Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Huddersfield Rd, Penistone,, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S36 7GF

Contact: 0800655 6564



On the doorstep to the Peak District, this centre offers a dramatic setting for outdoor education, with gritstone edges, wild heather moorlands and gentle limestone dales. The 9-acre site is also a registered watersports centre, making it a perennially-popular choice with young people, teachers and group leaders alike.

With stimulating environments, state of the-art facilities and highly qualified instructors, we can work with you to go beyond classroom teaching and textbook theory. Accelerated learning by doing and the ultimate adventure activity experience; a chance to enhance education, put theory into practice and encourage independence, self-awareness and teamwork every day.

Our educationally rich modules and sessions are designed to complement current curricula and exam criteria and provide a stimulating learning opportunity outside the classroom for maximum academic benefit. Young people are equipped with the knowledge, key values and important PLTS skills to encourage them to think for themselves and adapt what they learn; to analyse problems and find solutions at every turn; to embrace challenges with enthusiasm and adopt a positive mental attitude to life and change.

Benefits gained are immense, from the development of a healthy self-awareness and empathy for others and their environment, to an increase in concentration and to a greater level of respect for those – both teachers and peers alike – who have shared the same journey.

With all programmes tailored to help you meet your objectives, and unlimited help and guidance available every step of the way, at Kingswood we can provide that perfect blend of excitement, creative learning and adventure to meet your needs and requirements.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

• On the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District, ideal for our Bushcraft module.

• Adventure Activities Licensing Authority registered watersports centre.

• Watersports weekends available – great for transition courses, bonding and teambuilding.

• Over 40 activities including zipwire and leap of faith to challenge students and encourage considered risk taking.

• Dorms sleep 4-8 students, with separate teacher rooms.

• Suitable for younger students.

• Easily-accessible from the Midlands and the North of England.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

We tailor make all our programmes to fit with the needs of the group, please visit our website at to find out more about the programmes we offer.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

Quality Badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

British Activity Providers Association

Association of Language Travel Organizations

British Educational Travel Association

Adventure mark

Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

Institute for Outdoor Learning

What size groups do they cater for?


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Welcome Guides, Teacher Pre-Visit Packs, Launching to parents and our latest offers are available on our Website.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Please speak to our team regarding any photographic or AV requirements.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

For information about booking and risk assessments please view our health and safety page at


What does it cost?

All our programs are tailor made to suit each schools individual needs. For more information or a personalised quote, please call us on 0800 655 6564.

Is specific clothing required?

All requirements for your trip are explained in the pre-visit packs.

Do you have first aid on site?

There is always a fully qualified first aider on site for any medical emergencies.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Peak Venture is established as one of the area’s leading residential educational activity centres. It is situated on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District, near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, with dramatic gritstone edges, wild heather moorlands and gentle limestone dales. Set in 9 acres of parkland the centre was historically named as ‘Scout Dike’ after the rural reservoir opposite the centre.

Peak Venture is a watersports equipped centre, which really attracts groups to venture here. During the summer, fully supervised water-based activities take place on the adjacent Scout Dike Reservoir, including raft building, kayaking and canoeing. All sessions take place under the regulations of the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) and all buoyancy aids and waterproof jackets are provided.

The centre features student dormitory accommodation and teacher rooms which are complemented by excellent ICT facilities and classrooms. Close to the main buildings the activity park nestles in sheltered woodlands and fields, from high ropes to climbing, low ropes to aeroball and abseiling, with the 3G Swing bringing an element of high adventure to the centre. Peak Venture’s outdoor areas also benefit from external lighting to enable activities to operate all year round. The centre’s boundary fencing and coded security gates ensure a safe and secure experience for all guests.

Are there disabled facilities?

Please get in touch as this is assessed on a case by case basis, please call us on 0800 655 6564.

What are your opening days and hours?

Centres are open 7 days a week all year round.

Key travel times

Key travel times by road: Barnsley: 20min, Leeds: 40min, Sheffield: 40min, Manchester: 1hr, Nottingham: 1hr 20min, Preston: 1hr 30min, Lincoln: 1hr 30min, Hull: 2hrs, Leicester: 2hrs, Middlesbrough:2hr 20min

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“Best centre I have visited in 20 years, staff, facilities and activities well presented and very well organised – great timetable.” - Galashiels Academy

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

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Bushcraft Green Awareness Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Picnic Areas Residential School Trips Sports Team Building Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Environmental Studies Geography ICT MFL PE PSHE Science

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