Primary School Residential Adventure

Ta Ellan Vannin cur failt errui

(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   

 

 

 

 

 

Where are we

The Venture Centre is based in rolling countryside in the North of the Isle of Man situated right in the middle of the Irish sea, easily accessible by ferry and plane from most areas of the U.K. We are situated in a quiet part of the Isle of Man, 5 minutes walk away from seculded beaches and have scenic clifftop walks 10minutes away from our site.

The Centre

Accomodation

Our site is based in the converted farm buildings of Lewaigue Farm Camp and is split into 2 facilities, north and south camp. Each facility has its own games room, childrens and teachers rooms and can accommodate 70 people allowing larger group to have sole use of their own accommodation block. All of the bedrooms are en-suite and childrens room sizes range from six to twelve beds per room.

The Site and Activity Locations

The Venture Centre buildings are set in an area of woodland bordering rolling farm land. On the site there are many activities including; woodland bushcraft areas, archery, an assault course including monkey bars and rope swings over a (shallow) river, abseil platforms high up in the tress and a high ropes course and large zip line, all making use of the fantastic location.

Most of our watersports take place on our shallow sheltered lake, offering the perfect place to try kayaking, canoeing, dinghy sailing and raft building. For older groups we use various local coastal locations for sit on top sea kayaking and coasteering. All of our activity locations are within a 10minute minibus journey of the centre meaning more time spent on activities and less time spent travelling to them.

 

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

Our aim is to provide 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.

 

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.

Safety and Accreditation

For each of our activities we have full risk assessment, operational procedures and learning objectives in place. All our staff are fully trained in the activities they deliver and undergo enhanced checks prior to starting employment with us. We are keen to ensure our courses fulfil the exact requirements for your group.

 

Free Familiarisation Visits for Teachers

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.

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Activity Programme

We pride ourselves on offering flexible programmes to suit your group. Activities can be chosen from our wide range and cultural visits can be arranged to areas of interest around the Island. Contact us to discuss your groupsrequirements and we will work with you to create a programme to suit your group.

Sample Monday to Friday Year 5/6

 

a.m.

p.m.

Eve

Monday

Travel to Isle of Man by ferry or flight

Introduction to centre Fire drills

Assault course

Coastal walk

Tuesday

Raft Building and Racing 

Kayaking and Canoeing

Target Shooting

Wednesday

Abseiling and Climbing

Gorge Walking

Wide game

Thursday

Campcraft Skill Camp fires

Cook own lunch

Assault Course 

Archery 

Friday

Operation Phoenix Team
Challenge Competition

Depart for ferry or flight

 

 

Sample Monday to Friday Secondary School

 

a.m.

p.m.

Eve

Monday

Travel  to Isle of Man via ferry or flight

Intro to centre

Fire drills

Assault course

Coastal walk

Tuesday

Kayaking and Canoeing 

Gorge Walking 

Target Shooting

Wednesday

Abseiling

Climbing

High Ropes Course 

Wide game

Thursday

Bushcraft Skills 

Campfires

Cook own lunch

Coasteering 

 

Archery 

Friday

Operation Phoenix Team Challenge Competition

Depart for ferry or flight

   

 

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.

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

Prices

Prices for 2019 visits by ferry from either Heysham or Liverpool.

For departures form other locations pklease contact us for a quote.

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

* All prices are plus VAT

 

2019 Prices Including Ferry from Liverpool

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

 

 

Monday

-

 Wednesday

 

 

Tuesday eve 19.45 ex liverpool

-

Friday 15.00 seacat to Liverpool

 

Any dates before 17th May 2019

£250

 

 

POA
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

 

 

 

2019 Prices including Ferry from Heysham

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

 

 

Monday

-

 Wednesday

 

 

Wednesday

-

Friday

 

Before 19th April 2019

£240 plus VAT

 

 

 

19th April  – 17th May 2019

POA

 

 

 

17th May – 15th July 2019

From £298 plus VAT

 

 

 

15th July – 11th October 2019

 

 

 

 

11th October 2019 - 14th April 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Below are some Helpful documents to make planning your trip a more simple process

Recomended Kit List