Hidden Horizons - Into The Future

by Hidden Horizons in Scarborough, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £1,325

raised so far



We need help to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and build on our successes of the last 6 years. We have some great rewards for our supporters

by Hidden Horizons in Scarborough, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 30th April 2020 we'd raised £1,245 with 29 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Background - Hidden Horizons was founded in 2013 and over the last 6 years we have delivered sessions to over 10,000 school pupils and to thousands of people attending our public events.  We offer a wide range of outdoor activities including fossil hunting, star-gazing, bushcraft, forest schools, beach schools and much more. We also run indoor sessions and after-school clubs at schools and other groups often with our dinosaurs and stardome.

We have always had fantastic feedback from our events and school sessions, whether that be running primary school fossil sessions, bushcraft sessions for vulnerable adults or birthday parties for 8 - 80 year olds.  Whilst we are not a charity we believe in supporting our local community and have always aimed to make everything we do as affordable and accessible as we can. For more feedback and reviews have a look at our Facebook page or our Trip Advisor reviews.

Why are we asking for support - With over 90% of our income coming from schools and our public events, and Easter to the end of August being our busiest period, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit us very hard. This is an appeal to help us survive, so that when normality returns we are here ready to offer the experiences we think everyone will be craving.

Why should you consider supporting - This appeal gives supporters the chance to help us, but also the rewards on offer mean people can look forward to an exciting experience in the future. We have also teamed up with GeoEd to offer some amazing replica fossils with some of the rewards, see the pictures below.

How much are you hoping to raise - We believe we need to raise around £20,000 to ensure we survive without having to sell many of our resources. We are hopefully eligible for some of the Government support but this is not yet confirmed. Due to the nature of our business we are not expecting any significant income for the next four months or so, and normally we would make around 70% of our annual income in this period. The money would be used to cover items like salaries, rent and operating bills, we would also be planning to spend money on a new website and marketing material, ready for when this situation is over.

What happens if you contribute but Hidden Horizons does not survive - We sincerley hope this will not happen, but if it does then Will Watts as owner will ensure all pledges in this project are delivered regardless of what may have happened.

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.


This project offered rewards

£30 or more

£30 Gift Voucher

If you are would like to buy a gift voucher for yourself or as a present then this is the option for you. £30 would buy you two adult star-gazing tickets or a family ticket for a fossil hunting trip. We will email you your gift card at the end of this campaign, it can then be redeemed against any event.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

We really appreciate any support you can give us in this difficult time, and you would have our gratitude for this donation.

£70 or more

Fossil Themed Childrens Birthday Party

If you have a fossil mad child in your family then this might be the reward for you. We can either run a one hour fossil hunting trip on the coast for you, or we can come to your own venue and do 1.5 hours of fossil activities, including making you own fossils. This offer covers upto 15 children (and unlimited adults!)

£100 or more

Private Hire Fossil Hunting Trip

With this reward you can be joined by upto 9 other friends or family (10 people in total) for a 2 hour private fossil hunting trip on the Yorkshire Coast. This can be at a location and on a date and time of your choosing (subject to tide times), as soon as the current restrictions on travel etc are lifted. In normal times our private hire trips cost £150 so grab yourself a bargain!

£100 or more

Half Price Dalby Diddys

Our pre-school toddlers group, Dalby Diddys, is a fantastic way for parents and their children to enjoy our Forest School sessions in the heart of Dalby Forest. We will be restarting these as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and they take place every Thursday in term-time. The normal charge is £10 per session per child, this offer lets you buy 20 sessions for the price of 10, and then can be used at any time into the future.

£120 or more

Private Hire Stargazing Session

With this reward you can be joined by upto 9 other friends or family (10 people in total) for a 2 hour private stargazing session at our Dalby Explorer Hub in the heart of Dalby Forest. The session can be on a date and time of your choosing, as soon as the current restrictions on travel etc are lifted. In normal times our private hire trips cost £150 so grab yourself a bargain!

£150 or more

Private Hire Bushcraft Day

With this reward you can be joined by upto 9 other friends or family (10 people in total) for a full day of bushcraft adventures. The day would include creating fire, building shelters, foraging food, sourcing water and of course eating! The session would be held in Dalby Forest led by our bushcraft leader and can be on a date of your choosing. In normal times these sessions cost £200.

£200 or more

The Fossil Connoisseur

We have put together the ultimate reward for the fossil lover in your life. We have one of three stunning replicas from GeoEd to choose from, an Allosaur skull, an Archaeopteryx, or Stenopterygius Ichthyosaur all worth over £100 (visit www.geoed.co.uk and search for the names), these will be handed over to you in person in Scarborough and at the same time we will provide a 2hr fossil hunt for upto 10 people on the stunning Yorkshire Coast.

£250 or more

Twelve Month - Access All Activities Pass

This is a great offer for people who would like to try lots of our events. It is unlimited access for upto 5 people (at least one must be an adult) to every single event we run for the twelve months starting from the date we are able to run events again after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. So if it's stargazing everyweek, fossil hunting trips to every location, or bushcraft at Dalby or all of those, then this is an absolute bargain.

£300 or more

Schools Fossil Resource Package

We have teamed up with our sister company GeoEd (specialists in making replica fossils) to offer 30 sets of replica teaching fossils (each set normally sells for £25), plus a fossil rubbing set worth £75. These sets all come with teachers notes.

£500 or more

School Activities Package

If you would like to support us and also give your local (upto 1hr from Scarborough) school something exciting to look forward to then can 'pre-buy' upto 4 full days of activities delivered either in or out of school. Sessions available include Forest School, Beach School, Fossil Hunting, Stardome and many more. We normally charge around £200 for a full day.You may want to discuss this with the school you have in mind before committing.

£1,000 or more

Five Year Supporter Package

This is our ultimate reward for anyone who is able to generously support us at this unique moment. This package gives you and upto 5 others access to every single public event we run for the next five years (or the person you give this too). In addition every year you can have any two private hire sessions (upto a day long each) for upto 10 people at a time.

£1,500 or more

Corporate Team Building Bushcraft Day

We totally appreciate that this is a tough time for all buisnesses, but if you are able to invest in the future a little then why not treat your staff team (upto 25 max) to a day of bushcraft in the stunning Dalby Forest. The day can be whatever you want it to be, from relaxed and chilled to a survival based exercise, what a way to greet your team back after the current crisis!

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