We always welcome feedback from our guests. After each visit group leaders are invited to complete an evaluation form to provide us with formal feedback about their stay. Also, children often write letters to us with their own unique reflections of their trip. Below are a selection of letters from the children, or you can skip ahead to read feedback from visiting leaders and adult groups.
2019 - Highfield Primary School, Leeds...
"I liked the climbing wall best and have asked my parents if I can join a climbing club"
"The low ropes (especially the tunnels and Tarzan swing) were my favourites and orienteering as we had a lot of fun working as a team to find the points'"
"My leader in my group was very kind, encouraging and inspirational"
"Every single meal I had was scrumptious and I ate every little crumb on my plate!"
"My favourite highlight was the night walk because I loved how peaceful it was"
"The visit to Marrick Priory was one of the most memorable joyful experiences of my life"
Feedback from Visiting Leaders - 2019
The following feedback is from visiting leaders of Primary School children.
"Thank you for adjusting things to accommodate a larger group and being as friendly, informative and good humoured as always! As usual, a fantastic trip creating wonderful memories for our children, long may it continue!"
"The instructors were caring, motivating and professional towards the children. The catering staff were extremely cheerful, helpful and accommodating. Options for allergy sufferers were excellent. Wonderful food and staff. Very friendly administration staff."
"Very organised and welcoming. Epic patience displayed getting the children ready for the day walk."
"Excellent throughout the week. Pitched at the right level, fun and always looking to involve all the children. Obvious level of experience and technical skill to compliment this. Food was superb as always! Another great week for our children - thanks to everyone involved in making it happen."
"All the staff are brilliant! Friendly, humourous and skilled. Thank you for having us. We have loved every minute. The children have gained so much from the week. As adults we couldn't ask for more. Thank you so much."
TOSH Walking Group
The Spring Lunches and Christmas soup and puds are now part of the TOSH Walking Group's [aka Leyburn Arts and Community Centre] annual programme - we all love them and once one is over we can't wait to hear about the next one. The food is absolutely stunning - with abundant choices of soups and puds available - and the staff could not be more helpful. It is splendid value for money and we are all delighted to do our little bit towards enabling young people from rather less privileged backgrounds to come and enjoy all the wonderful facilities on offer at the Priory.
"We hired Marrick Priory for our Away Day in November 2018. The warm welcome, the comfortable and flexible space in beautiful surroundings, the wonderful home baking and superb lunch – all at great value – made it the perfect venue." - Parish of Richmond with Hudswell, Downholme and Marske
Leyburn Cycling Group
"Superb fresh tasty food and a great atmosphere. The lunches are always a highlight and even better that it's for a worthwhile cause"
"The Marrick Spring and Christmas lunches are a highlight for Wensleydale Society members. We enjoy mouth-watering first class food in a beautiful historical setting."
You can find further feedback below that has accumulated during previous years
From Visiting Leaders...
"Absolutely 1st Rate"
"Great service as usual. We cannot fault the Priory in any way. Thank you"
"Always fantastic - good rapport established quickly with pupils"
"I don't see a way that Marrick Priory could be improved, the staff were supportive and caring, the children achieved many tasks independently and learned an enourmous amount"
"As well as skills and knowledge, citezenship aspects were always addressed"
"The instructors built up very positive relationships with the pupils"
"High quality, friendly, attention to detail"
"The instructors were extremely pleasant, friendly and assertive"
"Absolutely fantastic, the instructors really made an effort to get to know us"
"I actually had a relaxing time, unheard of on school residentials!"
"The instructors were very competent, encouraging, pleasant and professional"
"It was a truly fantastic experience and one which will remain with me for a very long time"
"All instructors were clearly very experienced and used to working with young people. Excellent"
"Instruction throughout the trip was of a very high standard"
"All the instructors are top class in delivering the activities in a professional manner, whilst being so warm and friendly towards the whole group"
"Our school has been visiting the priory for 20+ years!"
"Thanks everyone for a great visit, kids VERY enthusiastic about it"
"Instructors motivated and supported children and let them evaluate what they had done"
"The Instruction was excellent. A good blend of professionalism and friendliness"
"It was totally spot-on and totally appropriate"
"Thank you for a brilliant stay!"
"Timid children were encouraged to try something beyond their normal capabilities"
"Marrick Priory is a unique place where I find myself challenged inspired and enthused. A truly great experience"
"All instructors throughout the week were excellent"
"Our Marrick Priory week is one of the highlights of the school year!"
"An excellent weekend - staff, centre, activities couldn't be faulted"
"Many thanks for your flexibility and willingness to help a diverse group"
"The availability of spare kit was especially appreciated!"
"A great atmosphere and role models in your team"
"All of the instructors were fantastic"
"Excellent - clear, fun, patient, firm when necessary"
"I was very impressed with how quickly instructors learnt the childrens' names and how sensitively they picked up on the needs of the different children"
"It is a testament that all our pupils remember the day's activities and not the weather!"
From the Children...
"Not only are you an awesome teacher but also a good driver"
"I think that not only was canoeing fab but it was spectacular"
"The anticipation was excellent"
"The hardest activity was shelter building but we did our best"
"Wow, everyone said as we entered the historic building"
"I also learnt that you can help people just by cheering them on"
"I am also happy because for the first time ever I have learnt to make my bed!"
"I am writing to say a colossal thank you for all the things I did and learnt last week"
"The hardest activity was making our beds"
"Not only did you help me with my nerves but your speech in the turnip room will always be remembered in my mind"
"Overall it was a brilliant trip; all the teachers enjoyed it as much as we did!"
"I just can't explain how great it was, my heart could have stopped pumping as it was surrounded by fun and glee!"
"At the end of my stay I was very woeful to leave Marrick Priory. Since then I have taken on more responsibility"
"All the instructors gave us a warm welcome"
"It's so cosy and has an amazing range of games"
"I am writing to dearly thank you for a magnificent week with you all. I am from a school in the heart of a pretty village"
"I was definitely scared of heights but since I have done rock climbing I would climb Mount Everest because I'm so confident"
"I will remember it for the rest of my life"
"I hope this won't be the last time I visit you"
"I have come back with new talents I never new I had"
"Marrick Priory has brought us all together as a class and made us notice how lucky we are to have each other"
"It feels like home"
"It was an adventure"
"Unlikely things are not impossible"
Meals - Leaders...
"Excellent food and flexibility"
"Healthy and child appealing"
"Child-friendly and plentiful"
"Delicious, Fabulous, Thank You!"
"The cooks were so accommodating"
"Thank you for the Birthday Cake"
Meals - Children...
"I loved the food, it was lovely, even though I am a fussy eater"
"I have finally learnt how to set the table properly so now I can help my mum do it at home"
"I learnt how to make beds and strip them plus I learnt how to set the table properly as well!"
"I was astonished by how blissful the meals were!"
"The food was gorgeous, better than my dads (don't tell him!)"
"I thought the food was spectacular! I have also tried a lot of new things that I can now have at home. YUM"
"I thought the food was amazing and if I could I would have it all the time"
"The cook's food was mouth-watering; yummy starters; gorgeous main and perfect puddings"
"Significantly, the food was outstanding! For example I loved the fact it was homemade"
"The food at Marrick was extremely good, we were never hungry"
"I definately wouldn't get 3-course meals at home"
"I thought the food was going to be OK but it was the best food I've had in ages"
"I thank the dinner ladies for making delicious meals and setting out food for us to make our own sandwiches for lunch"