Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Rock & River Outdoor Pursuits, Cliffs Farm Activity Centre, Wood Lane, Mawdesley, Lancashire L40 2RL

Contact: 01704 822644



Rock and River have been running group activities for over 20 years. We have a fantastic core team, based around a small family run business, that work closely together to provide tailor made outdoor experiences for children and adults of all ages. We design each groups timetable to suit them, hand pick and train our instructors, and dedicate ourselves to ensuring everyone gets the most out of their visit. We strongly believe in and have seen for ourselves the huge impact outdoor learning can have on young people.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?
We offer a wide range of Outdoor Activities based onsite on our Lancashire farm.
We have:
- a purpose built lake for Kayaking, Canoeing, and Raft Building
- a High Ropes course
- Indoor Climbing Wall
- Climbing and Abseiling Tower
- Archery and Air Rifle Shooting
- Orienteering
- Den Building and Woodland Learning
- Team Building Activities and Challenges
We provide Multi Activity Days for all ages from 5 years and above, GCSE Courses, Team Building Days, Corporate Fun Days and Residential Packages.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Rock and River hold the LOtC Quality Badge, Adventure Mark, AALA accreditation and we are Lancashire County Council registered. Details of these will be sent out on request.

What does a typical educational visit include?
We specialise in tailor-made Multi Activity Days. Anything from two activities to a full day of five different activities. They are great at providing a varied day which offers something for everyone, from Archery, to Den Building, to High Ropes to Raft Building there are plenty of options. We like to discuss timetables with each group leader in advance to help them select the most appropriate activities, and ensure they will get the most out of the day. We can also be flexible on timings and happily provide example timetables on request.

Rock and River offer Multi Activity Days, Team Building Events, Skills Courses and GCSE packages. We also do residential visits throughout the year in our Bunkhouse and camping onsite.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Group bookings are for 8 – 300 participants.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
We are happy for children / leaders to photograph their own group taking part in activities, provided they have parental permission.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We provide full risk assessments for the site and individual activities. Along with our license information and insurance details. These are sent out on request.

We are also more than happy for group leaders to come and visit beforehand.

Does your venue have an education officer?
We do not have an education officer, any of our office staff will be happy to answer any questions, offer advice and help you organise your day.

What is the cost of the visit?
Costs vary depending on the options you choose.
Multi activity days are priced from £19 per person to £32 per person for a full day (including vat), with supervising adults free of charge, and discounts for large groups available.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
On booking we provide a Kit List which can be sent out to parents. We recommend weather appropriate clothing and footwear, and a full change of clothes for those taking part on water activities.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All our activity instructors and senior staff are first aid qualified.

Please list facilities available.
We have a café onsite, where food can be booked in advance for groups, providing delicious homemade meals.
Teas and coffees are available for group leaders / teachers.
There is a tuck shop if children want to bring spending money also.
We also have space for eating packed lunches.

What are your disabled facilities?
We have a fully accessible facility in our lakeside changing area. The site has some areas which are difficult to access, please have a chat with us before booking to discuss your requirements and which activities might be suitable.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open seven days a week throughout the year, with a short break over Christmas.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
"Opportunity for people to experience opportunities together in a lovely setting. Food excellent and plentiful. Excellent value for money"

"This is an excellent centre that both the children and I have loved spending time at"

"Both staff and children had a super visit. It was relaxed, challenging and really enjoyable. Thank you. Well done to the instructors and team."

"Watching the children experience new and exciting activities - Den Building, Canoeing and Abseiling. Food was great. Staff relaxed and very friendly."

Teacher's comments from Our Ladies Star of the Sea RC Primary School, Liverpool

“The children have enjoyed every minute!! The staff were so friendly throughout and very accommodating. An excellent place to come and enjoy yourself!!"

“The whole experience for staff and children was brilliant! All the staff were fantastic with the children and excellent catering too!"

"Absolutely fab - thank you so much for such a memorable visit. The food was amazing, can't thank you enough!"

Teacher’s comments from Trinity Primary School, Skelmersdale, Lancashire

“Rock & River has always been fantastic, yet it still manages to get better and better each year. The activities are challenging yet hugely enjoyable, and the staff are spot-on. We couldn’t entrust our children to safer, more caring hands "

Pete Wright, Head teacher. St Peter’s CE Primary School, Swinton, Manchester

“Well organised and the activities lasted for an appropriate amount of time (not too long or short). The staff were friendly and helpful"

Tameside College, Ashton-Under-Lyme, Manchester

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We are constantly developing our facilities, with exciting new activities being added, keep an eye out for updates!

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Climbing Outdoor Pursuits Water Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: Leisure & Tourism PE

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