School holiday activities

Ready for an action packed summer in the great outdoors?

If you’re looking for fun and adventure this summer, you’ve come to the right place. Our team have been busy planning an exciting and inspiring range of experiences to get young people and their families active and in touch with nature over the school holidays. Get ready for an outdoor experience like no other!

From our Adventure Club to Family Activity Days, Pay and Play sessions to accredited sailing courses, there’s something for everyone. Join us for an unforgettable summer programme at either Bewerley Park Outdoor Education Centre in Pateley Bridge or East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre in Whitby.

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How to book

We have a new and improved booking system! Simply call 01609 797777 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or you can email outdooreducation@northyorks.gov.uk letting us know the activity, date and location and we’ll get back to you.

Take a look at what we’ve got planned below then get in touch with our friendly team.

What’s on

 

Adventure Club

Looking for something to keep your young people busy and active during the summer holidays? Our brilliant mix of land and water programmes will help them to make new friends, challenge themselves and learn a whole range of different skills. All while having lots of fun! Young people leave us with a newfound confidence and memories that will last a lifetime. Suitable for ages 8-13, Adventure Club activities could include climbing, caving, high ropes, river scrambling and water sports such as canoeing and sailing.

When

Adventure Club is running Monday to Friday for two weeks from 22 July to 2 August. Book one day or several, the choice is yours!

Where

Bewerley Park Outdoor Education Centre, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, HG3 5JB
East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre, East Barnby, Whitby, YO21 3SA

WHO

Suitable for ages 8-13

Timings

Drop off 8:30am, pick up by 4:45pm

How Much

£50 per young person per day with a 10% discount for siblings or booking more than one day.

Book Now

To book a place please contact our friendly team on 01609 797777 from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. If lines are busy you can leave a voicemail and we’ll call you back.

You can also email:

outdooreducation@northyorks.gov.uk

letting us know the activity you’d like to book, date and location and we’ll get back to you.

 

Family Activity Days

Why let the kids have all the fun? On our Family Activity Days, everyone gets a go! Make lasting memories by coming together this summer and getting stuck into a range of exciting outdoor activities. Suitable for adults with children aged 8 and upwards. See the itinerary below for what’s happening and when, though activities may vary depending on the weather.

When

Family Activity Days are running throughout July and early August.

Where

Bewerley Park Outdoor Education Centre, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, HG3 5JB
East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre, East Barnby, Whitby, YO21 3SA

WHO

Suitable for adults with children aged 8+

Timings

Start time 9:30am, finish 4pm

How Much

£40 per adult per day, £32 for young people aged 16 and under

Book Now

To book a place please contact our friendly team on 01609 797777 from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. If lines are busy you can leave a voicemail and we’ll call you back. You can also email:

outdooreducation@northyorks.gov.uk

letting us know the activity you’d like to book, date and location and we’ll get back to you.

 

Itinerary

Bewerley Park dates

  • Wednesday 24 July – high ropes, canoeing
  • Thursday 25 July – caving, paddleboarding
  • Tuesday 30 July – climbing, raft building
  • Wednesday 31 July – canoeing, high ropes

East Barnby dates 

  • Thursday 25 July – body boarding, beck scramble
  • Tuesday 30 July – paddleboarding, raft building
  • Thursday 1 August – canoe journey

Pay and Play

Adults and young people can get out on the water with friends and family to enjoy our Pay and Play canoeing sessions taking place during the school holidays. Our friendly and experienced members of staff will be on hand to advise and provide instructions, as well as ensuring you are safe at all times. Suitable for ages 12 and upwards, an adult must stay to watch the session if young people are under 14. If you do need to stay, we recommend packing refreshments.

WHEN

Pay and Play sessions are running at Bewerley Park on 24 and 31 July and at East Barnby on 25 and 26 July

WHERE

Bewerley Park Outdoor Education Centre, meet at GlasshousesEast Barnby Outdoor Education Centre, meet at Scaling Dam

WHO

Suitable for ages 12+

TIMINGS

Each day there will be two one hour morning sessions and two one hour afternoon sessions. Morning sessions are 10am to 11am and 11:30am to 12noon, afternoon sessions are 1:30pm to 2:30pm and 3pm to 4pm.

HOW MUCH

£12.50 per person per one hour session

BOOK NOW

Unfortunately there are now no Pay and Play spaces available for summer 2024. If you’d still like to make a booking with us, please check out the information on this web page for our Adventure Club, Family Activity Days or sailing courses. We’re sorry for any disappointment.

 

Sailing courses for young people

It’s anchors away at East Barnby this summer! We can help young people get the skills and experience to sail the seven seas on our accredited courses that include both practical and theoretical aspects. Suitable for ages 8-15.

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RYA Stage 1 Youth Sail two day course – 12 to 13 August

Young people will learn to sail and gain a RYA Youth Sailing Stage 1 qualification on this two day course. Includes launching and recovery, sailing across the wind, turning, steering and basic parts of the boat – the perfect beginner’s course.

RYA Stage 2 Youth Sail two day course – 14 to 15 August

Have your youngsters already completed their RYA Stage 1 and are ready for the next challenge? Book the RYA Stage 2 where they will develop the skills needed to sail around a course tacking, gybing and controlling boat speed.

RYA Stages 1 and 2 Youth Sail four day course – 12-15 August

Combining all of the elements for RYA Stages 1 and 2, young people will learn launching and recovery, sailing across the wind, turning, steering and basic parts of the boat as well as developing the skills to sail around a course tacking, gybing and controlling boat speed.

When

12-13 August Stage 1, 14-15 August Stage 2

Where

East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre, meet at Scaling Dam

Who

Suitable for ages 8-15

Timings

Start time 09:30am, finish 4:40pm

How Much

Two day course £100, four day course £190

Book Now

To book a place please contact our friendly team on 01609 797777 from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. If lines are busy you can leave a voicemail and we’ll call you back.

You can also email:

outdooreducation@northyorks.gov.uk

letting us know the activity you’d like to book, date and location and we’ll get back to you.

 

In safe hands

We deliver outdoor activities all year round. It’s what we do! Our highly qualified, professional and experienced instructors are passionate about delivering exciting programmes and bringing out the very best of real outdoor adventure.

What to bring

Please pack the following items but remember that things might get dirty!

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Bottle of water (750ml minimum)

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Packed lunch and snacks if you’re staying with us for the day

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Full change of clothes

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Swimwear if you’re joining us for water sports (don’t worry we have wetsuits!)

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Two pairs of shoes that can get dirty

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Hat and sunscreen

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Any personal medication

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A plastic bag to put their dirty/wet clothes into

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Towels you don't mind getting muddy

What’s included

EXPERIENCED TUTORS

Each group will be looked after by one of our full-time, qualified, highly experienced, and enhanced DBS checked outdoor tutors. Leading children and adults on outdoor adventures is what we do…all year!

SPECIALIST CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

All specialist kit for activities will be provided including waterproofs and wellies when necessary. Ideally attendees should bring their own wellies, but we have plenty on hand to lend.

FAQs

At Adventure Club will young people be with others the same age?

We’ll do our best to make sure that young people are in groups with others similar in age.

Will young people attending Adventure Club or Pay and Play sessions be supervised at all times?

At our Adventure Club sessions tutors will be with them at all times except when it’s judged appropriate for remote supervision, for example on a treasure hunt.

At our Pay and Play sessions young people aged between 12 and 14 must always be accompanied and adults must have sight of their young person during the session. A qualified instructor will be present in the water ensuring safety during this otherwise informal session.

For Pay and Play do I need to have experience?

No, you don’t need to be an experienced water sports enthusiast. This is designed to be a taster session, so just come and have a go! If you have experience and just want a fun self-led session, that’s great too.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Each morning the programme of activities planned for that day will be looked at and the weather conditions affecting that environment considered. Activities are only subject to change if there are safety reasons. Remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing! And we have all the appropriate clothing.

Can people come on specific days only?

You can book to come for one day or several – its entirely up to you.

Will people be able to take their mobile phone?

Yes, people are allowed to bring their mobiles phones, although we do not advise that mobile phones are taken out on activity as they can be easily damaged/dropped in water. Our outdoor tutors all carry mobile phones should they be needed in case of an emergency.

Are your activities inclusive?

We aim to be an activities provider where everyone is treated fairly and with respect. We want everyone to reach their potential, and we recognise that some young people require extra support to enable them to achieve this, be successful, and thrive. We recognise that some people have additional needs or physical disabilities that require support and assistance. We will assess the individual needs of each person prior to them attending and where practicable and safe will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that people can access our services and are made to feel welcome. We are always happy to discuss and see how we can accommodate participation. You can chat to our team about your needs by calling 01609 797777 from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. You can also email outdooreducation@northyorks.gov.uk

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