Over the past 12 years, we here at Wallace Chess have prided ourselves in providing chess activities that enrich the lives of children. Our services range from weekly chess clubs to our fantastic chess holiday camps. Created by Astrid S. Wallace and John-Paul Wallace as they wanted to use chess as a vehicle to develop confidence, cognitive skills and sportsmanship in children. Thus in addition to an emphasis on learning and competing, all our chess services focus on an experience of being part of a team and having fun. As such our services not only suit those already well learned in the game of chess, but also provide the perfect introduction for a beginner.
We believe in the power of first hand experiences. Our sleep away camps provide a unique opportunity for school groups to celebrate the natural world through arts and crafts, music, theatre and whole food adventures.
If you are looking for an exciting, challenging and most of all fun place for a child to be for the summer, then we have the perfect solution!
Since 1982 we have been running our week long summer adventure camps for unaccompanied children. Many of the children come back year after year, forming friendships that last for years. A week at Mill on the Brue's summer adventure camp gives everyone the opportunity to have an enormous amount of fun, learn new skills and make great friends.
“Thank you all for giving Tabby the most brilliant week – she had an amazing time, met some great kids by the sound of it. I was delighted by the amount of mud that she brought home…the perfect antidote to her usual busy life. Many thanks again, we’ll definitely be booking for next year.”
An Oppidan Camp is a unique experience for a child.
A five-day residential camp for 8-13 year olds that values personal and social development as well as the acquisition of new skills and experiences, it incorporates interactive workshops, outdoor sports, team games and guest speakers, as well as cooking, camping and a host of practical skills.
Located in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, Oppidan Camps are a modern-day Swallows and Amazons.
Action-Packed Summer Camps
Summer Shoots are action-packed movie making summer camps for children and teenagers.
Each week is a unique, creative experience full of fun and imagination. Young movie makers develop their talents and skills, from both behind and in front of the camera.
During the weeklong summer camp, they produce and star in their own movie masterpiece.
For young people who love films, whether it’s creating them or acting in them, YFA’s all-inclusive Summer Camp is a dream come true: a chance to eat, sleep and breathe movies! The camp is held at Culford School, one of the UK’s leading boarding schools, and includes all board, meals, tuition, excursions, equipment and activities.
Usher in uniforms circa 1950 will greet you as you enter this enchanting experience. As part of a ‘Dreamworks Tour’ group, you’ll be ferried around on a classic London Routemaster that’s all set to take you on the ‘Shrek Adventure’. Only, something seems to have gone awry… Cue a spirited, panto-style Princess Fiona, who hands out the 3D glasses and leads you on to an alternative mode of transport – which turns out to be the breathtaking 4D opening scene of your adventure.
Your chance to see the official home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The newly-transformed Kensington Palace is now open for visitors following a two-year, £12million refurbishment. While you’re here, the kids can explore the Palace’s with a family trail and have an adventure in the gardens and enjoy the Palace’s fascinating and ever-changing exhibitions.
Enjoy a family day out at one of Britain’s best-known historical attractions! If the kids love Horrible Histories, they’ll love to discover over 1000 years of murder, mystery, deadly plots and intrigue that have played out inside the ancient stone walls of this world-famous landmark.
Get a thrilling glimpse inside the original wartime bunker that sheltered Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his government during the WWII blitz of London. Explore the historic rooms and hear about the secret history, military strategies and secrets that were discussed in these underground tunnels.
Find out more about the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill in the interactive Churchill Museum which is the first major museum in the world soley dedicated to this former Prime Minister.
February’s half term camp is an action-packed workshop for children to express their creativity and to learn all about the process of movie making.
With guidance from our team of movie making workshop instructors, the young crew members will learn lots of new skills both behind and in front of the camera. The movie makers will devise their own action-adventure storylines (inspired by blockbuster adventure movies like Indiana Jones). They will each direct, shoot, crew and star in different elements of their film. They’ll use green screen techniques and lots of dramatic camera angles to create some jaw dropping stunt sequences.
If you think you can handle the high-octane thrills, then get down, hop into one of our
Eco electric karts – one second per lap faster than our petrol options – and take your place on the grid for an adrenaline-fuelled ride. Hit speeds of up to 40mph as you battle it out for the win!