We regularly welcome educational groups at all levels from first and primary schools on activity breaks to High Schools, University groups and the U3A, studying specialist subjects such as the Natural Environment, Geology, Geography, Archaeology, and Christian Heritage.
We are a completely safe and secure venue that has a 24 hour reception that is on hand at all times, and our three star hostel rating has full disability access throughout.
Wooler Hostel is perfectly situated for your school residential trip. We can offer an assortment of activities that are suitable across all Key Stages, and a food and drink menu that will suit the ages and purpose of your groups. Primary, Middle, and Senior Schools are all welcome at the Hostel, and can guarantee an adventurous and energetic time in Northumberland, from canoeing to archaeology and walking to bouldering there are a range of activities on offer just a stone's throw from the hostel. Leap through the fountains at Alnwick Garden, and visit the seals and puffins on the Farne Island boat trips. Not forgetting the broomstick flying lessons at Alnwick Castle; become Harry Potter in one afternoon!
For Higher Education, students can enjoy the spacious accommodation, and the sociable atmosphere created within the hostel. The dining room area offers peace and relaxation, and also a lively and friendly atmosphere for the end of busy days. Wi-Fi is available throughout the Youth Hostel, making it easy for students to send those few vital emails, or catch up on events online. Wooler itself offers local cafés and pubs that provide reasonably priced food that is made locally, and promises satisfaction. Being on the doorstep of The Cheviots, a walk with spectacular views and wildlife is never far away! Local destinations also include the coastal town of Berwick Upon Tweed, and market town Alnwick, home to Barters Books; one of the largest second hand bookshops in the U.K.
There are also many educational opportunities to be had. In particular, September 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, the battle that led to the death of 15,000 Scots and English soldiers including the Scottish King James IV.
A popular destination for archaeology and geography students, grow in your profession by taking advantage of the landscape before you, and with such historical sites as Lindisfarne Priory and Hadrian's Wall under an hour away, we invite you to come and explore our county's rich history.
As part of a group of nine sixthformers, I went to Wooler and braved the wintery conditions as part of our A-Level geography course.
We arrived at Wooler Youth Hostel bright and early on Monday morning and got sorted with our rooms, but to our surprise Mr Fleet spared no time in getting us up and out. We grabbed our packed lunches and headed back to the bus with thermals and walking gear on. It was only once on board that he told us we were headed for Holy Island, despite the weather.
It became clear once we arrived that Mr Fleet has no mercy. It was windy and snowy – not the desired weather to be observing the beach and climbing over rock. But we did and we managed – just – to make it back to the bus.
We arrived back at the hostel where we enjoyed good food. A welcome arrival that night came in the form of Mrs Davis, who joined us and would perhaps show more understanding at the inclement conditions.
The next day we headed to Berwick and surveyed two different villages. We looked at the differences/similarities between the Berwick villages and villages from different parts of the country.
That night we were put into teams and did a quiz around Wooler – with the prospect of winning a cupcake.
Unfortunately due to the weather we could not go out onto the river the following day, even Mr Fleet spared us that experience. Instead we went on a short walk to just look at the river close to the youth hostel. It was certainly a drier and warmer option then wading. Further written work and study filled the afternoon and as the weather improved, we went on a walk around Wooler.
On Thursday we were taken onto the dunes, possibly the coldest day any of us had ever experienced. Being in Mr Fleet's group he was certain to make sure that we looked at every different plant species and took every reading necessary across the dunes.
On Friday, we had a lovely breakfast, packed up the bus and returned to JCSC. The trip was good fun and worthwhile. We experienced the physical side of geography first-hand which makes our studies not only more enjoyable, but also more relevant.
Alexandra Stott, Year 12
Originally published in the Northumberland Gazette on 17/04/2013.