Primary Day Visits & Residential Trips

“There is no WiFi in nature, but you will find a better connection”

Discover how the Anderton Centre enhances education and improves health and well-being through outdoor activity. High-quality outdoor activities for education, community, and voluntary groups. Day visits and residential stays in the heart of Lancashire’s Lake District.

Sample Activity Programmes

From day visits to overnight residential stays with evening activities til 8:30pm every night, our fully qualified Outdoor Instructors ensure that a visit to the Anderton Centre is amongst the highlights of the academic year. Our programmes bring areas of the curriculum to life and classroom learning is made relevant with practical applications and skills. Our bushcraft courses engage students in utilising maths, science and food technology skills as a minimum. There is no better way to learn than by having fun and putting theory into practice.

Sample Activity Programmes

Session 1 (Morning) Session 2 (Afternoon) Curriculum Links
Year 3 Star Orienteering
Map Symbols
Low Ropes Abseil • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities (PE)
• Use 8 compass points (Geog)
• Team building & Communication (PSD)
Year 4 Archery
Introduction to Open Rafted Canoeing (Beginners paddle skills) • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities (PE)
• Outdoor Campfire cooking (DT)
• First hand practical experience (Sc)
• The water cycle (Geog)

Call 01257 484 220 for a quotation and to check availability

Year 3 and Year 4

As children become taller and stronger, our outdoor learning becomes more adventurous. More physically demanding challenges such as rowing, rope work and climbing are now suitable. Paddling skills begin in Year 4 and progress through to Year 6.

Our fully qualified instructors are experienced in developing the communication and social elements of team work whilst building students’ self-esteem and confidence, with laughter and fun!

We are flexible; You can mix and match in KS2.  A pupil recently attended the Year 4 fire-building and bread-making session with open-rafted canoeing and team games in the afternoon. They said:

“Me and my friends made the best fire! It was really hot and scary but Gary showed me how to stop it from hurting me and then we made bread and my bread was the best! I really liked the canoes but I didnt want to get wet but I had loads of fun.”

Sample Activity Programmes

Session 1 (Morning) Session 2 (Afternoon) Curriculum Links
Year 5 Orienteering course
Crate Stack or Tree Climb
Low Ropes Abseil Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities (PE)
Navigation/Map reading (to British Orienteering standards)
Air and water resistance (Sc)
Problem Solving
Year 6 “The Survival Games”
Lake orienteering with off-site campfire lunch
Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities (PE) Use 8 compass points (Geog)
Outdoor campfire cooking (DT): Minimal ecological footprint

Day visit programmes can also easily be adapted to include a residential – ideal as a one night taster for Year 5s. An ideal opportunity for Year 6s to have an activity day to look forward to after SATs or an ‘End of an Era Summer Trip’ as a Year 6 leavers’ treat.

If your pupils have a particular area of focus in class, our instructors can concentrate on specific outputs for your outdoor learning (eg, food, clothing, building materials, ecology)





We have 20 en-suite bedrooms under a single roof that sleep a maximum of 70, across three accommodation areas. We pride ourselves on our balanced and nutritious home-cooked food provided in our dining room.

Rivington View

Rivington Block boasts ample space, featuring accommodation for up to 18 guests, and can be booked for sole occupancy, making it perfect for large groups, families, or special gatherings. The self-contained block offers a fully equipped kitchen, allowing guests to prepare and enjoy their meals at their leisure. The kitchen is well-appointed with modern appliances, ensuring that every culinary need is met.

Pike View & Woodland View

Pike and Woodland View, are within the main building. Both have break-out / lounge areas to enjoy when not on activity. The Centre has a nominated on-site night porter to support any issues during your stay.

Our Activities

Water and land based outdoor learning activities for school day trips, youth group residential stays and corporate away days.

Exhilarating experience of leaning backwards off a steep drop while being lowered down on a rope.


Archery is the sport, practice, or skill of using a bow to shoot arrows.


Participants work their way around the wall at a low height.

Traverse Wall

Practice of skills and developing knowledge in order to survive and thrive in a natural environment.


Sleeping in an outside area.

Camp & Expedition

Use your communication skills and work as a team to get to the top.

High All Aboard

Walking in hills and high land.

Hill Walking and Navigation

Climb up to stand on a platform high above the ground, then leap off and catch a bar which is dangling a short distance in front of you.

Leap Of Faith

Series of individual and group physical challenges that require a combination of teamwork, skills, and commitment.

Low Ropes

A group of sports that require navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point.


Process of achieving a goal by overcoming obstacles, a frequent part of most activities.

Problem Solving

Physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility and balance.

Rock Climbing