Betteshanger Birthday packages offer something a bit different. Whether you've got a budding Robin Hood, Katniss Everdeen or Bradley Wiggins our parties are all about gathering friends together, getting out of the house, away from screens and enjoying the great outdoors.
We offer lots of different activities and packages can be tailored to include everything you need. All you need to do is choose an activity, let us handle the planning and organisation, and you can simply turn up and celebrate.
Our popular activities are:
- Den Building
- Forest School, in partnership with Really Wild Wooders
- Fossil Hunting
- Nature walk
- Obstacle Course, in partnership with MY/PT
Party food and drinks can be served at decorated tables in the Betteshanger Café or we can provide a picnic lunch for you to enjoy within our 250-acre Park.
Parties can be booked at any time of the year, with only extreme weather stopping play. Our packages offer great value for money and start from just £5 per person. Unless otherwise stated, the activity lasts for approximately 1-hour and the minimum group size is 10.
We know we can organise a great party but don't just take it from us:
"I organised an obstacle course party for a group of 7-8-year-olds for my son's birthday. I wanted something a bit different which would keep the children active and entertained. They absolutely loved it. Jay made it fun, had war face paints at the ready and got all the children involved. Thank you so much, Jay, for leading the event and keeping the children happy and active!" Chloe Carey, February 2017
"Ian Pettit is the best in dealing with kids plus the staff at the cafe were super friendly and helpful! Based on the feedback we had from my son's birthday party guests (including the parents!) - BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER!!!" Gabriel Zegrean, January 2017
Browse through the activity options below and then send us a message or give us a call on 01304 619227. We'll be pleased to talk through your party ideas and provide you with detailed prices.
Archery birthday party
Our skilled instructors will quickly get your guests shooting arrows towards the targets, hitting gold and popping balloons. We'll organise team and individual games, make sure everyone gets involved and ensure they all enjoy the competition. Our range is perfect for beginners and the distance and poundage of the bows will be set to suit the group ability.
Suitable for ages 7 and over. Maximum party size: 12. £9 per person.
Cycling birthday party
Our cycling parties are a great way to explore Betteshanger's tracks and trails. Your guests will master bike skills, play a range of cycling games and explore the rugged mountain bike trails through Betteshanger's woodland. Our qualified coaches will assess the ability of the group and match that to the appropriate trails, guaranteeing that everyone will always be having fun.
Recommended for ages 7 and over. Maximum group size: 15. From £6 per person.
Den building birthday party
Betteshanger's woodland makes the ideal spot for den building. Your guests can let imaginations loose on designing and building the perfect natural shelters with material collected from the park.
Suitable for ages 5 and up. Maximum group size: 20. £5 per person.
Forest School birthday party
Our Forest School parties are run in partnership with Really Wild Wooders. During the 2-hour party, your guests will take part in woodland activities based on the birthday child's interest (dinosaurs is a popular theme!), play woodland games, swing in hammocks and climb trees plus they'll drink tasty hot chocolate and eat marshmellows or popcorn cooked on an open fire. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided for the grown ups.
From £160 for up to 12 children (under 16).
Fossil hunting birthday party
Thanks to our heritage as a former colliery, Betteshanger is bursting with fossils. With an expert guide and a little bit of digging in the coal spoil, your guests will find and identify plenty of fossils. They'll learn first-hand how fossils form and how they help us understand what used to live at Betteshanger. They'll get to take home the fossils found. This party option is perfect for the dinosaur-obsessed.
Tools, safety equipment and instruction are provided by local geologist, Andy Temple, member of The Geologists Association, Kent Geologists Group and Geoconservation Kent.
Minimum age is 3. Max. group size is 20. £5 per person.
Geocaching birthday party
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt using a handheld GPS receiver to navigate to the 'cache' (treasure) locations. Caches are hidden around the Park for your guests to locate, they'll need to check for clues, locate the caches and return to base with the 'treasure'.
Minimum age is 7. Maximum group size 20. £5 per person.
Nature walk birthday party
Betteshanger is abundant with native wildlife throughout the seasons. A must for all nature dectives! A led walk will take your guests around the Park searching for frogs, newts, water voles, dragonflies, butterflies, spiders, Jays, Waxwings, Kestrels and Owls.
Minimum age is 5. Maximum group size is 30. £5 per person.
Obstacle course party
We run our obstacle course parties in partnership with MY/PT - Betteshanger's military fitness provider. You can choose between the new military-style course or the standard course, or you can combine the two. Both courses are set to put your guests through their paces. Test skills over the balance beams, water jumps, cargo nets and rope walks – it’s a true team endeavour and a great bonding experience for friends.
Suitable ages 7 and over, maximum group size 24. From £9.50 per person.
Orienteering birthday party
Orienteering provides both a mental and physical challenge for your party. Your guests can walk or run one of our four courses. It's great for developing map reading skills, compass use, terrain observation and distance estimation.
Orienteering is a self-led activity. Minimum recommended age is 7. £1 per person (self-led).