Testimonials

 

“The venue suited us very well.  Excellent kitchen facilities.  The additional camping option for further guests was ideal.”
Ian Archer – 50th birthday celebrations (1st to 3rd September 2017)

"Excellent kitchen facilities"

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you [Deb] and all the staff for being so accommodating.  It was my first visit to the Wilderness Centre and I found it such a great venue.  Please also pass our thanks to the catering staff who were firstly very kind and secondly very accommodating. I also heard so many comments about the food which was delicious.  I think we all went home with a few extra pounds!”
Laura Wittke, Project Coordinator – Winston’s Wish (22nd to 24th September 2017)

“We would like to say a huge thank you to you and the team at the Wilderness Centre for the fantastic time we had during our stay.  You [Dave] are a brilliant guide who shows so much passion and love for your job, we enjoyed seeing this within you and managed to adopt the same attitudes within our team building tasks to perform to the best of our ability.  Already from the time we spent at the Wilderness Centre we have noticed the difference between the group and how we communicate with each other.  Many valuable skills and abilities were developed or even some established during our time with you. We certainly hope to see you again when we next visit.  Thank you so much once again for our lovely stay.”
The Apprentice Team – Kohler Mira Ltd (29th to 31st August 2017)

"struck the balance between having fun and encouraging the children to try everything"

“Oli, Sarah and Lawrence (the instructors) were absolutely brilliant with the children and made them get the most out of their stay.  They struck the balance between having fun and encouraging the children to try everything, but also making sure health and safety and skills, etc. were taught properly and understood. Both Dave and Deb were really approachable and easy to deal with in the run up to the trip.”
Sam Rickaby – Ashchurch Primary School, Tewkesbury (12th to 14th July 2017)

“The Centre was the ideal venue for our weekend – the space both indoors and out meant we had room to relax and explore. The variety of facilities and interesting areas were really enjoyed by the group – the standing stones, the fire pit in the woodland, the outside seating areas, the 3 indoor group spaces.  Having plates, cutlery, etc. plus a fully equipped kitchen was a bonus.  The love and care that goes into maintaining the Centre oozes out of it and adds to the ambiance of it being a relaxing, supportive, safe place. Thank you!”
Cali White – Women in Power (7th to 9th July 2017)

"The love and care that goes into maintaining the Centre oozes out of it"

“Both Deborah and Dave were incredibly friendly and helpful with our many, many queries as we sorted out our large extended family gathering.  I commend them both for their sense of humour and patience in helping us answer everyone’s questions. Everyone enjoyed the food, plenty of choice and quantity (for those of our group who like big portions – they were not disappointed). Those with special requirements were also well catered for and it all tasted great. We had a fantastic weekend and the weather was perfect so we enjoyed the stunning views from the front of the property on those outdoor tables.  The camp fire was also a big hit with everyone on Saturday evening, a special bonus!  I have recommended this Centre to several people at work who are considering large gatherings.  I cannot speak highly enough of the Centre and the staff.”
Sarah Forage (30th June to 2nd July 2017)

“The whole place gave us more than we expected; the natural beauty surrounding the estate, bed facilities, facilities for cooking, camp fire and so on."
Manish Mathews – St Mary’s Jacobite Church, Northampton (17th to 18th June 2017)

“Met by Dave who straightaway got the children on board.  All instructors were brilliant particularly in the way they supported and encouraged the children."
Julie Royle – St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Tetbury (7th to 9th June 2017)

“Staff were exceptionally helpful and quick to respond; we were shown politeness and they checked we were ok, helping wherever they could. The venue was pristine.  We can’t fault the site – it definitely represents value for money.  We’ve already booked for next year and a number of our players have said that they intend to use the site themselves."
John Neal & Jessica Aldwin – Lost and Found LARP (2nd to 4th June 2017)

“Staff were on hand before we even got off the bus. Warm welcome. Change from team games/orienteering first afternoon was welcomed – rain stops nothing. Food was great … as ever!"
Matt Jeynes – Longlevens Junior School, Gloucester (8th to 12th May 2017)

“Thank you!  We have all really enjoyed our stay.  The children had a great time and your staff have been so helpful and welcoming too!"
LJS Office – Longlevens Junior School, Gloucester (15th to 17th May 2017)

“4A have really enjoyed their stay.  The instructors have made them feel comfortable challenging themselves.  We’ve all had great fun"
Amy Wilson – Longlevens Junior School, Gloucester (17th to 19th May 2017)

“The boys have come back full of joy. Thank you so much for everything today."
Easter School Holiday Activities (April 2017)

“Perfect team morale boosting day. Fun but purposeful. I am quite new to the school and found this team bonding day helped me get to know other members of staff and I was able to work with people I haven’t worked with yet. I was a little nervous about taking my whole staff, especially as I had picked up that many members were anxious about the day themselves. However, it was truly the best inset we have had together. Building stronger staff relationships, where individuals not only get to show what they can do but also what they can’t. This is very powerful. We all have hidden talents and we all have skills to learn. This day will be reflected on time and time again as having such a positive impact on us as a team. With the current climate in our profession, that’s worth a million pounds!"
Kathy Haig, School Business Manager, Coopers Edge School Staff Team Building Day (April 2017)

“We had a fantastic stay and can’t wait to bring our partner school with us in 2 years’ time.   The children have enjoyed all of the activities and great to have the same instructor throughout so they could build relationships.”
Brampton Abbotts Primary School, Ross-on-Wye (March 2017)

"great to have the same instructor throughout so they could build relationships"

"would happily stay longer thanks to the friendliness and humour"

“I was really nervous and yet really enjoyed myself! The children have felt the same – along with a good deal of excitement. Everyone has had a lovely time and would happily stay longer thanks to the friendliness and humour of the staff. Many thanks"
Hempsted C of E Primary School, Gloucester (March 2017)

“Amazing provision for all dietary requirements.”
“All the children have had a wonderful time and will take something back with them.  Staff (all) exceptional.  Very seamless transitions between activities and food times.  Thank you.”
St Mark’s C of E Junior School, Cheltenham (February 2017)

"All the children have had a wonderful time"

"You are all so friendly and welcoming, we felt really well looked after"

“Oh we had a ball!  It was amazing.  You are all so friendly and welcoming, we felt really well looked after.  We would absolutely love to come back and only wish we could have stayed longer.  Thank you. Thank you!”
“The kitchen was really, really well equipped with giant pots and great stoves.  The dishwasher was amazing – the star of the weekend.  Everything we needed we found."
Emily Hinshelwood – 50th birthday party (January 2017)

“We had a fantastic time - everyone is very keen to return!  Excellent food - my sincere thanks to the ladies behind the scenes…. It was great to see some of the less confident children achieve [in the activities], almost certainly due to the superb support from Julia and Nom! Thanks too to Dave, for generally trusting us to treat the place well. Will give them time to recover from this one before I start planning the next!  Regards and thanks.”
Pauline Bailey – 40th birthday party (October 2016)

"It was great to see some of the less confident children achieve [in the activities]"

"such a beautiful place to play safely, explore tunnels, time travel, sleep soundly and run free…"

“The Polish cubs and brownies and their leaders would like to heartily send you a great BIG thank you for making us feel so welcome at the Wilderness Centre and for providing us with such a beautiful place to play safely, explore tunnels, time travel, sleep soundly and run free…”
Polish Cubs and Brownies (July 2016)

“Will be recommending to colleagues and other schools.  Great flexibility on programme ideas.  Calm environment.  Relaxed timings.  Clear timetable each day. Nice to be the only school here!”
Coney Hill School, Gloucester (July 2016)

"Will be recommending to colleagues and other schools"

"Best night’s sleep ever on a residential"

“Amazing – a fantastic place ... Great activities which challenged the children.  Good to see pupils take a sense of responsibility.  Affordable which is important for parents. A super place – very relaxing for all.  Best night’s sleep ever on a residential.”
Cheryl Clifton - Westonbirt Prep, Westonbirt (July 2016)

“We would definitely recommend to other schools.  Instructors all fab.  Will’s storytelling was great!  This is just the beginning for the Centre since re-opening.  Sure we’ll be back!”
Sam Rickaby - Ashchurch Primary School, Tewkesbury (July 2016)

"This is just the beginning for the Centre since re-opening"

"Excellent with pupils and support to staff"

“A big thank you to Dave and all the team for making us feel very welcome.  Excellent with pupils and support to staff.  Brilliant mix of land based and water activities; great and appropriate to year group.  Great rooms and communal spaces.”
Marc Johnson - Bredon School, Tewkesbury (September 2016)

“A fantastic experience for a very diverse group of students with a variety of needs. They will leave with an absolute sense of achievement. Ticked every box I had…. See you again.”
G Robinson - Brookfield School, Hereford (September 2016)

"Ticked every box I had"

"There was plenty to eat and food was tasty!"

“Thank you for a great couple of days – everyone enjoyed it!  Varied activities which the children loved.  All instructional staff had great rapport with their groups.  There was plenty to eat and food was tasty!”
Stephen Dean - Highnam Academy (October 2016)

“The objective was to gather the sales team together to go through our sales strategy and plans and also to help them work greater as a team – all in a fun and relaxed way. The Centre and its facilities were the perfect facilitator. It is definitely the best sales meeting we have had. The feedback from the team has been great – they all loved the experience. The house and grounds were perfect and all the staff were helpful and welcoming – you made it easy for us. Thank you.”
Creed Foodservice, Churchdown, Gloucester (June 2016)

"The house and grounds were perfect and all the staff were helpful and welcoming"

“Excellent all round.  Great food, accommodation, activities and staff.  We had a wonderful time.”

Mr M - St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Gloucester (June 2016)


 

"Royal welcome!"

“Royal welcome! Even took a sick bucket from me on arrival!”
Ms R - Berkeley Primary School, Berkeley  (June 2016)


 

“Cleanliness, quality and quantity of food, accommodation, facilities and value for money all superb! Instructional staff fully engaged with the kids at all times. Kids loved the rooms and beds were comfy. Thank you. Our residential was amazing!.”
Ms R - Berkeley Primary School, Berkeley  (June 2016)

"staff fully engaged with the kids at all times"


 

"This Centre is exemplary!"

“This Centre is exemplary! Staff were so good with our children and worked extremely hard. They gave us teachers a break! Thank you to all of you and for the personal touch.”
Ms R - Berkeley Primary School, Berkeley  (June 2016)


 

“A super visit.  Best residential in years!”

Mrs F – Lea C of E Primary School, Lea, Herefordshire (June 2016)


 

“Amazing trip.  Brilliant activities suited to the age of the children.  Staff all very accommodating and rapport with children fantastic.  We will certainly be returning.”
St Mary’s Primary School, Tetbury  (June 2016)

"Brilliant activities suited to the age of the children."


 

"It truly was an experience that the children will always remember."

“We would love to return next year. It truly was an experience that the children will always remember. I am so glad that I came out on Thursday evening... enjoying a superb tea (both in quality and quantity!) and joining everyone for the evening activities - what a superb storyteller Will is!”
Mrs R – St Mary’s Primary School, Tetbury (June 2016)


 

“Lovely setting. Lovely room.  Left to our devices which was great. Tea and coffee available with lots of juice and flap jacks. Nice lunch freshly made. Would definitely return.”
Gloucester GP Trainers (June 2016)

"Nice lunch freshly made. Would definitely return."


 

"Welcome from the first minute"

“Welcome from the first minute.  A great couple of days had by all.  A big thank you to all staff.  We will be back.”
Mr J – Longlevens Junior School, Gloucester (May 2016)


 

“Fun, well structured day and timings.  It has been a great stay.”

Kempsford Church of England Primary School, Kempsford (May 2016)


 

“Incredibly welcoming and well organized. The children have loved it and achieved a lot. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience.”
Mr W – Longlevens Junior School, Gloucester (May 2016)

"The children have loved it and achieved a lot"


 

“Had a fantastic visit.  Thank you very much!”

Ms W – Longlevens Junior School, Gloucester (May 2016)


 

"Warm, friendly welcome.  Perfect activities for age group"

“Warm, friendly welcome.  Perfect activities for age group; staff rearranged some to account for the weather. Staff gave clear instructions, had a mature approach and were knowledgeable, considerate and flexible. Inclusive approach during all activities.”
Gastrells Primary School, Stroud (April 2016)


 

“We were impressed with how approachable all the staff were and how well they interacted with the children, particularly one autistic child who had quite profound needs.  Staff were always mindful of his needs and sensitive in their approach. They were very encouraging to all children especially when they felt challenged.”
Gastrells Primary School, Stroud (April 2016)

"very encouraging to all children especially when they felt challenged"


 

"I liked how they promoted the values we share"

“I liked how they promoted the values we share, namely teamwork, co-operation, encouragement, meeting challenges, fun, independence and inclusivity”
Head – Gastrells Primary School, Stroud (April 2016)


 

“Very friendly. Good fun. All had a sense of humour.”

Gastrells Primary School, Stroud (April 2016)


 

“Fabulous food. Good portions. The cooks were kind, helpful and nothing was too much trouble.”
Gastrells Primary School, Stroud (April 2016)

"Fabulous food. Good portions."


 

"activities were excellently tailored to the needs of the children"

“The activities were excellently tailored to the needs of the children.  This kept the children’s attention as well as promoting team work and problem solving”
Belmont Special School, Cheltenham (April 2016)


 

“All children and staff felt safe at the Centre.  We were given clear given clear guidelines at the beginning.”
Belmont Special School, Cheltenham (April 2016)

"All children and staff felt safe at the Centre"


 

"All pupils have voted to come back!!!"

“A great big thank you for such an excellent day. Thank you also for providing the sunshine!!! All pupils have voted to come back!!!”
Belmont Special School, Cheltenham (April 2016)


 

“I am writing to say thank you.  I had such an unbelievable time.  I particularly like the tunnels because I conquered my fear of the dark.”
Ross - Belmont Special School, Cheltenham (April 2016)

"I particularly like the tunnels because I conquered my fear of the dark."


 

"We couldn’t believe the size of our den!"

“I particularly enjoyed bush craft because I thought it was fun. We couldn’t believe the size of our den!”
Finlay - Belmont Special School, Cheltenham (April 2016)


 

“We have really enjoyed our stay and have found the staff very accommodating. We look forward to our next visit.  Many thanks.”
Mr K – Hempsted Primary School, Gloucester (March 2016)

"have found the staff very accommodating"


 

“Enjoyed our visit.  Warm welcome.”

Forest View Primary School, Cinderford (March 2016)


 

"What I will remember is the magnificent view you will always have around the house"

“What I will remember is the magnificent view you will always have around the house.  Also how kind the people were and how nice.”
Pupil – Sancton Wood School, Cambridge (June 2015)


 

“My lasting memory of the trip was how comfy the Anglo Saxon clothes were.  They felt a bit like heavy pyjamas.  No one believed me until they tried them on for themselves.”
Pupil – Sancton Wood School, Cambridge (June 2015)

"My lasting memory of the trip was how comfy the Anglo Saxon clothes were"