Outdoor Elements started in 2012 with the aim of providing outdoor education for Worcestershire children on the Malvern Hills. The first step to achieving this was to form a Not-for-Profit organisation. We were then able to take control of the threatened Malvern Hills Outdoor Education Centre. Over the next 4 years, we turned the centre around and subsequently we are now the premier outdoor provider in Worcestershire. Having invested £300,000 in modernising the Malvern site, we managed to get over 65,000 children active on hills in the first 4 years.
In 2017 Outdoor Elements looked at how to replicate the success of the Malvern site and, in doing so, reach out to a whole new group of children. Following a 6 month refurbishment and modernisation programme, we opened Bell Heath Outdoor Elements in 2018.
Bell Heath Outdoor Elements
Bell Heath Outdoor Elements can be found hidden at the foot of the Clent Hills, just 20 minutes from the centre of Birmingham. The centre is ideal for young adventurers and people to explore the great outdoors. You will find the centre set in 22 acres of private woodland, and you can take part in a multitude of activities designed around maximising your stay. First opened in 1924 by the Cadbury family with the intention of offering camping to the children of Birmingham city, however, we still hold these original values. We have also added a few of our own.
“Provide affordable outdoor education, in a fun, inclusive way to inspire a new generation to love the outdoors”
Up until 2017 Bell Heath Outdoor Elements, formerly known as Bell Heath Study Centre, operated under Birmingham City Council. It was one of the Birmingham outdoor education centres offering a wide range of activities to children from the West Midlands. Sadly, in 2014, the Bell Heath Study Centre, along with all the other Birmingham outdoor centres, closed it’s doors for good and put up for sale.
Refurbished and reopened
There is good news however as in 2017 Malvern Outdoor Elements bought the Bell Heath site with the intention of opening it once more. We are now the only original Birmingham outdoor centre offering outdoor education trips to children. During 2017/18 the centre underwent a complete renovation to a high standard. We even added new and exciting outdoor activities to bring this centre back to life.
Our single occupancy building with its modern facilities now accommodates for up to 60 students and 8 staff with all the usual home comforts. We have a 2-acre campsite with camp kitchen for groups who prefer to ruff it. This site is ideal for Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) groups to use during your training days, practice and qualifying expeditions. This is suitable for both Bronze and Silver awards. We can also accommodate your DofE Gold candidates during the residential element of their programme. You can book this, as with all of our accommodation, separately or as part of a residential activity stay.
Malvern Outdoor Elements
Malvern Outdoor Elements is nestled at the northern end of the Malvern ridge. It is set within 9 acres of wooded grounds with a multitude of on-site and off-site activities. The centre provides an ideal location for a memorable stay or day visit.
An outdoor centre, established in the 1970’s, has provided a quality service to thousands of children and young adults for over 40 years.
At Malvern Outdoor Elements we continue to provide a quality, safe and enjoyable experience for all our users. Our sessions are run by qualified and friendly staff. Activities are designed to not only get the most out of your group but the individuals too.
There is accommodation for over 100 students on site, split into three separate areas. This comprises a number of dormitories with associated toilets and shower facilities. All accommodation can be booked in conjunction with residential courses or separately for accommodation hire only.
Bell Heath Outdoor Elements is dedicated to providing high-quality courses and residential experiences to a wide range of groups. Group leaders and parents can be assured that their children will be closely managed. You will be staying in a controlled environment whilst enjoying some of the best outdoor activities in the Midlands.
We actively pursue best practice and ensure all our activities meet the highest standards of safety. As an active member of the Adventure Activity Licensing Service (AALS), all of our risk assessments and outdoor activities are verified to ensure that we operate to a safe standard.
Your safety is paramount to us
We manage all the risk associated with outdoor activities however we still believe some risk is a benefit to the educational value of our sessions. Where we identify an element of risk, we will ensure that your group will only be exposed to perceived risk. We actively involve the group in the risk assessment process to make this a safe learning process.
All our groups work within a national governing body or in-house best practice guidelines related to group ratios. We recommend all groups work to a ratio of 1 visiting member of staff to 15 children.