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Gilwell Park Heritage Open Day

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The Gilwell Park is celebrating 100 years since the first Scouts arrived on site and transformed a neglected country estate into a Scouting wonderland. Join a guided tour or test your survival skills with shelter building and backwoods cooking workshops.

Gilwell Park is known as the spiritual home of Scouting revered amongst the 50million strong global Scout community and even sung of round campfires. How did this small estate on the edge of Epping Forest achieve such fame? Join The Scouts Heritage Service as they guide you through 600 years of history from highwaymen and society scandal to a century of Scouting adventures.

Gilwell Park is visited by 60,000 young people every year. You can have a taste of the adventures they enjoy by joining our international volunteers who will lead workshops in shelter building and backwoods cooking. Can you follow the instructions written by Scouting’s founder in 1908 and create a waterproof shelter or cook a campfire culinary treat?

Guided tours: tours will take you around the site exploring the historic landscape and Scouting landmarks. Gilwell Park is still a functioning campsite and the tour will be oversome uneven ground, trainers or walking boots are recommended. The tour will take about 90mins.

Backwoods cooking and shelter building: these workshops are for families with children aged 6 years and older. Adults must stay with their children at all times. Workshops will last 90minutes.

Self-guided visits: if you fancy exploring at your own pace then pick up one of our heritage trails to guide you around Gilwell’s landmarks. There are adult and children’s trails.

We have an onsite café and picnic benches so you can take a break, refuel and get ready for your next advent.

How to find us

Address: Gilwell Park, The Scouts Heritage Service,
Town: Chingford
County: London
Postcode: E4 7QW
LAA: Waltham Forest
Region: Eastern

Gilwell Park is off Bury Road and is signposted from the road. Please park in the Branchet car park on the right hand side of the drive. Activities will be based in Camp Square, there will be signage to direct you from the car park.

Timings and tours

Sunday 22 September: centre opens 10:00 - 16:00; guided tours 10:30 and 14:00; shelter building11:00 and 13:00; backwoods cooking 11:00 and 13:00.

Booking conditions

Max 24 people per tour/session

Estimated duration: Tours and workshops take 90mins

Pre-booking: Preferred

Booking conditions: The site is free to explore but booking for the guided tours and workshops is preferred. Unbooked places will be available to book on the day up to15 minutes before the start of the session but places cannot be guaranteed.

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Access
No - Full wheelchair access
No - Partial wheelchair access
No - Disabled parking on-site
No - Accessible toilets on-site
No - Hearing loop
No - Sign language interpretation
Yes - Assistance dogs welcome
Yes - Pushchair/pram friendly

Outline any access restrictions or advice visitors should note:
Gilwell Park is a working campsite there are footpaths to the main areas of the site but the guided tours and workshops will involve some walking on uneven ground. We recommend trainers or walking boots. Backwoods cooking and shelter building are suitable for families with children aged 6 and above. Adults must stay with their
children at all times. There may be groups staying on the site, please do not enter any camping area or accommodation lodges.

On-site facilities
Yes - Refreshments
Yes - Parking
Yes - Toilets
Yes - Baby changing / breast feeding area

Ownership / management
No - National Trust
No - English Heritage
No - Historic Houses
No - Churches Conservation Trust

CONTACT US

If you have any further questions please contact us:

heritage@scouts.org.uk

Site contact telephone: 020 8433 7300

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