Frequently asked questions

When does the site open?
We are planning on re-opening on a gradual, phased return, as follows:

Phase 1: from 17th May
Use of the outdoor space (including the playground) and access to the toilet block only, for half-day, day or evening visits.  A risk assessment for the use of our outdoor space can be found here

Phase 2: no earlier than 21st June
As above, plus use of Kinder as in indoor space only (no residentials) with access to the kitchen, some games equipment and limited availability of grass sledging.

Phase 3: hopefully, by September
As above, plus outdoor camps, indoor residentials in Kinder and The Den.

When can I book?
Phase 1 (only) will open for bookings from Monday 26th April; to enquire please contact office@girlguidingmanchester.org.uk.  However, to help in your planning, our risk assessment for phase 1 and details of costs are available on our website now.

Bookings for phase 2 and 3 will be announced through our social media channels and via our website.

Can I book online?
No, sorry but we are unable to take online bookings at the moment.  All enquiries should be sent to office@girlguidingmanchester.org.uk

Have you got a Covid-19 risk assessment?
Yes, you will find a copy here.

How much does it cost?
Costs are shown below.  They are for a three hour time blocks of either 9am-12noon, 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm for up to 20 people (we can be flexible with timings).  If you are bringing a larger group you will need to pay for a second block (e.g. If you were to bring 35 people from 9am-12noon on a Saturday you would pay 2 x times the amount)


For outside space and use of toilets, playground, campfire circle, orienteering and butterfly trail

 (from 17th May onwards)

For Kinder View with access to the kitchen, some games equipment and limited availability of grass sledging as well as playground, campfire circle, orienteering and butterfly trail

(no earlier than 21st June)

Girlguiding Manchester members – £25

Other Girlguiding and Scouting groups – £30

Other youth groups- £30

Girlguiding Manchester members – £35

Other Girlguiding and Scouting groups – £40

Other youth groups – £40

Do I need to bring my own cleaning materials?
Toilet rolls and cleaning materials are provided for you to use.

How do I book?
You will need to contact office@girlguidingmanchester.org.uk to check availability.  You will also need to agree to our “Booking terms and conditions” which can be found here.

Can we use the grass sledges?
We are not releasing the grass sledges for use yet.  We hope to make these available from 21st June but access will be limited due to the complex nature of servicing them.

Can we have access to outdoor games?
Access to a limited number of outdoor games will be made available from 21st June (or later if phase 2 delayed) along with the hire of Kinder View.

Can we have a campfire?
Yes, our campfire circle can be used but, as with all activities, you will need to carry out your own RA to ensure it is done in a safe way and check your organisation’s rules about fires.  A bucket for water, a metal ash bucket and brush are all available in the woodshed.  Water can be drawn from the toilet block or the outdoor tap at the back of Birch camp.

What if the weather prevents us coming?
For bookings from 17th May to 20th June we will offer a refund if the weather is too wet for your visit to be done safely.  However, after 21st you will need to book Kinder View if you want to have shelter from any inclement weather.  Refunds due to the weather will not be offered after this time.

How many adults and children can I bring?
You should abide by your own governing body’s rules of adult to child ratio.  We do not envisage very large groups attending initially.  However, if your group size exceeds 40 please contact us on office@girlguidingmanchester.org.uk to discuss arrangements.

Will there be any other groups on site?
Between 17th May and 21st June there will only be one group on site at any one time.  From 17th May when we open up Kinder View there may be two groups on site but each group will have its own separate toilet facilities.

Can I access a building to make a hot drink?
Between May 17th and June 21st you cannot access a building other than the toilet block. We would recommend that hot drinks are brought in flasks and that each young person bring their own drink.    From June 21st you can book Kinder View, should you wish to access a kitchen.

Can we use the car parks?
Yes although parking is limited and you will need to manage traffic on the lane.