Aldwark is ideal for water-based activities and residential training courses, or as a base for other activities.
Canoeing and Kayaking
A crew of volunteers run canoe and kayak sessions over weekends and evenings. Our enthusiastic team love to entertain the young ones, with games and river trips, along with teaching useful paddle strokes for the young people to learn and develop themselves, and also become more confident in themselves on the water. Our team have a wealth of experience, and a variety of water craft to utilise so are able to deliver fun on the water to BCU 1 star or BCU Paddlepower Passport.
Rafting is another popular activity at our centre, blending traditional Scouting skills, teamwork, and communication all together in one activity session. Once the raft is built by the group we put it into testing on water… will your raft sink or swim? Good luck and try not to get too wet!
New to the centre this summer we have created a traversing wall for groups to use whilst staying with us. Our volunteer team designed and built this as an extra to offer to groups visiting us, so please ask about this when booking for more information, and to get a chance to try it out.
Pilot Boat Trips for Groups
We offer a great day out on the river for a groups of up to 10, including leaders. We can also incorporate Pilot Boat cruises into your weekend stay, or your day visit. Please enquire when placing a booking for more details.
We can now offer Archery to all groups visiting the centre.
We have a couple of options for our new Archery activity dependent on what type of group you are.
- For groups without an archery permitted leader (holding a Scout Activity Permit) we are offering half day sessions, morning or afternoon for £60 per session. We can accommodate approximately 30 people in a session, in groups of a maximum of 12 people at a time in rotation.
- For groups with an archery scout permitted leader we are able to hire out equipment for you to be able to run this activity independently. Equipment his is charged at £15 per hour,
Exotic Mobile Zoo
Our external contact offers a 90 minute lecture which is all hands on for the audience. Our expert talks about the animals they have allowing them to be held and/or touched by the audience. Some of their largest reptiles are snakes; an eight foot long Boa Constrictor, and another is a 12 foot long Burmese Python – maybe this will fascinate your young people.
If you are interested in adding this at some point during your weekend with us please contact the booking secretary so they can organise this for you. The lecture costs £100 for up to 60 people, for larger numbers the price will vary and will be advised once confirmed numbers are given.
- Half Day (3 hours) – £45
- Full Day (8 hours) – £100
- Full Weekends -£175
Please speak with our booking secretary to make the arrangements for you if this is something you would like to add to your stay with us.