Tropical Inc gave a fantastic evening,
see the pictures
to see what happened.
Blackbrook Zoo. Situated between Leek and Ashbourne this
small establishment gave a fantastic day trip. We like it so much we have
been back with different groups on a number of occasions. The lads were captivated
throughout and the staff were excellent. We took advantage of the guided
tour that was offered and it added immensely to our day. We love the work
that they are doing and will continue to return again regularly.
offers great accommodation, restored by
Hertfordshire Scouts this
accommodation is kept in excellent condition. It is a credit to the county
organisation who own and run it. We have stayed a number of times and always
look forward to returning.
Buxton Museum. We were given a guided
tour around the museum during an evening pack night. Lots of good hands on
activity captivated the lads and gave a very good timeline experience
looking at things from 100 years old (no, not the leaders!) to things 350
million years old. Great fun will visit again.
Magna Science Museum at Rotherham - Some areas were enjoyed
by the lads (particularly those involving water) but the rest of the trip
was a little disappointing. A good use for an old redundant Steel Mill but a
lot of the Science side went above the Cubs heads. Maybe the sort of place
to take Scouts / Guides particularly if tied in with a science badge /
The National Armoury at Leeds. If your cubs are into armour
and want to know lots about it (maybe a detailed project covering the middle
ages) then they may get something out of a visit. If not give this a wide
berth. It rated high on the yawn meter!
Tittlesworth Reservoir near Leek - an excellent day out.
Under cover picnic area which is suitable for barbeques, fantastic adventure
playground as well as a small visitor centre, with cafe, nature trail and a
selection of walks. Entrance is free with a small charge for car parking.
Peak Practice - outdoor undercover golf driving range. An
excellent evening out.
The National Space Centre Leicester. An excellent day out,
indoor area for packed lunches. A superb cinema, included in the entrance
price (don't miss it). It would be a waste if not visited in conjunction
with some projects on Space.
Buxton Swimming Pool - Easy access, (parents can deliver),
open in the evenings and filled with Spa water.
Stockport Swimming pool - Easily accessible by Road or train
from Buxton, the lads love it, reasonably priced & a McDonalds nearby.
EUREKA - an excellent day out with lots of hands on
experiments for the lads to do. A high ratio of adults to cubs necessary if
the lads are to get the most out of the visit
Macclesfield Superbowl - A good night out, not cheap and
only accessible by road, good parking but nothing else nearby.
Sheffield Ice Rink - Road transport only. Good guidance
sheet available from the rink to hand out to lads a week before going with
sensible tips (like wearing gloves).
Joderell Bank - Road access only A good ½ day trip for a
weekend. Great ability to combine with Science & Astronomer badges,
reasonably priced. Since we visited we are aware that this has closed but do
not know when it will reopen.
Poole's Cavern - A good underground show cave. The Country
Park that surround the cavern is great for Trekking and wildlife activities
and is free. The cave itself is interesting for the lads, although not
cheap, when combined with other activities (we've done investitures,
presented certificates and held the inaugural meeting of the Scout Section
there) it can make an excellent venue.
Manchester Airport - An excellent evening activity at a
reasonable price. A really good guided tour around the airport. Although
accessible by Road and rail (as well as plane) the rail link from Buxton
isn't really a viable option.
Manchester Science Museum - A great day out at a reasonable
price (take a packed lunch as there is plenty of space to eat it especially
near the Steam Engine area. A building across the road dedicated to aviation
is an excellent addition. Road access great Rail access achievable yet more
Lyme Park - An excellent area for orienteering. Owned by the
National Trust (who have kindly let us in so far on production of no more
than my Family Membership card) There is a children's activity play area
superb wildlife and some good safe walking. We've never taken the lads into
the house yet (costs more and there's too much to break) The ground a vast
and give the opportunity to educate youngsters about a wide range of things
in a very safe environment.
Campsite - This was
our home district campsite. We have had some great weekends there but find
it now too expensive and the indoor accommodation not very clean. It is in
an excellent location with superb walking, hiking, tracking and other
outdoor activities. Accommodation is either indoors in one of two buildings
or outdoor camping. The camping ground is large but the facilities are
sparse. The site is really only accessible by road.
Hesley Wood Scout Campsite - Good facilities with qualified
personnel to run Archery, canoeing, shooting, climbing and other activities.
We have run Scout and Cub camps here. The site is accessible by Road or
Linnet Clough Scout Campsite - Great facilities, we also
used Rope & Race a local company for use of their climbing wall. We did
climbing, abseiling, traversing & archery. The site is large well divided, flat with
good indoor and outdoor facilities.
Buxton Fire station, Police Station and Ambulance station -
A great evening activity. We used to visit one each year such that each lad
will visit all three in their time with the pack however the Fire Station is
the only one now prepared to accept groups in the evening. The staff manning
the emergency services are always excellent and we always tie in a visit
with other activities to ensure added value from the experience.
Busy Bees Indoor Play Centre - this is a great place for an
evening treat. With Ball Pits, Rope Ladders and all inside under one roof.
They are based in Buxton on the Tongue Lane Industrial Estate and can be
contacted on Buxton (01298) 24648.
Swains Go-Karting - We had a good trip there in 2000 but the
company have since adopted a less friendly approach to groups and will not
open for Cub Packs after 5pm.