Activity options

At Betteshanger we offer a wide range of activities for schools and group visits.


We believe everyone should have the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities. Our aim is to inspire and support everyone to enjoy more active, healthy lifestyles but, above all, it’s about having great fun in a safe outdoor environment. You can choose from a selection of great value activities and your visit can be tailor-made to perfectly fit with your requirements.

Sessions run regardless of the weather unless specific risks are identified. All tools and/or equipment will be provided as part of your visit. 

We also welcome schools and groups who want to do their own thing. If you do opt for a self-led visit, we ask that you still pre-book.

Browse the range of activities below and don't hesitate to get in touch for more details.

Archery

Our introduction to archery is perfect for beginners with the distance over which you shoot and the poundage of the bows set to suit your group.

For ages 8 and over, maximum group size 12. £9 per person.

Download Archery Information Sheet

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Archery TAG

Fresh from the USA, Archery TAG is Betteshanger’s newest outdoor activity. 

The latest phenomenon in friendly combat sporting is guaranteed to be fast, fun and exciting. Combining elements from paintball, dodgeball, and archery, Archery TAG is a team-based game played with bows and specially designed foam-tipped arrows. 

Players divide into two teams and hide behind inflatable bunkers. The aim of the game is to be the first team to knock out the centres of a 5 spot target on the opponent's side of the field. 

Archery TAG is intense enough for thrill seekers and safe enough for children. 

Archery TAG is for players aged 12 or over and has a minimum group size of 10. Sessions start from £12 per person, per hour.

Cycling

There are a number of cycling activities available for groups. No matter which activity you select, our coaches will assess the ability of the group and match that to the appropriate trails, guaranteeing that your group will always be having fun. 

Recommended for ages 6 and over, maximum group size 15. From £5 per person.

Download Cycling Information Sheet

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Den building

Betteshanger's woodland makes the ideal spot for den building. Let imaginations loose on designing and building the perfect natural dens and shelters. For safety reasons den building is not run in high wind conditions.

For ages 7 and up, maximum group size 15. £5 per person.

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Obstacle course

Our two obstacle courses are set to put you through your 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. 

Suitable ages 7 and over, maximum group size 20. From £5.50 per person.

Download military-style course risk assessment

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Forest School

We run our Forest School in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust. It allows groups time and space to reconnect with nature and enjoy our woodlands. Groups experience nature at first hand through a series of engaging and achievable tasks, this could involve lighting fires, using tools, building dens and making crafts. With your group, you'll develop problem-solving skills, improve creative and independent thinking plus build communication and teamwork skills.

Suitable for all ages.

Fossil hunting

Thanks to our heritage as a former colliery, Betteshanger is bursting with fossils. You’ll find plenty either lying on top of the spoil heap or by digging down into the spoil. 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 7. Max. group size is 15. £5 per person.

Download Fossil Hunting Information Sheet

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Geocaching

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 teams to locate and return to base with the 'treasure'. 

Ideal for teams of 3-5, aged 7 upwards. Maximum group size 15. £5 per person. 

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Orienteering

Orienteering provides both a mental and physical challenge. Your group can walk or run one of our four courses. Great for developing map reading skills, terrain observation and distance estimation.

Orienteering is a self-led activity for all ages. Minimum age is 7. £1 per person (self-led).

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Nature walk

Betteshanger is abundant with native wildlife throughout the seasons. A led walk will take you around the Park looking for frogs, newts, water voles, dragonflies, butterflies, spiders, Jays, Waxwings, Kestrels and Owls.

Minimum age is 7. Maximum group size is 15. £5 per person.

Download Nature Walk Information Sheet

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