• Summer Activities

    for 5-14 year olds

  • Every day an adventure

    in the heart of the New Forest

  • Week one:

    29th July - 3rd August 2019

  • Week two:

    5th - 9th August 2019

  • Huge range of activities

    for a summer your child will never forget!

Book NOW to secure your child's place at Blunts Barn Activities - before we're all booked up!

Booking now for 2019: 29th July - 9th August

Welcome to Blunts Barn Activities

Unforgettable summer holiday activities for 5-14 year olds

About Us

Every day an adventure

Whatever your child's interests, he or she will have amazing fun at Blunts Barn Activities. We have a huge range of activities to suit everyone. Whether it's whizzing down the zip-wire, chilling in the swimming pool, cooking up a crispy cake creation, roasting dampers over your own camp fire, creating an artistic masterpiece worthy of the Tate, firing an arrow just like Robin Hood, shooting down the Slippery Slide, conquering our bike obstacle course or building your own QE2 (or perhaps Titanic!), we really do have something for everyone.

Try it for a day, a week or come for the whole two weeks; we know they'll have so much fun they'll want to come back for more!

Children love, parents trust

Set in a beautiful New Forest location, in the heart of the National Park, we make full use of our wonderful surroundings. We are passionate about ensuring quality, safe, and most importantly, fun activities for every child who spends time at Blunts Barn Activities. When you send your child to us, you can rest assured that not only are they having a brilliant time, but that they are also being cared for by highly experienced, qualified staff. All group leaders are DBS checked (formally CRB) and hold relevant qualications for the specialist activities they run, including first aid. We'll send your children home happy, proud of what they've achieved that day and ready for a full night's sleep!

The kids are on the go all day and love everything they do.

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News from Blunts Barn

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The activities

Just some of the brilliant (even though we say so ourselves!) activities on offer at Blunts Barn Activities. This list is by no means exhaustive and we are adding new activities all the time.

Zip Wire

Will you conquer the 110m long, 30m high aerial runway?!

Archery

Aim for the gold!

Rifle Shooting

Olympic sharpshooting at 20 paces.

The Legendary Slippery Slide

Water? Check! Soap? Check! 110m of super-slippery plastic? Check!

Bike Rides

Bike rides to challenge every ability

Swimming

Fancy a dip in our heated pool?

Wide games in the Wild

Li-Lo, Customs and Smugglers, Fox & Hounds, Stealth and many more. Hide, run, guard out on the forest.

Model boat races

Test your intrepid design against the stormy brine

Team games

Acid in the car park, bridge-building, wacky races...Will you help your team to win?!

Ball games

Football, Uni-hoc, basketball, table tennis and all your other favourites. Develop your technique and pit your skills against the others!

Arts & Crafts

We have a huge array of all things arty & crafty for the budding artist. With a particular focus on natural art, what amazing creation will you take home?

Cookery

From the famous crispy cake cow-pat to the simply delectable iced-biscuits, we've got cooking sorted. Perfect for a rainy day (although we hope they don't happen) but equally great in the blazing sunshine.

Survival Skills

Essential skills for the avid adventurer: Advanced campfire building, shelter/bivouac building, water collection, snaring and trapping. No more worries about being stranded on a desert island!

Pioneering

Using just rope and wood, make a fantastic camp gadget. Can you set a world record with the catapult you've built? Can you build a bridge across the River Kwai? The only limit is your imagination!

Dam building

River crossings

Bike obstacle course

Command tasks

Scavenger hunts

Nature walks

Orienteering

Bouncy castle

These are just some of the activities we offer. On each day we run a set programme of activities, designed to give your child a range of different experiences across the day. There is often a degree of choice offered for some of the sessions (we call this ‘bases’). For an example programme, please click below:

If there is a particular activity your child really doesn’t want to miss, please let us know in advance so that we can suggest the best day(s) for your child to attend. As much as possible we accommodate such requests, though some of our activities are weather dependent so sometimes the programme has to change at short notice. In order to enjoy all the activities on offer, we advise that your child attends for a full week.

Book Now!

Booking now open for:

29th July - 2nd August 2019

5th - 9th August 2019

Our pricing structure is designed with flexibility in mind - choose any days over the two weeks which suit you best, from one day, to a few days here and there, to the full two weeks.

New this year! Book extra on any day for the following:

  • Early Drop-off (from 8am) = +£5
  • Late Pick-up (until 5pm) = +£5
  • Early Drop-off and Late Pick-up (from 8am - 5pm) = +£9

ONLINE Booking Form

If, for some reason, you cannot access the online booking form then please do contact us.

Additionally, if you would like to still pay via a deposit/balance system then please contact us for more information.

Per day

£41

  • Take part in some of our exciting activities
  • Try new experiences, enjoy old favourites
  • 9 am - 4 pm
  • Have a fun-filled activity-packed day!

Per week

£205

  • Experience our whole range of activities
  • Develop a passion over the entire week
  • Enough time to learn new skills and perfect them
  • Make new friends along the way

Book now ONLINE!

By clicking the button you will be taken to our online shop.

 

If, for some reason, you cannot access the online booking form then please do contact us.

Additionally, if you would like to still pay via a deposit/balance system then please contact us for more information.

It was absolutely amazing, I was the zip wire queen!

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Blunts Barn 2014

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FANTASTIC variety and children come home happily exhausted

FAQs

A. Your child needs to bring:
  • Clothes that are appropriate to the weather and that you/they don't mind getting dirty or wet.
  • Sensible footwear for a range of activities - trainers are best. If it's wet, they may like to bring wellies too.
  • A complete spare change of clothes (socks, shoes, underwear, the lot!).
  • A waterproof coat with a hood if possible.
  • Swimming costume/trunks and a towel (and armbands if required)
  • Suncream and sun hat.
  • Packed lunch and up to 2 snacks (for the morning and afternoon breaks).
  • A drinks bottle - water is always available for refills but you may like to bring squash/ juice for lunch. No fizzy drinks please.
  • A bicycle in good working order and a helmet if your child wishes to cycle. Without a helmet, your child will be unable to cycle.
  • No electronic equipment (including mobile phones) please!
*Please make sure all clothing and items are named. We inevitably end up with a mountain of lost property and you stand a chance of getting it back if you have names attached/inside.*
A. Every day is different! However, a typical day looks something like the following:

9am Arrival & registration - please bring your child to reception to register for the day
Activity 1
Break (20 mins)
Activity 2
Lunch (1 hour)
Activity 3
Break (20 mins)
Activity 4 (usually a choice of swimming / slippy slide + a dry activity).
4pm Home time - please ensure you sign your child out at reception before leaving the site

However, on some days we run longer activities (e.g. boat race), in which case the programme is adapted slightly - if there is a particular activity that your child doesn't want to miss, please let us know so that we can suggest the best day(s) for your child to attend.
A. Each day we run a set programme of activites, designed to give your child a range of different experiences whichever day(s) they attend. Within the daily programme there is often a degree of choice offered for some of the sessions, but not every activity runs every day. If there is a particular activity your child really doesn't want to miss, please let us know in advance so that we can suggest the best day(s) for your child to attend. In order to enjoy every single activity, we advise that your child attends for a full week.
A. Yes, they need to bring a packed lunch and a refillable water bottle (we provide drinking water throughout the day). They may also like to bring up to 2 snacks (for morning & afternoon breaks) and a soft drink e.g. squash, juice. No fizzy drinks please.
A. Through the information you provide on the booking form, we ensure all pool staff know our non and weak swimmers. All children will only be allowed in the pool & pool area when a lifeguard is present. If your child usually swims with arm bands, please ensure they bring them to the activities.
A. Please note this down on the booking form when you complete it. Our leaders have experience of working with children with a range of medical conditions and special needs. If you have specific queries then please do contact us to chat them through. If your child needs a carer with them to access our activities then the costs of 1:1 support can often be covered through the Hampshire Gateway Card scheme - for more about this please visit the Hampshire Gateway Scheme website.
A. For some activities your child will be taken off site. We have a policy in place for signing children in and out. They will never be allowed off site on their own or without the appropriate numbers of qualified leaders present. Please ask us if you would like to find out more.
A. Children are usually grouped according to age. Please note any grouping requests down on your booking forms and we will do our best to accommodate them.
A. The designated contact number for the day is 07342 631122. If we are in the midst of activities, you may need to leave a message but we will check this regularly throughout the day. To contact us at other times please call 02380 551098 or email us.
A. YES! We have a new online booking form and payment gateway. We can also offer payment via cheque (payable to Blunts Barn Activities), cash or BACS - if you would like this option then please contact us directly. Additionally, if you would like to still pay via a deposit/balance system then please contact us for more information. If you qualify for a sibling discount (on the third sibling) then please let us know and we can perform this manually for you!
...fun, outside activities, with opportunities you would not usually have to try new things

Contact us

Address:

Blunts Barn Activities
Blunts Barn, Furzehill,
Fordingbridge, Hants, SP6 2PT

Phone:

02380551098*
*Please note - as we teach full time, we are not around to answer the phone during the day. However please leave a message and we will call you back within 48 hours (and usually the same evening).
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