The Oakes Holiday Centre
The Oakes Trust is an interdenominational Christian charity (#1064155) established by Dan and Billie Thaw in the late nineties.
They observed that a majority of young people in Britain know little about the Christian faith and its significance prompted them to search for a place where these young people could hear about Jesus in a fun and welcoming environment.
In 1996, Dan and Billie discovered The Oakes, a Georgian manor house and beautiful parkland in south Sheffield, UK. A charitable trust was established to buy the property in 1998 and an extensive programme of renovation began. This was funded by donations and carried out almost exclusively by volunteers. The centre opened on July 1, 2000.
Each year since, we’ve continued to improve our facilities and selection of activities. In 2001 we dug out the cellar to be used as a social space. In 2005 we turned our “swamp” back into a pond which we now use for rafting. In 2010 we added an extension providing en-suite accommodation for group leaders.
Currently we run up to 45 camps per year which include open camps during school holidays, church youth group camps and school camps where campers can hear about Jesus in a fun, relevant and engaging way.