Thinking of taking your youth group away on a retreat? Gaines has much to offer.
Across our five acres of grounds you'll find a lake (perfect for raft building!), a volley ball court, football pitch, tennis court, night line, archery and rifle range, and lots of open ground that is ideal for sporty games, wide games, and silly games - more than enough to keep your group entertained all weekend long!
However, if the weather turns there is still plenty to do inside. 'The Dive' holds a pool table, darts, table tennis table, board games, computer games, tuck shop, as well as somewhere to make a cup of tea.
For the more artistically inclined we have the art studio and graffiti room. Decorate a mug, create a window design, or make an original piece of stencil artwork
Off-site there are the options of laser quest, hunt the leader, ice skating, bowling and long country walks.
Accommodation & Catering
Gaines provides the ideal venue for youth group retreats. Our main meeting room (complete with theatrical lighting, band PA and projection) offers conference space for talks and group discussions, musical performaces, movie nights and even karaoke.
The venue currently sleeps up to 48 (though this will virtually double once the site is completely refitted). Girls sleep on the top floor, and boys on the second/middle floor.
Most of the beds are bunks, with smaller separate rooms prioritized for leaders and their children. We provide pillows and duvets, so all we ask is that you bring your own bedding.
When it comes to food, you'll be in for a double treat. First, because we'll prepare it all for you. Just let us know of any special requirements and leave the rest to us. Second, because there is near universal agreement among our guests that the food at Gaines is excellent! Will it be pancakes for breakfast? Alice's famed fruit crumble for dessert? Scones for tea? Whatever is on the menu, it's sure to be exceptionally tasty.
Exploring The Bible's Claims
At Gaines we'll work with you to deliver a package that is tailor-made for your group. Not ony will we provide you with some great activities, food and accommodation, but in partnership with your own leaders our team will also help your young people discover for themselves more of the claims of the bible. For many that may mean learning for the very first time what it is that Christians believe, and why. In short, we'll take care of everything!
Leaving the workload to us leaves you free to concentrate on forging and strengthening the vital relationships that you enjoy with your young people. In turn, this will allow you to teach them and serve them the more effectively thoughout the year.
Whilst you can of course choose to leave the programme entirely to us, most groups prefer to talk to us ahead of time so that we can work with you to focus the teaching (and activities) and so ensure that we jointly 'scratch where your teens are itching'!
We'll make sure to involve your own leaders too if you’d like that. Again, talk to us, and let’s work together to target the weekend at your specific needs.
That done, all that's left for you to do is to get them here, and spend quality time alongside them