Activity Residential CampActivity Residential Camp
Discover a wide range of challenging and exciting activities. XUK multi-activities for boys and girls from 6 - 17 years old. Spend one to six weeks at XUK.
Boy on water slide

Essential XUK information

Dates

Arrivals:

Sundays: 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th July and 6th & 13th August

Departures:
Sunday 16th, 23rd & 30th July and 6th & 13th & Saturday 19th August

Rules

It is vital that our campers are aware of our rules at XUK. These are in place to ensure that every camper is happy, healthy and most importantly safe during their stay with us. Please go through the 'XUK Way' with your children before their stay.

Baggage

Please fit all luggage, including a sleeping bag, into one suitcase. Here is our kit list. When your child arrives, please ensure that they have the following items ready to hand in

  • Medication in a named and sealed bag/container
  • Money in a clearly marked envelope for our staff to put in our Camp Bank for safekeeping. Campers will have access to this money at set times.
  • Passports & tickets. We keep these for safekeeping.
  • EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) for EU citizens only
Juniors and Inters having fun at the BBQ
Juniors and Inters having fun at the BBQ

Arriving & departing

Unless you book the Airport/St Pancras transport we will assume you are coming directly to XUK. Seats on our transport runs are guaranteed only on full payment.

Airport/St Pancras (Eurostar) Service:

It is vital that we know the following information as early as possible for both inbound and outbound flights:

  • Airport (origin & destination)
  • Flight number
  • Airline
  • Arrival & Departure times

If the airline asks you to provide information about who will be collecting your child, please give them the following information:

  • Richard Bernstein, XUK Activity, New Eccles Hall School, Quidenham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2NZ
  • +44(0)1953 888 236

Please look at ‘Getting to XUK’ for information about flight/train times and the airports/station we pick up/drop off your children.

Travelling directly to/from XUK:

  • Arrival day: Check-in is between 15:30 and 16:30 Please do not arrive before 15:30. To ensure that the camp is at its best, we will not check in your child before that time
  • Departure day: Children must be collected between 10:00 and 11:00. Please arrive on time to collect your child

Our address is - New Eccles Hall School, Quidenham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2NZ

Juniors and Inters having fun at the BBQ
XUK campers on a Wednesday trip
XUK campers on a Wednesday trip

Wednesday Trip

Each Wednesday the whole camp goes to Norwich, Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds for a bit of shopping and sightseeing. If we believe a child’s behaviour may put their, another child, or a member of staff’s safety at risk we reserve the right not to take them on trips. Dates & Venues of all trips are subject to change.

XUK campers on a Wednesday trip

Optional Extras

If you’d like to book an optional extra, you must let us know before camp starts. There are limited places on all extras and they are booked on a first come first served basis. Please note that days & details of optional extras are subject to change.

Teenage boys laughing at camp
Teenage boys laughing at camp

16 and 17 Year Olds

For our Wednesday trip and Theme park optional extra we give parents of 16 and 17 year olds the option to let them go around town/theme park in small groups without being accompanied by our staff. In order to opt in to this, parents must complete the permission letter we will send before camp begins.

Teenage boys laughing at camp

Contact your Children

Phone:

  • Head office (09:00 – 16:30): 020 8922 9739
  • XUK camp office: 01953 888 236 (during XUK ONLY)

If we cannot answer please leave a detailed message. We will call you as soon as we can. Please be aware that our camp phone is not manned all the time (and will not be manned at all on Wednesdays (trip day)).

Do not be alarmed if you do not get a call from your child. The probability is that you were engaged, out or your child is having too much fun!

Children can only use the office phone to call home once a week during their stay. This is because:

  • There is limited time during the day when children are not in activities, eating or sleeping
  • We need to keep our lines free for emergencies (and we only have two phone lines)
  • Children will not call home on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays
  • It is vital if children have a problem they talk to us first so we can help them

Mobiles phones:

Most phone networks have very patchy reception on our site. If ‘Juniors’ bring a mobile phone, they are subject to the following rules:

  1. It will be kept in the office
  2. They will only have access to it during phoning home time
  3. We take no responsibility for loss or damage

‘Intermediates’ & ‘Teens’ may bring a phone if they wish. We take no responsibility for its loss or damage. Phones may not be used during activity sessions, meetings or meal times.

Writing emails and letters:

Delivery of the post is very exciting for those who receive letters. The address is ‘XUK, c/o New Eccles Hall School, Quidenham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2NZ.

Any food sent (or brought to camp) may be checked. This is for the health and safety of all children and staff, some of whom have very specific allergies.

You can also send emails to your children to xukactivity@hotmail.com. These are handed out at the next available meal time.

Three teenage girls at the BBQ
Three teenage girls at the BBQ

Medication

If your child needs to bring medication with them to camp you will need to complete and return our Medication Form.

We will not administer medication without the electronic form being completed.

By sending your child to XUK you are permitting staff to administer sun cream, painkillers, insect repellents, antihistamines, skin healing cream, plasters, throat soothers, heat rub, ice spray, diarrhoea relief, anti-inflammatories and rehydration salts as required.

If your child has any allergies or you do not wish your child to be given any particular medication please let us know urgently by telling us in writing immediately.

Three teenage girls at the BBQ

Sleeping Bags

All children must bring their own (warm) sleeping bag or duvet. Those who do not bring a sleeping bag/duvet will be able to buy one (subject to availability) on their first day with us. We are unable to lend any out.

Settling in

Please help us help your child by telling them before and during camp to always talk to staff if they have any problems or concerns.

We understand that that this may be a new, and difficult, experience and it is crucial our staff are the first point of contact for your child to make their stay as fun and easy as possible.

If you (the parent) have any concerns, we also urge you to contact us and we can discuss anything relating to your child.

One of our spacious dormitories at XUK Activity
One of our spacious dormitories at XUK Activity

Dormitories & T-Bells

Our dormitories range in size. We have a small number of individual rooms, up to dorms that sleep twelve. The average dorm size is four to six. Our T-Bells sleep a maximum of six campers.

Please let us know if your child would like to share with any of their friends who are booked.

While every possible step is taken to accommodate dorm/t-bell requests, circumstances can occasionally mean not everyone's wishes can be met.

One of our spacious dormitories at XUK Activity

Laundry

Children staying for longer than one week who require laundry may pay for this service on site. There is a charge for this (£6 per bag - this can be shared among friends in a dorm) and will be taken off their pocket money.

This service is NOT SUITABLE FOR DELICATE OR EXPENSIVE CLOTHES, which should be washed by hand or not brought at all. We advise all children to bring a net laundry bag!

Clothes that are not clearly labelled with your child’s name will be at risk of being lost if they are washed. This is your and your child’s responsibility.

Pocket Money

We advise approx £35 - £40 per week, which should be sufficient.

Pocket money can be spent on the tuck shop at camp or to buy snacks & souvenirs on trips.

Please allow for a Damage Levy of £5.00 per week. This will act as a deposit and may have a percentage, or the full amount, deducted if any damage is caused. Further details can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

An XUK camper doing archery
An XUK camper doing archery

The Countryside

XUK is in the countryside and is very different to living in town. If your child suffers from asthma or hay fever there is a chance this will be worse than usual on camp.

At night time there are a number of animals and insects that are harmless but can get inside the building if doors and windows are open & lights are kept on. Our staff are trained to look out for this but we need children to support our efforts.

An XUK camper doing archery

Citizen of the Week Award

Each week we present the ‘XUK Citizen of the Week' award. This will be given to the best ‘Citizen’ at camp, who our leaders decide best sums up what’s good about XUK – a sense of humour, friendship, and a desire to make the most of camp. There will be a presentation each week and each winner will be offered one free week at one of our camps next year!