day visit, and dozens of young people and schoolchildren get the chance to experience it for real.
Great few days all!! Here’s a few photos to remind you of what you got up to… [Show picture list]View Post
When asked what aspects of your visit worked best the leaders said: The mixed programme, excellent staff, support morning, noon and night, well organised, and having a constant instructor throughout the week .View Post
The week was great for confidence building and we are delighted with the childrens’ team work and co-operation. They have learned to become more responsible for themselves, their belongings and their surroundings. Self esteem has also risen greatly in most children. Visit leader St Peter and St PaulsView Post
The Friends of Oaklands is a voluntary group which helps to support and promote the good work of Oaklands, in particular providing opportunities for young people and others who couldn’t otherwise afford to, access residential courses at the Centre and to support the centre in continuing to provide excellent courses to all groups.
You can contribute towards:
- Fundraising to support vulnerable young people accessing the Oaklands experience, to help increase their self-esteem by learning about themselves, other people and the environment
- Profile raising / increasing occupancy at the centre
- Fundraising for specific projects
- Working parties at the Centre – DIY, gardening….
- Pastoral work e.g. supporting programmed projects
Membership is open to anyone who supports the aims of the Friends of Oaklands, we have a junior member scheme too.
There is an annual membership fee of £5.00. (No membership fee for Junior Associated Members)
Meetings are held four times per year on Wirral, come along if you are free or contact the secretary Bob Saunders
Members receive regular updates / newsletters and have opportunities to take part in organised social events.
Volunteers play a crucial part in helping us bring about lasting improvements in the quality of provision at the Centre.