School Residential Adventure

Ta Ellan Vannin cur failt errui

(Welcome to the Isle of Man)

Quality School Residential Holidays 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 programme from 9am to 8:30pm  

All programmes are subject to alteration due to circumstances outside of our control e.g. bad weather.






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 10 minutes away from our site.

The Centre


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 site activities include woodland bushcraft areas, target archery, field archery,assault course including monkey bars and rope swings over a (shallow) river, abseil platforms high up in the treas, 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 10 minute 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. Adventuremark, Learning outside the Classroom, Tourism Isle of Man.

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. All programmes are subject to alteration due to extenuating circumstances

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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  requirements and we will work with you to create a programme to suit your group.

Sample Monday to Friday Year 5/6






Travel to Isle of Man by ferry or flight

Introduction to centre Fire drills

Assault course

Coastal walk


Raft Building and Racing 

Kayaking and Canoeing

Target Shooting


Abseiling and Climbing

Gorge Walking

Wide game


Campcraft Skill Camp fires

Cook own lunch

Assault Course 



Operation Phoenix Team
Challenge Competition

Depart for ferry or flight



Sample Monday to Friday Secondary School






Travel  to Isle of Man via ferry or flight

Intro to centre

Fire drills

Assault course

Coastal walk


Kayaking and Canoeing 

Gorge Walking 

Target Shooting




High Ropes Course 

Wide game


Bushcraft Skills 


Cook own lunch





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  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


By ferry from either Heysham or Liverpool.

For departures from other locations please contact us for a quote.

Prices include

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


Prices 2021 from Heysham

From Heysham


Lots of other ferry options available just ask for a quote

From Heysham

Mon – Friday Including ferry Rate per child

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

From Heysham

Monday- Friday

14.15 exHeysham on day of arrival  19.45 ex Isle of Man on Friday


From Heysham




From Heysham





Before 11th April 2021

£245 plus VAT

£274 plus VAT

£145 plus VAT

£155 plus VAT

11th April  – 14th May 2021

£255 plus VAT

£286 plus VAT


£145 plus VAT

£155 plus VAT

14th May - 24th July 2021

£319 plus VAT

£359 plus VAT



6th September  – 8th October 2021

£255 plus VAT

£286 plus VAT

£255 plus VAT

£145 plus VAT

£155 plus VAT

8th October 2021 - 9th April 2022

£245 plus VAT

£274 plus VAT

£145 plus VAT

£155 plus VAT


Prices 2021 from Liverpool

Rates 2021

Subject to confirmation of ferry schedule

From Liverpool

Monday 11.15 Seacat from Liverpool –  Friday 17.15 arrive Liverpool per child (age 15 years and under)


Friday – Monday

Rate per child including ferry








Tuesday eve 19.45 ex Liverpool


Friday 15.00 seacat to Liverpool



Any dates before sats 14th May 2021

£286 plus VAT



Tuesday 4th May - Friday 7th May 2021 £223.50 plus VAT      

14th May - 24th July 2021

£338 plus VAT




6th  September  - 8th October 2021

£255 plus VAT


£145 plus VAT


No Liverpool ferries after this date

Please see options from heysham

We can run a visit for any combination of dates subject to availability just give us a call on 01624 814240 or click here for a quote




Prices 2021 for Isle of Man Schools

Please contact us on 814240 to discuss the best experience for your group.

We confirm that all deposits and payments from Isle of Man school groups for dates when schools are confirmed as being closed have been refunded.  Bookings for school groups for further dates in 2020 will be invoiced at the start of the visit to ensure maximum financial security for parents.

Any dates October 2020 – March 2021

All Monday – Friday visits £220 *

All Monday – Tuesday or Thursday – Friday visits £99 *

Any 2 night 3 day visit eg Monday – Wednesday or Wednesday – Friday £150*

Monday 12th April - Friday 14th May 2021

Monday - Friday £285

Tuesday 4th May - Friday 7th May £220* Full

Wednesday 5th May - Friday 7th May £150 *Full

2 day 1 night visit  £105 *

All subject to availability

Monday 17th May - Friday 23rd July 2021

Monday 17th - Friday 21st May £335* Maximum 30 children

Monday 24th - Friday 28th May £335* Full

Monday 14th - Friday 18th June 2021 £335*

Monday 21st Jun - Friday 25th June £335*

Monday - Friday £335 *

Tuesday 6th - Friday 9th July max 55 £260

Monday 12th July - Friday 16th July £335 max 30

Monday 12th July - wednesday 15th July £ 165 plus VAT per child

Monday - Wednesday or Wednesday - Friday £165*

September 13th - 8th October 2021

Monday 13th - Friday 17th September max 25 £250 plus VAT

Monday 20th - Friday 24th September Max 60 £250 plus VAT per child

Monday 27th Sept- Friday 1st October  Full

Monday 4th October - Friday 8th October Max 50 £250 plus VAT per child

Monday - Friday  £250 plus VAT per child

Monday - Wednesday £165 plus VAT per child

Wednesday - Friday £165 plus VAT per child

Overnight stay a.m. Day 1 - p.m. day 2 £120 plus VAT per child

Special Offers

Tuesday 1st June - Thursday 3rd June 2021 £150 *

Monday 19th July - Tuesday 20th July 2021 £99*

All prices are per child plus VAT and include pick up and return to school

Deduct £5 per person if the group do not require picking up and transporting to the centre

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

Recomended Kit List

Kit List



Got these

Need to get



Essential Items





Sleeping Bag (Pillow and pillow case provided)





Waterproof Top










Several pairs of trousers (Not Jeans)





Warm Sweaters

























Training Shoes or Boots for walking





Extra pair of old trainers or other substantial footwear  for water based activities.

(These will get very wet!!!)





Swimming Kit





Washing kit and large towel





Night attire





Hat and Gloves dependant on time of year





Torch (head torch is best) dependant on time of year










Other Useful Items





Small rucksack / Day bag for carrying spare clothes waterproofs etc





Wellies (Depending on time of year)





Small drinks bottle to carry water to activity locations

(These can be purchased at the tuck shop for £3 each)





Plastic bags for dirty kit, boots etc.





Sun Block (dependant on time of year)





Insect repellent (depending on time of year)






It is a good idea to use this as a kit list as a check list when your child packs their own bag.

Please ensure all items are clearly marked with the child’s name.

Clothes should be suitable for tumble-drying.

We normally keep lost property for 1 month before disposing of it.

Please DO NOT bring any electronic equipment