Altbridge school visit as part of D of E expedition

By Joanne Rowe | Blog

Aug 18

Well what another great week at Coldwell activity Centre in July 2017. Another new customer to Coldwell , a group of students from Altbridge school.

Some of the students in the group are in transition from secondary school to college. This midweek stay formed part of their Duke of Edinburgh Expedition.

They travelled from Knowsley on a dampish Monday afternoon. On arrival they had a packed lunch supplied by Coldwell. Helen one of the leaders led them to our woodland area to do some den building (well needed  shelter due to the rain! and had a brew by the firepit)

, they had a quick break-off  then straight down to some team building games and a spot of archery.

At the end of all that tea was ready , a delicious of home-made lasagne, garlic bread, chips and salad. To finish off some home-made chocolate brownie and ice-cream.

Lasagne, garlic bread and salad

This was enjoyed in the fabulous view from in the conservatory. Evening games were played until bedtime by 10pm.


Conservatory function room


Tuesday they enjoyed a Full English breakfast of sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, beans, toast and hash brown.  Also some had cereal too. Great to see some good appetite’s as we hate waste and Coldwell.

A hearty breakfast was needed again as another rainy day , they walked to the beautiful hamlet of wycoller where they  scoffed their packed lunch , then took on the orienteering course there. . Even though the rain increased and minibuses available , they were superb and walked all the way back, approx 8 miles in total.  They were thankful for a hot shower and an evening ,meal of roast chicken dinner with roast potatoes, mash made with Coldwell grown spuds , veg , Yorkshire pud and gravy. Topped off with ice-cream and wafers.

Potatoes grown at Coldwell

Wednesday seen another full English breakfast ready for a visit to North Wales for Gorge scrambling. They have now realised we do have places nearer to here! A sniff of a journey of  just a 3 hour drive!  They doubled up on their packed lunch when they realised how long it was going to take them. Good choice as these hungry horraces would not have lasted.  After the journey back they were greeted by Coldwell staff with fish , chips , mushy peas, bread and butter, with some lush home-made jam sponge and custard .


Thursday , again a full English , they will look like a sausage! But we can say how delighted we were as they did not waste much at all and some even had seconds! Which is some feet considering the portions already.


The sun was also out to play, hurrah! Off to local Centre Outdoor Elements for the high ropes course  enduring the Jacobs ladder, crate stack and leap of faith.

Meanwhile the staff at Coldwell waspreparing the BBQ. A chargrill meaty smell greeted the group when they arrived back. On the cards was Burger in a bun, sausage in a bun, salad, buttered baby boils, coleslaw, corn on the cobs, .

As it was their last night we set up the karaoke in the conservatory with a disco light at the ready for any budding John Travolta’s .  Joanne tested it out as always with a high pitched ‘The Darkness’ down to a deep ‘Franz Ferdinand’ much to Claire, Gelen and Nicola’s delight.

As soon as they could two from the group did a lovely duet of a One direction song , even though one could not stop laughing!

Friday was departure day , we were very sad to see them go and hope they will be back soon.

Staff at Coldwell got cracking once again cleaning and getting the Centre ready. The next group would be coming in just a few hours, a returning  family group who have used the Centre for about 7 years.

We have a wide range of groups that use our Centre for group accommodation. From Youth Groups, school groups, Community groups, Religious groups, Retreats , Private groups for family get-togethers,  milestone birthdays and celebrations.

If you would like to visit with no obligation, for a brew, chat and a look around please contact us. Alternatively give Joanne or Claire a call on 01282 601819.








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