Q - Why choose Caldecotte Xperience?
A - Caldecotte Xperience has over 20 years experience delivering high quality outdoor educational adventurous activities in Milton Keynes as the Outdoor Education Service. We are now part of Action4Youth charity and are still devoted to delivering the same level of service to all our users. Our centre has been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
Q - What other recognised Awards does the centre hold?
A - Caldecotte Xperience also has an AALA licence, Adventuremark and we are also a BCU approved paddle sport provider, RYA training centre and sailability centre as well as an accredited centre for British rowing. We are also a centre accredited to deliver the NICAS climbing scheme.
Q - When is the centre open?
A - The centre is open all year round for residential bookings. We can offer activities all year round too, although the centre activities are not available over Christmas and New Year unless previously requested.
Q - Can I see the centre before I decide?
A - Yes of course you can see the centre before you decide to book. You will have the opportunity to view the surroundings, accommodation and facilities, and ask any questions about any aspect of your trip. You will find our staff knowledgeable and eager to assist and reassure you. Just call or email to make arrangements to come and look around the centre.
Q - What group sizes can the centre accommodate?
A - The residential centre can accommodate 39 in bunk rooms, but you can increase this number with folding beds and mattresses. We can accommodate up to 100 camping on site and can host groups up to 150 for activities.
Q - Can the centre visit the school?
A - Yes we can come to your school to speak to your staff and parents about your visit, give a presentation and answer any questions or we can provide you with a presentation which you can give yourselves...the choice is yours.
Q - What help will I get with organising my trip?
A - We provide you with a visit pack which is available online to help you organise your visit and make sure you don't forget anything. We can make a visit to speak to the children and parents, we are on the end of a phone to answer your queries and questions, you can email us for more information.
Q - What age groups can the centre cater for?
A - The Caldecotte Xperience can cater for a whole variety of age groups. You can stay at the centre from any age with your group. We regularly have children as young as six years old come and stay with their teachers. Our activities are most suitable for children and young people from the age of 8 up to adults, however we can cater for younger children by arrangement and are keen to get all groups taking part in outdoor activities regardless of age. As long as you fit into the safety equipment then you can try an activity. We do have some activities which are specifically for younger children and please ask us about them.
Q - Do I need to take part?
A - No you don't have to take part in the activities, but we encourage you to try them alongside your group and be there to encourage them. We hope you will try the activities, but you are not expected to instruct only to encourage and help ensure appropriate behaviour on instructed sessions.
Q - Do we need to provide equipment?
A - You need to bring or wear suitable clothing and footwear for working in the outdoors, but all safety equipment is provided by the centre.
Q - What bedding do we need to bring for staying at the centre?
A - The centre does not provide any bedding. We recommend that you bring a fitted sheet, sleeping bag and pillow. Some guests bring a duvet instead. You will also need to bring at least two towels, one for after activities.
Q - Is catering available?
A - The centre is self catering, however we are able to provide a catered service on request at additional cost to you. Please let us know if you wish to have a catered stay.
Q - Supervision
A - The centre staff are responsible for your children while they are on the instructed activity only. we ask that you supervise your children whilst changing for and after an activity. At all times the children are not on an activity they are your responsibility.
Q - Is their a first aider on site?
A - Yes there are a number of qualified first aid staff on site and they will provide first aid during instructed sessions. If you are staying overnight, you must provide your own first aider and first aid equipment as the staff are not on site at night. An overnight duty number is available for the duration of your stay.
Q - Is smoking allowed on site?
A - No. The whole site is non smoking. If you wish to smoke then you have to leave the site completely. There are plenty of gates off the grounds where you can exit.
Q - Are the activities suitable for children and young people with additional needs?
A - Yes, all of our activities are suitable for children and young people with additional needs. Our staff are highly trained and experienced at working with any people with additional needs. We also have specialised equipment designed for people with additional needs so that they can take part safely and securely and to as high a level as anyone else.
Q - Will the children need to bring any money with them?
A - No. The centre does not have a shop or tuck facilities so no spending money is needed at all.
Q - Is there access to a telephone at the centre?
A - There is a land line available during office hours, but we recommend that the staff bring along a mobile phone. There is Wifi at the George Amey centre.
Q - Are we responsible for cleaning the centre?
A - Yes we would hope that you leave the centre clean and tidy at the end of your stay. We provide cleaning materials, tea towels, washing up liquid, bin bags etc. However, please bring anything with you that you think you might need for your stay.