for secondary schools

About Hillcrest

Hillcrest is a relatively small centre close to the River Wye in Herefordshire and is ideal for secondary groups requiring sole occupancy. There are adventure activities in the grounds for your students to enjoy and a large lake nearby for watersports such as kayaking and raft building.

There’s plenty to do on land too. Why not try some abseiling, rifle shooting or a forest trail for some great learning outside the classroom opportunities? Accommodation is in the main house and we have some excellent facilities including a basketball court and floodlit playing field to use between activity sessions.



  • Students - Rooms with bunk beds sleep 6-16 (Showers and toilets located close by)
  • Teachers - Single or twin rooms, en suite or with private facilities nearby


  • Basketball court
  • Floodlit playing field
  • Indoor space
  • Group common room
  • Teachers’ lounge
  • Shop

Activities available

Activities include canoeing and kayaking at our very own private lake nearby. The full list of activities is included below.

There's plenty to keep everyone busy in the evenings too, with our lively entertainment programme led by the PGL team.

See the evening entertainment available at Hillcrest


Select an activity for a full description


Enjoyable mealtimes with nutritious and tasty food
Our meals are freshly cooked, balanced and will give your pupils plenty of energy to keep them going throughout the day. 

  • Hot and cold meals with vegetarian options
  • Homemade soup every day
  • Self-service salad bar
  • Fresh fruit with every meal
  • Allergies, intolerances and special diets catered for - see our Teacher Guide
  • Support for fussy eaters - see our Parent Guide

Sample Day

Sample day for Secondary Schools at Hillcrest
Schedule Activities
07.00 - 09.00 Get up, get ready and fuel up for the day ahead
09.15 - 12.30 Morning activities - usually 2 sessions with a 15 minute break in-between

12.30 - 14.00 Dry off & clean up. Time for a fresh & tasty two-course hot lunch
14.15 - 17.30 Afternoon activities - 2 exciting sessions with a 15 minute break in-between

18.00 - 19.00 Time to eat again - a different menu each day
19.00 - 21.00 Talent shows, campfires, quizzes and more. The evening entertainment programme keeps you laughing until bedtime.
21.00 / 21.30 Bedtime. Catch up on some zzz's and prepare to do it all over again tomorrow!