You’ll find a description of each of our activities below, with an idea of running times, to help you to imagine your visit to us. Our expert instructors can advise on the best combination of activities as well as make suggestions to adapt each activity to suit the individual needs of the group.
If you would like to do something that isn’t on the list, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Braeside boasts a double sided 10 meter climbing wall with 4 auto belays, 3 ropes climbs an abseiling wall, a 115 meter zip wire and a 5 element high ropes course. Ideal for adrenaline activities designed to push participants to the limits of their physical and mental abilities.
We’ve designed a range of challenges demanding different combinations of team work and independent involvement. Through participation, individuals will also learn support roles such as belaying and equipment organisation.
A vertical climbing wall with 4 different climbs. All 4 of the climbs use automatic belays which allow climbers to climb and descend independently 4 at a time. An angled climbing wall to enable climbers with a wide spectrum of abilities to access the sport of climbing. The three climbs on the angled wall are traditional rope belays with peer-to-peer belaying.
A 115 meter zip wire running from the top of our climbing wall across the Braeside grounds and pond.
A vertical abseil wall from the top of our climbing wall. Participants learn how to lower themselves safely to the ground.
Two participants working together to build a tower of crates against the clock while the rest of the team support from the ground in various roles, from passing crates to belaying.
Leap of Faith
An individual challenge to climb up a single pole to the 10-meter high platform, where you leap out to hit the target of a hanging buoy.
Four climbers work together to help each other up the six rungs of the ladder which get further apart the higher they climb. All other participants in the group help with belaying.
High All Aboard
One at a time, climbers attempt to climb to the top on a single pole and onto a 50 x 50 cm platform. Once complete, they wait and help up to another 3 participants before a challenge will be set. All other participants in the group will be belaying for the climbers and encouraging their peers.
A pairs challenge where two climbers start at opposite sides of the course. The aim is to complete the three levels of bridges, crossing in the middle of each bridge as they pass each other.
A great team activity launching at Devizes wharf in our 3-seater canoes. Basic skills are learned, and games played. This session can be run as a half day or a full day journey with a lunch stop.
Target archery involves shooting at stationary circular targets from set distances. Target archery is the kind played at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and is the type that most beginners or “Have a go” archery session participants try first. Archers shoot at a distance of 10 metres on our beautiful outdoor range with a stunning scenic backdrop
Our low ropes course consists of 7 elements and can be run in different ways to test the group, focusing on teamwork or individual challenges.
Practice a range of biking skills before heading out on our mountain bike course around our site. An optional skills session on our ramps, drop off and sea-saws.
Team Building & Problem Solving
We have a range of different outside and inside activities for groups to take part in, all activities are designed to test the groups teamwork and critical thinking.
Roundway Hill Walk
A full days walking with a morning focusing on map & compass work and the afternoon looking at the historic ‘Oliver’s Castle’ and ‘Mother Anthony’s Well’.
Teaching groups the principles of fire lighting in a safe environment. Groups will build and maintain a fire and toast their own bread dough twists or marshmallows.
Groups are given a tarp and ropes and must work as a team to build a structure that can protect them from unpredictable English weather.
Using a natural resource, we teach groups how use willow to create a natural fencing that can be seen and used around our site.
Outdoor Cookery - Cook your own lunch
Teaching groups the principles of fire lighting in a safe environment. Groups will build and maintain a fire. They will then cook their lunch for the day.
After your evening meal, there are plenty of options for evening activities, before settling into bed.
Here’s just a list of our popular activities.
For a standard 2 night stay, one evening will include a Braeside instructor led activity, and one evening will be a school led activity.
A ropes trail though our steep woodland heading under and over obstacles and up and down the steep banks, working together to navigate through the trees in the dark.
Wildlife Trail Cameras
Look for evidence of wild animals around our grounds. Then, using our trail cameras, try to capture them on film in their natural environment.
Indoor Problem-solving Games
We have a range of different inside activities for groups to take part in, all activities are designed to test the groups teamwork.
Bring the group together around a fire while singing songs and roasting marshmallows.
Competing teams are challenged to build a structure that can hold an object off the ground, using a limited supply of materials.
Pipe and Ball Challenge
Can a group transport an object from one location to another only using pipe. Making sure to work together and encouraging communication to complete the challenge.
Slide down our 20m outdoor water slide.
Access to Braeside’s stage and sound system for a self-led talent show.
We have two rooms available with projectors or 50” tv. A DVD player or laptop can be available for playing films but own films, or logins will need to be brought with you.
Disco lights and sound system set up and available for use in the evening. Own music will need to be provided.