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About Hagg Farm

Hagg Farm Outdoor Education Centre is located in the Upper Derwent Valley of the Peak District National Park. It offers unparalleled views across the open moors of the Dark Peak, yet is in easy reach of major cities such as Manchester and Sheffield.

The main centre sleep 44 and the John Hunt Base sleeps up to 16 in a separate self contained building.

Although maintained primarily for Nottinghamshire schools, the centre is available to groups wishing to use the centre for accommodation only and is popular with charities, family groups, church organisations - in fact any group wanting to get away from it all and have an experience in the great outdoors.

Hagg Farm provides schools with a qualified outdoor tutor to lead on adventure activities and help with the organisation and planning of the course. Other instructors can be supplied by request to tailor you programme to your aims and budget. Other groups can also access this specialist input to experience a range of exciting outdoor activities using the moors, rockfaces reservoirs and caves that surround the centre.

These activities include rock climbing on the nearby gritstone edges, canoeing on local reservoirs and rivers, caving in the White Peak, orienteering in the local woodlands, hillwalking from the centre, abseiling (including Millersdale bridge), gorge walking, zipwire and a host of problem solving exercises, field studies, conservation and environmental/art activities in the grounds

A range of catering packages are available to suit your groups budget and needs, and all dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Hagg Farm is an AALS registered centre and an accredited course provider for Mountain Leader Training England and The British Caving Association national climbing, hillwalking and caving awards. All staff are nationally qualified and experienced enthusiasts with a passion for sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Some of the benefits of a visit to Hagg Farm for schools and other groups:

  • Affordable well regarded and reputable residential opportunities in an inspiring national park (within 90 minutes journey time of any Nottinghamshire school)
  • Improve and promote physical health and emotional well being through outdoor experiences and enjoyment of outdoor recreation.
  • Opportunity for whole year group induction packages to increase group cohesion, instil school ethos and cement relationships with staff/pupils and peers
  • increase independence and develop individual skills to aid the transition from KS2 to KS3 through challenging activities and the residential experience
  • GCSE PE (adventurous activities) training and assessment weeks at Hagg Farm - have consistently and significantly improved attainment for students at schools that have taken part in these
  • Targeted courses for disaffected young people to help them achieve success and re engage them with the education process
  • Courses for class groups to enhance curriculum and bring subjects alive
  • have fun!

'Residential outdoor and environmental education makes an important contribution to physical, personal and social education (Oftsed 2004)'.

For images of the accommodation and activities, please see our photo gallery.

Latest News and Information

The Hagg Farm Blog has all the latest news from the centre:

Staff Changes

User AvatarPosted by Joan Williams at 10/03/2014 14:33:49

You may be aware that Sara Turner left us at Christmas to go back to being a Freelance Instructor.  She will still be seen working at Hagg Farm on an ad hoc basis like many other freelancers. 

We have recruited Gareth Jones as her replacement, and he starts at Hagg Farm on 1 April.  We look forward to welcoming Gareth to our Team and I'm sure he will be popular with staff and children alike with his knowledge of the outdoors, his enthusiasm and boundless energy.

Pool Table for the Games Room

Posted by Joan Williams at 10/03/2014 14:28:10
We now have a Pool Table in the games room replacing the Table Tennis table, sat on one too many times and no longer safe to use.  We hope you will enjoy the Pool Table and have Pool tournaments now instead of TT ones.

New Showers for the Boys

Posted by Joan Williams at 10/03/2014 14:15:26

This Spring we have had the boys toilets and showers totally upgraded.  They have been stripped out and re-built over 3 weeks in February with all new fixtures and fittings.  The effect is amazing, so much brighter and much more room.  The girls showers will hopefully get the same treatment next spring.

Whilst we were closed for shower work we took the opportunity to replace some dormitory carpets, the dining room flooring and kitchen floor.  Vic, Sandra and Sophie were busy painting too.  The Centre is looking bright and clean, refreshed ready for the summer.


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