School & Youth Group Camping

One of the main activities at Whitwell Hall Country Centre is camping. Living in a camp environment among peers can enhance the social development of children of all ages. It is this social development that makes the camping experience an integral part of many organised youth groups and schools visit to the Centre. There are also many family groups that use the campsites during the school holiday periods at Whitwell to simply relax in a rich and peaceful countryside setting.

A unique feature of the Centre is the provision of open fire pads on all campsites, covered by large 'A' frame shelters. Most groups using the campsites use the open campfire for all their cooking needs. There is also a large campfire circle on the estate where large numbers can gather and sit around a wonderful roaring campfire.

The campsites at Whitwell aren't split into individual pitches for a single tent but are three fields of varying sizes. These fields can be booked by a School, Organised Group or Family Group (depending on the time of year) and a booking means exclusive use of the field and fire pads. A requirement of the booking of these fields is a minimum number of tents per night.

A copy of our campsite information and rules can be viewed here. Please take a little time to read these before making a booking.



The Centre has all the equipment you need when coming on Camp. 12ft Patrol Tents can be supplied to School & Youth Groups together with a full Cook Set and supply of Firewood. Fully Catered Packages are also available meaning that Groups can forget about having to bring their equipment and food with them but they do still have to cook it ! Alternatively, Groups can hire only the campsite and equipment or simply just the campsite. All three campsites have toilet and hot shower facilities.

If you enjoy "real" camping with an open fire, in the setting of a historic countryside estate, you will become enchanted with Whitwell Hall Country Centre and once you have found us we are sure you will want to come back again and again.


There are a number of package options for groups wanting to camp at Whitwell Hall:  


Full Package Camp

The Full Package option allows user groups to arrive with only their Personal Kit and for everything else to be ready and waiting! Whitwell Hall provides Tents, Fire Wood, Cooking Equipment, Food for the stay and Activities run by Centre Staff. The food is locally sourced and includes a Cooked Breakfast, Sandwiches for lunch and an Evening Meal with dessert. We offer a range of alternatives for evening meals and the menus are flexible. Meals are prepared down on site and cooked on open fires by the group.

Camp Fire Cooking

If you would rather not cook over an open fire for your group we can now offer a member of Whitwell Hall staff to assist school groups with the preparation and cooking of your evening meal.

This option is dependant on group size. For more information please get in touch!   

 Site & Equipment

This package provides groups with all the equipment they would require for a camping stay at Whitwell. Cooking Equipment, including Pots, Pans and Utensils, that is suited to cooking on open fires are provided. Whitwell hall can also provide tented accommodation for groups in our 4 person patrol style ridge tents which are erected before your arrival.   

 Site Only

This gives a group exclusive use of the whole Campsite that they book for the duration of their hire period. This period could be a day, a weekend or a full week stay. This package includes use of the site, use of the fire shelters on the site and a provision of fire wood. Groups are required to provide their own tents and cooking equipment.

Camping Skills 

Are you a Teacher who is interested in bringing a School Group to Whitwell on a Camping Trip?

Are you a Teacher who visits Whitwell with an existing group each year?

Cooking on a Camp Fire is an important and enjoyable component of the Camping experience offered by Whitwell. If this kind of Camping is new to you and you could do with learning a few new skills - or mastering exisiting ones - then get in touch and let us know. Whitwell tries it's best to ensure that all groups get the most out of their camping experience and has a staff team who are willing to share skills, offer help, guidance and assistance to new or exisiting groups.


Contact Whitwell Hall - 01603 870875 or email  for more information



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