Water Park mansion was bought by the Eric Wright Trust in 1998 and has since been developed into a comfy, stylish residential outdoor centre. Many of the original features have been maintained and the building has the feel of a Country Guest House.
Upstairs we now have thirteen bedrooms, ranging from two to five beds per room. Each room has single beds, underbed storage and bed side cabinets. The configuration of bedrooms allows for a suitable split between males & females. There is a toilet and shower in close proximity to each bedroom. Two of the bedrooms are wheelchair accessible and have a disabled toilet and shower close by, as well as lift access to those rooms.
Downstairs there is a dining room, washing up area, library, chill out areas and separate changing rooms. The main rooms all have wood burning stoves which provide a sociable focus for groups after a whole day outside.
We only accept ONE group at a time at Water Park, so you can be assured you will not be sharing with another school.
We are pleased to be able to cater for most dietary requirements, but please note that we do require prior notice. An important part of the Water Park philosophy is that groups eat together and take some responsibility for domestic arrangements. With this in mind, students will be expected to lay the tables, serve their groups food, clear tables at the end of the meal and do the washing up. Individuals are expected to make their own packed lunches each morning – constituent parts are provided by Water Park.
Meal times are generally: Breakfast 08:00 Dinner 17:30
Breakfast includes juice, cereal & toast, and can include a cooked breakfast on a limited number of days of your choice.
Menu choices for schools and youth groups are available by visiting our MENUS page.
We are available to run evening sessions on three evenings of a five day stay and two evenings of a weekend stay. When Water Park staff are unavailable, we will provide low technology activities for yourselves to use with your groups, if you so wish.
We have a comprehensive kit store which can provide each student with a set of waterproofs, boots, hat, gloves, ruck sack, and pile jacket. Specialist equipment for each activity is handed out prior to the session. A suggested kit list can be found in the download section.
Each student will need a separate pair of indoor shoes (with non marking soles), or preferably slippers, for their stay at Water Park. We have a stock of our own indoor shoes specifically for this purpose if your students are unable to provide their own.
A TV, video and music centre are available for group use at the discretion of visiting staff.
There is a payphone on site, but we have limited quantities of change available. You will need to think very carefully about whether you allow your students to use the phone during your visit. Ask Water Park staff if you need advice.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT GROUP LEADERS DO NOT ALLOW YOUNG PEOPLE TO BRING MOBILE TELEPHONES.
There is a tuck shop on site – can be open every evening – which sells sweets, drinks and momento’s. We give you the keys and allow you to run it when and if you like – 1900 is the most popular time.
We have two 17 seater minibuses on site for your group as part of your programme. We also have 4 x 4 for use of visiting staff in emergencies (you must send us copies of BOTH parts of your driving licence & complete a driver form before your course if you wish to able to drive this vehicle).
Prior to your visit, please gather all medical information on your group and also visiting staff. In particular we need to know of any health problems, allergies, medications, emergency contacts and telephone numbers and any other information you feel may be relevant and/or helpful.
Medical forms can be downloaded from the download section area , or please use your own if you prefer.
Our premises are licensed and our prices are very reasonable. The bar can be made available to visiting staff.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN ALCOHOL. ALL PROFITS FROM THE BAR HELP THE TRUST TO SUPPORT MORE CHARITABLE WORK.
EXPECTATIONS OF VISITING STAFF
Our expectation is that you will be responsible for the pastoral care of your group members during your stay. Generally we will be responsible for the safety of your group during activity sessions. Visiting staff who are suitably experienced and/or qualified may choose to lead some activities, subject to prior discussion and agreement with Water Park staff.
GROUP SIZES AND BEDROOMS
We generally operate in group sizes of 8 young people, plus a leader to one Water Park tutor. Prior to your visit we would encourage you to complete the group list form in the download section and also transfer any medical information. How you split your groups is entirely up to you. Some groups do it by ability, others by behaviour, and others randomly.
A layout of the bedrooms and a bedroom list is also available in the download section section for you to complete.