Cairns Adventures: Parent/Youth Trip to London

  • Cairns Farm Cairns Farm
  • 35155 Northeast Rocky Hill Road, Newberg, OR, USA
  • Oct 20 - 26, 2019 (7 days)
  • Double Occupancy (per person price): 1 Double, 1 Single Bed, Shared Bathroom - $3,499.98 Double Occupancy (per person price): Double Bed, Shared Bath - $2,750.00 Single Occupancy: Double Bed, Shared Bath - $4,000.00 Triple Occupancy (per person price):

About This Event

In October 2019, we’re thrilled to host a trip for youth ages 10+ and their parent(s)/guardian(s) to LONDON.

We’ll visit the major London locations that inspired or were featured in Harry Potter books and movies — Platform 9 3/4 (King’s Cross Station), the Ministry of Magic (Great Scotland Yard), Gringotts Bank (Australia House), and more — and we’ll learn the Muggle significance behind each one.

We’ll eat at pubs similar to the Leaky Cauldron, and we’ll shop at Leadenhall Market which was used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as Diagon Alley.

We’ll stay in a spacious 6 bedroom/4 bath apartment just 1 mile from Kensington Palace, in the heart of central London.

And the trip will culminate in a visit to Warner Bros Studio, just outside of London (via double decker bus, of course), to see the spectacular Making of Harry Potter, drink butter beer, and choose our very own wands at Ollivander’s.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (subject to change):

Saturday, October 19 — for those purchasing airfare with us, depart from Portland, Oregon!

Sunday, October 20 — arrive London and hop on the metro to central London and our home away from home for the next week, eat in local pubs, do any grocery shopping for Must Have items, head to bed for ????????a good night’s sleep.

Monday, October 21 — get the lay of the land! After breakfast at our house, join us on a hop on/hop off double decker bus to see and learn about the biggest sites in London like Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben, and so much more. We’ll take this in small steps so we can get off the bus regularly for lunch, snacks, and to really get a feel for the sites.

Tuesday, October 22 — learn the Metro. After breakfast at our house, we’ll study the London Underground — one of the first, most efficient, and most iconic subway systems in the world — as we prepare to tackle it for a day of Harry Potter sites, like King’s Cross Station, home to Platform 9 3/4, and Australia House, the inspiration for Gringotts Bank. Dinner is traditional fish and chips (best on the planet!) … or other choices for the less fishy among us.

Wednesday, October 23 — head to the infamous and fabulous British Museum, home of the Rosetta Stone, more mummies than Egypt, and So Much More; the Museum of Natural History with saber tooth tigers, fossils, blue whales, and hands-on fun. Experience traditional British afternoon tea.

Thursday, October 24 —Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter. We’ve been; it’s AMAZING. One of only 3 places in the world to get official butter beer (hope you have a sweet tooth!); see original costumes, sets, and movie props; fight Death Eaters; and choose your very own wand at Ollivander’s.

Friday, October 25 — cruise the Thames, see the Tower of London and learn its gory history with the Queen’s personal guard, the Beefeaters, say hello to London bridge, and finish the night with a dinner out for Indian food — always a crowd pleaser, whether it’s the appeal of fried bread and rice for those who like their food more plain, or a series of stunning curries for the more adventurous.

Saturday, October 26 — say our goodbyes and head for home.



So we know this travel experience will be fun and educational, but what really sets it apart is our focus on teaching young humans … and their parents … HOW to travel.



In a safe and supervised environment, students will be in charge of ALL the major aspects of travel so they can learn essential skills and become seasoned, wise world citizens. Skills to hopefully last a lifetime. From procuring their own boarding passes and finding airport gates if you select the group travel option, to working their way through the Underground (“mind the gap”), students will gain confidence, situational awareness, and navigation skills. They’ll learn budgeting and responsibility by being in charge of their own daily food allowance. They’ll learn tips and tricks for how to travel comfortably and kindly — rest, downtime, and SNACKS are not to be underestimated! And, of course, they’ll learn positive communication, cultural awareness, and that it’s **OK to make mistakes** — we’ll be there every step of the way to encourage, bolster, and step in as needed.



Why host a trip like this? We’re parents, teachers, and world travelers ourselves, and over the last 20+ years, we’ve taken our own kids (starting at 2 months old) to more than 20 countries. We’ve been to over 50 countries cumulatively. We’ve watched our kids blossom in these environments and learn they are capable, smart, savvy human beings. And we’ve watched our kids gain the understanding that they’re not just citizens of their own country — they’re world citizens with a much broader perspective and deeper compassion for their fellow humans.

To be honest, that’s the kind of people and planet we want to build, and we believe there’s truly no better way to do it than to travel.

INCLUSION POLICY: This trip is open to all youth ages 10+ and their parents/guardians. In particular, it is a safe space for youth who identify as LGBTQ+. If you have any questions about our inclusion policy or our ability to accommodate your student, please contact us at (contact info blocked).

CANCELLATION POLICY: This trip will proceed with a minimum 6 participants. If there are fewer registrations, we will cancel the trip and refund all fees. If you choose to cancel, please see our full cancelation policy.


1. This trip is limited to a maximum 18 people: up to 12 participants and up to 6 McDonough/Woolseys, ‘cause we’re probably bringing our young humans, too.

2. In order to participate, you must be able to navigate stairs and a significant amount of walking.

Come away with us. Rest. Play. Run free. Live out loud. Bring your people. We’d love to welcome you to our home.

Venue Highlights

Cairns Farm is a 9-acre private park and open space offering sanctuary, a place to gather, recreational activities, and educational opportunities in the middle of Oregon’s gorgeous wine country. Located just 15 miles from Portland and easily accessible via Interstate 5, our family-owned farm is the realization of a long-held dream to create an inclusive, welcoming space for all comers. We offer expansive places to picnic, roam, gather, play, learn, and breathe in clean, clear air as you rest in the shade of our Douglas Fir trees and ancient oaks or hang out in our barn shelter or on the decks overlooking the farm. Our 3-acre Wood is open and ready for laser tag and other recreational games, as well.

Cairns Farm is open by private appointment during daylight hours.


On site at Cairns Farm, we offer day retreats and day-use rental space for gatherings of every kind.

Off site, we host both “Cairns Farm Adventures” like guided kayak camping trips, Oregon Coast weekend retreats, and international adventures for youth and adults. For more information on our Adventures, please visit the Cairns Farm website at (contact info blocked).


Cairns Farm is just 15 miles from downtown Portland — a 40 minute drive from Portland International Airport — and easily accessible via Interstate 5.

Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Sara Schaeffner   December 10, 2019

      Such a pleasure to {re}TREAT Myself at the Oregon Coast

    Care, friendship, peace, openness, pampering, freedom, acceptance, beauty, perspective, awareness - I got all these things and more during my few days with a remarkable group of ladies that I'm now proud to call friends. There's no pressure to be any particular way, or do any particular thing.This lovely retreat can be whatever you choose to make it.

  • Jenny Phillips Schroeder   November 13, 2019


    Everything was wonderful and unforgettable. Hats off to the organizers for fabulous food, top-notch accommodations, meaningful sessions, and enjoyable excursions. All this combined with new friends and a gorgeous setting made for an experience I hope to repeat again soon. Much love to the retreat crew!

  • Emily Chlumak   June 18, 2019

      The most enjoyable adventure!

    The co-owners and co-leaders of Cairns Farm adventures have a unique ability to ensure the experience is relaxing & joyful. I had never gone on a kayaking overnight trip. They were brilliantly prepared, the food was delicious and the company was warm, supportive and encouraging. I don't believe I would go on adventure like this, without it being a Cairns Farm adventure with amazing women leading it. I am so grateful for this experience!

  • Bethany Caruso   June 18, 2019

      A beautifully curated experience

    This trip was so enjoyable, and well planned. As a beginner, I felt comfortable on the river, with their expert instruction. The food was excellent, and the scenery priceless. Highly recommend this trip for anyone needing an escape into nature.

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