1,000 Fully-Funded Days of Adventure

1000 days of adventure

We're taking back our summer...

We’re squeezing 1,000 days of adventure into the 31 days of August to help give 11-17 year olds the summer they deserve. The summer they need. To be more than they think.

It’s been many months since the UK first went into lockdown and since then, we've spent more time indoors than ever before.

As we navigate our way out of lockdown, we’re giving young people the opportunity to grab some outdoor adventure - Outward Bound style - this August.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters during this time of uncertainty, we can provide 1,000 fully-funded outdoor Adventure Days for young people, for those eligible for free school meals and the young people who need this the most.

*We are working towards running our Adventure Days in Wales if the current Government guidance allows us to.

Our Outward Bound Adventure Days are also open to all 11-17 year olds, no matter your circumstances - all we ask is for a small payment of £30 to help cover the cost.

Taking place in the stunning and wild spaces around our secluded centre in the Lake District this is a chance for young people to focus on their mental wellbeing.

This is a time for safe social interaction, to make new friends, have a break from screens – and perhaps most importantly – to have some fun in a safe, outdoor environment.

It's what our young people need right now.

Apply for your place today
What activities will I be doing?

You Adventure Day will include a range of different challenging activities; these are dependent on a number of things including your chosen centre, the weather that day and your group's appetite for adventure.

Adventure Days may consist of one or more activities. To give you a flavour, adventures may involve:

  • Land-based activities, such as hill walking, rock climbing, abseiling and orienteering
  • Water-based activities, such as canoeing, kayaking, improvised rafting and wild swimming
  • Combined water-rock activities, such as ghyll scrambling/gorge walking or a lake rock scramble with cliff jumps

We just ask for you to come prepared for a fun and challenging day by keeping an open mind as to what exactly you will be doing. By the time you arrive your instructor will have considered the best options and planned a full day of adventure.

What dates do you have available?

Our Adventure Days are taking place every day from 3 to 30 August 2020 at Ullswater.

You will be able to see our latest availability when you apply using the application form. However, any availability indicated here is a guide only as dates are being updated on a regular basis as applications come in.

When you apply, you will be asked for your preferred dates and then these will be confirmed after submission.

I need transport to get to your centre, can you help?

Outward Bound is unable to provide transport to and from our centre. However, if you live in Cumbria and need support in travelling to and from Ullswater, Cumbria County Council will be able to help you with this.

To organise, let us know by emailing enquiries@outwardbound.org.uk and we will put you in touch with the relevant contact at Cumbria County Council.

Can I attend more than one Adventure Day?

Yes. You could come for one day or up to 7 days if there is availability. You don't need to come for consecutive days either.

You will be asked your preferred dates when you apply.

Can I book for a group of young people?

Unfortunately not. We are only taking individual bookings for our Adventure Days. If you wish to book with a friend it would be best to complete both young people's names on the same application ( you can book up to three young people on the application form).

I don't live close to your centre, can I stay overnight?

No, unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we are unable to offer any overnight accommodation in our centres, including camping in our grounds.

What kit and clothing do I need to bring with me?

You do not need to bring any specialist kit with you as that will all be provided. Bring with you the right clothing to allow you to take part in a range of activities:

Arrive wearing a swimsuit or shorts under your clothes so that you are ready for any water-based activities.

Bring a pair of trainers that you can get wet. You will need shoes with a decent hard sole that offer protection around the whole foot and will not fall off when doing activities. Please don't bring sandals, flip flops or water shoes as they do not offer enough protection.

A towel and a spare change of clothes.

Walking boots, long thick socks, a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, and a warm jacket or jumper. If you do not have walking boots and waterproofs, we can supply, but in response to COVID-19 guidelines, it is preferable you bring your own if possible. Make sure you still bring a long pair of thick socks and a warm top.

Avoid cotton clothing as much as possible as it is very ineffective when wet – it is heavy, uncomfortable and offers very little warmth. Synthetic clothing, like football tops or fleeces, works much better (as does some wool clothing).

Wear long clothing. It is necessary you are in a pair of full-length trousers and a long-sleeve top, even on the hottest of days. The thin long-sleeve top will help protect against the sun and long trousers, if out on the hill, will help protect against the risk of tick bites (your instructor will brief you about ticks as necessary).

Bring a hat (or two). If it's looking like it will be sunny and hot, bring a sun hat. Or if it's more likely to be wet and windy bring a warm hat. Not sure what it is going to be like? Bring both.

A rucksack and a couple of plastic bags. Plastic bags will help to keep the contents of your rucksack dry on activities and are useful to put anything you don’t need in to leave at the centre.

Please ensure you also bring a face covering and hand sanitizer in case these are needed.

- How to prepare for your Adventure Day

Will food be provided? 

No food will be provided as part of our Adventure Days due to the current COVID-19 guidelines.

All participants will need to bring their own packed lunch, as well as a bottle of water; a litre bottle is recommended. There will be the opportunity to refill your bottle at times during the day.

Please avoid bringing food with nuts in as there may be participants with severe allergies to nuts.

What time do the Adventure Days start and finish?

Our Adventure Days will start at 9.30am and finish at 4pm.

We need participants to arrive at 9.15am to allow for Coronavirus screening and confirmation of emergency contact details. Full information will be provided when your place has been confirmed.

What are you doing to minimise the risk of COVID-19?

We are committed to minimising the risk of spreading the virus and are putting in the safety measures so we can work with young people again. We are continuing to monitor the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and have put together a document that explains how we will adapt and continue to do this in a safe and appropriate way.

What do I do if I live in an area with specific/further restrictions in regards to COVID-19?

If you have booked onto an Adventure Day, please check the latest government COVID-19 guidance before you arrive. If you are from an area that is subject to further restrictions, unfortunately, you may not be able to take part depending on the guidance given.

If you are from an area with further restrictions, please get in touch with us as soon as possible by emailing enquiries@outwardbound.org.uk.

How many participants will there be in a group?

We are currently working towards having a group size of seven: six participants to one instructor.

The group will have the same instructor for the duration of the day.

Where is your Ullswater centre? How do I get there?

Our Ullswater centre is located in Cumbria.

You can find out more information about where our centres are located, including full addresses and directions, on our Ullswater centre page.

Do you accept childcare vouchers?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept childcare vouchers towards payment of our Adventure Days.

I'm eligible for free school meals, why do I need to pay a £10 deposit?

A £10 refundable deposit is taken to ensure all young people who are booked onto a funded Adventure Day are fully committed so that they turn up or let us know if they're unable to come within 7 days so we can reassign their place to someone else who needs it.

You will receive a refund of your deposit within 28 days of attending the Adventure Day.

I'm eligible for Pupil Premium or Pupil Equity Fund, do I need to pay £30 or am I eligible for a funded place?

If you are eligible for Pupil Premium or Pupil Equity Fund, you will not need to pay £30, just the £10 refundable deposit.

My child isn't in mainstream education or requires 1:1 support, can they attend?

No, unfortunately, we are unable to offer places to anyone requiring 1:1 support or not in mainstream education on our Adventure Days. This due to the limitations placed on us by Coronavirus guidelines.


All our Outward Bound Adventure Days in August will be run in line with the latest COVID-19 government guidelines.

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