The great out-tours was founded by John Brooksbank in 2011. He is the lead instructor of all activity programmes
“i will share with you the wonders of the great outdoors across the four seasons & deliver exciting & captivating practical experiences in areas such as: managing & protecting the countryside, animal care, bushcraft, rural craft, growing & harvesting.”

 John Brooksbank

John’s career background includes teaching at Plumpton College in Sussex (one of the UK’s most well reputed land-based colleges). He interpretively designed a college owned farm converting it from a redundant condition to a multi-faceted/zonally themed farming & environental training centre of excellence.

Within both capacities he designed & delivered exciting ‘hands-on’ activity programmes, teaching to a wide spectrum of learner profiles, ranging from special needs & disabled adults, through to degree level & tailored countryside ‘paying course’ participants.

John is qualified to BSc (Hons) degree level in Ecology & Biogeography & FdSc Foundation Degree level in Countryside Management.

As Health & Safety officer at The Great Out-tours, it is his personal mission to make the organisation an industry leader in ‘best practice’ management/delivery of health & safety policy. Such focus on this crucial aspect of education/business operation, ensures safe & seamless purveyance of all activities.

Four Seasons Activity Programme at Woodside Environmental Education Centre (W.E.E.C) & East Sussex Care Homes: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

John interpretively designed W.E.E.C. He leads the delivery of our diverse & illuminating ‘Four Seasons Activity Programme’ at both W.E.E.C & at a selection of highly reputed local care homes. These programmes are targeted at people young & old with special needs, learning disabilities, dementia & mental health conditions.

John’s quest is to empower & enhance all learner profiles, to see, interpret & understand the beauty, features & importance of our countryside. With this new found knowledge people can apply it to the context of their own lives increasing their quality of/appreciation for life.

After School Clubs & In-school workshops:


Instructor Team – A very close knit group of experienced Great Out-tours instructors deliver our burgeoning Primary education level ‘after school clubs’ & ‘in-school workshop’ products. All staff are comprehensively trained in child centred development, care & supervision, with heavy emphasis on health & safety. Every instructor holds DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), Child Safeguarding & First Aid certification. We pride ourselves on recruiting talented individuals who hold a strong knowledge/experience & passion within farming, environmental & child centred wild wood crafting ‘fields’.

Promote from within:


Our principles for child centred development are dear to our hearts. We observe many club individuals who stand out with a clear passion for the outdoors, as well as possessing enhanced teamworking/interpersonal skills. Once they leave their primary school to embrace secondary school education, we invite them back to initially ‘volunteer assist’ at our after school clubs.

We encourage their participation in the excellent ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ award scheme, through which they can attribute their Great Out-tours work experience toward the scheme’s Bronze, Silver and Gold award levels.

Dedicated work commitment at clubs from these talented teenagers, is rewarded with paid support instructor club work roles, which ultimately can develop into full time Great Out-tours career opportunities.

Expansion – Franchise establishment:


Such has been the success of our East Sussex based ‘after school clubs’ product, strategic moves were made in 2016 to launch Great Out-tours franchises in other parts of the United Kingdom.

The Great Out-tours is now actively promoting nationwide franchises with extremely reasonable start up costs & high financial reward potential.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting and rewarding business opportunity, take a moment to look at the presentation below by clicking ‘View Story’. You may be next to join our team!?