The Anderton Centre

rivington sailing kayak canoe water sports paddle outdoor activities lancashire north westWater-based and land-based outdoor learning and activities for school day trips and youth group residentials in Rivington (Lancashire’s mini Lake District) with fully catered conferencing facilities and nationally accredited outdoor courses.

Water-based outdoor activities

school day trip visit primary high lancashire canoe kayak archery outdoor learningAn accredited RYA training centre, our charity-run outdoor learning centre has exclusive use of Lower Rivington reservoir for sailing, kayaking, wind-surfing, canoeing and raft-building. At approximately 2km long, it’s the largest body of water for sailing and leisure in Lancashire; within an hour’s journey from Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

There’s lots of fun and outdoor adventurous activity here with the magnificent view of Rivington Pike and Lever Park.  Click here for the full list of water-based activities.

Land-based outdoor activities

archery orienteering school trip abseil climbing lancashire north west outdoor adventure Outdoor adventurous activities in stunning woodland for junior nature detectives and adrenalin-seekers alike! Archery, campfires, den-building, orienteering and bush craft are ideal for little ones with curriculum links for boosting  learning outside the classroom.

Abseiling, low ropes, mountain biking, problem-solving and crate stack (think ‘human Jenga’!) are great ice-breakers and team-building challenges ideal for INSETs and team-building away days in the North West.  Click here for the full list of activities.

Team-building and conferencing

Roped activity woman looking up and happyOur fully qualified Outdoor Instructors are highly experienced running away days designed to get the most out of your team.  Personal development, leadership, change management, communication skills, team work and problem solving are all outcomes for bespoke away-days.

With four meeting rooms and an in-house catering team, we can offer relaxed meeting spaces, catered lunch then get outdoors for a team-building afternoon.


Our 20 ensuite bedrooms sleep up to 70.  Ideal for youth or community groups, primary school residentials, GCSE PE or revision weekends or NGB courses.