Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Crowden in Longendale, , Derbyshire SK13 1HZ

Contact: 01709 822 344



Give your pupils an experience to remember. Help them to reach new heights, explore underground and enjoy the thrills and spills of the water activities, giving them the opportunity to gain new skills, enhance team building, build resilience and have fun.

Help them to improve their leadership and communication skills in a relaxed, friendly environment where learning outside the classroom seems more like a game than a lesson.  Crowden OEC, Derbyshire provides comfortable and modern accommodation in the heart of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire.

At Crowden, our activity programmes can be designed to challenge and push people outside their comfort zone, or tailored to meet group needs. Regardless of an individual’s ability, they will be able to achieve their goals with friends cheering them on.

Activities are facilitated by our experienced and highly trained staff and include:

• rock climbing,
• cave exploration,
• kayaking,
• open water canoeing,
• raft building,
• stream scrambling,
• zip wire,
• archery
• team-building exercises.

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

Situated in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, Crowden has 40 beds spread across 14 bedrooms, drying room, TV room, lounge with a games room and dining room with the option of full board, half board or self-catering.

We can provide full or part week residential outdoor activity programmes or a daily activity programme.

We can also link into accredited outcomes such as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or other relevant courses.

The programme can include evening activities however you may wish to use this time to undertake your own activities.

At Crowden we offer:

• Value for money
• Safe environment
• Full activity programmes combining learning and fun
• Activities led by qualified and experienced outdoor education practitioners
• Easily accessible
• Idyllic countryside setting
• Comfortable, modern accommodation and facilities
• Sole use of all our facilities

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Our instructors will liaise with you to ensure the activities meet the outdoor and adventurous activities requirements of the national curriculum, providing fun and educational outdoor activities appropriate to key stage 2, 3 and 4. Based in the Peak District, it is easy for us to tailor the course to fit in with subjects such as PE where we can look at climbing skills, balance and co-ordination, water sport and navigation.

We can also build into courses, numeracy, literacy, problem solving and topic work such as water and the environment as we border a site of special scientific interest at Upper Longdendale, Special Protection Area and Brockholes Wood Nature Reserve.

This venue has the following accreditation:

AALA Licenced Provider: Provider Reference No: R0411

What size groups do they cater for?

Outdoor Education Centre can accommodate up to 40 people on a residential basis and up to 70 people for day activities.

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

Yes, no restrictions.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We are happy to arrange free pre-visit stays for teachers (subject to availability).
All activities are fully risk assessed and copies of risk assessments are available on request.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

If you require any support or have any questions regarding a possible visit to Crowden Outdoor Education Centre please call 01709 822344

What does it cost?

At Crowden we try to be as flexible as possible and our prices reflect this. Please call 01709 822344 for a quote.

We provide 1 free staff place for every 10 children.

Is specific clothing required?

All specialist equipment is provided. We also provide waterproofs, walking boots and wellington boots.

Do you have first aid on site?

All the outdoor instructors hold appropriate first aid qualifications. Visiting school staff usually have responsibility for the supervision of pupils overnight and should make appropriate plans for first aid.

Are there disabled facilities?
The Centre building is fully accessible. Please contact us to discuss particular needs.

What are your opening days and hours?

The Centre is open all year.

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

What our visitors say:

“Instructors are full of encouragement and motivation for the children. They ensured they had a most enjoyable, learning week”

“Centre staff, particularly instructors, built excellent relationships with the “

“Fantastic work ethic all week, staff dealt with less confident children brilliantly”

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

Type of Visit: Climbing Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Team Building Water Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: English Geography Mathematics PE

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

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres