- Group accommodation bunk house style – self / fully catered in the main centre or cottages and a brand new ‘glamping’ village
- Residential courses for adults, schools, youth groups etc
- Skills & Technical Courses – canoe, climb, outdoor education
- Day activities staffed or unstaffed
- Adult Personal Development
- Youth Development Residential – expeditions, centre based or camping
- Meeting rooms and conference facilities – away from it all
The Frank Chapman Centre has been built specifically to provide high quality residential outdoor education courses. The building is set in approx 90 acres of SSSI designated woodland but includes fields, streams and play areas, we use the grounds for most of our activities, more importantly our grounds provide an excellent space for young people to enjoy their free-time.
A Quick Overview
Catering: From fully catered to self catering. Please contact us for information and details for your catering needs.
Kitchen: Fitted kitchen with cooker, microwave and fridge and all necessary utensils within cottages. Excellent facilities in main building.
Dining Room: Dining for ten in the cottage on-site. Dining for large groups up to 60 in main building. Catered guests often lunch in but could make their own packed lunches if out for the day, or take it to our Bushcraft area and cook it themselves.
The catering team produce some wonderful home cooked wholesome meals, we are very proud of the food they provide and they are able to cater for all specific dietary needs.
Lounge Areas: Lounge area in cottage. In the main building there is a Lecture Room with seating and a Common Room with additional comfortable seating areas. Inside and outside of the building there is seating where students can seek peace or socialise.
The first floor staff room is a place for visiting staff for their daily staff meetings, help organise their course, completing school blogs, reviewing the day and relaxing in the evening. Equipped with Internet, TV and a PC, after a hard days activity visiting staff or guests usually enjoy sneaking off with some of the home made cakes, drinking tea and socialising with centre staff. There are comfy seats and kitchenette area and a good view of the free time areas.
Lecture Room: This is great meeting point to start off each day. It is used as a class room, extra dining space and a theatre or classroom. It is fully equipped with a digital projector, DVD and CD player and disco equipment.
Boot Room: Our mucky room allows guest to change out of their muddy wet gear before entering the main centre.
Heating: Each cottage has central heating and ample hot water.
Bedrooms: The main building sleeps up to 60 students in 4 dormitory rooms. The cottage sleep 10 and Coopers Mill is sleeps 11 with additional camping. Many of the rooms are en-suite, with two of the largest dormitories sleeping 16 students. There are two distinct bedrooms areas, so it is relatively simple to have male and female students separated at different ends of the building. Bedding is provided and all rooms have wardrobes and drawers. Centre and cottages have bunk bed sleeping arrangements.
Staff are accommodated in 5 staff rooms some en-suite and the others with their own shared bathroom.
Linen: Linen is provided at an additional cost for self catering groups.
Bathrooms: Fitted bathroom with shower facilities in all three cottages and a mix of shared and en-suite facilities within main building.
Disabled Facilities: We are not equipped to accommodate disabled guests in Callow Cottage. However, we have disabled access-facilities within the main building, glamping area and Coopers Mill.
Children’s Facilities: The whole centre is designed with children in mind.
Outdoor Facilities: The Frank Chapman Centre is set within 90 acres of beautiful ancient oak forest with plenty of local walks and our own deer within the forest.
Games Room: Set away from the main building and a student’s favourite. Our games room has giant jenga & connect 4, table tennis, pool table, table football, seating and a jukebox. This is an ideal place for students to relax in the evening, socialising with their friends or beating their teachers at pool! It also has a cupboard full of outside games such as rounders, bowling, cricket, swing-ball and badminton.
Pets: Well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement only within the cottages only. Please contact us for information.
Smoking: No smoking inside the cottages or the centre.
Telecom Facilities: Good mobile reception on some networks.
Parking: Amble parking is provided.
School Shop: School staff can opt to have our shop open for the visiting group. This is well stocked with souvenir items.
At the Frank Chapman Centre there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing!
We believe that it is imperative that students are properly kitted and comfortable, out for the day doing the activities. We encourage children to bring their own wellies and waterproofs but we have a huge stock of super tough waterproof tops and bottoms and wide range of wellies and will always ask students to use ours if we feel they will be better protected. Consequently students do not need to buy specialist clothing or equipment for the course, all we ask students to bring are lots (and lots) of warm old clothes, please see our kit list download for more details.
Our sincere thanks to the George Salter Trust for contributing to the purchase of our stock of outdoor wear for the children of Sandwell.
For individual activities, such as kayaking or rock climbing, we provide all the necessary specialist equipment.