Based only three miles from the “dreaming spires” of Oxford, the peaceful, tranquil quality of the location of Hill End Camp is a world away from Urban life. The 62 acre site is managed by a dedicated volunteer team for a diversity of habitats, making it an ideal base for a range of educational programmes. In recent years Hill End has expanded their offer of family days to allow the people of Oxfordshire to enjoy the grounds, which are usually closed to the public.
Throughout most of the year Hill End has livestock on site. These can be cows or sheep that graze on the Site of Special Scientific Interest area at the top of the site. They may occasionally be moved to graze the lower field.
The environment at Hill End encourages visitors to live simply and in harmony with nature. You will find the accommodations basic, but clean and homely. The physical infrastructure of the centre remains largely unchanged since the 1930s when the original outdoor school was built. Most of the buildings are constructed of wood; the passing of time has ensured they blend in well with the landscape so they are now an integral part of the centre’s charm.
The primary mission at Hill End is to make their unique spaces and resources available to schools to use for outdoor learning. Their residential accommodation and meeting rooms are also available to community groups and businesses. The centre offers a wide range of services including educational programmes, adult learning, training and workshops, Forest School training, family events and volunteer opportunities.
First UK has been placing some of our summer groups in Hill End Camp for the past two years.