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Information for Schools

Here at Weardale Adventure Centre we offer an exciting range of fun based educational activities in a relaxed, friendly environment

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Qualified, Professional Staff

The Centre’s qualified and professional staff run ‘real activities’ for our guests including underground exploration, canoeing on the River Wear, rock climbing and gorge walking.

Health & Safety First

We have exceptional health and safety standards and are licenced through the AALA (The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) who are part of the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and are proud to have our full Learning Outside the Classroom Badge.

A Tight Knit Team

Due to our size, you’ll find us a close knit and friendly Centre, fully flexible and able to tailor learning experiences to your school’s exact requirements. We pride ourselves on offering great support before, during and after your stay with us.

Happy to Help

Where possible and if needed, we’re more than happy to visit your school prior to your stay to chat to children and parents, answering any questions they may have.

The Centre can accommodate 80 guests but for groups of 30 or more, we can offer exclusive use for your school.

A Typical Day for Schools at Weardale Adventure Centre

7am - 9am Morning starts early when you’re on a residential trip! Lights on at 7am and after showers, we serve the groups a hearty breakfast to set them up for the day.
9am - 12:30pm Morning activity preparation takes place downstairs and the children split into their activity groups, meet their instructors, prepare and enjoy their activity.
12:30pm - 1:15pm Packed lunch and preparations for afternoon.
1:15pm - 4:30pm The children stay in the same groups for all their sessions, and after lunch they prep and undertake their new challenge.
4:30pm - 5:30pm The children get to decide how they would like to relax after their busy day! There are options for showers, a games room or chilling out in their bedrooms.
5:30pm - 6:30pm The evening meal is a home-cooked dinner which will have been allocated by the school before arrival from the menu we provide.
6:30pm - 7:00pm Chilling out and free time.
7:00pm - 8:30pm A typical evening activity may include a disco, quiz, night-line or scavenger hunt.
8:30pm - 10:00pm The evening is now free for the children to prepare for bed and get enough sleep for the following day!
10:30pm Lights Out

Learning Outcomes

At the end of their stay at Weardale Adventure Centre, many of the teachers who accompany their pupils, tell us they see a considerable positive difference in the children which we also see ourselves! Whether it be increased confidence, enjoyment in the outdoors or an increased ability to work together, the outcomes are always positive. As an approved provider for Learning Outside the Classroom, they outline five key outcomes for the children because of outdoor education.

Enjoyment and Appetite for Learning

Principle – Learners enjoy participation in outdoor learning activities and are motivated to achieve their best. They adopt a positive attitude to challenge and continually strive to improve and develop.

Personal Qualities

Principle – Learners are gaining self-awareness, personal confidence and self-esteem through taking on challenges, achieving success and learning from their mistakes.

Social Awareness

Principle – Learners are developing their self-awareness and social skills, and their appreciation of the contributions and achievements of themselves and of others.

Environmental Awareness and Understanding

Principle – Learners are gaining a deeper awareness and understanding of the environment and actively seek opportunities to reduce the impact that they and others have on the environment – locally and globally.

Health and Well-being

Principle – Learners are developing an appreciation of the benefits of participation in outdoor activities for their physical health and emotional well-being and seek to continue their interest in activities beyond their immediate learning environment.

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To read further about these outcomes, please visit the LOTC website where you can find a downloadable PDF. Find Out More!