FACILITIES AT THE CRANEDALE CENTRE
The Centre is a fascinating example of new life being given to otherwise obsolete farm buildings. The accommodation, for up to 70 guests, is all contained in an imaginative conversion of brick and pantile Victorian farm buildings around two courtyards. The conversion has managed to preserve much of the original character of a traditional large Wolds farm: arched openings, brick and stone internal wall finishes, timber flooring and exposed beam and rafter ceilings.
The small, centrally heated bedrooms, former stables, are comfortably furnished with pine bunk beds, duvets and washbasins and are located around two adjacent courtyards.
Recreational facilities are available to meet the needs of all age groups. Cranedale is able to offer its guests the exclusive use of an outdoor all weather tennis court in addition to an indoor games room, comfortable lounge, shop and soft drinks bar. A climbing wall is available for use by groups on outdoor education courses or as an optional programmed session on fieldwork courses.
Catering standards are particularly high and the Centre has received great praise for the quality and variety of its food. We pride ourselves on our excellent ‘farm house’ style menus with cooked breakfasts, three course evening meals and substantial packed lunches. The granary of the old farm provides a very warm and welcoming setting for our dining room.
Study facilities are both comprehensive and to a high standard. The Centre’s large range of specialised fieldwork equipment ensures that each student gains experience of a wide variety of practical field techniques during a course.
Four versatile, well lit, teaching rooms with computing facilities and internet access serve as bases for introductory lectures, data analysis, microscopy, GIS and data interpretation sessions.
The Centre has a fleet of well-maintained minibuses and people carriers for use on tutored fieldcourses.