Ferny Crofts is committed to providing a high quality, memorable experience for all who stay on site. In order to achieve this we value any feedback that is provided from our guests in order to help us improve the site and the facilities that we offer. We also aim to add a new activity to site every year to offer new experiences to returning customers.
High ropes- April 2019
The new High Ropes course replaces our previous course of wooden pole and cable construction which had come to the end of its 10 year lifespan. The new course is constructed of
steel, giving a much longer lifespan of 25 years, making it more cost-effective.
The course was designed by the Ferny Crofts team to be bespoke to our needs, providing a significant increase in the number of activities offered, and the option to extend the course in the future if demand increases.
In designing our new activities the focus was on providing a range of developmental activities, ensuring that they are not only fun but also enable young people to achieve learning outcomes such as teamwork, leadership and communication skills.
From concept to completion, the project took 12 months, involving consultations with Ferny Crofts staff, young people and their Leaders, and made possible thanks to collaboration with a number of professionals in the fields of design and engineering.
The new High Ropes course provides four brand new activities,
along with increasing capacity of tried and tested activities from the old High Ropes course.
With this course we have added these great new activities:
• Quick Jump
• Wobbly Pole
• Jacob’s Ladder
We have also added a second element of the following activities:
• Crate Stack
• Gladiator Challenge
• Leap of Faith
Adventure Course Improvements - February 2019
We have added two new elements to the Adventure Course, which are a couple of wooden tunnels and a tyre hurdle obstacle.
We have also added wood chippings around the bases of our net tunnels and mini Bouldering wall.
This is part of an ongoing objective to improve the quality of the whole Adventure Course.
Improved wifi - December 2018
The WiFi within most of our indoor accommodation has previously been non-existent with the only exception being the Inca Suite.
To resolve this we have invested within the WiFi infrastructure on site which now means that it is available to all visiting leaders staying within the Mountbatten Lodge, Croft Centre and Sky High Conservatory.
Pond edging improved - October 2018
We have installed new pond edging in order to prevent further erosion of the bank.
This has created a solid edge to the bank which in turn has improved the experience of both our Raft Building and Paddle Game sessions for all participants entering the pond.
tented village - May 2018
Our newly installed tented village is made up of eight bell tents, each on a raised bed with decked porched bases and solar panel lights at each entrance. It has its own concrete fire stand and benches within the campsite.
A mess tent and table and benches are included when booked.
This is a perfect way to take the hassle out of your camp. By booking the tented village your group will only need to bring along cooking equipment and personal kit.
Adventure Course Improvements - April 2018
We have updated the Adventure Course and removed the tyre swing element and have replaced it with a brand new mini Bouldering Wall.
The Adventure Course can be booked as a self-led or instructed sessions and is the ideal session to build upon your groups team work abilities.
If you book a self-led session you can find some game/challenge ideas on the board within the activity zone. Alternatively, you can create your own games to suit your objectives.
table Tennis tables - April 2018
Our newest activity to site for 2018. We have installed three brand new Table Tennis tables. This is a self-led activity which can be enjoyed by participants of all ages.
You can either bring along your own equipment in order to use the activity for free or you can hire bats and balls from Reception for a small fee.
Although this activity is open to all guests on site, we recommend that groups book one of our designated session slots to ensure sole use.
Extractor Fan Instalment - March 2018
Following on from feedback from our guests we have installed an extractor fan within both the Mountbatten Lodge and The Croft Centre kitchens to improve the ventilation when cooking.
This now means that the cooker will not work without the extractor being turned on which should minimise the amount of times the fire alarms are activated when cooking.
These are all apart of the ongoing improvements that we are making to our facilities on site to improve our customers' experience.
Cryptic challenge - March 2018
One of the newest activities that has been added to the site for 2018. Similar to our existing Nature and Picture Trail activities, your group will move around site following numbered locations and will have the challenge of answering various cryptic questions.
This is a self-led activity for up to 12 participants which can be enjoyed by participants of all ages.
Mountbatten lodge Kitchen Refurbishment 2017/2018
Following on from the refurbishment of the rest of the Mountbatten Lodge this time last year, the Winter of 2017/2018 sees the kitchen and washing up area having a similar refurbishment to stay in keeping with the rest of the building.
We have also included new storage cabinets to provide more preparation area within the kitchen.
All remaining walls have been plastered and freshly painted painted as well as a new extractor unit being installed within the kitchen area.
on site pizza oven - Summer 2017
At the start of the Summer a brand new Pizza Oven on site within our Quiet Area was installed.
Groups can hire the oven out as a self-led session either during a midday or evening time slot. All of the cooking equipment and some firewood is supplied, however all desired ingredients are to be supplied by groups themselves.
If required, we can offer Instructed sessions, where all ingredients will be supplied by Ferny Crofts along with a member of staff who will guide the session.
crazy golf - May 2017
The newest activity to site for 2017 was our Crazy Golf course.
For Ferny Crofts 40th Birthday we asked all Hampshire Scout groups to design a hole for the new course. Each of the winners had their design made into one of our nine holes. Winning designs included Beaver Dam and Tyred and Emotional.
This is a self-led activity for up to 12 participants which can be enjoyed by participants aged 6+.
Mountbatten Lodge refurbishment 2016/17
Over the Winter of 2016/17 The Mountbatten Lodge underwent a well deserved refurbishment.
New carpets were installed throughout the building, walls were freshly painted, new curtains were added in each of the rooms, cladding was installed but the biggest improvement was the removal of the large shared bathroom which was replaced with three separate wet rooms and a cloak room area.
aeroball - May 2016
Aeroball was launched on site in May 2016. This is a fun and energetic self-led activity for up to 24 people, and is a cross between Volleyball, Basketball and Trampolining.
There are four separate trampolines in close connection surrounded by netting. Each pod has its own goal above head height.
The aim of the game is to throw the ball into the opposition’s goal and protect your own. Four people can play at one time and it can be progressed by playing competitions and games such as Hot Potato.
It can be enjoyed from participants aged 6+.
amenities refurbishment 2015/16
The amenities block was refurbished during the Winter of 2015/16. This was following the feedback scores that we received from our guests.
The general aesthetics of the building were improved by installing new toilet cubicles, raising the shower flooring to help the water run away quicker, painting the walls and installed hand dryers.
However, the largest improvement was the installation of a new plumbing system to vastly improve the water supply to site. A new water system was also installed to increase the amount of hot water available to guests on site during busy times.