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Why Barnstondale

Why is a trip to Barnstondale a must for your school?

Residential learning experience provides opportunities and benefits that cannot be achieved in any other educational environment. Learning away from the familiar classroom environment is motivating, exciting, and stimulating and the benefits can be measured long after everyone is back home.

Barnstondale regularly accommodates schools from across the region and has developed a vast range of activity programmes that fulfil all parts of the school curriculum from physical education to learning about the environment around us.

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Group Activities

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Explore our school group activites and start building your next exciting residential trip to Barnstondale.

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Check out our action packed residential packages

Visits to Barnstondale provide safe, fun and challenging opportunities for schools and youth groups and introduce opportunities for development and learning, by providing new experiences which may not otherwise be available to some young people.

These courses can either be residential or day visits and this is normally a decision taken by the school/youth service staff. Courses for youth groups are custom designed to the needs of the group. Get in touch with us to discuss your options further or use our Pricing Calculator to get an idea of prices and start your journey with us today!

Package 1

3 days with a morning start (Monday - Wednesday)

  • First day morning start
  • Up to 12 sessions available in your stay
  • Full board
  • Access to on site facilities
  • Evening activities available
  • Depart at noon on Day 3

Package 2

3 days with an afternoon start (Wednesday - Friday)

  • First day afternoon start
  • Up to 12 sessions available in your stay
  • Full board
  • Access to on site facilities
  • Evening activities available
  • Depart at the end of day 3

Package 3

The perfect weekend away (Friday - Sunday)

  • Late afternoon arrival times
  • Up to 9 sessions available in your stay
  • Full board
  • Access to on site facilities
  • Evening activities available
  • Departure available from lunchtime to 6pm on day 3

Learning Outcomes

What We Aim To Achieve Through Our Activities

Learning outcomes are embedded in all areas of our activity delivery and act as a theme for your visit, where every session will provide valuable lessons that contribute to the development of your young people.

See Learning Outcomes for more information.

Barnstondale's Learning Outcomes

  • Resilience
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Physical
  • Independent Thinking


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Our Accommodation

Log Cabins

Our beautiful and comfortable Cabins are the genuine article. Sourced directly from the USA, the land which made an art form of the log cabin, our accommodation will make your stay at Barnstondale memorable from the first moment you see them. After all, who hasn’t dreamt of staying in a log cabin by the woods?

Sleeps 2 - 7 Per Room



Wirral, our Dormitory-style accommodation at Barnstondale is a great solution for groups who enjoy the simple comforts of staying in dormitories. The dormitory has seperate male and female toilet and shower facilities.

Sleeps 45 individuals

Meadow cabin

Meadow Cabin

Meadow Cabin is our newest Cabin at Barnstondale, having only been built in 2011. Externally it has the same rustic, inviting look as our other cabins but inside it has been purpose-built to cater for users with severe disabilities.

Sleeps 14

Frequently asked questions

FAQ for Schools

Is there a kit list?

Yes, suggested packing lists can be found in our Information For Group Leaders booklet.

What activities do you have?

See our full list of activities on our Activities page.

How quickly must I pay the deposit?

All payment details can be found in our T&Cs.

Can we use the site and not take part in activities?

Yes, although there is a day rate cost to this. To find out more about our facilities visit our Facilities page.

What happens if we cancel our trip?

Check out our T&Cs details.

Do you cater for allergies/specialist dietary requirements?

Yes. During the online booking process, you will be asked to list any special dietary requirements so our catering department can prepare for your trip. We welcome you speaking directly with our Catering Supervisor to discuss individual cases too.


How was your trip to Barnstondale?

Here’s what some schools have to say about their time at Barnstondale.

"As far as we're concerned, there is absolutely no better residential outdoor activity centre than Barnstondale."

Dovedale Primary

"We just loved it all. The organisation, friendliness of staff., quality/quantity of meals. The general feel of the place was great."

Northwood CPS, Kirkby, Liverpool

"It was a shame I had to go home because I was enjoying Barnstondale and me and my friends were having a good time together. The cabins were fab!"

Year 2, St Peters School

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Email: info@barnstondale.org

Phone: 0151 648 1412

Address:Barnstondale Storeton Lane Barnston Wirral, CH61 1BX

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