Are you looking for a fun-filled imaginative day out for your organisation or an action-packed birthday party for your child? Birmingham Boys and Girls Union, trading as Woodlands Adventure & Outdoor Learning (Registered Charity: 1120499), may have just what you need…
Outdoor learning provides many direct and indirect benefits for all ages and the exploits of TV stars like Bear Grylls and Ray Mears have brought about an increase in interest in the outdoors life and survival skills. Without doubt, scaling our climbing wall or testing your orienteering skills is tremendous fun and can be the start of a lifelong hobby. Developing crucial life skills such as teamwork, self-confidence and risk-taking is just part of the fun.
An active and practical approach can provide a real contrast to classroom learning. Children from all ages can benefit from undertaking risks in a controlled environment and participating in activities which stretch and challenge. Our bespoke programmes link into the curriculum for KS1-5 and support GCSE, BTEC and A-level qualifications. Our activities promote team building, integration and trust for Years 7 and 12 – and provide a memorable end-of-year experience for all year groups.
Youth & Uniform Groups
Help your group to make the most of their weekends and school holidays by experiencing our fun and challenging activities. From half-day sessions to week-long residentials, you can choose from our existing packages or create your own experiences. Watch your group thrive as they develop learning skills, resilience, self-confidence and motivation.
You bring the food and we’ll do the rest (picnic facilities/ indoor room are both available). Leave the organisation to us and we’ll provide a fun and exciting party for your child which will be remembered long after the presents have been opened and the guests have gone home. Use their specific interests to choose 2 activities from the following list:
* Zipwire * Assault course * Bridges and vines * Mud run * Archery * Canoeing / Kayaking * Climbing and Abseiling (classed as 2 activities) * Circus skills * Frisbee golf * Geocaching * Team building * Raft building * High ropes (age 10 upwards, classed as 2 activities) * Bush craft * Nature studies and woodlands walk * Orienteering or Geocaching * Monkey tree climbing
A day away from the workplace can work wonders for staff morale. Our venue, which can be used for team bonding, meetings and conferences, can be used by up to 70 delegates and includes fully equipped self-catering facilities, OHP and wi-fi. Incorporate some of our fun and challenging activities into your day, led by our fully qualified instructors, and see a different side to your staff as they develop their collaboration, leadership and problem-solving skills.
Bring your team to us and experience a series of challenging activities designed to increase teamwork and bonding. You can also celebrate the end of your sports season with us by combining your choice of exciting activities with a presentation ceremony.
Fully heated residential buildings include a large hall, kitchen, laundry room and disabled facilities. If you prefer a night under the stars, we have a large camping field with toilet/shower facilities, stretch tent, camping cabin (kitchen), BBQ and picnic benches.
Generations of local children have enjoyed our activities; Woodlands is designed and staffed to accommodate a wide range of people. There are no barriers to inclusion as staff are trained to accommodate additional needs. We are one of Birmingham’s oldest children’s charities, remaining true to our goal of introducing youngsters to the joys of outdoor activity. Many underprivileged children who visit us through our charity work have never experienced life outside the area in which they live, nor enjoyed open countryside. Your custom directly assists our aims to change that and give these children experiences which, through no fault of their own, they have not had the opportunity to enjoy.
Visit our website for more information or get in touch to arrange a visit.
(Bourne Vale Aldridge Walsall West Midlands WS9 0SH)
We had an amazing group day yesterday for my birthday. There were 26 of us, doing assault course, zip lining, canoeing and archery. The staff were fab and so accommodating. It was brilliant for all of us from the youngest who was five to the oldest in his fifties! Beautiful setting, so much fun, great value and highly recommended! We will defiantly be returning. Thank you for some great memories!rnJoanne D
We took a group of 32 Brownies here start of May the staff were excellent with them nothing was too much trouble, the were great with the less confident ones. They organised a camp fire on the Saturday night. A great weekend was had by all girls and leaders alike and we would defiantly come backSandra M
My son had his birthday party yesterday and what an amazing time we all had. Excellent facilities and opportunities for the children. Great staff. I couldn't be more thankful for a great place to have a party.Danielle P
Visited here with young people from The Factory Young People's Centre and Maypole Youth Centre (Birmingham Youth Service). All our young people have had an amazing time today at Woodlands. The staff were amazing and really supported and encouraged the young people to take part.rnWill definitely be visiting again next summer!Steve G
We took a group of SEN students. The staff were brilliant with them all, encouraging the less confident ones to try all the activities. They were so patient with them, making sure that they all had a fantastic day. Feedback from the students was 100% positive. Thank you for a fantastic day!Sue T
A group of us came here for a day of activities as part of a hen weekend and we had an amazing day! The team here were really great and although we had varying abilities and ages within our group they helped us all and were reassuring when some of us were a little apprehensive. Overall an enjoyable day out, the activities were fun and good value for money. We would definitely return. Thanks Woodlands for a great experience.Sarah B