Experience Boarding

A trail of discovery for your child, while you meet parents of current boarders.

experience boarding

At the Experience Boarding Pavilion you will have the chance to speak with current parents and house staff from the UK's top prep and senior boarding schools. 

At the same time your children will be taken around the Experience Boarding trail by recent boarders to experience boarding style activities such as climbing, outdoor skills, drama and golf.

Each session lasts one hour and will take place at:

  • 11:00, 12:30 & 14:00 on Saturday
  • 12:00 & 13:30 on Sunday.

There is no better way for parents and children to find out more about boarding. 

Places for each timeslot are very limited so please book in advance - selecting the 'Experience Boarding' ticket.

Boarding schools taking part include:

  • Lancing College,
  • Windlesham House,
  • Millfield School,
  • Cottesmore,
  • The Dragon,
  • Bryanston.


Parents' Reception

Over coffee meet current boarding parents, house parents and heads

Get answers to your questions about boarding:

  • What is the best age to start? How do you prepare?
  • How far away should you live from school? How often will you be expected to be at school?
  • Should you be opting for weekly boarding or full?
  • What does boarding do to family dynamics?
  • How do you keep in touch?

The Parents Reception is a unique opportunity to speak 1-1 with current parents, house-staff and heads.

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The trail of discovery

Experience Boarding gives children a taste of boarding school adventures, and the chance to speak about boarding with recent leavers

On the trail for 2023:

  • Camp Bonas:
    • Campfire activities, wigwam, fire & marshmallows 
    • Drama Corner - Dressing up box with 'freeze-frame' photo booth 
  • 270 Climbing:
    • Rock Climbing Wall - 5.5 metres high 
    • Caving Experience - Over 30 metres of tunnels & chambers
  • Sharky & George:Teamwork Skills  
270 Climbing
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Powered by the adventure specialists

Experience Boarding's activities are run by London's leading adventure organisers

270 Climbing
Sharky & George
Camp Bonas

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Experience Boarding

NEW for 2023, a trail of discovery for your child, while you meet parents of current boarders and house staff from leading prep and senior boarding schools over a coffee.

Each session lasts one hour and will take place at:

  • 11:00, 12:30 & 14:00 on Saturday
  • 12:00 & 13:30 on Sunday.

There is no better way for parents and children to find out more about boarding. 

Places for each timeslot are very limited so please book in advance - selecting the 'Experience Boarding' ticket.

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