Outdoor Pursuits
An A to Z of our activities

At our residential activity centres in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern France, we provide school groups with an introduction to outdoor pursuits, with each session lasting one and a half hours, beginning with an interactive safety talk and a detailed guide through the equipment. Some activities are double sessions such as Hill Walking and Canoeing or when used as part of the Personal Development Course. The skill of our instructors is to adapt the activity to the level and experience of each group of school children. For more information about each individual course, click on the links below.

Please Note
The Action Studybreak programme is not available at Lockerbie Manor or Norfolk Lakes.

Abseiling

Abseiling is where children experience a controlled descent using a rope. This exhilarating activity takes place on one of our outstanding purpose built abseiling towers. Abseiling provides children with an excellent sense of achievement and develops inner confidence.

Abseiling is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Archery

Manor Adventure have outdoor archery ranges, with junior and adult bows. The archery sessions are supervised by our GNAS qualified instructors. Children learn skills quickly and develop a sense of achievement once they are taught the safety measures required. Archery is a great hand eye coordination activity.

Archery is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Bivouac Building

Pupils will acquire some great bushcraft skills by learning how to build a bivouac shelter using natural materials. Working together, this is a great team work activity for your class. This activity is usually done as part of the survival session.

Bivouac Building is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Blind Trail

On our Blind Trail, children learn the importance of human senses as they experience being blindfolded. They are asked to complete a range of tasks including an obstacle course and team games. Blind Trail is an ideal activity for team building, developing their communication and listening skills.

Blind Trail is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Bike Skills

Riding a bike is a technical skill that really benefits children, allowing them to develop balance and confidence. The health benefits are also impressive, with bike riding being one of the best forms of all round exercise you can undertake. At Manor Adventure, children are taught about safety and will learn to perform various games and challenges to develop control.

Bike Skills is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Available at Culmington Manor only.

Camp Craft

This outdoor activity provides an introduction to basic camping skills, tent assembly, cooking on camping stoves, and enjoying being outdoors. Celebrities like Bear Grylls have made being self sufficient in the outdoors popular again. The skills we teach will stay with the children for many years to come.

Camp Craft is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Canoeing & Kayaking

Under the guidance of our qualified British Canoe Union instructors, pupils will learn the skills and techniques as a team in the Open canoes or individually in Kayaks. Children are explained the risks associated in a water environment and shown how to manage them.

Canoeing & Kayaking is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Caving

At our Culmington Manor and Norfolk Lakes centres, our artificial caving system is incredibly impressive, comprising of over 240 square meters of tunnels with a small cavern with stalagmites and stalagtites. A realistic, safe introduction to caving. After a lesson on safety equipment, children get kitted up and explore this exciting environment.

Caving is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Only available at Culmington Manor and Norfolk Lakes.

Climbing

Our purpose built climbing walls are one of the most popular outdoor pursuits we offer. The sense of achievement when children reach the top is written all over their faces. Our qualified instructors teach children how to recognise and control risks prior to learning basic skills and techniques.

Climbing is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Compass Work

On this activity, children learn to navigate using a map and compass. Basic, intermediate or advanced skills can be covered. The session can include a hill walk during which your students can put what they have learned into practice.

Compass Work is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Confidence Course

Manor Adventure's unique purpose built aerial obstacle course challenges the nerves and develops personal confidence. Obstacles include the rope walk, jumping gaps, plank walks, rope descents, fireman's pole and bosun's chair, all set between two and eight meters above ground level.

Confidence Course is available on the following course:
Outdoor Challenge

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Only available at Culmington Manor.

Crate Stacking

This outdoor pursuit encourages groups of children to work together as a team in order to build up a stack of crates. Our purpose built towers provide the ideal setting for this exciting aerial challenge. A challenging activity which requires skill, nerve and excellent balance. Only available on the Outdoor Challenge course but can be taken as an optional extra.

Crate Stacking is included on the following course:
Outdoor Challenge

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Cycling

Experience Mountain Biking on our off road skills track and learn, practice and test your ability to your maximum. Follow a dedicated trail through the forests and hills in the local area. Or learn the skills needed to ride our on-site track covering various terrains, suitable for a range of abilities. Activity varies per centre!

Cycling is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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For Secondary Schools only (not suitable for beginners). Not available at Norfolk Lakes.

Disco

The traditional evening disco continues to be a talking point for pupils and a favourite memory from their time at Manor Adventure. A chance for children and instructors to relax at the end of another busy day of activities? No chance! There is more energy on display at the evening disco than most of the other activities put together. Great fun for everyone.

Disco is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Not available at Norfolk Lakes.

Educational Visits

We offer a varied and interesting range of local educational visits on our Action Studybreak course at Culmington Manor, Shropshire, and Abernant Lake Hotel, Powys. Examples include the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Acton Scott working farm, the National Show Caves of Wales, and The Big Pit. Entrance fees are included.

Educational Visits is available on the following course:
Action Studybreak

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Available at Culmington Manor and Abernant only.

Evening Walk

Our activity centres in England, Wales and Scotland are surrounded by beautiful countryside, perfect for our vast range of outdoor pursuits, including our popular evening walks. Your pupils are taken on a local walk with various routes around the each centre.

Evening Walk is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Expedition Experience

Groups are given training (packing rucksacks, navigation skills, etc) at the residential centre before leaving for their expedition. They will follow a prearranged route, finishing that evening at our camp site, where they will pitch their tent for an overnight stay and cook their own meal. An ideal activity for groups starting their Duke of Edinburgh award expedition training.

Expedition Experience is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge

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Available at Abernant only.

Fencing

Learn the basic rules and skills such as stance, lunge, parry and repost - all needed to take part in a duel with foils. Sessions supervised by our own British Fencing Association qualified instructors. Our qualified instructors teach children how to recognise and control risks prior to learning basic skills and techniques.

Fencing is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Film & Video Studies

This is a great team work exercise for your pupils. Each group get the chance to make and star in a short film and then watch the end result.

Film & Video Studies is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Giant Stand Up Paddleboarding

Why paddle alone when you can have loads of fun with up to 6 friends on one giant paddleboard! This is an amazing and fun fuelled experience that everyone can take part in, with the help of our expert instructors to teach, train and steer.

Giant Stand Up Paddleboarding is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Bargain Specials

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Available at Norfolk Lakes only.

High All Aboard

Up to four participants climb together to reach a small platform at the top of an exposed 20ft single pole. Balance and coordination are key skills required to conquer this tricky outdoor pursuit. To succeed, you will need to demonstrate great teamwork, between the individuals climbing the pole, as well as the rest of the group who help by holding the ropes down on the ground. This activity is a great way to get members of the group to see the advantages of helping each other.

High All Aboard is included on the following course:
Outdoor Challenge

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Available at Culmington Manor and Lockerbie Manor only.

High Ropes

Each centre has a different style High Ropes Course. A challenging and exhilarating activity regardless of age. On this activity, children learn safety first, then how to conquer different sections of the High Ropes course. This activity will build pupils' confidence and allow them to work as individuals and as teams.

High Ropes is included on the following course:
Outdoor Challenge

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Hill Walk

A low level walk in the undulating hills surrounding our residential activity centres. Levels and tasks can be adapted to the level and experience of the pupils. Pupils get to enjoy the fresh air and the wonderful countryside around our English, Welsh and Scottish activity centres.

Hill Walk is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Known as Lake Walk at Norfolk Lakes.

Indoor Bouldering

A form of climbing on a low level wall, above crash mats, without the use of ropes or harnesses.

Bivouac Building is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Available at Culmington Manor only.

Initiative Exercises

Manor Adventure have a large selection of problem solving activities such as shark infested custard, the spider's web and many more. The initiative exercises form part of all our courses, ideal for team building and communication and listening skills. These carefully developed exercises will help pupils work together as teams and allow them to show leadership skills, through problem solving exercises.

Initiative Exercises is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Jacob's Ladder

A difficult but achievable physical challenge requiring skill, good balance and strength to climb up wooden rungs which become further apart the higher you climb. This outdoor pursuit requires excellent team work and problem solving, from the people climbing and the people holding the ropes below, as you all work together to climb to the top of the ladder.

Jacob's Ladder is included on the following course:
Outdoor Challenge

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Not available at Norfolk Lakes.

Lake Challenge

Climb up and use the zip wire to get your group across to the island in the lake. Then return to the mainland using your initiative and the help of your team mates on the other side of the water.

Lake Challenge is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Available at Abernant only.

Low Ropes

A series of cabled and roped events such as Postman, Bosun's and Vine walks lead to the Wild Woozy. These will test the stamina, coordination and agility of all who try. Children love the low ropes courses we have developed at Manor Adventure.

Low Ropes is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Manor Olympics

Fun and games for teams organised on site by our professional activity instructors. The Manor Olympics is an excellent ice breaker which can involve the whole school, and is an ideal introduction to the course your pupils are going to enjoy over the coming days.

Manor Olympics is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Nature Reserve Studies

The varied environment around the four lakes at the Centre provide an ideal habitat for both migratory and resident birds as well as otters, bats and water vole. Birds include Bittern, Kingfisher, Osprey, Swans, Barn Owl, Geese, Peregrine Falcon, Bearded Tit, ducks, Treecreeper, Marsh Warbler. Pupils are provided with Worksheets and binoculars to assist with the study of the varied ecology around the lakes.

Nature Reserve Studies is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Bargain Specials

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Only available at Norfolk Lakes.

Nature Walk / Trail

Your pupils are taken on a nature walk around the activity centre estate, studying the local flora and fauna on prearranged trails.

Nature Walk / Trail is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Obstacle Course

Manor Adventure has created a range of very different obstacle courses offering a variety of different personal and team challenges. One of the loudest and most talked about activities we offer, with children shouting encouragement to their team mates, as they negotiate rope swings, net climbs, balance beams, tunnels and a whole lot more!

Obstacle Course is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Orienteering

Children are taught in small teams by our British Orienteering Federation qualified instructors to map read, enabling them to locate clues around the centre's grounds. The orienteering course includes a range of physical and intellectual challenges designed to encourage cooperation and develop problem solving.

Orienteering is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Not available at Norfolk Lakes.

Quiz

Pupils work together in small groups, participating in different question rounds such as Music, Film and Sport. This fun activity tests their knowledge from all areas. The quiz gives an overall outlook of the abilities of the children's progression, with points being scored throughout.

Quiz is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Raft Building

A superb teamwork and communication activity encouraging pupils to work together to build and paddle a raft. In a double session children will first work as a team to design the raft, and build a model of it using equipment provided. Then build and paddle the raft they designed using barrels, spars and ropes.

Raft Building is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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At Culmington Manor and Lockerbie Manor, only available on Outdoor Challenge.

Rifle Shooting

Target sport using .177 small bore rifles in the safety of our rifle range. Sessions are supervised by our own NSRA qualified instructors. Children are initially shown how to assess and manage risk followed by learning the technical skills of this exciting Olympic sport.

Rifle Shooting is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Scavenger Hunt

An activity challenge in small groups to collect information about Manor Adventure and other fun items. Pupils are challenged to work together, to think about their surroundings, and to interact with the outdoors.

Scavenger Hunt is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Not available on Outdoor Challenge at Abernant. Not available at Norfolk Lakes.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

This activity is perhaps best described as a cross between canoeing and surfing. Participants use a surf style board and a long paddle.

Stand Up Paddleboarding is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Not available at Culmington Manor.

Survival Skills

A practical introduction to surviving in the wild, groups will be taught the 5 basic elements: shelter, warmth, drink, food and rescue. Pupils learn how to build make-shift shelters, set and light fires for warmth, cooking food outdoors, finding their way if they get lost, first aid, and more.

Survival Skills is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Swimming / Water Polo

Make use of our heated outdoor swimming pool (only available at Culmington Manor from May to September). Sessions are supervised by our own qualified Lifeguard instructors. Water polo and snorkelling can also be included as an activity. Children are explained the risks associated in a water environment and shown how to manage them.

Swimming/Water Polo is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak

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Available at Culmington Manor only.

Team Games

Team games are a great way to boost both personal confidence and also foster team spirit and working together within a group. Teachers occasionally like an alternative to outdoor pursuits such as rounders, football, volleyball and touch rugby.

Team Games is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Personal Development
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Volleyball

Volleyball is a fun team game, similar to tennis, but with a larger ball, and no racquets. Six players per team work together to keep the ball off the ground and over the net into the other team's half.

Volleyball is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Wide Games

Games like cops and robbers, sardines and catch the flag are played within the grounds of each residential activity centre. Pupils work together to plan tactics and learn the skills and techniques required for each game.

Wide Games is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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Not available on Outdoor Challenge at Abernant.

Zip Wire

Pupils climb to a platform using a rope ladder before descending via a 70 metre zip wire. This activity promotes courage and determination in a supportive group environment. This fun and exciting activity encourages pupils to challenge themselves and gives them a real sense of achievement.

Zip Wire is available on the following courses:
Superbreak Adventure
Outdoor Challenge
Action Studybreak
Bargain Specials

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