Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Joint Adventures, Unit 2, Lake Road, Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria LA21 8EW

Contact: 01539 449003



Joint Adventures, home of outdoor activities in The Lake District. Joint Adventures is committed to organising high quality outdoor adventure activities and outdoor skills courses throughout The Lake District.  If you want fun, excitement, and entertainment in the breath taking scenery of The Lake District, let your Lake District outdoor adventure activities start with us.  We provide a year round Outdoor Pursuits service through professionally qualified and experienced instructors.

Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Joint Adventures is licensed by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service to provide high quality outdoor adventure activities in The Lake District.  Only 500m from our base in Coniston we have Coniston Water.  This quiet lake is the perfect venue for all our boating activities.  Surrounded by fells and woodlands and steeped in local history this is the perfect place to inspire your people to go out and enjoy outdoor adventure and the Natural World.  With venues for climbing, gorge scrambling, orienteering and hill walking Coniston is the place to be for adventure activities.

We can also operate from your accommodation base in The Lake District.  We use venues in Wasdale, and Borowdale as well as other Lake District regions.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Joint Adventures is a relatively small independent company staffed by outdoor practitioners who really want you to have a great time.  All of our instructors hold a number of outdoor qualifications.  We do not use trainee instructors with any of our groups and our staffing ratio of 1: 8 compares favorably with most used by LEA linked centres which often use 1:12.  Many of our instructor come from a teaching background.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

We are Licensed by AALS and members of The Institute Of Outdoor Learning

What does a typical educational visit include?

Each visit is different so we run activities appropriate to each school group visiting.  We will usually run activities in half day blocks.  Within these activities there is scope to include topics from geography, science, maths, natural history, local history, map reading, art and drama. A high proportion of our instructors are qualified teachers.

What group sizes do you cater for?

Group sizes can be as small as 6 or up to a maximum of about 60.  Larger groups can be accommodated for some activities.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We provide appropriate resources for projects to enhance and facilitate learning for particular projects.  Mostly we like to use the outdoors and the activities to reinforce learning which takes place in the classroom and other places which children go.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

We do not object to children taking photos but ask that this is done sensitively and in such a way as to not cause offence.  We do provide photos for most of our groups if they are happy for us to do this.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Bookings usually follow and initial enquiry with completion of a booking form by the lead organizer and payment of a deposit of around 25%.  We then work with the school to tailor the planned activities to suit the groups.  We supply risk assessments and copies of all insurances on request.  We are registered with Lancashire Count Council to provide activities for Lancashire schools.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Your school will be able to deal with one member of staff when organizing your visit.

What is the cost of the visit?

The cost of activities is generally around £20 per child per half day.  Full days are between £36 to £40 per child.  Staff are not usually charged.  We do not charge VAT.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

We supply all technical equipment including wetsuits and water proofs for water based activities if required.  For smaller groups ( up to about 15) we supply walking boots if require.  Children need to have changes of clothing and water proofs.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All instructors have up to date first aid qualifications and carry first aid equipment on every session.

Please list facilities available.

We have a small outdoor base in Coniston with a small changing room which we can expand by using changing tents for larger groups.  We also have a disable toilet facilities.

There is a small amount of parking space for our building with a large public car parking area about 300m away.  Coaches can drop off and park close by.

What are your disabled facilities?

Disabled toilet

What are your opening days and hours?

Staff may visit our base to discuss activities by arrangement most days of the week.  We answer phones and email 8 am to 8 pm.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

Please see our trip advisor reviews.  We can also supply testimonials from previous schools.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We run activities though out The Lake District often using venues near the visitng schools accommodation.  This reduces your traveling time and transport costs.

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Climbing Duke of Edinburgh Award Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Safety Awareness Sports Team Building Walking Tours Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Drama Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism PE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December