Village Camps York
A superbly equipped campus in the heart of glorious English countryside.  Village Camps Summer Camp
Quite exceptional apartment accommodation and outstanding sports and leisure facilities in landscaped grounds and gardens near the medieval city of York.

Village Camps is approaching its 10th year working closely with Queen Ethelburga’s College, arguably the best equipped residential college in the UK. Throughout this time campers have enjoyed state-of-the-art accommodation and an impressive range of outdoor and indoor sports and leisure facilities, all in extensive grounds with parks, flowers and fountains. In 2016 campers will be accommodated in newly re-furbished and upgraded 4- 5 bedded apartments.

Village Camps continues to offer an established array of speciality programmes with various sports, outdoor adventure, language studies, creative and performing arts and a much-praised leadership course. NEW in 2016 is the first ever Junior Camp to take place in York, specially designed for 7 to 9 year old campers away from home for the first time. This brings the specialist programmes now available in York up to 11 in total – so something for everyone!

Highlights for campers include the fun-filled activities of the innovative evening programmes, an afternoon in the famous, ancient city of York and a popular day in Manchester with lots of exciting sight-seeing and super shopping. A number of our friendly and caring York counsellor team will be returning this summer along with many campers who come back to York year after year. Happy days!


The camp is located amidst rolling green meadows and wooded countryside on the campus of the magnificent Queen Ethelburga’s College, a short drive from York and about 2 hours from Manchester International Airport. The College offers exceptional on-site leisure and sports facilities, superior apartments and an interesting choice of healthy and freshly prepared meals. Campers are accommodated in a secure and easy-to-control complex of comfortable, well-designed apartments for up to 5 students, all with state-of-the-art en-suite facilities and a practical work area.


The impressive sports and leisure facilities used by Village Camps are all grouped close to the accommodation or are set in the extensive grounds that surround the campus buildings. There is a large air-conditioned Sports Hall with space for indoor basketball, football and cricket. Outside are brand new grass pitches that have been levelled and re-drained with a mix of real and synthetic grass. This spacious, professionally-designed grass playing area is modelled on the new surface at Wembley Stadium in London. The new playing area remains in great condition even in adverse weather. Village Camps has the use of practice areas for all sports including rugby, field hockey and cricket. Our highly rated Football Camp now enjoys extensive practice areas, adaptable 5 & 7 a-side pitches as well as full size pitches for competitive games.

The superb 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool and the outdoor hard-surface tennis and basketball courts are used as additional facilities for the Village Camps afternoon leisure programmes. Right outside the accommodation block is the popular ‘Village Green’ where campers can relax, mix and play ball sports. Around the campus are many attractive outdoor areas, including flower gardens, the impressive ‘Horse Fountain’ and the stunning walled ‘Secret Garden’, available for camp meetings and the popular weekly BBQ. The Muggles’ Indoor Games Centre has a great choice of state-of-the-art computer games, traditional board games and a host of spectacular options for campers to enjoy.

Camp Organisation

The typical Village Camps day is divided into four main activity periods with two sessions in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon. Campers are assigned to groups according to their choice of programme and then by age and/or skill levels. On weekday mornings all campers join the speciality camp that is chosen in advance.

During the first and second afternoon activity periods, campers in the English Language, Creative Arts, Adventure & Activity and Football programmes join together and choose from a wide selection of activities. In all other programmes – Basketball, Performing Arts, Riding, Golf and Leadership, campers remain in their speciality camp during the first of the two afternoon sessions. Then they join the rest of the camp, choosing their activity from the exciting range available for the remaining session of the afternoon (see below).

The Junior Camp days are individually organised just for 7 to 9 year-olds.

All the activities are organised and supervised (at an average ratio of 1:6) by a carefully selected group of dedicated, experienced counsellors who are fun, friendly, caring and there to ensure that every camper has a great time.


Village Camps students are seated together in the modern dining area in their age-groups or activity groups. The fresh food, prepared in the state-of-the-art, hygienic kitchens, is presented self-service style, allowing campers to choose from the daily selection. Healthy appetites are well catered for! Breakfast is usually continental style with a hot English breakfast once or twice a week and a typical American-style hot brunch on Sundays. At each of the daily main meals there is a choice from the fresh salad bar and from three different hot meals, one of which is vegetarian. Fresh fruit and cold drinks are available at every meal. All special diets can be catered for provided that we have written advance notice.

Evening Activities

The busy evenings are full of challenging games and spectacular events but with available time for quiet relaxation breaks. Some activities are ‘all-camp’ for everyone but others are organised specifically for each of the three different age-groups. Typical events are likely to include:

Summer Camp TEAM BIG NIGHT – Fast moving competitive games, sports and fun team competitions
Summer Camp INTERNATIONAL NIGHT – campers are divided into country groups and work together to prepare and serve traditional dishes to the whole camp. Afterwards each group presents a sketch, act, song or dance, typical of their country as part of a colourful and fun all-camp spectacular show.
Summer Camp LAST NIGHT PROM PARTY AND AWARD PRESENTATION – with the presentation of camper-awards followed by a farewell disco-style Prom.

Excursions – All Campers

Excursions and visits are an important part of the VILLAGE CAMPS mission of “Education Through Recreation.”


One of the Camp highlights! A 90-minute scenic drive over the Pennine mountains to visit Manchester, England’s second largest city. The day is spent at the famous Trafford Centre, one of the largest and best leisure and shopping centres in the UK. Here each age-group has a specially structured programme for the day with everyone having time to visit favourite choices from the hundreds of different shops and stores in the Centre.

The Activity Options from which we make different choices for each of the groups include:

Summer Camp  Laserquest & The Rock the group is divided into teams and dressed in special combat suits to play the exciting and challenging (but safe) Laser Tag game
Summer Camp  Ten Pin Bowling with individual and team competition.
Summer Camp  ODEON Cinema Complex – provided that there is an interesting new film release that campers are unlikely to have already seen.


After a lazy late morning and lunch, there is time to chill-out before the afternoon excursion to nearby York. There is so much to see in this historic, walled city, notably the famous York Minster. Campers are divided into groups for the York Photo Challenge, encouraging each camper to explore, under supervision, many of the impressive buildings of this great city. There is time for shopping including the traditional shops in the ancient ‘Shambles’ area with its medieval buildings and cobbled streets.


A wide variety of additional activities are offered daily to all campers after their principle programmes have finished.

Activities available to the programmes in England

Aerobics Arts and Crafts Badminton
Basketball Cooking Cricket
Dance Drama Field Hockey
Football Music Orienteering
Photography Rugby Softball
Swimming Table Tennis Ultimate Frisbee™

Sample Daily Schedule **

Monday to Friday

Mornings 07:30 – 08:00 Wake Up
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 10:30 Period A – Speciality Programmes
10:45 – 12:15 Period B – Speciality Programmes
Afternoons 12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 All camp meeting
14:00 – 15:30* Period C – Sign-up Activities
15:45 – 17:15 Period D – Sign-up Activities
17:15 – 18:15 Free time
Evenings 18:15 – 19:30 Dinner
19:30 – 21:30 Evening Programme
21:30 Lights Out – Greens (7-9 years old)
22:00 Lights Out – Yellows (10-12 years old)
22:30 Lights Out – Reds (13-14 years old)
23:00 Lights Out – Blues (15 and older)
Saturday Excursion Day
Sunday Morning: Late wake up call, breakfast and relaxed morning
Afternoon: Excursion to York
Notes: ** This is a sample schedule and may be subject to change
* At the York camp, many Speciality Programmes continue into Period C