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Imagination and Curiosity – English and the Arts - Exploring the power of imagination and how it can be harnessed to change the world

People and the Planet – Science and Geography - Empowering young people to play an active role in creating a sustainable future

Breakthroughs and Discoveries – STEM and History - Investigating the moments of genius that have enabled humanity to progress

Journeys and Adventures – PSHE & Skills Development - Celebrating the broadening of horizons and stepping outside of your comfort zone

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Cumbria Outdoors: Hawse End Centre

Portinscale, Keswick, CA12 5UE. England

Situated in The Lake District; a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, Cumbria Outdoors have three operational centres, superbly located on the shores of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake, surrounded by the northern fells. 

If you are looking as a school, family or adult group they have something to offer everyone. Enjoy a variety of activities including canoe rafting, mountain walks, ghyll scrambling, archery, bushcraft, abseiling, caving and much more! 

Venue resources

Check List PDF 0.13MB Download
Risk Assessment PDF 0.12MB Download
Parent Letter Template PDF 0.18MB Download
Amplification Toolkit PDF 0.88MB Download
Journeys & Adventures Content 7-11 ZIP 12.2MB Download
Journeys & Adventures Content 11-14 ZIP 12.2MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download

Looking for a bursary to support your trip?

We know that funding a school trip isn’t always easy. If you are looking for help with costs, you can apply for the Great British School Trip bursary. This can help with the cost of travel or entry tickets to any Great British School Trip partner venue.

Simply fill in our bursary form and let us know how we might help.

Venue Info

Venue Info

Low season (Nov – Feb) A group of 30 children, 3 adults doing a 2-night, 3-day residential with activities total prices from £135 per child.

Peak season (May – July) A group of 30 children, 3 adults doing a 2-night, 3-day residential with activities total prices from £180 per child.

Day visit (all year round) A half day from £24.00, full day £38.50 Adults Residential; 1 free staff member/adult per 10 children.

Scarness Campsite £10.50 per person per night

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John Muir Award

Cumbria Outdoors in collaboration with The Foundation for Common Land are supporting young people to complete The John Muir Discovery Award at hugely subsidised rates.
The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.
Programme is suitable for Primary, Secondary and SEND pupils with appropriate outdoors and conservation activities taking place during a residential experience at Hawse End Centre or Cottage.
Offered during the Autumn and Spring Term 2023/24.

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Venue Details



Portinscale, Keswick
CA12 5UE. England

Opening Hours

All year, week days and weekends.