Barnstondale is a children’s charity centre based on the Wirral Peninsula, which serves the diverse communities of Merseyside, the North West of England and beyond. The centre provides a natural setting for personal development, through sport and adventure, study and reflection. We offer a safe, supportive and stimulating environment for youngsters from all walks of life, including those with a range of disabilities.
We are passionate about transforming the lives of young people, inspiring them to grow in mind, body and spirit. Team leaders and our own instructors challenge and motivate participants, through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, building confidence and encouraging teamwork. Barnstondale has everything you need to make your visit a success.
The Centre offers completely accessible facilities and accommodation – full-board or self-catering – for up to 150 people. Our three large log cabins, nestled beside a wooded valley, provide an atmospheric and unique accommodation experience, with all rooms en suite. As an alternative, we offer dormitory accommodation for those who prefer the group to be together. With activity areas, multi-use rooms, sporting facilities, dining room and services, we have all you need to make your stay even better.
Our facilities include: classrooms, meeting rooms, art room, assembly hall, leaders lounges, tuck shop, conference room and stage venue, floodlit multi-use games area (MUGA), sensory garden trail, outdoor football pitch, climbing walls, adventure playground, a variety of indoor/outdoor sporting facilities and games rooms. The sports hall is available to be booked by groups visiting Barnstondale, but is also available for regular external sports bookings.
Once you are down in our beautiful wooded dale, there’s a whole world of nature around you to be discovered
Our spacious sports hall, including our indoor climbing wall, means that whatever the weather the adventure doesn’t have to stop.
Barnstondale is situated on the Wirral peninsula, which is renowned for its excellent walking and beaches. It also puts it at the centre of literally hundreds of popular attractions that you could visit during your stay. Here are some of our favourites:
On the Wirral we have the Spaceport, Mersey Ferries, Ness Botanic Gardens, Port Sunlight Village, Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral Transport Museum and the annual International Guitar Festival of Great Britain on our doorstep.
In nearby Liverpool, there’s The Beatles Story, World Museum Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool ONE, Metquarter, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Echo Arena, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs and Liverpool itself, which is designated a World Heritage Site for its Maritime Mercantile heritage.
In Cheshire, you can visit Chester Zoo, Blue Planet Aquarium, National Waterways Museum, Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, Cheshire Oaks Outlet, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Tatton Park, Gulliver’s World Theme Park and the city of Chester.
In North Wales, there are Welsh Castles, Snowdonia National Park, National Trust North Wales, Anglesey Model Village, Llangollen, the International Eisteddfod, Snowdon Mountain Railway and Portmeirion Italianate village.
Can we come as a family?
Yes, families often come as part of larger groups and it is now possible for a family to come and make use of Meadow Cabin.
Are you only available for disabled children?
No, we welcome children of all abilities at Barnstondale and have facilities to suit all needs.
Are you only for disadvantaged children?
No, everyone is welcome.
Are you only available for people in Wirral?
No, we have played host to people all over the UK and even international guests.
Do you take adults?
Yes, we do take groups of adults, though our focus will always be on children.
Can we do self-catering?
Yes, self-catering is an option in Dale Cabin and Meadow Cabin. Very large groups that book the entire site can also self-cater.
Do we need to bring our own bedding?
We provide duvets, covers and pillows with pillowcases for each bed. We encourage you to bring your own sleeping bags if you want to, or we can provide sheets at a nominal charge per person.
Do teachers come free?
No, teachers and group leaders are charged for their stay, but at a discounted rate.
Do you have public liability insurance?
Yes, Barnstondale is fully insured.
Do you have an activities licence?
Yes, our activities licence is L10146/R0650
What is the minimum age that can visit?
We haven’t set a minimum age for visitors, though obviously some very young children cannot take part in all activities. We don’t have sleeping facilities for the very youngest, so travel cots etc would need to be brought with you.
Is Barnstondale secure?
Barnstondale is as secure as we can reasonably make it for a site in the countryside, without turning it into a prison! All cabins and rooms have locking doors and all exit points from the site have gates. There is a keypad-lock operated gate across the car park entrance which can be used if required.
Do you have internet access?
Yes, we have free Wi-Fi for our visitors at locations around the site, subject to availability.