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Royal Victoria Country Park

General information

Pre visits

A pre visit for group leaders is essential for all activities and your booking will not be secured until you have attended. Our Heritage and Community Engagement Officer will help you with the planning of your visit at this time.

Coaches, minibuses and cars

The car and coach park are well signposted as you come into Royal Victoria Country Park. The coach park is situated in Tall Pines Car Park which is only a few minutes walk from Acorns Education Facility, the Cedar Tea Rooms and toilets. Groups visiting must inform us if they will be bringing a coach at the pre visit. Parking permits are available from the park office upon arrival. The current cost of a coach is £10 per coach.

Accidents and First Aid

In the event of a minor first aid incident please speak to the ranger in charge on a led session or make your way to the Heritage Visitor Centre. In the event of a more serious incident please contact your nearest member of staff. We have appointed first aiders on site at all times but it is recommended that you bring your own first aiders and first aid kit with you on your visit.

Safety

Please follow guidelines set by your Local Education Authority or parent organisation with regard to taking groups on trips and carrying out fieldwork. Please ensure supervision ratios are adhered to. All schools/groups must complete their own risk assessment prior to visiting the park.

You are responsible for the safety, well being and discipline of your children at all times, including during guided activities. Groups of children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Please be aware that the park is a public place and on hot days is extremely popular and can get very busy. Therefore, please be mindful of traffic (particularly when crossing roads) and the public at all times.

Insurance

The County Council has its own insurance for any accidents that occur on our site but all groups visiting the site should have their own off site activities insurance to a minimum of £5 million.

Lost children

Should you lose any children in your care, please let the Park know as soon as possible so we can help organise a search. Either phone the Park or call into our Heritage Visitor Centre. It is advisable to explain to children that if they get separated from the group to have a central meeting place such as the Heritage Visitor Centre which is easy to spot and where our information point and reception is located!.

Lost property

Please report any items lost or found to the Heritage Visitor Centre. Please note: we only keep items for 1 month. Then, they are donated to Charity.

Payment

A parked journal or invoice will be raised following the pre visit to discuss your requirements and will be payable within 28 days.

Cancellation

If you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can rearrange a date for you.

Cancellation charges apply to room hire and catering. Standard terms and conditions apply.

Health risks in the countryside

We do not wish to scare you: the risks of picking up an infection or disease from the countryside is rare, but we recommend a few simple precautions.

Regular hand washing at the end of all activities and before and after eating. We recommend long trousers for children and adults taking part in activities. This will reduce the risk of grazes and picking up ticks, particularly in the woodland.

Children who have been carrying out activities in the woodland, should check for ticks at the end of the day. Ticks are small black spider like creature less than 5mm long. Typically, they crawl over the skin before finding a dark place to attach themselves. Some ticks carry a bacterium that causes Lyme Disease, which can affect the skin or more seriously the nervous system; fortunately, it is still a rare disease in the UK.

We recommend that children cover up their skin as much as possible, wear a sunhat and sun cream in hot weather and drink plenty of water throughout the day

Weils Disease (which is passed on from Rats Urine) can be contracted from bodies of water. Hand washing before eating and drinking is essential to reduce the risk of illness.

Please consult NHS Direct for more information.