Crowden Outdoor Education Centre Derbyshire

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East Midlands

Crowden in Longendale, , Derbyshire, SK13 1HZ

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8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Located in the Peak District National Park Crowden Outdoor Education Centre provides high quality outdoor education either on a residential or day activity basis. The instructors are all qualified and experienced outdoor practitioners

Listed under: English | Water Sports | Team Building | Outdoor Pursuits | Outdoor Education | Climbing, High Ropes & Zipwires | Outdoor Residential Centres | Accommodation & Residential | PE (Physical Education/Sport) | Mathematics | Geography | Climbing Centres

What we offer

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.

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 makes us a great choice?

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.

Accreditation and Awards

AALA Licenced Provider: Provider Reference No: R0411

What is typically included?

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

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.

Group Sizes Catered For

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

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes, no restrictions.

Risk Assessment Details

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.

Education Officer Information

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

Pricing Information

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.

Clothing Requirements

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

First Aid Information

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.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

The Centre building is fully accessible. Please contact us to discuss particular needs.

Opening Hours & Information

The Centre is open all year.


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

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