The Great Escape Company

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NEW longest Zip Wire in the Midlands - over half a km! and the NEW Tiger Challenge Course! OBJECTIVE BASED OUTDOOR ADVENTURE.

Outdoor adventures for families, schools & businesses in an unique location @GreatHagleyEstate
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19/06/2024

Ready for the thrill of a lifetime? πŸŒžπŸš€

Summer days at The Great Escape Company are perfect for soaring through the skies on our epic zipline!

If you're brave enough to take the leap, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Shropshire countryside as you zoom along one of England’s longest ziplines. 🌳✨

Feel the rush, enjoy the stunning scenery, and make unforgettable memories.

Book your zipline experience this summer and find out why it's the ultimate adventure! 🌟

https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/activities

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Well done great teamwork at all times despite rather challenging weather πŸŒŸβ˜€οΈβ˜”οΈπŸ’¨
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13/06/2024

We've had an absolute blast hosting Wrekin College on our school camp! 🚁πŸ”₯
Among the many exciting activities, creating signal fires for the helicopter was a highlight!

https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/schools

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Looking for the perfect summer adventure with the kids? 🌞🌟

Join us at The Great Escape Company for an action-packed day they won't forget! πŸŽ‰

🌟 Crate Stack Challenge: How high can you go? Stack crates while balancing on top and see if you can reach the sky! This thrilling activity builds teamwork and confidence as you aim to set new heights.

🐯 Tiger Assault Course: Tackle our 480-meter low ropes adventure course, weaving through woodland at 30-90 cm above the ground. With 20 interconnected activities, it's a fun and challenging way to test your agility and coordination.

πŸ”« Outdoor Laser Combat: Gear up for an adrenaline-pumping experience! Navigate the forest, dodge obstacles, and outsmart your opponents in this action-packed game of strategy and stealth. Perfect for kids who love a good adventure.

Book your adventure now and make this summer one for the books! πŸ“…βœ¨

https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/activities

03/06/2024

School and youth camps at The Great Escape Company aren't just about learning invaluable skillsβ€”they're about building character, confidence, and friendships while having the absolute BEST time! πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’«

With a wide range of activities like the exhilarating zipline, challenge assault course, and outdoor laser combat, there's never a dull moment! Plus, our expert staff ensures a safe and unforgettable experience for all. Learn more and book!

https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/schools

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Step up your team-building game with an unforgettable corporate day out at The Great Escape! 🌟

From adrenaline-pumping activities to ice-cold beers and BBQs, we've got everything you need for an epic office adventure. πŸ’Ό

Challenge your colleagues to conquer the Great Escape's challenge, zipline through the treetops, and navigate our thrilling Tiger Assault Course. Then, unwind and bond over refreshing drinks and delicious BBQ bites. πŸ»πŸ”

Ready to elevate your team's camaraderie? Book your corporate day out now!

https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/

24/05/2024

Zip into adventure this Sunday and next Wednesday at The Great Escape Company!

🌟 Our zipline is open for half term fun, offering thrills for the whole family. Don't miss out – book now!

https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/activities

22/05/2024

Hold onto your hats and prepare for the ride of a lifetime!

πŸš€ Get ready to unleash your inner daredevil at The Great Escape Company! 🌟

Take flight on our epic Black Hawk Zip Line, soaring through the picturesque South Shropshire countryside. 🌳

Launching from a whopping 1450ft above sea level, you'll zip along the 520-meter line through the tree tops!

Ready to take flight?

Book your adventure today πŸ‘‰ https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/activities

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Ready to experience the thrill of laser combat? 🎯

It's all the excitement of paintball, but without the ouch! πŸ’₯

Channel your inner spy as you navigate through the forest, using stealth and strategy to outwit your opponents. 🌿 With the latest laser guns equipped with red dot scopes and instant player feedback, you'll feel like a real-life action hero! πŸ”΄πŸ”«

Gather your squad, choose your team, and get ready for an adrenaline-fueled adventure like no other! πŸ’ͺ

https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/activities

06/05/2024

Get ready to unleash your inner tiger at The Great Escape Company's Tiger Assault Course! πŸ…

Swing, climb, and balance your way through 480 meters of adrenaline-pumping adventure, equivalent to the length of three Rugby pitches! 🌳 Nestled beneath the lush canopy of our Great Escape forest, this low ropes course features 20 interconnected activities, all constructed from environmentally sustainable timber. 🌿

Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a first-time explorer, there's fun for everyone on the Tiger Assault Course!

Book your wild adventure today!

https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/activities

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Attention all schools and youth groups! 🏫 Ready for an unforgettable adventure?

Look no further than The Great Escape Company! With over a decade of experience working with schools and youth groups, we're experts at tailoring experiences to suit every need. 🌿

Whether you're a mainstream school, a specialist group, or anything in between, we welcome all pupils to join us for a unique experience of outdoor exploration and excitement. 🌟

From team-building challenges to nature-inspired activities, we've got it all covered. Book your school trip today and let the adventure begin!

Find out more πŸ‘‰ https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/schools

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Brave the forest and engage in an action-packed battle at The Great Escape Company's Outdoor Laser Combat! πŸŒ²πŸ”«

Gear up with the latest laser guns, test your stealth skills, and outmanoeuvre your rivals in this thrilling combat experience.

Experience all the excitement of paintball without the pain! For just Β£20 per person, enjoy 1.5 hours of non-stop laser combat fun, with four game scenarios to conquer.

Perfect for kids' birthdays, our Outdoor Laser Combat is an ultimate party experience that provides a safe yet thrilling adventure for young warriors. Located in the picturesque South Shropshire countryside, this unique location adds an extra dimension to the game.

Round up your friends, book now, and make your next celebration one to remember!

Find out more πŸ‘‰ https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/

21/04/2024

We are recruiting. Come and work with us.

Join our team as a versatile cook & household assistant. Live in or out.

Are you a culinary whiz with a passion for adventure and a knack for multitasking? Look no further, because Great Hagley Estate and The Great Escape Company are seeking a dynamic cook to join our vibrant team for June, July, and potentially part of August. If you can start in May that's a bonus.

Who We Are:

At Great Hagley Estate (www.greathagleyestate.com) and The Great Escape Company (www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk), we pride ourselves on offering unforgettable experiences and hospitality like no other. From hosting school groups to accommodating adventurous souls in our bunkhouse, we're a bustling hub of activity nestled in scenic surroundings.

What We Need:

We're on the hunt for a versatile cook & household assistant who is ready to roll up their sleeves and dive into a variety of tasks beyond the kitchen. In addition to whipping up delicious meals for our family, which includes four children aged 22 to 9, you'll also be catering for the occasional needs of our bunkhouse guests and preparing packed lunches for school groups and much more. Flexibility and creativity are key.

My 89 year old father, who remains remarkably mobile after a recent stroke, could use some home-cooked meals and friendly company during busy periods. He lives in a self-contained annex linked to our home and your role will involve checking in on him, engaging in brief chats, and assisting him with occasional errands like trips to Sainsbury's or the chemist.

What You Bring to the Table:

Brilliant, simple catering with a flair for crafting dishes that cater to various tastes and dietary requirements.
A can-do attitude and a willingness to pitch in with everyday tasks beyond cooking.
Compassion, patience, and a friendly demeanour for providing companionship and assistance to my father.
Excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities with ease.

Perks of the Job:

Beautiful self-contained live-in accommodation (if needed) above the carport, complete with a cosy bedroom, spacious sitting room, modern bathroom, and excellent Wi-Fi.
Fabulous working environment with a fun and friendly team.
Working a 5.5 day week, 7-8 hours per day.
Flexibility with days off, but some weekend & evening work will be required.
Remuneration Β£2,500 per month.

How to Apply:

If you're ready to embark on an exciting adventure and become an integral part of our young & fun team, we want to hear from you!

Please email us at [email protected] including your CV.

We can't wait to welcome you!

Mark & Alex Willis

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Soar through the stunning South Shropshire countryside on England's longest zipline at The Great Escape Company!

Feel the adrenaline rush as you launch from 1,450ft above sea level, reaching speeds of up to 50kph. πŸš€ Don't miss out on this thrilling experience that combines breath-taking views with an unforgettable adventure!

Book now and take flight for just Β£25 per person or double the excitement with 2 zips for Β£40.

Whether you're an adrenaline ju**ie, nature lover, or simply seeking a unique experience, our zipline adventure is perfect for all.

Create memories that will last a lifetime at The Great Escape Company! ✨

Book now! πŸ‘‰ https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/activities

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Embark on an exhilarating journey through the woodland at The Great Escape Company's Tiger Challenge Course! 🐯

With 480 meters of low ropes adventures and 20 interconnected activities, this course will put your skills and courage to the test. Nestled beneath the canopy of the Great Escape forest, it's an experience like no other.

Don't miss out on this unique adventure for just Β£10 per person for 1 hour. Perfect for families, friends, and even team-building events, the Tiger Challenge Course offers an incredible bonding experience amidst nature.

Unleash your inner explorer, conquer obstacles, and make unforgettable memories at The Great Escape Company!

Find out more: https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/activities

02/04/2024

Ready to test your teamwork and balance skills?

Gather your squad and stack crates as high as you can at The Great Escape Company! πŸ“¦πŸ§±

Work together to build the tallest tower, but be carefulβ€”it might come crashing down!

Experience the thrill of Crate Stack for just Β£15 per person and create unforgettable memories with your friends. Whether you're planning a fun day out or a team-building activity, our Crate Stack Challenge is the perfect choice.

Located in the beautiful South Shropshire countryside, The Great Escape Company offers a unique setting for an extraordinary adventure! Don't miss out on this exciting experience that showcases the power of collaboration and precision.

Book now and stack your way to victory!

https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/activities

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Calling all families and friends seeking unforgettable adventures!

Dive into a world of excitement at The Great Escape Company. From adrenaline-pumping activities like ziplining and outdoor laser combat to brain-teasing challenges in our outdoor escape room, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Plan your escape today and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Discover our range of thrilling activities at the link in our bio! 🌿🌟

Find out more: https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/

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Experience the thrill of soaring above Shropshire's picturesque countryside with us at The Great Escape Zip Line! πŸŒ„

Feel the adrenaline rush as you launch from 1450ft above sea level and zoom along the 520-meter Black Hawk Zip Line, reaching speeds of up to 50kph.

Don't miss out on this unforgettable adventure! 1 zip for Β£25 per person or double the fun with 2 zips for just Β£40 per person.

Are you ready to take flight? πŸš€
Minimum age of 6 and minimum height of 1.2m.

Call us on 07974 242841 to book!

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NATURE'S CLASSROOMS 🌿

Did you know The Great Escape Company is the perfect destination for school outings? From thrilling adventures to enriching activities suitable for year 3 to year 12, including our exhilarating zipline, challenge crate stack and much more!

Every visit will live long in the memory of pupils and teachers alike!

Find out more πŸ‘‰ https://www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk/schools

04/02/2024

The Great Escape is recruiting.

Calling all adventurous Gap and Uni students! πŸš€

Ready to turn your summer into an epic adventure? If you've got boundless energy and a love for the outdoors, we've got the ultimate role for you!

For the month of June we're on the lookout for two spirited Team Leaders to join us on our school residential camps here in the beautiful south Shropshire hills. Dive into objective-based outdoor adventures, shaping young minds, boosting their confidence, and fostering a sense of daring spirit.

While you are with us you'll embark on a journey of personal development, conquering high ropes, mastering water and land-based activities, and evolving into a leader. Plus, you'll be surrounded by fun, like-minded individuals, making friends that last a lifetime!

Details:
Β£11-Β£12 per hour (age and experience dependent)
12 to 13 hour days
Weekdays only
All meals and accommodation provided
No prior experience needed – we provide all training
Additional work in July & August if you are keen to earn more funds.

If it works for you, there's a chance to join The Great Escape Team every summer throughout your university career!

Come and join the team.
Apply now by emailing [email protected] and let the adventure begin! 🌟

28/10/2023

Passionate about riding in beautiful surroundings?

We are looking for a dedicated person to join us near Hopton Castle, SY7 0QF.
Our horses need regular exercise, and we're seeking someone who can come and ride 3 to 4 times a week (more regularly if you have more time).
You should be capable of both riding and leading a pony during exercise.

We understand the importance of flexibility, so we can work around your schedule to accommodate your other commitments.

Hopton Castle and the surrounding area offers breathtaking landscapes for you to explore.

We offer a competitive rate of Β£15 per hour.

If interested please contact: Mark on 07974 242 841 or email [email protected]

12/09/2023

Embrace the great outdoors! 🌿

πŸ“š Schools are already planning for next summer's camps. Booking early not only secures your spot but also ensures a well-organised and safe adventure for your school.

Summer is a time for adventure, and what better way for our young explorers to thrive than through Outdoor School Residential Camps? πŸ•οΈ Here's why they're a must:

Learning in Nature: These camps offer a unique classroom under the open sky. It's a hands-on experience that sparks curiosity and creativity like no other.

Personal Growth: From conquering challenges to making new friends, children develop essential life skills. They return with more confidence and resilience.

Unplug and Reconnect: It's a chance for digital detox. Camps allow your children to connect with nature, sparking creativity and reducing stress.

Lasting Memories: Campfire stories, stargazing, and endless adventures create memories that last a lifetime.

Community Bonds: Building friendships that last beyond the campfire. It strengthens their sense of belonging and fosters teamwork.

Let's encourage the love for nature and the outdoors! Share your own camp stories or thoughts on why these experiences are invaluable. Together, we can help our children grow into well-rounded individuals. πŸŒ„

01/09/2023

Calling all adventurers!
Come and run the gauntlet on our Tiger Challenge Obstacle Course. Perfect for groups of friends or family.
Combine it with our Black Hawk Zip Line for a fantastic outing!

Come and visit us this weekend.
We are open Saturday & Sunday 10am until 4pm.
Please telephone or book online before arriving with us.

Bookings can be made online at:
www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk
or call 07974 242 841

We look forward to seeing you!

24/08/2023

Looking to entertain your family this bank holiday weekend? Come & visit us!

We are open Saturday 26th through to Thursday 31st from 10am until 4pm every day. Please book online or telephone before arriving with us.

Activities range from The Black Hawk Zipline and Tiger Challenge Course, to The Great Escape Challenge and Laser Combat for larger groups.

Bookings to be made online at: www.thegreatescapecompany.co.uk.
or call 07974242841

We look forward to seeing you!

30/07/2023

Outdoor laser combat party anyone?

Come and experience our newest activity in the beautiful woods Great Hagley Estate this summer.

Great for families, birthday parties, youth groups, stag & hen parties.

All the fun of paintball without the pain!

Age 7 and above. Minimum groups of 8.

23/07/2023

Outdoor laser tag anyone?Entertain the whole family this Summer holiday with laser tag in the fabulous woodland
All the fun of paintball without the pain! 🌟
For ages 7 & above.
Minimum groups of 8.
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04/07/2023

Excellent team work with fabulous views too!
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23/06/2023

Great teamwork on our new Great Escape Challenge course! Lake crossing task nearly completed….
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11/06/2023

Outdoor laser combat has arrived!
All the fun of paintball without the pain.
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Our most recent school group enjoying the amazing weather! β˜€οΈπŸŠπŸŒ³πŸ…β›ΊοΈπŸ¦
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Our Story

The idea for The Great Escape was conceived in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Mark Willis, the founder and owner, spent much of his time trekking, rafting and exploring the amazing natural surroundings of his childhood home, as well as benefiting from the experimental learning. These experiences form the cornerstone of everything he believes in and does today.

Mark realised his dream of The Great Escape in 2009 after spending 12 years as a sports coach, working with both children and adults. The Great Escape now has its permanent base in the beautiful Shropshire countryside at Great Hagley where Mark and his wife, Alex, live with their four children. Great Hagley is a 120 acre estate that lends itself to objective based outdoor adventure, from climbing activities, traversing across the high gorge, orienteering and night walks to rafting and team building challenges. It is a truly rural retreat surrounded by miles of walking, forestry and some of the best inland views England has to offer.

Mark, Alex & their team run many school camps, offering a truly personal service with exclusive use of the site – over 95% of those who experience The Great Escape are returning clients. The school groups normally camp out in 10 man army tents and experience two to three days without running water, electric or technology. For extended programmes, there is a bunkhouse for the students and teachers which sleeps 24-26. Meals are normally served outside, round the campfire, and there is an indoor climbing room that converts to a dining room if the weather is not kind.

All mobile phones, laptops and such devices are given into school staff on arrival, and are returned in time for the journey home. Mark and Alex are passionate in their belief that children should have the opportunity to experience times of old-fashioned childhood: β€œSwallows and Amazons” days where technology has no part!

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Craven Arms
SY70QF

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