Parents Guide

This page covers key information on what parents need to know prior to booking with Ardingly Active Camps. If you have any further questions, please contact us via or call 01444 893030.

Our Venue

Welcome to Ardingly Active Camps based at Ardingly College. Surrounded by 250 acres of picturesque West Sussex countryside, with multiple facilities including two sports halls, drama spaces, art studios, adventure playground, swimming pool and much, much more.

The Ardingly College campus is the perfect location for your little and not so little ones to enjoy an Active Camp.

Main Campus Building

Campus Map


The accommodation at Ardingly College is fantastic. Active Camps utilise several of the purpose-built boarding houses and offer a variety of accommodation options from single ensuite rooms, twin, triple and quad rooms to larger shared dormitory-style rooms. The choice really is endless. Accommodation offered will be subject to availability and all groups are divided by age and gender.

Check out our Virtual tours.

Accommodation – Toynbee House 

Accommodation – Aberdeen House 

How to Book & Pay

All Ardingly Active Camps will be bookable through our online booking system, Openplay. If you wish to book your child’s’ place, click here.

Childcare Vouchers

Ardingly Active Camps accept payment from a wide range of Childcare Voucher providers. Our most frequently used providers are listed below; please click the providers’ name to be redirected to their login pages. If an account number is not listed below, you can search for Ardingly Active by entering our postcode: RH17 6SQ

Our Active Camps step by step process is:

Step 1: Go through the booking process in the usual way.

Step 2: At payment type, select ‘childcare vouchers’.

Step 3: Fill in your Childcare Voucher provider’s name e.g. Edenred Childcare Vouchers.

Step 4: Enter the ‘ACTIVECCV’ code in the checkout section, confirm the T&C’s and then click submit.

Step 5: After receiving your booking confirmation email, please contact your Childcare Voucher provider and quote your booking reference number. (this is the reference you created eg. HSmith – Easter21).

Changes to Bookings

In most cases you can make changes to your bookings. Changes to any bookings may incur a charge for any unrecoverable costs. Any bookings changed within 14 days prior to the commencement of the original booking may incur an administration charge of £10.

Refund Policy

Ardingly Active must be notified of any cancellations; which are subject to the following charges:

A full refund is offered if you cancel prior to 14 days before commencement of the

  • If less than 14 days prior to the start of the programme, a refund of 50% of the total price will be offered.
  • If less than 7 days’ notice, there will be no refund issued.
What to bring

For a Day Camp:

  • Swimwear & Towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream
  • Footwear for wet & dry activities
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Water bottle

For a Residential Camp:

  • Bag/Suitcase
  • Underwear x8
  • Socks x8
  • Swim wear x1
  • Swim Towel x 1
  • Long trousers x3
  • Short torusers x1
  • T-Shirts x6
  • Fleecy top or jumper x2
  • Coat x1
  • Sun hat /Woolly hat and gloves
  • Footwear for wet and dry activities
  • Night wear
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Torch
  • Wellies
  • Bin bag for wet & dirty clothing
  • Spare pair of trainers/footwear


  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Shower Gel
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Face Flannel
  • Bath Towel

Optional Extras:

  • Fancy dress outfit
  • Any item or instrument required for the talent show
  • Home comfort items – Teddy bear, blanket etc.
Lunch & Breaks

Throughout the activity programme, scheduled breaks are included with snacks and refreshments.  Children will be required to supply their own packed lunch.

Lunch & Breaks are fully supervised by Active Team Leaders.

Hours of Operation

Ardingly Active Camps operating hours are from 8.30am – 6pm.

We offer two camp package options which are:

Standard Day: 9am to 4.30pm
Extended Day: 8.30am – 6pm


Ardingly Active Camps are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Ardingly Active Camps follow Ardingly College’s Safeguarding Policy.

Click to see the full Safeguarding Policy



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