East Dene Centre, Bonchurch.
An introduction to East Dene Centre
With sea views and woodlands, East Dene is one of the Island's premier outdoor education centres. Formerly a convent, hotel and home of the Victorian poet Algernon Swinburne, East Dene retains a central role in village life. With open spaces for students to play and explore, and with wildlife just outside the windows, it is a very special place.Contact us
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In our opinion...
A beautifully positioned property away from the main towns yet providing everything that a student group needs in an accommodation provider.
Take in as many or as few of the facilities on offer as you like ... and there are lots of them on offer here! A team of qualified and experienced staff is available to manage play and educational sessions, or you can just use East Dene as a base for your own Island itinerary.
These guys have been providing activity based trips for almost 100 years and they really know their stuff!
Don't just take our word for it! Read Reviews from previous group leaders...
Things you'll need to bring...
Everything you need will be provided, apart from:
- Towels for bathing (students only); Towels for swimming (all)
Accommodation Details - East Dene Centre
The MAXIMUM group size at East Dene Centre is 180 students, plus supervising adults.
The MINIMUM group size accepted at East Dene Centre is 10 students. However, with isolation from the public the minimum group size accepted is 20.
Maximum headcount can be increased significantly from May to October due to a fully provisioned camping option under proper canvas bell tents in the grounds, with meals taken indoors.
Beds are arranged as bunks in dormitory rooms holding 4 to 12 students. Many rooms have sinks, and there are bathrooms and showers located throughout the accommodation wings.
Teachers are housed in a mix of twin and single rooms interspersed with student rooms.
EXCLUSIVE USE POSSIBLE
This facility may be hired exclusively.
Exclusive use would mean your group would have the whole facility to themselves.
Additional cost may be incurred with exclusive hire depending on group size.
A carefully balanced nutritional menu is created by East Dene's own chefs using lots of seasonal ingredients. Individual dietary needs are catered for.
East Dene is primarily an outdoor activity centre which also accommodates students who wish to explore other Island venues. Therefore any mix of on site and off site activities can be included with accommodation.
Choose from outdoor adventure activities using natural habitats to challenge children to stretch themselves and work together. Or consider a range of coastal discovery activities promoting communication, problem-solving, self-confidence, personal learning and thinking.
"Woodland Explorer" is a series of activities such as junk drumming, bushcraft, den building, archery and even axe throwing!
All activities are led by centre staff, or you can just take off down to the nearby beach and do your own thing!
Security and Segregation at East Dene Centre
East Dene is a specialist outdoor activity centre catering almost exclusively for school and uniformed group visitors.
Due to its size, it is often used by several groups concurrently. The design of the building means that there are lots of wings and corridors, so it is easy to segregate groups. Teachers' rooms and lounges are carefully placed to make supervision easy.
There is no Access Statement for East Dene Centre. Education Destination are happy to work with you to help assess your specific requirements, or can arrange an inspection visit for you.
There are 12 wheelchair accessible/equipped rooms at East Dene Centre.
The Coach House annexe is suitable for wheelchair users, offering around 12 bed spaces at ground floor level for disabled guests and/or their carers. Whilst these rooms are not specifically adapted for disabled users, they have limited travel from door to bed and have their own sink. East Dene are very receptive to enquiries in respect of disabled guests and will do their utmost to arrange the accommodation to suit. The annexe has bedrooms on the first floor also.
DISCLAIMER: The above information is provided in good faith and was accurate at the time of publication. If you have specific accessibility requirements, let us know and we will endeavour to obtain the details you require. Alternatively, we can help arrange an inspection visit.
Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs about East Dene Centre
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Q: CAN WE STAY AT EAST DENE WITHOUT DOING ON-SITE ACTIVITIES?
A: For most of the year, yes. However during the peak months of May-June-July it is a requirement to include at least one half day of activities as a minimum. There's plenty to choose from!
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GROUP LEADER FEEDBACK
Don't just take our word for it! Here's some verified feedback from previous group visits...Joanne Clark, KS2 Teacher | 04/04/2017 | 92 x Lower KS2
Amy King | 13/10/2015 | 26 x Lower KS2
"Lovely venue, friendly and helpful satff. We wished we could stay longer and enjoy the educational sessions they offered! "
"Oh MY goodness! What a beautiful place! The children called it the posh hotel! Many of our children had never experienced anything like it and were in awe of the painted ceilings and carpets!
East Dene was very accommodating with rooms etc and the staff could not have been friendlier or more helpful. They were always around and the children seemed very comfortable around them. One of my favourite things was how despite the children being seven years old.... Everyone spoke to them like genuine guests and I saw their confidence really grow. Nobody patronised them at all. In fact I felt like this everywhere we went the children were really given the opportunity to be themselves in their own right. They were provided with space and an opportunity to really be them.
The food was fantastic. I have never seen them eat so much. When they were making their calls home it was very encouraging how many of them were raving about the meal they had just eaten. I'm sure this put many of parents at ease. It was genuinely delicious. There was always enough choice and the portions were incredibly generous. The cooks were brilliant! They spoke to the children in such a friendly jolly way that some who were feeling a bit nervous really started to look more at home. "
NB: Documents provided by East Dene Centre and reproduced in good faith. Education Destination does not warrant that these documents are the most up-to-date or that they are fit for purpose.