Outdoor centres and services

There are a variety of services to provide opportunities for outdoor learning ranging from week-long residentials to day or part day visits and incorporating programmes of activity which can also be delivered at our near school sites.

Ingleborough Hall

A large outdoor education centre situated within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Ingleborough Hall
North Yorkshire
Telephone: 01524 251265

Buckden House Outdoor Education Centre

A converted manor house in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Buckden House
North Yorkshire
BD23 5JA
Telephone: 01756 760254

Nell Bank

Nell Bank is in Ilkley and provides day and residential experiences for schools and community groups across the full age and ability range.

Nell Bank Centre
Denton Road
LS29 0DE
Telephone: 01943 602032
Website: www.nellbank.com

Doe Park Water Activities Centre

At Doe Park reservoir in Denholme.

Doe Park Water Activities Centre
Foster Park View
BD13 4LN
Telephone: 01274 833826
Website: www.bradford.gov.uk/doepark

The Adventure Activities Development Unit

A team of peripatetic instructors based in Baildon.

Adventure Activities Development Unit
Baildon Recreation Centre
Green Lane
BD17 5JH
Telephone: 01274 435494
Website: www.bradford.gov.uk/adventure

When are the centres open?

The residential centres are open term times with weekend and holiday bookings by arrangement.

The water activities centre is open April to October, though activities can be organised at other times by arrangement.

Bracken Hall centre has limited hours of opening for visitors. Tours and walks for school and other groups by arrangement.

The Adventure Activities Development Unit has year round availability, and can offer activity programmes on school sites and at other district locations.

In all cases, contact the centres directly to discuss availability and negotiate programmes etc.

What activities are available?

Activities include:

  • abseiling 
  • archery 
  • bushcraft 
  • canoeing 
  • climbing wall 
  • caving 
  • environmental challenge 
  • gorge scrambling 
  • high ropes 
  • improvised raft building 
  • low ropes 
  • mountain walking 
  • mountain biking 
  • nature studies 
  • orienteering 
  • pond dipping 
  • problem solving 
  • rock climbing 
  • sailing

All activities delivered by appropriately competent and experienced instructors.

The residential centres can also act as an accommodation base for school led activities including walking, village studies, music and drama rehearsals etc.

Who can use the Outdoor Centres and Services?

Primarily the children and young people of Bradford District, though services available at times to other users.

Contact individual centres and services to register an interest, and discuss options and availability.


Prices are available upon application. Prices will vary depending on pupil numbers, duration of the programme and the number of instructors required.

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Contact details

Jim Hughes, Policy Development Officer (Educational Visits)
Children's Services
City Of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Margaret McMillan Tower
Princes Way

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