Hawkhirst 2024 Blog



We're off to a fantastic start. Hawkhirst 2024 here we come!

After finding out which room we're in and demolishing our lunch we set off towards the water. The weather was great and the reservoir was calm for our first activity of Bell Boating. We split into 3 teams and raced across the water. Super rowing skills were displayed and, with determination and perseverance, we all managed to land on the other side. We listened intently to the story about the huge wooden head hidden in the forest. We then played a game of camouflage. Afterwards, it was time to get back into the boats and paddle back towards our lodge. We are having a little downtime before our team games this evening and hopefully a restful night's sleep.


Day two. After a restful night's sleep we settled into our morning activities of abseiling, crate stacking or the zip wire. Many children conquered their fears and really challenged themselves to push out of their comfort zones. We are really proud of how the children are supporting one another and developing their resilience on this trip.

After lunch, we walked to the Birds of Prey Centre where we were able to hold Tilly the tiny Screech Owl. Sean, the expert at the centre, gave us a talk about the various birds and we got to ask lots of questions.  Later, we watched the enthralling daily show. The children were able to hold a Barn Owl and watched a falcon dive for its meal. Always a highlight, this trip didn't disappoint with many of the children saying it was their favourite part so far. 

We all came together to round off the day with some silly songs and toasted marshmallows around the campfire. It's now shower time for everyone before settling down to bed.


Day three and the sun has been shining on us today. The children have continued to astonish us with their fearless attitude.  We decided that our Hawkhirst Mantra would be 'No regrets' and everyone is definitely living up to that today with zip wire, crate stacking, abseiling, climbing, axe throwing and problem solving.

The children have just visited the Hawkhirst shop so are very excited about their new purchases. We are busy getting ready to complete our final challenge of the day - orienteering before settling down to bed with dreams of all our achievements. 


It's our final day of this amazing trip to Hawkhirst. This morning, we took part in Bushcraft. We built fires and cooked some french toast on the campfire. We also split into three teams to build dens. Each group showed excellent teamwork and resilience and managed to create some masterpieces. The dens were then judged on three factors; strength, coolness and whether it was waterproof. Sadly, we have to say goodbye to Hawkhirst for another year but we have such fond memories of this trip and will sleep very well tonight.