Brownsea Island is situated just offshore from Poole in Dorset, and was home to the first experimental camp led by Baden-Powell in 1907.
It is now run by the National Trust, preserving the Island for all visitors. It also is a functioning Camp Site, bookable for Cubs, Scouts and Guides.
We will leave early each day, as the journey by coach will take around 90 minutes. Our crossing to Brownsea Island is by private ferry, which can take up to 650 passengers. Once on the Island, you are free to explore all the Island has to offer.
We will prepare an orienteering trail for you – which if you choose to use it will take you to all the key locations on the island.
You can find out more details about Brownsea Island at the Brownsea Island Website
For this trip we are just providing a very competitively priced coach transfer to London, which will then allow you to make your own choices of which of the capital’s attractions to visit.
We will provide a treasure hunt that will take you to many of the main tourist sites.
The coaches will drop you close to the Victoria and Albert Museum and traffic allowing it should take an hour to get there, and within a short walking distance is the Natural History Museum.
Hyde Park is an 8 minute walk, Buckingham Palace is a 34 minute walk and the Houses of Parliament and the Tower that contains Big Ben, is a 50 minute walk away. The Bell Tower is currently undergoing refurbishment and will not ‘Bong’ until some time in 2021.
You may want to head out to main attractions like The Tower of London, The London Dungeons, The London Eye or Madam Tussaud’s.
Each are very busy Tourist attractions and likely to have long queues, so get on the Tube and get there early in order to get in line.
You can find out more details about places you might like to visit on this trip at the Visit London Website
Portsmouth is a hour away and is home to The Royal Navy since 1194, and here you have the possibility of visiting The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where you can see The Mary Rose, King Henry VIII’s flagship brought back to the surface 470 years after it sunk in 1545.
Also here is HMS Victory the Royal Navy’s most famous warship. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, and on which Lord Nelson was mortally wounded.
Other attractions include the Submarine Museum, HMS Warrior and the opportunity for a boat trip around the Navy anchorage.
Depending on operational requirements you may also see the new super carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth that dwarfs the skyline.
The queue for the boat trip is the best place to have your lunch. That way you can be at the front of the queue and have a sit down to rest weary feet. The right hand side of the boat on the top deck is the best place to view everything as all the sights are on that side as the boat tours the harbour.
Adult Tickets to all attractions at the Dockyard are currently £28, alternatively, if you want to just visit one attraction only, the cost is £18.00
For this trip we are just providing a very competitively priced coach transfer, which will then allow you to make your own choices of which attractions to visit.
Windsor is approximately 45 minutes away, and is probably best known for its Castle.
Preferred home of Queen Elizabeth II, it was built in the 11th century, not long after the Norman invasion of England.
It has been occupied by the reigning monarch of England, since 1100 making it the longest occupied palace in Europe.
Adult tickets to visit the Castle in 2017 are £20.50, and family tickets, 2 Adults and 3 under 17’s are £53.00. We are currently negotiating to see if we can get special group rates.
Windsor is located on the Thames, so you are able to walk to the river and take a boat ride, or spend time walking around the many lanes of shops that Windsor has to offer.
You can find out more details about this famous Castle by visiting the Windsor Castle Website.
Stonehenge is an hour’s journey, and is one of the best-preserved Henge’s in Europe. Thought to be built around 3000BC with it being used for ceremonies for hundreds of years.
After you have had a chance to explore Stonehenge, the coach will then take you to Winchester, where you will be able to explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe’s longest medieval Cathedral, as well as walk through the old sections of this ancient city.
Winchester is famous for its Cathedral and also for being England’s first Capital City and home of King Alfred The Great who played a major part in transforming the various incoming tribes from across Europe after the Romans left into what would become a united England.
The Great Hall in Winchester (Group entrance fee approximately £2 per person) is one of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century.
It also contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur’s Round Table, and is all that now remains of Winchester Castle
Note – we are currently negotiating for free entry to Stonehenge, and this will reduce the price to £12
You can find out more details about the famous Stonehenge monument by visiting the Stonehenge Website
Use the Visit Winchester website for information on Winchester.
The Living Rainforest is a short journey away from the Eurocamp site.
At this unique centre you will be able to see a variety of rainforest Plants, Birds, Amphibians, Mammals and Reptiles.
Adult tickets to visit the centre are £NN, and child tickets are £NN.
You can find out more details about The Living Rainforest at the Living Rainforest Website.
If you have any questions about the Trips and Outings at Eurocamp18 or about the event itself then please use our Questions page or contact the Trips Team direct and the organising team will do their best to help.
Please remember though that the team are all volunteers like you so it may take a few days to get an answer to your question(s).