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Bespoke Residential

Do you remember your Adventure Trip? At Real Adventure we know that the benefits of an activity programme don’t end when you leave, in fact, it’s then that they become most apparent. Many people still remember their school trip in the outdoors with fond memories. Pupils’ self-development is apparent; they discover new interests and the discipline and teamwork of the activities build on the citizenship aspect of the National Curriculum.

You know that your pupils will be safe because our staff are experienced and qualified to lead in the environments we visit – whether you’re up in the mountains to see the effects of footpath erosion or canoeing around ‘wild cat island’ on Coniston, studying the rare water plantain. We are dedicated to providing your group with the most appropriate course and we will work closely with you to make sure that this happens.

For inspiration for your course and a little insight to the type of things we have organised and run for other schools and colleges click on the Past Residential Courses page.

Low Gillerthwaite Accomodation


​Real Adventure is a mobile unit and we have the flexibility to rock up and convert any accommodation block into a fully functioning outdoor centre. We bring along all the kit, extra drying facilities (so your clothes actually dry for the next day!) food and chef with catering equipment - except the kitchen sink! We can book the accommodation for you so all you have to worry about is getting there, we can even sort out that is you wish. By not having the overheads of a centre you will be surprised at the value a bespoke package can be.

Lakes Venues

Langton Centre - Hartsop, Patterdale

Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre - Ennerdale

Rydal Hall Youth Centre - Rydal

Longsleddale Outdoor Centre - Longsleddale

Bury Jubilee - Glenridding

Isthmus Cottage - Keswick

Dales Venues

Gearstones Lodge - Ribblehead

Stackstead Farm - Ingleton

Timberlodge - Ingleton

Dalesbridge - Nr Settle

Old School Bunk house - Chapel-le-Dale

There are many more places that we have either stayed at or would like to stay at, equally you may have a place in mind. The possibilities are varied and can be suited to your needs and budget. We work with small groups of 15 to our largest group who bring 90 young people who include an overnight camping expedition. Come to us with your idea and we can make it happen.

Feeding time!


​For any residential we can provide the catering, no matter how large your group or dietary needs. Our head chef Michiel is a also a trained secondary school teacher and brings incredibly delicious home cooked meals to the table whilst educating the young people about healthy eating.

We believe that eating good quality healthy food is crucial to ensuring young people get the best experience whilst on their adventures. All the ingredients we use are fresh from the butchers, grocers and the bakery. We try to source local, organic or fair-trade products to support local businesses and cooperatives internationally.

What you can expect…

To get started - selection of cereals, porridge, toast and spreads, fruit juice, teas and fresh coffee.

Keeping going - stuff a large wholegrain roll from More? bakery with a selection of fillings including freshly roasted ham, fruit, energy bars and a tempting tray bake from Wilfs Cafe.

Afternoon warmer - once back from activities you will find a mug of delicious homemade soup and a chunk of rustic bread from More? bakery to warm you up and keep you going until tea.

Refuelling - fill you bellies with a hearty meal followed by a delicious pud to replenish energy stores for the next day.

Healthy eating on expedition.

Healthy Eating

​At Real Adventure the life skills that a young person brings away from their residential experience can be enhanced by introducing the ethos of good, healthy eating. If you wanted it including into your program then our food expert will work with a group at a time to go through the process of choosing, buying and creating good food for the rest of the team. The Group will:

  • Plan the menu for the 24 hour period
  • Go to the local butchers, market & bakers and purchase the food
  • Return, prepare and serve with the guidance of our food expert

Many people use pre-packed dinners. We hope to teach at an early age how cost effective and easy it is to create real healthy food.

John muir

The John Muir Award as part of your programme

​The award can become an integral part of your trip. It encourages participants to experience wild places and the environment to develop an awareness of and responsibility for the places we enjoy and want to protect.

Your programme can be largely based upon outdoor activities, which is what we do best! Through the use of activities such as climbing and canoeing. Your group can explore, discover and conserve their new surroundings, maintaining the main John Muir principles. The programme can be designed to offer a powerful mixture of adventure, self discovery, learning and fun. Through a wide range of activities students will discover more about themselves whilst acquiring many new skills.

Alternatively your John Muir Award can be largely based around the environment and geographical interest with elements of outdoor activities. There will be a strong focus on integrating the environment into the learning objectives and values of the course, through the incorporation of the John Muir Award and encourages people of all ages to connect, enjoy and care for wild places.

The John Muir Award can incorporated within specific areas of school study:

  • Geography
  • Environmental Studies
  • Art
  • Outdoor Education
  • Personal & Social Development

After spending years with off the peg residential courses, we finally found what we were looking for with Real Adventure (you good people). The chance to really tailor the course to suit our needs and experiences, the ability to spend a long day doing something challenging and worthwhile, not worrying about exceeding the 2.5 hour session time, and the fact that as we have progressed, with your knowledge and experience of our children, the adventure can start straight away, and not have to spend a morning making beds and doing team building activities!

We like the continuity of the staff, we love Mark’s cooking, we’re pretty keen on the flexibility that you offer us too. I like the possibility of someone really developing their kayaking skills over 4 days, I like the feeling of partnership that working with Real Adventure brings too, as we plan, do and then review the learning from adventuring on a daily basis. I actually think that using a field centre, which we have to make ours, rather than us coming to your spot, means that all sides of the experience have to own it (children, school staff, RA staff). I like the planning involved, and the outcomes: real adventures, real learning, and real food, combining to make a really good time.”

Mark Squires – Head Teacher, Selside CE Primary School

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