Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Loughborough Road, Leicester, East Midlands LE4 5PN

Contact: 0116 268 1426



Leicester Outdoor Pursuits centre is a Charitable organisation providing Outdoor Adventurous activities for all. Our activities are designed to stimulate, educate and motivate all participants at affordable prices throughout the year.  Fifteen acres of adventure stretching along the bank of the River Soar allow us to offer something for everyone. We accept bookings from both groups and individuals, and our activities are adaptable to suit a wide range of ages and abilities.

The Centre is situated on the River Soar to the North of Leicester City Centre which is easily accessible from all major road routes.

There’s plenty of ways for your school to enjoy our outstanding facilities:

•    Bring the whole class to experience outdoor activities for PE lessons or days out

•    Camp with us for an exciting, challenging residential

•    Use outdoor activities  as a vehicle for improvement in other subject areas- we can design a bespoke programme for you.

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

We provide activities on the ground, on the water and at height to challenge and engage young people. Our activities can be tailored to meet your group’s needs; whether you’re looking to enthuse and motivate pupils to improve their mathematics skills through climbing, provide a confidence boost or promote teamwork on our high ropes, or develop sport specific skills on the water, we can provide a bespoke package for your group at a low cost. As our centre is a charity, we are able to offer low prices so that our activities are affordable, particularly outside our peak season.


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Our standard activity session is 90 minutes, with a short break between sessions. This means that most school day visits consist of 2-3 different activities.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

•    Quality Badge for Learning Outside the Classroom

•    Licensed provider of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities under the terms of the Adventurous Activities Licensing Act (AALA)

•    Adventuremark Accreditation - the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC)

•    The National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (NICAS)

•    British Canoe Union (BCU) Top Centre award

What size groups do they cater for?

We operate based on a ratio of 1 instructor to 10, which can go up to 12 on some activities. We can accommodate total group sizes of up to 150; please call us for availability. We can also take groups of less than 10, and work to ratios as low as 1:1 for participants requiring a higher level of support.  

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

We can provide curriculum linked worksheets to assist visiting groups in integrating outdoor learning with classroom based learning before, during or after the trip.

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

We are happy for children to take photos, videos and audio recordings around our site; however we do ask that this is managed by the group leaders so that other individuals (members of other groups or within the group) who do not consent to being photographed or recorded are kept out of the images.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

The risk assessments for all activities within the centre are available in the downloads section of our website. For visiting staff wishing to arrange a pre-visit meeting please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

If you would like us to bring activities to your venue we charge £35 to come and do a risk assessment in advance of our visit.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Our Outdoor Education Development Officer is Claire Rich and can be contacted on / 0116 2681426


What does it cost?

Our price varies seasonally; most of our activities are £55 November to February, £60 in October and March and £85 April to September. Some of our high ropes activities are charged at an additional premium. This price is per group of 10 per 90 minute session.


Is specific clothing required?

Children need to wear clothes they can move in (PE kit is ideal) plus additional warm and waterproof layers in the colder months. If you’re visiting us for a water based activity we recommend bringing a full change of clothes and a towel. For fencing, long trousers are required. The centre provides all activity specific equipment, and has a small supply of spare waterproofs in case anyone forgets.


Do you have first aid on site?

All our instructing staff and office staff are first aid qualified.


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

As well as all our activities, our site provides a great location for environmental studies, with hedgerows, meadows, marshland, a pond and the river bank there’s loads of space for fieldwork and plenty to discover. We have indoor classrooms and a sheltered outdoor classroom area for groups to use, hot and cold drinks machines, and changing rooms and showers for when the group get a little too muddy. There’s plenty of space for eating packed lunches.


Are there disabled facilities?

We are able to take disabled participants on most of our activities- please call us to discuss your specific needs. For our low mobility participants, we have a hoist to easily get into and out of boats, as well as aids to assist paddling, a system to get to the top of our tower for zipline and abseil activities, and can run archery, rifles and fencing as seated options.

Our staff have a wealth of experience at instructing, coaching and assisting participants with learning disabilities, whether in mainstream education or within specialist provision to ensure that everyone gets as much out of visiting our centre as possible.


What are your opening days and hours?

We are open 7 days a week, closing only for Easter day and a few days across Christmas and New Year. The office is manned a minimum of 9-6 Monday to Saturday and 10-4 Sunday, and we run weekday evening and weekend sessions so often have staff in the office outside these times.


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

Gita Patel (Head Teacher) Shenton Primary School

•    The quality of writing that the children produced after their visits was fantastic, their vocabulary choices in particular stood out. Class teachers and some visiting Ofsted inspectors, commented on the quality of the work.

Nik Dean (Teacher) Medway School

•    I hope we can do more projects at LOPC. The staff were humourous, encouraging and patient giving a brilliant experience for all the children involved.

Liz Clarke (PE Teacher) New College

•    The young people have absolutely loved there time at LOPC and so did I…. after I’d done plenty of screaming! Many thanks to the team at LOPC, they were fantastic with the pupils. We will definitely be returning in the future.

Sara McAdam (Deputy Head Teacher) Willowbrook Primary School

•    We were thrilled with the opportunities our children had on the recent initiative at the LOPC.

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

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Climbing Environment Centres High Ropes Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips School Tour Operators Team Building Water Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship English Geography Mathematics PE Science

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

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