There are several activities already set up at the centre with teacher packs and relevant resources which will enable you to run them. Braeside staff may run some activities by prior arrangement. Many groups find that they want to do some follow up work to the day's activities, for example: diary writing, drawing graphs etc. Groups are encouraged to organise some of their own evenings, there is plenty of potential in the grounds and the surrounding area and space inside if there is bad weather.
Examples of Activities:
- Photosearch of Braeside Grounds: Mark the position of the photograph on the map.
- Orienteering - on site: Explore the site searching for letters. Write them into the correct boxes on the map. Great to develop map orientation skills and spatial awareness.
- Treasure Hunt - on site: Find the letters using the old treasure map and rearrange them to make a word using the clue on the back of the map. The group who completes the most maps wins.
Spooky Walk - off site: Braeside has a sheet of directions/walk guidance and spooky stories. A local historian (the author of ''Ghosts of Devizes'') may be booked to lead your group for a small per person charge.
- Nightline or Lifeline - on site: A night-time blindfold trail through the woods, (to operate this activity needs a member of Braeside staff or appropriate guidance from, Braeside staff )
- Bonfire - on site: A chance to reflect on the day, discuss the achievements and to enjoy a few fireside songs. Braeside provides all the resources needed for you to have a safe and enjoyable outdoor fire experience.
- Interactive Team challenges - on site: D and T challenge and Pipe and ball challenge.
- Invent-a-game: Can the students use simple game materials, e.g. dice, counters etc, to create their own games? All resources are provided.
- Animal camera - on site: Braeside has night-vision camera for use with groups to find out about the nocturnal wildlife antics that we don't see when we are tucked up in our beds. A great activity for an insight into wildlife detection, wildlife habits, evidence gathering and observation skills.
- Assorted other events of your choice, e.g. Tudor Banquet Evening, presentations of various themes. If you have some suggestions, or ideas, please get in touch.
- Themed Storytelling Sessions: Themed interactive storytelling sessions with Dave Borrie, a retired Primary Headteacher. Children will take part (if they want to) and help with the storytelling. Sessions will last about an hour. Please contact Braeside for current charges and availability. Some examples are given below;
· Neolithic stories exploring the hunter gatherer lifestyle and adventures.
· Stories about the Celts involving danger, clan life and, clan rivalry and more.
· The end of the Romans in Britain and beyond.
· The tale of the local Viking Invasion of Chippenham and how King Alfred escaped to save Saxon Britain.
· Stories from Victorian England.
· Stories involving local history from any period in time.
· Stories from any time period can be arranged if asked for in advance.