Brambletye is in a unique position that we can offer children idyllic weekends free from the pressures and temptations of the digital world. Brambletye weekends are literally what parents dream of for their children – A time when they play and talk with each other in the real world. They are given the space and opportunites to enjoy the freedoms of childhood. We have 140 acres of grounds to play and explore in. We organise huge games of Capture the Flag, rides down the 220m zip wire, golf, den-building and art of survival sessions in the woods. There is a climbing wall, sports hall games and the assault course. The Art Room is always open. The children love to put on a cabaret and will spend a whole day preparing for it. Not only do they climb trees, they can climb to the very top of the 300 year old oak tree using ropes with the Big Tree Climbing Company.
Weekends are structured in a way that childen are busy while recognizing that some of them will also need some downtime and we ensure that they recharge their batteries before the next busy week. We have designed a wonderful weekend programme packed with activities and outings for children to choose, from Saturday evening to Sunday.
An example of a Brambletye weekend might look something like this: Following matches, there is a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on a Saturday night, followed by a film. Following a lie-in and a relaxed breakfast on Sunday morning, the boarders turn their hand to culinary activities, either baking or learning how to make sushi with a visiting chef. Gap students take splinter groups to play games until everyone reconvenes for a huge Sunday Roast. Tuck follows and then an outing to Deer’s Leap to ride Mountain bikes or a walk on the Ashdown Forest. Supper is a relaxed affair on Sunday evenings and the children play and chill before bed.
We have 2 ‘All In Weekends’ every term when all boarders remain at school. These are always a huge amount of fun and a fabulous opportunity for the children to bond with each other. Favourite annual weekend events include the Brambletye Barking Mad Dog Show and the Parents’ 4x4 challenge.
Other activities include:
Big Tree Climbing Company
Trips to the theatre
A trip to the Bluebell Steam Railway
Exploring Ashdown Forest
Popcorn and Movie Nights
Canoe Polo matches with other schools and clubs
Talent Shows and the “Boarders’ Entertainment” review
Trips to see Premiere League hockey/rugby matches
Birthdays that fall during term times are celebrated and are enjoyed with a special tea. Parents are welcomed on these special days.