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Lake District adventure


  • Located on the shores of lake windermere

  • excellent choice of adventurous activities including 7 watersports

  • bespoke itineraries to suit your objectives

  • 100 acres of ancient woodland with onsite crags, the fells on the doorstep & 1/2 mile lake frontage

Nestled within 100 acres of ancient woodland on the shores of Lake Windermere, Lakeside is an idyllic place for young people to learn and challenge themselves through outdoor adventure.


Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Lakeside offers a diverse range of adventurous activities right from the doorstep. For more than 60 years, their friendly team of qualified instructors have been providing fun, engaging and challenging experiences with a keen focus on learning outside the classroom.

Experience a fantastic choice of activities including seven water sports on Lake Windemere, on-site rock climbing on 3 crags, access to fells straight from the door and so much more!

Having recently had a £7million renovation, you can expect modern dormitory accommodation and home cooked meals. 

Open all year round, this 250 bed centre is ideal for your next school residential. 

Children canoeing on Lake Windermere
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The location and size of Lakeside means you're spoilt for choice when it comes to activities here with over 40 activities on offer!


There are 7 water sports, 3 crags for climbing, fells on the doorstep and lots of other onsite activities to enjoy. Below are just a few of the activities on offer at Lakeside and for the full list, click the button below to download the PDF which tells you all about each activity. Let us know your preferences on booking and we will do our very best to get your favourites on to your itinerary. 

Sample programmes

Lakeside have a range of programmes for KS2 and KS3. Please choose from the following to download the appropriate sample programme for your school.  


A typical day at Lakeside involves breakfast, followed by a morning activity (either 1 x 3 hour activity, or 2 x 1.5 hour activities), lunch, an afternoon activity (1 x 3 hour or 2 x 1.5 hours), dinner, and a 1.5 hour evening activity.

key stage 2 sample programmes


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sleep in state of the art dorm accommodation

Architecturally designed to ‘disappear’ into the landscape and with stunning views of England’s largest lake and the rolling Lake District mountains; Lakeside's state-of-the-art Stoller building was opened after a £7 million revamp. Lakeside's eco-friendly accommodation building offers 280 beds in 54 ensuite bedrooms. With 8 private wings across 2 floors, each with their own drying rooms; it’s the perfect setting regardless of your group size!

The Stoller building offers 54 ensuite bedrooms, with 8 separate wings. Each wing comes with its own private access and drying room. The building also has 6 group rooms, dining room, visiting leaders’ room, shop and first aid room. With panoramic views of Lake Windermere, the dining room is the heart of the building and is shared with multiple guests. The Lakeside team manage this with visiting leader supervision and set dining times allocated upon arrival.

Each wing has 1 twin teacher room, with an additional 2 teacher bedrooms on the ground floor.

Facilities include: 

  • Communal Wi-Fi

  • Power sockets

  • Ensuite bedrooms

  • Bedding provided (with kids learning the art of making their own beds!)

  • Visiting leaders’ room with communal fridge, microwave and tea and coffee making facilities

  • 6 group rooms

  • Basketball court and field located directly outside the building

  • Shop


Home Cooked Meals 

Enjoy 3 home cooked, freshly prepared meals daily, with a choice of hot or cold breakfast, and two hot choices for lunch and dinner daily, with dessert for lunch and dinner! With advanced notice, Lakeside can also cater to all dietary requirements.

Photo of Lakeside in the Lake District, Windermere
Canteen in the Lake District
Dormitory room at Lakeside in the Lake District

what makes this trip special? 

Beautiful blue water of Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park, South Lakeland

location, location, location

It really doesn't get much better than this! Located on the shores of Lake Windermere (England's largest lake), surrounded by fells and woodland, this is a magnificent setting for a school adventure. 


over 40 activities!

With seven water sports on offer, crags for climbing, fells for walking and an array of other on & offsite activities, you really are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities here. 


open all year round

Open all year round, you can visit Lakeside at a time that suits your school and budget. Take advantage of the cheaper off peak period or the sunnier summer months. With warm indoor accommodation, this adventure is great whatever the weather!

location, location, location

Nestled in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Lakeside is perfectly situated due to its:


  • Lake district location

  • On-site rock-climbing crags

  • ½ mile lake frontage with 7 water sport activities to choose from

  • Access to local fells straight from our door

  • Convenient location near High Dam, a historical dam built to serve the Bobbin Mill.

  • Given the size and location of the site, once you have arrived, there is no need to leave for activities until its time to go home. No minibus use contributes to sustainability and less time travelling during your stay.


what teacher's say!

“Course instructors had fabulous relationships with pupils. I know already that so many positive reports have gone home to parents. Our pupils have loved being here and we are really happy with everything - thank you!”


Angie Rogers (Urmston Grammar School)


“The children achieved so much and their self-confidence grew through the power of teamwork and resilience. We cannot wait to return next year so more pupils can experience the magic of Lakeside.”


Louisa Martin, Deputy Headteacher, Trinity St Peter’s Primary School, Formby

“Lakeside was the perfect place to take our 90 Year 12 students. Over the two days they became much more confident, developed new friendship groups and became genuinely more caring for each other. I do not think anywhere more suitable can possibly exist.”


Alan Corner, Head of Sixth Form, Bede Academy, Blyth, Northumberland

“This was our fifth year at Lakeside and every year the students have a fantastic time and want to return when in Year 13! It is superb value for money and I would recommend Lakeside without hesitation.”


Sharon Minta, Bridgewater School, Manchester

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