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Education Programmes

Residential and day visits in the stunning Kielder Water & Forest Park. Our innovative programmes encourage children, young people and students of all abilities to learn more about themselves, build confidence and self-esteem through challenging and adventurous activities. We work in partnership with the Kielder Observatory to offer unique and enlightening dark skies experiences.

Action & Adventure

An action-packed programme of land and water based activities plus fully accessible and catered on-site accommodation. Our team will tailor an overnight or multi day programme of exhilarating, fun and challenging activities.

Space & Adventure

This innovative and exciting programme, combines challenging and adventurous outdoor activities with an educational dark skies experience. Packages include fully accessible and catered on-site accommodation and challenging activities at Calvert Kielder plus an opportunity to visit and work with the team of passionate astronomers at the Kielder Observatory.

Field Trips

Our centre is the perfect base from which to explore Kielder Water & Forest Park’s unique manmade environment and Northumberland National Park, the most northerly, most remote from large urban areas, least visited and least populated of the 11 National Parks of England and Wales. The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park boasts the largest area of protected night sky in Europe. Students can earn about the park’s wildlife corridors, astronomy, geography, geoscience and structural engineering. We offer catered accommodation and break out meeting or classroom areas for students to record their findings and prepare their presentations.

Day Visits

Visit for the day and experience the Kielder ZipCoaster, Europe’s 1st AvatarOne™, dare to fly on the King Swing or relish the confidence that comes from mastering the 15 metre High Ropes Course. Choose from our range of exhilarating activities and packages. Enjoy a freshly prepared meal in our dining room or bring your own packed lunch.

Help bring the water vole back to Kielder. The water vole – made famous through the ‘Ratty’ character in the Wind in the Willows children’s story – was once a familiar sight on our local waterways but sadly numbers have declined dramatically in recent years. The Northumberland Wildlife Trust is currently involved in a project to restore water vole populations into the Kielder catchment of the north Tyne, with a view to their eventual spread throughout the catchment and surrounding areas, and your school could get involved.

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Activity Options

Our programmes are flexible to suit your requirements. Our Activities Team will work with you to create a programme to meet your needs; available activities include:
  • Abseiling
  • All Aboard
  • Archery
  • Axe Throwing
  • Canoeing
  • Crate Stacking
  • Geocaching & Orienteering
  • CBS High Ropes Course
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Jacobs Ladder
  • Sit-on-top Kayaking
  • Kielder ZipCoaster
  • King Swing
  • Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Leap of Faith
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • The Rack
  • Velcro Olympics
  • Zip Wire

Accommodation & Facilities

Our fully accessible accommodation is on-site and includes; access to free WiFi, use of the hydrotherapy pool and access to our bar. Menu options are available; our chefs cater for all dietary requirements and tastes.

Safety & Staffing

For your peace of mind, we are registered with AALS (Adventure Activities Licensing Service) and are a member of the IOL (Institute of Outdoor Learning). All activities are led by experienced and qualified instructors, who hold National Governing Body Qualifications including RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and British Canoeing. Our staff have undertaken specialist training in running safe activities for those with different abilities. All staff are fully Enhanced DBS checked and Calvert Kielder is registered with the Care Quality Commission.

Risk assessments and insurance information are available and we welcome pre-stay visits to help with your planning.

How to Book

We are flexible and can arrange bespoke programmes to accommodate your requirements. For enquiries please call our team on 01434 250232, email or fill in the enquiry form below.

We are available to visit schools, colleges and universities to discuss and present our programmes. Booking terms & conditions apply.

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