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Activities

Our diverse range of on and offsite activities are set to test and challenge and help to pick up new skills along the way. From scaling down trees, exploring our beautiful forests or sleeping under the stars, there will be activities for all to enjoy.

All our activities are delivered by our experienced staff, and have been perfected so you can get the most out of your experience.

We can deliver some of our activities at your school or your workplace. Get in touch to find out more.

Organised activities

Natural shelter building


Build your own shelter and camp out under the stars! In groups of 2 or 3 you will build a shelter using pegs, string, tarpaulin and any natural resources you can find in the forest. You'll then camp out for the night in a beautiful private woodland.

Cooking your own lunch


We’ll teach you the basics for cooking in the outdoors starting with a brief introduction to healthy eating. You will then cook your lunch on trangia stoves using a selection of foods such as pasta with sauce and hot dogs.

Shovel fire lighting


Using flint and steels you'll work in small teams to light a fire. Once lit you'll use equipment to make yourself a cup of tea!

Tree climbing


See the site from the sky! With the help of your team, scale to the top of the trees within our woodland and abseil your way back down. This activity is led by one our highly qualified instructors.

Traversing wall


This is a great starter activity before trying our tree climb. This activity will test your balance and hand eye coordination as you scale our wall. This activity can be led by Carey, your school or group.

Mountain biking


Learn on site skills and build your confidence on the bike. Once you've mastered your technique, hit our offsite trails in Wareham forest and develop your skills and fitness. Location will depend on ability.

Archery


This activity is great for all ages. Our instructors will teach you the skills to be able to hit the targets and practice your hand eye coordination. A chance to get a little competitive with your friends!

Orienteering


A chance to explore the site and our local woods. We offer photo orienteering where children will be tasked to find various places on site. Star orienteering can take place on and offsite in Wareham forest where groups are challenged to find locations using a range of courses.

Tunnels


Time to test your navigation skills! Armed with a head torch, make your way around our 80 metre long tunnels, following our named routes or create your own for your friends to follow.

Low ropes course


This is another chance to get active, test your balance and coordination. Our course is nestled in our woods and has a range of obstacles including ropes, swings and steps. Challenge your friends to see who can complete it first!

Environmental, wildlife and craft activities


We run a range of activities which encourage our guests to explore the wildlife and environment around Carey.

These include:

  • creating art and shelters from natural resources
  • 'play natural detectives' where children navigate around our woodland looking for animals
  • bird spotting using binoculars
  • wildlife quizzes
  • practical river studies in the River Piddle

Team building and problem solving


A chance to challenge yourself, solve problems and practice team work. Groups will carry out several activities, each will have a briefing card with a task or challenge to complete.

These include:

  • The Matrix - navigate your way through a maze of elastic within the trees
  • Gutter run - work together to construct a network of gutters to get a ball from the start to finish line
  • The blindfold trail - work together to lead your blind folded team mate through our woodland trails

This activity can be led by Carey, your school or group.

 

Other activities

Campfire


Our campfire is the perfect setting for telling spooky stories, group sing-songs and most importantly, toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate! The campfire is self staffed and can be used by all schools, groups and private parties.

Other activities


Schools, groups and individuals can also:

  • head out on night walks
  • day walks around our woodland or local area
  • challenge themselves with the Carey quiz, working teams or as individuals
  • play team sports or game on our field

 

Contact the centre


Email - careyoec@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Call - 01929 552265

Find the centre


Carey Outdoor Education Centre
Carey Road
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 7PB

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