Visit Kielder

Learning Venues

Calvert Trust Kielder

“We know what we want - people to really love life, to delight in new experiences and to gain reward from being challenged.”

Situated in a 40-acre woodland site within touching distance of Kielder Water, Calvert Trust Kielder has over 25 years of providing excellent, tailor-mad outdoor multi-activity days or residential breaks. We welcome guests of all abilities.

Enjoy the exhilaration and excitement of a wide range of activities which will help you conquer your fears, have some fun or simply relax the in beautiful surroundings. You'll be amazed at what you CAN do; from water-sports such as canoeing and kayaking, to climbing, abseiling, bushcraft and team building activities.

  Age group

  5 years+

  Opening times

  Mid-January to early December

  Catering

  Full board/ packed lunches available

  Accommodation

  Yes (minimum two nights)

  Access for all

  Providing services for disabled visitors is a particular area of focus

  Led activities

  Team building, bushcraft, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, night walks, archery, abseiling, king-swing, orienteering, motor boat, high ropes,   low ropes, gold buggies, climbing, zip wire

  Contact

  enquiries@calvert-kielder.com

  Website

  www.calvert-trust.org.uk/kielder

 Download

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Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre

Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre is perfect for those looking for an amazing outdoor experience, especially if you want to make the most of being on the water.

Owned and run by The Scout Association, Hawkhirst is set in 70 acres of coniferous forest on the shoreline of Kielder Water. The Centre offers not only a range of exciting water-based activities such as canoeing, kayaking and sailing, but also many land-based activities perfect for any type of group. These include a brand new climbing tower, Jacob’s ladder, and a thrilling zip wire through the trees.  In addition, on offer is a full programme of environmental education and bushcraft-related activities.

The Centre’s specialist instructors are skilled at working with group leaders, teachers and organisers to plan the perfect visit. With options including self or full programme, where staff will work with you as little or as much as you need, you can be assured that your visit will suit perfectly your group’s requirements, objectives and skill levels.

  Age group

  Any (specifically focussed on school/youth, Scout and Guide groups)

  Opening times

  All year

  Catering

  Yes. Fully catered on-site

  Accommodation

  Yes. Wide range from camping to self-catering and full board in our on-site lodges

  Access for all

  All activities are accessible but not all accommodation

  Led activities

  Bushcraft, environmental education, minibeast hunt, pond dipping, sailing, bell boating, canoeing, raft-building, kayaking, launch trips, crate stacking, orienteering, sensory trail, hike routes, climbing, abseiling, archery, Jacob’s Ladder, pioneering, shelter building, backwoods cooking, zip wire

  Contact

  hawkhirst.sac@scouts.org.uk

  Website

  www.scoutactivitycentres.org.uk/locations/hawkhirst

  Download

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Kielder Castle

KielderCastle, the former eighteenth century hunting lodge of the Duke of Northumberland turned visitor centre, provides the base for learning visits to the wider forest. Working in partnership with Forestry Commission England, two learning providers offer a full range of curriculum-linked activities for schools and other groups.

Northern Education for Sustainability (NEST) is a not-for-profit social enterprise working with schools and other groups to raise awareness of the environment, environmental issues and to promote ‘positive personal action’. Full Earth Education programmes are on offer, as well as Forest Schools, Bushcraft Schools, minibeasts, pond dipping and forest ecology. All schools are accommodated, with primary age children a particular focus.

  Age group

  Any

  Opening times

  All year

  Catering

  No (arrangements for packed lunches can be made through Kielder Castle Café)

  Accommodation

  No. Nearby group accommodation available at Kielder Campsite and Kielder Youth Hostel

  Access for all

  Please discuss your requirements on application

  Led activities

  Earth Education, Bushcraft, ForestSchool, Minibeasts, Woodland ecology, River/Pond studies, Forestry

  Contact

  enquiries@nest-cic.org.uk

  Website

  www.nest-cic.org.uk

  Download

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  Image

  Education visit_NEST.jpg

 

For secondary and further education groups, Albion Outdoors offers a wide package of ecology, biology and geography field studies sessions, taking advantage of Kielder’s wide variety of habitats. Both day visits and residential courses available. 

  Age group

  Any

  Opening times

  All year

  Catering

  Yes

  Accommodation

  Yes (including The Boe Rigg, Kielder Youth Hostel and Hawkhirst Scout Centre)

  Access for all

  Please discuss your requirements on application

  Led activities

  Ecology, biology and geography field studies

  Contact

  info@albionoutdoors.co.uk

  Website

  www.albionoutdoors.co.uk

  Download

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  Image

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Kielder Observatory

Literally an out-of-this-world experience! The observatory sits high above the NorthTyneValley and takes advantage of some of the darkest skies in the country. A beautiful site in the daytime and even more spectacular at night, a visit to the observatory is a must for any group undertaking astronomy studies or those wanting to expand their horizons to galactic levels.

  Age group

  5+

  Opening times

  All year

  Catering

  None onsite

  Accommodation

  None onsite

  Access for all

  Viewing areas are fully accessible

  Led activities

  All aspects of astronomy from solar observing to night-time star gazing.

  Contact

  chairman@kielderobservatory.org

  Website

  www.kielderobservatory.org

  Download

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  Image

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Kielder Waterside

Operating out of Kielder Waterside, Northumberland Wildlife Trust provide led sessions for groups exploring the wide range of habitats at hand in the park. From pond dipping at Bakethin Nature Reserve to searching for a glimpse of the iconic but illusive red squirrel, all aspects of wildlife studies for KS1 to KS4 are covered.

If you are after something a little more ‘hands on’ from your visit to Kielder Water and Forest Park, practical conservation activities can be arranged where you can help NWT staff make a difference. All tools and instruction are provided.

  Age group

  Any

  Opening times

  All year

  Catering

  Can be arranged through Boat Inn Restaurant (Leaplish) or Duke’s Pantry (KielderCastle)

  Accommodation

  None onsite

  Access for all

  Yes, including wildlife viewing hides and pond dipping platforms

  Led activities

  Pond dipping, squirrel walks, minibeasts, Earth Education, bird watching, practical conservation work

  Contact

  jason.gaskell@northwt.org.uk

  Website

  www.nwt.org.uk

  Download

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  Image

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The Kielder Wave Chamber
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Learning Venues

Calvert Trust Kielder

“We know what we want - people to really love life, to delight in new experiences and to gain reward from being challenged.”

Situated in a 40-acre woodland site within touching distance of Kielder Water, Calvert Trust Kielder has over 25 years of providing excellent, tailor-mad outdoor multi-activity days or residential breaks. We welcome guests of all abilities.

Enjoy the exhilaration and excitement of a wide range of activities which will help you conquer your fears, have some fun or simply relax the in beautiful surroundings. You'll be amazed at what you CAN do; from water-sports such as canoeing and kayaking, to climbing, abseiling, bushcraft and team building activities.

  Age group

  5 years+

  Opening times

  Mid-January to early December

  Catering

  Full board/ packed lunches available

  Accommodation

  Yes (minimum two nights)

  Access for all

  Providing services for disabled visitors is a particular area of focus

  Led activities

  Team building, bushcraft, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, night walks, archery, abseiling, king-swing, orienteering, motor boat, high ropes,   low ropes, gold buggies, climbing, zip wire

  Contact

  enquiries@calvert-kielder.com

  Website

  www.calvert-trust.org.uk/kielder

 Download

 None

  Image

  TH16102011-KielderWeekend-20.jpg

 

Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre

Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre is perfect for those looking for an amazing outdoor experience, especially if you want to make the most of being on the water.

Owned and run by The Scout Association, Hawkhirst is set in 70 acres of coniferous forest on the shoreline of Kielder Water. The Centre offers not only a range of exciting water-based activities such as canoeing, kayaking and sailing, but also many land-based activities perfect for any type of group. These include a brand new climbing tower, Jacob’s ladder, and a thrilling zip wire through the trees.  In addition, on offer is a full programme of environmental education and bushcraft-related activities.

The Centre’s specialist instructors are skilled at working with group leaders, teachers and organisers to plan the perfect visit. With options including self or full programme, where staff will work with you as little or as much as you need, you can be assured that your visit will suit perfectly your group’s requirements, objectives and skill levels.

  Age group

  Any (specifically focussed on school/youth, Scout and Guide groups)

  Opening times

  All year

  Catering

  Yes. Fully catered on-site

  Accommodation

  Yes. Wide range from camping to self-catering and full board in our on-site lodges

  Access for all

  All activities are accessible but not all accommodation

  Led activities

  Bushcraft, environmental education, minibeast hunt, pond dipping, sailing, bell boating, canoeing, raft-building, kayaking, launch trips, crate stacking, orienteering, sensory trail, hike routes, climbing, abseiling, archery, Jacob’s Ladder, pioneering, shelter building, backwoods cooking, zip wire

  Contact

  hawkhirst.sac@scouts.org.uk

  Website

  www.scoutactivitycentres.org.uk/locations/hawkhirst

  Download

  None

  Image

  Hawkhirst-99.jpg

 

Kielder Castle

KielderCastle, the former eighteenth century hunting lodge of the Duke of Northumberland turned visitor centre, provides the base for learning visits to the wider forest. Working in partnership with Forestry Commission England, two learning providers offer a full range of curriculum-linked activities for schools and other groups.

Northern Education for Sustainability (NEST) is a not-for-profit social enterprise working with schools and other groups to raise awareness of the environment, environmental issues and to promote ‘positive personal action’. Full Earth Education programmes are on offer, as well as Forest Schools, Bushcraft Schools, minibeasts, pond dipping and forest ecology. All schools are accommodated, with primary age children a particular focus.

  Age group

  Any

  Opening times

  All year

  Catering

  No (arrangements for packed lunches can be made through Kielder Castle Café)

  Accommodation

  No. Nearby group accommodation available at Kielder Campsite and Kielder Youth Hostel

  Access for all

  Please discuss your requirements on application

  Led activities

  Earth Education, Bushcraft, ForestSchool, Minibeasts, Woodland ecology, River/Pond studies, Forestry

  Contact

  enquiries@nest-cic.org.uk

  Website

  www.nest-cic.org.uk

  Download

  None

  Image

  Education visit_NEST.jpg

 

For secondary and further education groups, Albion Outdoors offers a wide package of ecology, biology and geography field studies sessions, taking advantage of Kielder’s wide variety of habitats. Both day visits and residential courses available. 

  Age group

  Any

  Opening times

  All year

  Catering

  Yes

  Accommodation

  Yes (including The Boe Rigg, Kielder Youth Hostel and Hawkhirst Scout Centre)

  Access for all

  Please discuss your requirements on application

  Led activities

  Ecology, biology and geography field studies

  Contact

  info@albionoutdoors.co.uk

  Website

  www.albionoutdoors.co.uk

  Download

  None

  Image

  None

 

Kielder Observatory

Literally an out-of-this-world experience! The observatory sits high above the NorthTyneValley and takes advantage of some of the darkest skies in the country. A beautiful site in the daytime and even more spectacular at night, a visit to the observatory is a must for any group undertaking astronomy studies or those wanting to expand their horizons to galactic levels.

  Age group

  5+

  Opening times

  All year

  Catering

  None onsite

  Accommodation

  None onsite

  Access for all

  Viewing areas are fully accessible

  Led activities

  All aspects of astronomy from solar observing to night-time star gazing.

  Contact

  chairman@kielderobservatory.org

  Website

  www.kielderobservatory.org

  Download

  None

  Image

  None

 

Kielder Waterside

Operating out of Kielder Waterside, Northumberland Wildlife Trust provide led sessions for groups exploring the wide range of habitats at hand in the park. From pond dipping at Bakethin Nature Reserve to searching for a glimpse of the iconic but illusive red squirrel, all aspects of wildlife studies for KS1 to KS4 are covered.

If you are after something a little more ‘hands on’ from your visit to Kielder Water and Forest Park, practical conservation activities can be arranged where you can help NWT staff make a difference. All tools and instruction are provided.

  Age group

  Any

  Opening times

  All year

  Catering

  Can be arranged through Boat Inn Restaurant (Leaplish) or Duke’s Pantry (KielderCastle)

  Accommodation

  None onsite

  Access for all

  Yes, including wildlife viewing hides and pond dipping platforms

  Led activities

  Pond dipping, squirrel walks, minibeasts, Earth Education, bird watching, practical conservation work

  Contact

  jason.gaskell@northwt.org.uk

  Website

  www.nwt.org.uk

  Download

  None

  Image

  None

 

 

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