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We are an outdoor learning and conference centre run by a charity – Lancashire Outdoor Activities Initiative (LOAI). LOAI has been encouraging schools, children and young people, families, youth and community groups to take part in and benefit from outdoor activities since 1989.


Example LOAI-supported event in April 2014 .  Our “Easter Egg hunt by canoe” supported local volunteers, in partnership with Spice Time Credits. Pictured far left and far right are centre fans Paralympians Natalie Jones and Rik Waddon

The Anderton Centre was originally run as a conference and training centre by United Utilities, who invited LOAI to run land-based activities in their grounds and sailing/water activities on the reservoir. In 2009 the charity took over the running of the Anderton Centre which meant we were able to offer fully catered residentials as well as day trips.

We continue to work in partnership with United Utilities who still own the land and reservoirs. The Anderton Centre has exclusive use of lower
Rivington reservoir for water-based activities.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we often subsidise and support fellow charities if the event fits with our mission and purpose.  Details of such events form part of our annual review which will have more information about LOAI’s mission and activities; coming this March 2015.

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Land-based activities

Water-based activities

Corporate away-days or team-building