Skip to content

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre – Day & Residential Activity School Trips & Educational Packages

Situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Centre is an ideal venue for a residential stay or activity day.

School groups

Give your pupils an experience to remember

At Crowden they will reach new heights, explore underground and enjoy the thrills and spills of the water activities, giving them opportunities to gain new skills, build resilience and have fun.

At the Centre your pupils will improve their leadership and communication skills in a relaxed, friendly environment where learning outside the classroom seems more like a game than a lesson.


Our experienced team will ensure each activity is tailored to meet the aims of your visit. Every student is considered to ensure they have an sense of achievement.

Activities include:

  • Rock climbing
  • Cave exploration
  • Kayaking
  • Open water canoeing
  • Raft building
  • Stream scrambling
  • Zip wire
  • Archery

Building Your Trip 

Our instructors will liaise with you to ensure the activities meet the requirements of the national curriculum, providing fun and educational outdoor activities appropriate to key stage 2, 3 and 4.

Based in the Peak District, it is easy for us to tailor the course to fit in subjects such as PE where we can look at climbing skills, balance and co-ordination, water sports and navigation.

We can also build in numeracy, literacy, problem solving and topic work such as water and the environment as the Centre borders a Site of Special Scientific Interest at Upper Longdendale, Special Protection Area and Brockholes Wood Nature Reserve.

Courses can be linked to outcomes such as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or DfE Activity Passport.

Tailored to Meet Your Needs

The Centre offers full or part week residential outdoor activity programmes or a daily activity programme.

The programme can include evening activities however, you may wish to use this time to undertake your own activities or reflections to support cross curriculum activity.

Why choose Crowden for your pupils?

It is an ideal chance for children to gain the personal, social and health benefits of a residential experience

  • It is a chance for them to learn “lifeskills” outside the boundaries of a classroom
  • It is an opportunity for them to broaden their horizons and take part in activities that they may not ordinarily do
  • Staying away from home allows children to get away from their immediate environment and opens up a variety of new experiences and learning opportunities
  • It enables children to return to the classroom with a new found sense of confidence, self awareness and an increased willingness to try something new

Give Students a boost with a Maths Adventure Residential

A curriculum focused residential for KS2 students preparing for SATs.

We can enhance the learning opportunities available to your students by supporting your school’s syllabus and curriculum approach; by working collaboratively with visiting school staff to plan and deliver an effective programme.

To do this we incorporate our adventure and outdoor learning expertise with subject specific tasks and challenges.

We will provide a program that appropriately challenges all students. Stretching greater depth students, while nurturing and supporting those working below expected to increase their confidence and understanding.

The programs aim is to elevate all students by applying the subject content throughout the residential programme, integrating learning into the experience. As well as learning key subjects the residential experience also provides the extended benefits associated with learning outside the classroom.

If you would like to discuss how your school can get involved in this programme or would like to make arrangements for a Residential Stay or Activity Day, please get in touch using the contact form below or by calling 01709 822344.

Verified by ExactMetrics