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First Hand Experiences

First Hand- Fantastically Natural Experiences Our children’s camps, clubs and sleep away adventures explore seasonal, nature based themes that celebrate the world through theatre, the arts and outdoor adventure.

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Nature & Outdoor Fun


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Ratings & reviews

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What families are saying

Anna Thom
January 2019

Wow, an amazing summer camp with a fantastic team of very talented people.... Hector is so excited to go every morning! He has done a week, had lots of fun and is learning new things too. Every afternoon he comes home excited to tell you about his day, I am so glad I booked him in for 2 weeks but now wish I had booked in for even longer! Very happy child = Very happy mum!!

Nadia Beji
January 2019

I want to say a huge thank you to Justin and Louisa and all the lovely ladies that made my daughter Ruby's very first experience at the camp 10/10! We will defo be back in the summer! The activities were brilliant and my daughter loved trying the lovely foods and brilliant menus! What a perfect place for children to enjoy a broad range of activities and I could sense a real caring for the children which made me feel at ease and that my child was safe and cared for. Justin is amazing! THANK YOU

Akiko Wanaka
January 2019

Fantastic camp. The groups are small and the kids really develop a sense of being in a big family, going on outings and foragings together and most importantly cooking together. The food recipes are non compromising and delicious. There are no other camps like this and I really do hope to book a place every year.

Meet the Team

Emily Butler
Camp Leader

Emily is a freelance drama and theatre workshop facilitator with years of experience in diverse settings around the world. She loves bringing her joyful personality and passion for nature inspired creativity to our young people at Gather Green. As camp leader she is brilliant and bonding each new group and nurturing individuals so that they feel at ease and cared for in the new environment.

Justin Baker
Camp Director

Justin, a passionate and thoughtful educator with a love for the outdoors, cooking and folk art. He taught English as a foreign language abroad in various exotic countries, worked at many a summer camp and taught in primary school in London for 6 years. Whilst teaching there he set up First Hand Experiences with his now wife Louisa, also a former primary teacher. Having run successful holiday and after school clubs in London for 6 yrs and 3 yrs of sleep away camps, Justin now manages a wonderful team of camp leaders, mentors, chefs and ecologists but enjoys nothing more than being on camp!

Louisa Baker
Manager Director

From a long line of educators, Louisa believes teaching is in her blood. With over 10 years of experience in primary and secondary settings, Louisa specialised in the design of creative curriculums as well as co-ordinating the teaching of literacy across schools. Now co-founder and managing director of First Hand Experiences she is dedicated to ensuring the safety and good running of each expertly curated experience.

Pati Nunes
Lead Natural chef

Pati Nunes is our lead trained natural chef who has a wonderful passion for connecting children with the natural world through food. She is committed to First Hand Experiences' philosophy of creating seasonal menus using organic produce grown on the farm. Her gentle, caring nature means children enjoy creating wonderfully colourful dishes with her that are tasty, adventurous and nourishing.

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