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Greatwood 2018

Some of our years 4,5 and 6 children are staying at the Greatwood Camp Outdoor Activity Centre on the Quantocks from Wednesday 12th September to Friday 14th September.


We will be posting a daily blog with photos covering all the exciting activities we are doing during the our stay.


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On our way

All arrived safely

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We have all arrived safely and all the children have settled in very well. This afternoon we went on a long walk up into the Quantocks Hills. We are all back at the campsite now somewhat exhausted! Looking forward to our dinner.


Unfortunately there is very little signal here at Greatwood, I have had to walk half a mile up the hill to send this blog so the blogs might not be as regular as I hoped but I will do my best to keep you up to date.


This evening's activity is rocket building, should be fun.

Quantocks Adventure

Rocket Building



After a "good" night's sleep we all had a hearty breakfast of cereals followed by a proper fried breakfast and then toast, just right to set us up for the day's activities.

Then it was back to the cabins for a frantic tidy up before Cabin Inspection by Mrs Gage and Mr Foster, all passed (just about). 

5pm: Phew, just finished a full day of non-stop activities. We have enjoyed a low ropes climbing course, duck racing / dam building, archery and a session in the swimming pool. Just chilling out now with cake and ice poles before heading out to collect firewood, for this evening's camp fire.

7.30: After a lovely dinner of sausages and mash followed by ice cream it was time to launch our rockets to enthusiastic countdowns. Mixed results, with rockets shooting off in all directions but at least they all launched!

It was then camp fire time, we all gathered around a massive fire to sing songs, play games and listen to stories from Patrick a very enthusiastic member of the Greatwood staff.

Hot chocolate followed, a perfect way to finish off a perfect day leaving the children tired but happy as we all went off to bed.




A busy start to the morning, rolling sleeping bags, packing cases and hunting for lost socks, all that hard work rewarded with another lovely breakfast. After breakfast, cases were dragged across the green and cabins swept and cleaned.

Our final activity is shelter building. We set off in slightly drizzly conditions on a hike up into the woods where the children built some brilliant shelters. Afterwards it was back to base for a picnic lunch. Sadly the time had come to say our goodbyes to our new friends at Greatwood camp and board the coach back to Wellington.


All in all a great trip that will live in our memories for a lifetime.




The instructors at Greatwood Camp

A special thanks to our brilliant instructors, James, Lewis, Carley and Patrick.

(Unfortunately Patrick left just before I took the picture!)

St John's Staff (still smiling!)

Well done to St John's staff, Mrs Webb, Mrs Gage, Mr Mitchell and Mr Foster.

Many thanks to Mrs Newstead, Mr Wilkie and Mr Priestley who came for sleep-overs. 



Signing off now, thank you for visiting our blog, hope you enjoyed it.