Outdoor Learning

Children walking in woods

High Adventure

Jacob’s Ladder – Our High Ropes element challenges small teams of climbers to pull together to navigate their way up a giant ladder of horizontally suspended logs with ever-increasing gaps between the rungs. Young people are supervised to use safety rope systems to support their peers ascending to the top. Teams will have to effectively communicate with each other to decide on the best course of action and support each other to overcome fears and inspire empathy.

Skill Development

Challenge Course – A series of physical challenges that require creative thinking, teamwork and peer support to complete.  Teammates support each other through underground tunnels, over a high cargo net and across our traverse wall. Please note, the uses of individual elements are subject to group ability and age.

Low Ropes – Our Low Ropes course challenges young people to complete elements on wires suspended just off the ground. The session is designed to promote teamwork, trust, and communication skills while getting the most out of your group in a fun and challenging way.

Nightline – A step outside the comfort zone for some and a development opportunity for all. Blindfolded group members must negotiate a course of small obstacles with just a rope and their teammates for guidance.

Archery – Learn a new skill while working as individuals and as a team. An Archery GB qualified instructor will lead this session, ensuring participants set personal goals and understand how to improve their ability.

Orienteering – We introduce basic map work skills and allow the participants to work together to locate markers spread out around our 24 acres of grounds.

Scavenger Hunt – A good way to explore the site – scouring the grounds for answers to clues. Frequently used as an orientation exercise upon arrival to promote independence and trust.

Team Exercise – We have a variety of problem-solving exercises in our Team Exercise arena which can be adapted to suit each group and fulfil the aims of your visit. This provides an excellent opportunity to progressively develop teamwork, co-operation and leadership skills.

Mini-Raft Build and Race – A double session. In the first session, your group will learn some basic knots before dividing into smaller groups working cooperatively to build small rafts from the equipment supplied. During the second session, these are taken into the pool and raced in relay fashion. The rafts are not designed to be sat on. There is usually time for some free swimming at the end. The session is supervised by a qualified lifeguard. Age 8 +, swimwear must be worn.

Pioneering – Pioneers work in small teams to construct a catapult, bridge or tower using poles, ropes and a bit of ingenuity. All knots and techniques are taught within the sessions.

Young girl supporting ropes

Natural Environment

Woodland Walk – Explore the local flora and fauna in the nearby woodlands on an active and educational ramble through the Buckinghamshire countryside.

Minibeast Hunt – Take a walk around site with our instructors to explore habitats and eco-systems to see what creepy crawlies you might find. This activity works best in May to September.

Bushcraft – Learn to forage in our introduction to basic survival techniques, including plant recognition and water collection methods. This session is rounded off with an opportunity to build and light small fires in teams using materials collected from the site.

Shelterbuilding – Teams work together to construct a natural bushcraft style shelter, focusing on creative thinking solutions and types of construction, with an emphasis on protecting the natural environment.


Djembe Jam – Young people learn basic drumming skills and rhythms, playing as a group and learning to jam, as well as being creative, with individuals developing their own ideas.

Rocket Build – Customise a simple plastic bottle into a fearsome water rocket by adding nose cones, fins and other personalisation, then blast them into the air using one of our rocket launchers.

Drop It, Pop It! – Promote verbal reasoning whilst working in small teams to construct a device to protect a water bomb dropped from height. Limited resources combined with imagination produces some fantastic contraptions.

Group of young people laughing

Sports and Games

Swimming – Our indoor, heated pool can be booked for a swim session, subject to availability. Instructors can lead structured games, races, supervise a free swim, or a mixture of both. The pool is fully lifeguarded. Age 8+, swimwear must be worn.

Wacky Races – Utilise your team’s different strengths in a selection of fun races and competitions which can take place inside or outside.

Parachute Games – Using our large and colourful parachutes, our instructors will lead a variety of fun games and activities to keep everyone involved and active.

Sports Games – We can offer a variety of outdoor sports using our 3G all-weather pitch or other green spaces. This may be run by our instructors or by your leaders. Please specify which you prefer.

Wide Games – A mixture of outdoor games played in teams over a wide area. Boundaries are defined and the teams set tasks, traditionally pitted against each other and requiring stealth and planning.

Evening Entertainment

Campfire – A fantastic evening activity where the whole group comes together around a fire and is entertained by singing songs, playing games, telling jokes and, if you’re feeling brave, to hear a short version of our ghost story. You are welcome to bring your own marshmallows. This session can be self-led.

Ghost Story – As you may know, Woodrow has its own resident ghost called the Green Lady. During this session you will hear the ghost story and see relevant parts of the house and grounds including, where possible, a trip to our listed 18th Century grotto.

Disco – We have a sound system and disco lights in the cellar with a variety of popular music so everyone can dance to their heart’s content. This session can be self-led.

Quiz – An interactive quiz delivered to participants in a team environment including different rounds and challenges including sport, television and music. This session can be self-led.

Wide Games – A mixture of outdoor games played in teams over a wide area. Boundaries are defined and the teams set tasks, traditionally pitted against each other and requiring stealth and planning. This session can be self-led.

Manor Mystery – A Cluedo style mystery where teams must investigate characters under suspicion for murder and collect the clues to find out who is the guilty party. This session can be facilitated by our instructor posing as detective. Group leaders are encouraged to join in too, acting out the suspect roles. This session can be self-led.

Young girl on climbing wall