Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

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

Contact: 01704 822644



Rock and River Outdoor Centre is a family run centre, based on a farm in the Lancashire countryside. Ideally located between Manchester and Liverpool we offer a wide range of Outdoor Activities onsite. We have been running Multi Activity Days for schools and groups for over twenty years, along with Residential Packages, GCSE Courses, Team Building Days, Revision Weekends and Skills Courses. We will happily design packages based around your requirements, and pride ourselves on offering high quality taster sessions in an accessible environment.

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

What group sizes do you cater for?
Our accommodation sleeps 39 people with an additional downstairs bunk room which sleeps an extra 8 people. We also have camping facilities onsite.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
The bunkhouse has a games room, with a projector for film nights, and a kitchen for self-catering groups with a dining area. There is also a lovely log burning stove where you often find the adults relaxing, whilst the children are entertained in the games room.

We have two large bunk rooms sleeping 14 and 12 people. We have three rooms which sleep 3 people, and two rooms which sleep 2 and have a wash basin in the room.
There is a shower room and toilet upstairs next to the bedrooms with further facilities just downstairs from the bedrooms.

What is the cost of the accommodation?
Discounts are given for groups booking the accommodation and taking part in activities. The bunkhouse costs £14 per person per night, with supervising adults free of charge on a 1:10 ratio. All groups using the bunkhouse accommodation have exclusive hire of the facility. We offer short stays, as well as longer visits.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We provide full risk assessments for the site, accommodation 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 Accommodation have a booking contact?
You can talk to any of our office staff about the facilities and bookings, they will happily answer any questions you might have, or put a package together for your group.

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.
Onsite we have a café which caterers for our residential and day groups. Meals are homemade as much as possible, and we pride ourselves on supplying delicious healthy meals for the children and adults alike to enjoy.

We also cater for any dietary needs, please discuss this with us in advance so that we can put a suitable menu together for you.

The tuck shop onsite is open at a time to suit yourselves.

The accommodation also has its own kitchen and dining area if you wish to self-cater, and there are outdoor and sheltered areas to eat in warmer weather.

The accommodation comes with its own games room, television, projector for films, seating areas and dining area which doubles up as a classroom facility for those who wish.

What are your disabled facilities?
Most of our accommodation and the communal games room are on the first floor and therefore not suitable for disabled clients unable to use stairs. We do have a downstairs bedroom, and will happily discuss individual requirements.

We have several activities onsite which can be adapted for disabled clients, we advise that you call and talk through requirements so we can advise you according to the individuals needs.

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

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

“We will stay longer next time we come back , [Rock & River] offers excellent value for money!"

St Anne’s College Grammar School Staff, Lytham St Annes

"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

“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

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

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

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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