Region: North East England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Deneholm, The Dene, Allendale, Hexham, Northumberland

Contact: 0143 461 8579



BECKs Training offers outdoor activity and team development residentials at the Edwardian Deneholme Country House. We are situated at the edge of the village of year (2009) Allendale Town on the fringes of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: The North Pennines and only a short drive from Hadrian’s Wall.

Our activity programs are tailor made to each school’s needs and can range from being very physically challenging and “full on” to being more mentally challenging and team orientated with workshops around teamwork and personal development.

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

Our school and youth groups value the exclusive use of the house and grounds: no other youth or school groups are on site during your stay at Deneholme.

We specialize in team building and personal development of the students, adapting management training courses and corporate challenges to the appropriate age group, in order to improve trust, communication, confidence, morale & motivation, independence and an increased sense of responsibility for own actions.

We use outdoor activities to add interest and physical activities to our “Special Agent Challenge”, “Survival of All”, “Mirror Image Treasure Hunt” and “Outdoor Activity Cluedo”.

Our activities are always delivered by personal development trainers, rather than “instructors”. We coach the children and young people through the activities, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding & improving skills in the outdoor as well as in a team environment.

Our venue, Deneholme, is a lot more comfortable than the usual outdoor centre. It is also used for wedding receptions and corporate groups, and we find giving a beautiful and comfortable home to young people during their stay improves behavior and staff as well as children relax into the homely feel Deneholme offers.

Our food is freshly cooked on site by our own chef and can be adapted to the children’s wishes – this includes full English breakfasts and delicious home cooked lunches too.

Finally, teachers and support staff always comment on the high level of engagement students experience during their stay with us. Activities are highly motivational and run from after breakfast until nearly bed time – if this is what the staff would like us to do.

Evening activities can include night walks with flasks and biscuits to the top of the fells next door, outdoor bonfires with guitar songs and grilled marshmallows or the BECKs RACE indoor paper bridge and remote controlled car race set up in our large ball room.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

We do tailor each visit according to the requirement of the individual school and their desired outcomes of the residential.

This can include a number of qualification (National Navigation Award, Paddle Power Certification, John Muir Award, Bikeability Award etc.) or be more centered around fully action filled days and evening with a huge number of activities to take part in or it can be based around the team orientation and personal development of students in a team environment.

We can include the following traditional outdoor activities into our residential programs:
Canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing, raft building, bridge building, taralyan traverse, ghyll scrambling, gorge walking, waterfall jumping, fell walking, treasure hunting, caving, mining, mountain biking, weaseling, orienteering and many more – there are also a huge number of corporate team challenges which we have adapted for school groups.

What size groups do they cater for?

Our minimum group size is 15 and we can cater for up to 30 students plus 3-4 staff.

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

Teacher's packs can be provided On request.

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

We are happy for children and teachers to take pictures/video or audio tape during their stay – it is up to those taking the recording to obtain required parental consent, but our staff are always happy to be on tape.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We provide full risk assessments of the building, of activities and venues prior to the residential. This can be done via email (PDF documents) or hard copy via post.

The school is welcome and encouraged to visit Deneholme before making a booking, to discuss the program and inspect the site as well as to meet some of our staff.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

The role of the education Officer is covered by our Managing Director (we are only a very small, family run business) Linda Beck, , 01434 618579

What does it cost?

The costs depend on the group size and lengths of your stay. Typically an activity day costs around £35 per student and Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch costs £160 per student for a Monday – Friday residential. So a full activity residential Monday – Friday will cost around £300 per student with one staff member free for every 10 students.

This is just a ball park and will go up or down depending on activity and qualification choice as well as number of students.

A typical Monday – Wednesday or Wednesday – Friday residential will cost around £180 per student.

Is specific clothing required?

All activity equipment will be provided, but students are asked to bring a spare old activity towel and a pair of spare old trainers.

Do you have first aid on site?

First aiders are available during the day on site at all times, during the night a first aider is a 4 minute walk away.

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

All meals are provided, so children don’t require any pocket money, however, the village has a coop, small village shop and a gift shop, so there are ways of spending money.

Facilities on site include our sunroom with woodland views, a large dining and drawing room open plan, both rooms have food fired stoves which are lit for your enjoyment. The library holds a selection of books and our ballroom can convert into a disco or a gamesroom with a pool table and table tennis.

Are there disabled facilities?

We have two rooms with accessible facilities and a lift as well as a downstairs accessible toilet. However, we cannot accommodate more than two wheelchair users.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open every day, every hour.

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

Please do not hesitate to send us a quick email with your requirements (dates, group size, objective, transport situation and age group) and we are more than happy to provide a personalized quote, free of charge, within two working days, but usually on the same day. If you prefer to have a chat, please call our office on 01434 618579.

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

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Caves & Caverns Cycling Climbing Duke of Edinburgh Award High Ropes Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips SEN Sports Team Building Walking Tours Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography PE

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