Primary School Residential Adventure

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(Welcome to the Isle of Man)

Quality School Residentials on the Isle of Man

Unique Island Location- Spectacular and dramatic scenary


Wide range of quality outdoor activities delivered by professional, safe and fun staff

Small activity centre with programmes tailored to your needs

         Full activity program from 9am to 8:30pm   







The Venture Centre  comprises of the converted farm buildings of Lewaigue Farm Camp and is split into 2 facilities, north and south camp. Each facility can accommodate 70 people allowing larger group to have sole use of their own accommodation block.

We have been delivering courses to schools groups for over 30 years and in that time have run courses for over 40 000 young people. We provide the ideal location for all school visits making a balance between adventure experiences and educational value.

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Our aim is to provide your children with the experiences of a wide variety of activities. This not only gives them an insight into activities that they may wish to develop in the future but also gives them a variety of life experiences that help to build self confidence, communication and organisational skills.

We also realise the value of the shared residential experience in the development of young people helping them to develop independence and social skills which they can carry forward into future life and the transition into secondary school.

Whilst we encourage all children to do their best the small achievements of the quieter and less confident children are just as important to us as the achievements of the more able and more confident.

Our large range of activities gives your children a wide variety of developmental experiences, for example kayaking allows young people to work independently developing self confidence and a sense of personal achievement coupled with the physical skills of actually paddling their own kayak. Canoeing allows young people to work in small team of 2 -3 learning how to rely on each other and be part of a small team, how to deal with success and in some cases failure. Whilst through raft building and racing the children work as part of larger team and realise the results of their combined efforts. This ethos of personal development through outdoor adventure is carried through all our activities.

All our introductory water sports sessions take place on the sheltered waters of Mooragh Park Lake.  At only 1 ½ metres deep at the deepest point this 12 acre boating lake is a perfect venue for a wide range of activities.

In addition to our courses for school groups we provide national governing body courses in Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, power boating and are approved by the , Royal Yachting Association RYA, BAPA.

The centre managers Michael and Simon Read are actively involved in all aspects of the centres’ operations this means that we maintain a high level of flexibility and personal involvement so we can ensure your stay with us runs as smoothly as possible.

For each of our activities we have full risk assessment, operational procedures and learning objectives. We are keen to ensure our courses fulfil the exact requirements for your group. For groups that have not visited us previously we offer familiarisation visits for group leaders including assistance with ferry and accommodation costs.

We will draw up a suggested activity programme based on the age of your students, length of visit and any prior experiences your group may have had.

Sample Programme for Year 5/6 Groups

We can alter the programme to fit in with your exact requirements






Travel to Isle of Man by ferry or flight

Introduction to centre Fire drills

Assault course

Coastal walk


Target Archery

Dinghy Sailing

Vintage electric tram to
Ramsey for Kayaking

Target Shooting


Abseiling and Climbing

Crate stacking

Field Archery

Wide game


Campcraft Skill Camp fires

Cook own lunch

Raft building       

Raft racing



Operation Phoenix Team
Challenge Competition

Depart for ferry or flight


All programmes are subject to alteration due to weather and othe roperational considerations

Other activities available that can be substituted into the above programme  are gorge walking, coasteering, problem solving, sightseeing visits.

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Educational Outcomes

Our courses are aimed at Key Stage 2 and are ideal for years 5 and year 6 students to help prepare for the transition to senior school.

For each activity we have our own learning outcomes please click here to view these outcomes. If you feel these are not appropriate for your group or you have you wish us to focus on different outcomes please contact us to discuss this.


Pricing including return ferry from Heyham port and Liverpool docks

Contact us for information about packages including transport from other locations including London, Bristol and more.


Rates 2019*

From Heysham

14.15 exHeysham on day of arrival   arrive 12.15 Heysham on last day

Lots of other ferry options available just ask for a quote


Mon – Friday Including ferry Rate per child


Friday – Monday

Rate per child including ferry












Before 19th April 2019

£240 plus VAT




19th April  – 17th May 2019





17th May – 15th July 2019

From £298 plus VAT




15th July – 11th October 2019





11th October 2019 - 14th April 2020





Rates 2019*

From Liverpool

11.15 Seacat from Liverpool on day of arrival –17.15 arrive Liverpool on last day

Lots of other ferry options available just ask for a quote


Mon – Friday Including ferry Rate per child


Friday – Monday

Rate per child including ferry








Tuesday eve 19.45 ex liverpool


Friday 15.00 seacat to Liverpool


Any dates before 17th May 2019




Tuesday 8th May - Friday 11th May 2019 TBC      

20th May – 15th July 2019

£319 plus VAT




15th July – 8th October 2019

£250 plus VAT



8th October 2019 - 15th April 2020

No Liverpool ferry options available

See Heysham ferry rates or call for a flight quote




All Above prices and examples are subject to confiormation of ferry schedule which we should have by mid October.

* All prices are plus VAT

Prices include

Free places for group leaders in the ratio of 1 or every 8 full paying guests

  • All meals whilst at the centre
  • All on island transport
  • Full adventure programme
  • Accommodation
  • Familiarisation/inspection visits for first time visitor


The Booking Process

We aim to make the process as straight forward as possible. Most groups ask us to organise the ferry travel for their group we do this through local travel agent “Isle of Man Event Services Ltd”. This ensures that your holiday package is fully protected. However you are free to organise your own travel to the island if you prefer.

We ask groups to pay the ferry element of their visit as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate ferry tickets are reserved. We then ask for a deposit of £100 per person for the stay at the centre this is due 3 months before arrival with the balance due on arrival this makes it easy for us to make adjustments if numbers change.

We will issue VAT invoices for the deposits and balance amount.  Educational groups can normally reclaim the VAT element of their visit to avoid passing this cost on to the children.

Recommended kit lists and medical forms can be downloaded from the downloads page.

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