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Summer activities

So much to do

Heathfield Summer Camp offers a daily programme of art, crafts, photography, cookery, drama, music, floristry and a whole range of field, water and racquet sports.

The programme is designed so that girls are grouped together by age. The fun packed activities vary throughout the four-week period but not all activities are available each week. Many of these activities are shared with our International Summer School students, providing a great opportunity to meet and make friends with girls from all over the world!

Art & Design

One of the girls’ favourite activities at Heathfield is creating things to decorate their rooms and take home to parents or working on projects with their friends. Our teachers look at the work of artists, styles and movements in art through the decades and across the world to inspire the girls.

We work in the three studios and outside, and link a lot of creative work to the different course themes we have each year. Students design their own T-shirts, bags and costumes for fashion shows and themed discos. They also make scenery, signs and props for our many shows and festivals. The art department can offer many activities but here are just a few:

  • Drawing and painting
  • Fabric design
  • Glass painting
  • Jewellery making
  • Card making
  • Textile work
  • Paper marbling
  • Silk painting
  • Watercolours with wax
  • Modelling with fimo clay
  • Papier-mâché
  • Collage


Our specialist teachers offer a range of classes incorporating a wide variety of dance styles including Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Salsa, Street and Zumba.


We offer one hour lessons, working on improvisation, mime, shows, stage fighting and workshop performances. Students can also work on their own individual performances incorporating their own stories and scripts.


The school’s cookery suite is busy all day long. Students learn to make a variety of sweet and savoury items from fairy cakes and fruit jalousies to mini pizzas and cheese straws. They also create specialities from different countries. Cake decoration is also very popular.

Horse Riding

One hour riding instruction is provided for small groups which take place twice a week at The Berkshire Riding Centre. This is a BHS highly commended Riding School which has indoor and outdoor facilities. The Berkshire Riding Centre caters for all levels of horsemanship.


Our photography teacher offers girls the chance to style and take studio portraits of themselves and their friends, to do outdoor photography and more abstract work and to turn some of their favourite shots into post cards and pictures. We also run a summer photography competition.


Our Shows are now part of the
Performing Arts Academy.

Summer Campers attending in weeks 1 and 3 will Take part in our end of week show based on the Theme for the week. Our shows in our purpose-built Performing Arts Centre is a highlight for all the students involved. The Shows see girls of all ages from Britain and all around the world working and performing together, having fun and cementing their friendships. We make our own props, costumes and sets as well as computer images to project as backdrops onto the theatre wall.

In the evenings and at week-ends girls take part in Shows such as the Dance and Fashion Show and our own ‘Heathfield’s Got Talent Show’.

On the final Friday evening, before the farewell disco, there is the popular Staff Show based on life at Heathfield transported into a popular film world! Recent highlights have included ‘Frozen Heathfield’ and ‘Heathfield School Musical’.

Outdoor Sport

Heathfield’s extensive grounds allows us to offer a wide range of individual and team sports and activities including our own Olympics Games, Highland Games and World Cups.

  • Archery
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Tag Rugby
  • Yoga

Indoor Sport

The large sports hall and separate dance studio and fitness suite ensures that sporting activities continue to take place, even on rainy days. These include:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crashmat rounders
  • Dodgeball
  • Fitness suite
  • King ball
  • Quick cricket
  • Trampolining
  • Volleyball


Heathfield’s 25m heated indoor pool is used for swimming, cooling off on hot summer days and the following activities:

  • Aqua aerobics
  • Inflatables
  • Swim galas
  • Water volleyball
  • Water Polo


Summer Campers have the opportunity to play tennis in groups or as part of an afternoon option on selected days. They can also choose the Tennis Academy if they want professional coaching (see Academies)

Our summer school staff have some great tennis games to play on the courts to spice up a normal tennis activity!

What the girls say

Boarding at Camp is perfect, excellent – don’t change anything! I have loved my three years and want to come back as a Helper.

Camellia - 15

I like all the staff who are kind and make all the activities enjoyable. I loved the options in the evenings for activities.

Anahita - 12

I liked being a resident because I can challenge myself. We had so many different things to do to be busy.

Inkie - 7

I love this camp. Everyone is so friendly and nice and we have a lot of activities and trips in the evening.

Phoebe - 11

I really love this camp because I had so many different experiences. I loved all the staff, all the teachers, every helpful person.

Anastasia - 11

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for girls aged 7 to 15

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