If you and your family love spending time in the outdoors, then our Great Outdoor Adventure will be the perfect getaway for you. Channel your inner Columbus!
The first day will be spent on the lookout for wonderful wildlife so listen out for rustling in the bushes or splashes in the pond!
The following day you will be able to get off the beaten track as a family and explore the countryside as you wish. Ask your adventure leader on the best places to visit in the area! We want to hear all about it the following day on our big day out where we will be completing one of our nature spotter guides.. from ladybirds and squirrels to wildflowers and animal tracks, how many will you find?
The second part of the week will see us helping our local environment stay nature friendly by taking part in one of our conservation activities, ghyll scrambling, orienteering and testing our survival skills!
Our evenings will be just as fun and adventurous as we will be taking part in team games and heading out on a night walk, on the lookout for swooping bats.
For a full list of activities, see our timetable below. Our activities are most suitable for children aged 6 – 12 however younger and older children are welcome to join in. Children should be accompanied by a guardian on all activities.
All of our family activities are scheduled to take place outside, in line with the current government guidelines. If bad weather means that we are unable to carry out the outdoor activities, indoor activities will be available for families to take part in individually.
Tutor: Adventure Leaders
This experience will be led by our experienced and enthusiastic adventure leaders.
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Find out about our book with confidence scheme and how we will be keeping you safe.
All activities are subject to change, due to weather conditions at the time.
- Arrival and welcome to FSC Blencathra
- Mammals and Moths - Have a go at setting up humane mammal and moth traps ready for us to see what has visited us in the morning.
- Mammals and Moths - Discover what has been out at night in our centre grounds by opening up our small mammal and moth traps. Learn how traps are used for scientific monitoring and what happens with the data collected.
- Big Day Out with a Wildlife Focus - Take a walk in one of the quite parts of the Lake District going through forests, valleys and over a hill. Can we see red squirrels, deer, birds of prey? (we will choose a location based on group ability and weather)
- Team games - Test your balance, speed, agility against each other
- Free Day - get off the beaten track as a family and explore! There is a wide range of local, outdoor adventures to be had. More info is available through the centre.
- Conservation Activities - Help looks after the national park with a morning of conservation e.g. habitat management, invasive plant removal
- Ghyll Scrambling - Scramble up Honsiter ghyll by climbing up waterfalls, crawling through tunnels and jumping into pools
- Nature Night Walk - An evening stroll around the grounds looking for signs of night-time wildlife. Set some mammal traps ready for the following morning session, then find out what it’s like to be a bat and hopefully hear some different species of bats using a bat detector.
- Orienteering and Bushcraft - Test your survival skills by navigating, building shelters and a campfire in the woods.
- Wave goodbye!
Before You Attend
What to bring
- Waterproof coat
- Comfortable shoes
- Lunch box
- Water bottle
- Sun cream
- Sun hat
- Please bring plenty of extra layers and spare clothes, you never know what the weather will be like!