Your child’s stay at Rippledown

Your school has made an excellent choice in asking Rippledown to deliver your child’s outdoor learning experience. Since opening in 1977, Rippledown has welcomed over 40,000 primary school children from all parts of South East England and Northern Europe.

Parents FAQ

This is my child’s first stay away from home, do I need to prepare them in anyway?
Assure your child they will be well looked after, and they will have a great time at Rippledown.

My child requires medication
Medication is stored securely at Rippledown.

Does it matter if my child wets the bed?
Not at all. We are fully equipped to cater for wet beds and working closely with the school leaders will discreetly assist your child: providing a private place to change, a warm shower, clean bedding and freshly laundered pyjamas. Packing some extra night clothes with your child’s name on the label is a good idea if you think this might happen or even a pair of dry-night pants if your child is already using them.

Does my child need wet weather gear?
We provide wet weather gear for all children, however should you wish to send your child with their own equipment then that’s fine. Don’t forget to pack plenty of warm layers and extra socks.

Will my child need money?
They can bring pocket money for the Tuck Shop or to spend on excursions. We recommend £5.

My child has specific dietary requirements – can you cater for them?
We are highly experienced in catering for all sorts of dietary requirements. Please let your school know of your child’s specific needs in the parent’s pack they send to you. We will provide excellent home cooked nutritious food that’s right for them.

Does my child need any other equipment?
You don’t have to purchase anything, however you can buy one of our water bottles for a special price of £1.50. These are tough and reusable and will provide a happy reminder of the fun your child has had at Rippledown. This is optional though so please feel free to send your child with their own water bottle if they have one and don’t forget to label with their name.

A unique learning experience

It may be the first time that your child has been away from family and home, marking an important step in their development and in gaining a sense of independence. A residential visit to Rippledown is a unique experience providing your child with a sense of freedom and adventure, improving their self-confidence, motivation and personal abilities. In particular it strengthens their bond with their teachers and class mates leading to an even better school experience for the future. Above all, an outdoor learning trip is great fun!

Safety & Care

We recognise our responsibility to provide a safe and enjoyable, residential trip for all the children in our care. All activities are risk assessed and we are an accredited Learning Outside the Classroom provider. The children’s safety is paramount. We don’t do anything unless it is safe to do so.

What to Bring?

Please bring

Outdoor Wear
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Warm coat
  • Sensible shoes
  • Walking boots
  • Sun cream
  • Lip salve
  • Water bottle
Indoor Wear
  • Socks
  • Slippers or indoor shoes
  • Pyjamas
  • Bath towel
  • Pants
  • Trousers
  • Jumpers
  • T shirts
  • Wash Kit
  • Hair brush
  • Spare towel
  • Swimming costume
Do not bring

No electrical items such as games, mobiles or hair dryers as they are not PAT tested.

No extra sweets, cakes, biscuits, crisps or drinks are required.


  • Wet-weather clothing
  • Wellington boots
  • Rucksacks
  • Field studies equipment
  • Resource materials
  • Reference books
  • Pens and paper
  • Animal specimens
  • A fantastic experience!