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About Hagg Farm

Hagg Farm Outdoor Education Centre is located in the Upper Derwent Valley of the Peak District National Park. It offers unparalleled views across the open moors of the Dark Peak, yet is in easy reach of major cities such as Manchester and Sheffield.

The main centre sleep 44 and the John Hunt Base sleeps up to 16 in a separate self contained building.

Although maintained primarily for Nottinghamshire schools, the centre is available to groups wishing to use the centre for accommodation only and is popular with charities, family groups, church organisations - in fact any group wanting to get away from it all and have an experience in the great outdoors.

Hagg Farm provides schools with a qualified outdoor tutor to lead on adventure activities and help with the organisation and planning of the course. Other instructors can be supplied by request to tailor you programme to your aims and budget. Other groups can also access this specialist input to experience a range of exciting outdoor activities using the moors, rockfaces reservoirs and caves that surround the centre.

These activities include rock climbing on the nearby gritstone edges, canoeing on local reservoirs and rivers, caving in the White Peak, orienteering in the local woodlands, hillwalking from the centre, abseiling (including Millersdale bridge), gorge walking, zipwire and a host of problem solving exercises, field studies, conservation and environmental/art activities in the grounds

A range of catering packages are available to suit your groups budget and needs, and all dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Hagg Farm is an AALS registered centre and an accredited course provider for Mountain Leader Training England and The British Caving Association national climbing, hillwalking and caving awards. All staff are nationally qualified and experienced enthusiasts with a passion for sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Some of the benefits of a visit to Hagg Farm for schools and other groups:

  • Affordable well regarded and reputable residential opportunities in an inspiring national park (within 90 minutes journey time of any Nottinghamshire school)
  • Improve and promote physical health and emotional well being through outdoor experiences and enjoyment of outdoor recreation.
  • Opportunity for whole year group induction packages to increase group cohesion, instil school ethos and cement relationships with staff/pupils and peers
  • increase independence and develop individual skills to aid the transition from KS2 to KS3 through challenging activities and the residential experience
  • GCSE PE (adventurous activities) training and assessment weeks at Hagg Farm - have consistently and significantly improved attainment for students at schools that have taken part in these
  • Targeted courses for disaffected young people to help them achieve success and re engage them with the education process
  • Courses for class groups to enhance curriculum and bring subjects alive
  • have fun!

'Residential outdoor and environmental education makes an important contribution to physical, personal and social education (Oftsed 2004)'.

For images of the accommodation and activities, please see our photo gallery.

Latest News and Information

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John Hunt Base availability

User AvatarPosted by Joan Williams at 30/08/2012 15:36:19
Now that your summer holiday is over you may want to think about bringing a group to Hagg Farm to stay in The John Hunt Base here.  This is a self contained unit which sleeps up to 16 people and is let on a sole use basis (self catered) wit all bedding provided.  From November onwards there is week day availability with weekends available from December onwards, including limited availability during the summer 2013 term too.  Please get in touch if you'd like to arrange a stay to check current dates available and to discuss your booking.
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