Allendale, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 9NN

Adventure Residentials

Learning Outside the Classroom

Take your group out of their comfort zone - and into the wild

Northumberland Adventure Centre Ltd offers a huge range of activities at a wide range of residential and day venues. We will organise a safe, educational, fun and memorable trip for your group.


Fully Catered Adventure Residentials

Schools and Youth Groups

Learning Outcomes and Curriculum

Our 2, 3 or 4 night residentials with a full activity program and catered from start to finish can even include pick up and drop off from your school or base – a complete package that takes care of every aspect of your residential. We tailor the program to suit either the younger year groups, year 3-6, age 7-11, or older youth and school groups, year 7+ aged 12+ teenagers.

An example timetable for a three day residential can look like this:


Day One

9:00 Collection from school at 9am with our mini-buses or coach

9:30 Arrive in Allendale around 10-10:30am, welcome & health and safety brief, snack and refreshments, room allocation

11:30 Onsite Orienteering Challenge within our 8 acre woodland

12:30 Lunch, depending on the time of year, soup & sandwiches, hot dogs, fruit are typically amongst the menu

1:15 Teambuilding and Problem Solving Tasks as well as our famous tree platform abseil on site (Round Robin in teams of 8-12)

4:30 Review of the day, preview of evening activity and the next day

5:00 Free time / diary time

6:00 Evening meal (two course, home cooked, we cater for all common
dietary requirements and a number of less well-known ones too)

7:00 Nightwalk, Bonfire, Search and Rescue Mission, Search &
Evade Fell Game, Indoor Olympics, BECKs Maze - choose your favourite evening activity

9:00 Hot drink & a biscuit before bedtime

Day Two

The full day on a three day residential usually includes a trip to
our climbing and watersports venue Sweethope Loughs and Great Wanneys Crags, a 40 minute drive from Allendale - we spend the entire day bouldering, climbing, abseiling, then canoeing and
finish off with a raft building race. There are picnic tables and
toilets at Sweethope, which makes for a comfortable lunchstop. At
approx. 4:30pm it is time to head back to Allendale for a shower, change and two course meal followed by another evening activity,
quite often the 2nd night lends itself to games around the bonfire and a
nightline or bushcraft session, followed by a preview of the following
day and a hot drink & biscuit.

Day Three

8:00 Breakfast, continental followed by a Full English buffet cooked by our head of catering, Nicky

9:00 Brief meeting between instructors and visiting staff to confirm plans for the day.

9:15 Normally the chosen activity is mine exploration or ghyll scrambling on the day of departure, the highlight of each trip.

12:30 After an adventurous morning, all back on site for a shower, change and lunch

1:30 Review & Debrief, highlights and "Happy Endings"

2:00 Depart for home

If you opt for a longer residential, we can include navigation skills
& fell walking, bush craft, survival skills and archery, Killhope
Lead Mining Museum and extended mining trip, mountain biking and much more.

Schools and youth groups

Health & Safety and Accreditation

Northumberland Adventure Centre Ltd started as BECKs Development Training in 2005, founded by Tony and Linda Beck on the back of many years of experience in outdoor education, personal and team development training for groups, facilitating day events, residentials and expeditions.

After 15 years of trading (name change to Northumberland Adventure centre in 2019) our safety record is impeccable thanks to a stringent management of risk, the important element of experience, quality equipment and thorough planning of all activities and events, taking into consideration the nature of each group, the venue, weather, staffing and all other relevant factors.

We have been licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority since 2006, passing each inspection without comment or concern. Our license, insurance cover and further accreditation documentation can be downloaded in the footer of this page. If you have any questions or require sight of further H&S documentation, such as risk assessments, copies of instructor qualifications, training documentation or other records, please contact us directly.

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