The Anderton Centre

Water-based and land-based outdoor learning and activities for school day trips and youth group residential stays in Rivington (Lancashire’s mini Lake District) with fully catered conferencing facilities and nationally accredited outdoor courses.

2018 Courses Outdoor training in Lancashire

We run a huge range of nationally recognised courses and qualifications at the Anderton Centre. From Outdoor First aid, Sailing, Canoeing and Archery. All our new dates are on line and ready to book/

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Water-based outdoor activities

1309a567An accredited RYA training centre, our charity-run outdoor learning centre has exclusive use of Lower Rivington reservoir for sailing, kayaking, 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 activitiesBush Craft and Den Building lower terrace views

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 en-suite bedrooms sleep up to 70.  Ideal for youth or community groups, primary school residential stays, secondary school revision weekends or NGB courses.