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Primary Course

Residential primary courses join the Marle Hall community usually for 2-5 days. This can be mid-week or over a weekend.

While staying at the Centre groups may follow a variety of activity and/or environmental based programmes, but will also be encouraged to take on the Centre ethos of Teamwork, Respect, Challenge and Responsibility.

These qualities are woven like a golden thread through everything we do, whether its is keeping dormitories tidy, holding a team members rope while they climb, laying the tables for meals or holding onto to each other in the gorge.

Through this ethos we aim to meet key stage 2 requirements of teamwork, communication and problem solving.

Activities normally available on Primary age courses include the following:

Gorge Walking
Rock Climbing
Mountain Walking
Ropes Courses
Mine Exploration
Problem Solving
Environmental Studies
Seashore Studies
Town Studies
Bush craft skills

For more details on the activities click here

John Muir Award Courses

The John Muir Award is an environmental awareness award scheme that focuses on the appreciation of wild places, ranging from mountain tops to city gardens. It promotes a holistic approach to environmental awareness and aims to provide individuals with the opportunity to discover and conserve wild places through a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.

The Award has three levels, encouraging a progressive involvement, with the same 4 challenges repeated for each level, with increased involvement in time, activity and ownership.

To achieve an Award each participant must:

Discover a wild place
Explore its wildness
Conserve - take personal responsibility
Share experiences

At Marle Hall we offer the introductory level – The Discovery Award. This has to be completed over a minimum of 4 days or equivalent. It can be done alongside a multi-activity week, where we adapt the programme to ensure that we cover the four criteria without losing any of the adventurous elements of the outdoor activities.

At the end of the week each person will leave us with a nationally recognised certificate from the John Muir Trust.

The award is non-competitive and open to all, but is particularly suited to Primary years 5 and 6.

For more information about the award visit or to enquire about adding it to your programme contact the Centre directly and speak to Martin, Helena or Simon.