Henley Fort is a Victorian Fort built during the late 19th Century to protect London from invasion by the French; later it was used by the Home Guard in World War 2 as a re-supply depot. It is now an outdoor education facility offering groups a chance to take part in challenging activities or a living historical experience.
The centre is located on the Hog’s Back high above Guildford and not only offers a wide range of centre based activities but also the chance to explore the surrounding countryside and the Wey Navigation (canal). The Victorian Fort provides a stunning setting for our Home Guard history days.
All activities are delivered by our qualified and experienced outdoor education workers. Whether you book for one day, a week or a weekly programme, our staff will facilitate a structured outdoor experience and engage with your group to maximise their learning opportunities.
Activities available at Henley Fort include:
Archery; mountain biking; orienteering; challenge course; team tasks; adventure walk; woodland skills; canoeing; canal boating and the 1940's Home Front experience.
Home Front 1940 is an exciting living history experience that offers KS2 students a practical insight into the lives of those who lived during World War 2. This unique outdoor learning experience also teaches students about how the Second World War has shaped Surrey's local heritage.
On the day, students are provided with authentic uniforms and take on the roles of the Surrey Home Guard volunteers and Air Raid Wardens. Students will have the opportunity to take on both roles during the day.
Air Raid Wardens will experience what it was like during an air raid in an authentic Anderson shelter and learn about gas masks, blackout and how to fight fires with fire-fighting equipment of the day.
Home Guard Volunteers will hunt for sneaky spies, undergo training drills, master the art of disguise in camouflage constructions and much more!
Henley Fort has camping areas for groups of young people bringing their own tents, such as Duke of Edinburgh Award groups, schools or other youth organisations.
The camping area is large enough to accommodate two or three groups at a time. A washing up area and toilets are available.
Please note: Camping is not available to the general public.
There is parking onsite for cars and minibuses. There is no direct access for coaches.
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Please see our map and directions on how to get to Henley Fort.
There is no direct access to Henley Fort by coach. However, we are happy to arrange minibus pick-up from an accessible local car park for such groups. Please call to arrange in advance.
The closest train station is:
Taxis are available from Guildford (main) station.