Whatever your ability, our activities are designed to help develop and improve a range of physical, mental and social skills. Our team of qualified instructors will deliver safe, fun sessions tailored to your needs.

Explore our huge range of activities to build the ideal package for your group. Whatever your ability, our team of qualified instructors will deliver safe, fun, age-appropriate sessions tailored to your needs.

Whatever your ability, our activities are designed to help your team develop and improve a range of physical, mental and social skills. Our team of qualified instructors will deliver safe, fun sessions tailored to the needs of the group.

All of our outdoor learning and schools activities have been designed around key learning outcomes and with clear national curriculum links.

You can explore all of our activities below, or use the filters to narrow down a selection to suit your group’s needs.

Abseiling
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Abseiling is the controlled descent of a vertical drop using a rope. Historically, climbers have used this technique when a rock face is too steep to get down any other way. At Moor House, you can practise abseiling down our 20-foot purpose-built abseiling tower.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Abseiling
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+
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Abseiling off-Site
Introduction
Session overview
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Our qualified instructors can take you abseiling off-site for a unique challenge in a beautiful environment.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Abseiling off-Site
durationHalf Day or Full Day Package
ratio1:8
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Archery
Introduction
Session overview
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The ancient activity of archery will help you develop physical, mental and social skills, including coordination, concentration and fine motor skills.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Archery GB Instructor Award
The Archery GB Instructor Award is an entry-level training course. It prepares you to deliver fun, safe sessions for beginners.
Durham
December 21 - December 24, 2017
£210 (Durham Scouts)
£225 (other groups)
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Archery
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+ (KS1)
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Boot camp
Introduction
Session overview
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If you’re looking for a fun approach to getting fit, our Personal Trainers have the ideal solution. Our weekend boot camp retreats focus on fun, fitness and food. You will be put through your paces by an instructor who cares about you and your results.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Boot camp
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:2
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+
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Bushcraft
Introduction
Session overview
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Could you survive in the great outdoors? Could you build a shelter, or light a fire to keep warm and cook food? Our bushcraft sessions will prepare you for life in the wild.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

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Canoe
Introduction
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Open canoes are the perfect introduction to water sports. Their design makes them more stable than kayaks, and much less intimidating for novice paddlers.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Canoe
durationDependent on package chosen
ratio1:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages8+
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Cave bus
Introduction
Session overview
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New to Moor House, this activity delivers exactly what it promises: a simulated cave in a bus. Put on your helmet, switch on your head torch, and work your way around the multi-level route, squeezing through the narrowest of tunnels until you finally reach the exit.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Cave bus
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+
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Climb and abseil
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

After completing your climb, you will be tied in to the abseil system, and supported to abseil down the other end of the tower.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Climb and abseil
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+
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Climbing
Introduction
Session overview
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Can you make it to the top of our purpose built climbing tower? With a variety of routes of increasing difficulty, and heights of up to 40’, climbing provides continuous challenge and reward.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Climbing
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS0, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages3+ (KS0)
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Crate stacking
Introduction
Session overview
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How high can you go? Build the highest tower you can from the crates, whilst balancing on top of your wobbling structure (with the support of a harness and safety rope!).

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Crate stacking
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Crossbows
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Combining aspects of archery and rifle shooting, this activity is ideal if you’re looking for something a little different.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Crossbows
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages10+ (KS2)
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Fire lighting
Introduction
Session overview
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Our fire lighting activity will equip you for survival in the great outdoors. Our qualified instructors will show you how to start a fire using traditional and modern methods.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Fire lighting
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Frisbee golf
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Frisbee Golf doesn’t need much explaining. Think golf, but with a Frisbee. Work your way around our purpose-built, 9-catcher course trying to make par.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Frisbee golf
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5 – 11
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Guided walks
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Do you want to explore the natural beauty of the North East of England? We offer guided walks throughout the region, led by a team of experienced and knowledgeable instructors.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Guided walks
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5 – 16
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Kayak
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Paddle and play at one of our kayaking sessions at Hetton Lyons. Don’t lean too far, or you may take a plunge!

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Kayak
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages8+
locationmarkerOutdoor
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Low ropes course
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Our purpose-built low ropes course is ideal for those not quite ready for our higher activities. Don’t let the lack of height fool you: the rolling logs, Burma bridge and spider’s web are sure to have you wishing you were on solid ground.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Low ropes course
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages7+
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Mountain bike skills
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Our purpose-built mountain bike skills course offers you the perfect opportunity to show off your biking skills. Can you cross the balance beam, go low on the limbo, or get over the trio of tyres?

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Mountain bike skills
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages7+
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Mountain biking
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Our team of instructors can take you off site to try the skills courses at Hamsterley Forest, attempt the Tan Hill challenge, or opt for a more leisurely countryside ride. We can even provide Coast to Coast packages, ranging from training-only to full event support.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Mountain biking
durationHalf Day
ratio2:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages7+
locationmarkerOutdoor
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Nature walks
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Take a walk on the wild side in our 19-acre Moor House estate or the local National Trust forest. Explore habitats and touch nature; listen to the sounds of the forest and look for signs of local wildlife, including otters, owls and deer.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Nature walks
duration1.5 hours
ratio2:12
keystagesKS0, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages3 – 16
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Orienteering
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Our site-based orienteering course is ideal as an introduction to orienteering, or for younger groups. It is less challenging than our off-site courses whilst still developing key skills of teamwork, decision making and communication.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Orienteering
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS0, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages3+
locationmarkerOutdoor
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Orienteering off-site
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Our off-site orienteering courses in the local National Forest provide progressively more difficult activities - available with or without a compass. More challenging than our on-site orienteering courses, they are suitable for older children or more experienced orienteerers.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Orienteering off-site
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages7+
locationmarkerOutdoor
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Pioneering
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Pioneering is the art of using ropes and wooden spars joined by lashings and knots to create structures such as water sluices, bridges and towers. Challenges include crossing a ravine, supplying water to your camp, or building a trebuchet to fend off invaders.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Pioneering
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+
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Pistol shooting
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

You can shoot official card targets, spinning disc targets or even the odd zombie on our custom-made outdoor range.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Pistol shooting
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages10+ (KS2)
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Pond Dipping
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

What lurks beneath the surface in our fresh water pond? Giant water snails, tadpoles or fish? Or something more exciting? Using nets and inspection trays, search the pond to see what you can find.

After an initial safety briefing participants will be given a talk about how to catch the insects and animals without hurting them and without damaging the habitats. Participants will then be involved in discussions about the various eco systems, flora and fauna and life cycles before moving on to the activity where they will be supported throughout.

Pond Dipping
duration1.5 hours
ratio2:12
keystagesKS0, KS1, KS2
ages3 – 11
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Raft building
Introduction
Session overview
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A beautiful tropical island – delicious fruit to eat, golden sands under your feet, and thousands of carnivorous predators looking for their next meal. The only method of escape is to build a raft. Learn how to use barrels, ropes and poles to make a floating platform.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Raft building
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages8+
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Rifle shooting
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Make Ready, Take Aim and Fire! You can shoot official card targets, spinning disc targets or even the odd zombie on our custom-built outdoor range.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Rifle shooting
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages8+ (KS2)
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Rock climbing
Introduction
Session overview
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George Mallory once said he wanted to climb Mount Everest simply “because it’s there”. If it’s there, we want to climb it. With a variety of local crags to choose from, there are options for new and experienced climbers.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Rock climbing
durationHalf Day or Full Day Packages
ratio1:8
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages7+
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Schmooling
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Schmooling - think ice climbing without the ice. Our purpose-built climbing tower provides the perfect setting. Your challenge is to ascend the 20’ or 40’ tower using modified climbing axes and hold loops.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Schmooling
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS2, KS3, KS4
ages7+ (KS2)
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Shelter building
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

During our shelter building activity, our qualified instructors will teach you how to build a range of shelters. You will be able to protect yourselves from the elements - as well as predators.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Shelter building
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS0, KS1, KS2, KS4
ages3+
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Stream walks
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Follow the estate stream or the local forest stream as it undulates throughout the landscape. Pull on your wellington boots and set off on a journey of discovery. You may even have to crawl through a tunnel...

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Stream walks
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS0, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5 – 16
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Team challenges
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Our team challenges support groups learning to work together as an effective team. Can you keep the vampires from eating the maidens, or stop the bomb exploding just in the nick of time? There’s only one way to find out…

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Team challenges
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS0, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages3+
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The CUBE
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Can you conquer the CUBE? The CUBE is our revolutionary 11-metre high ropes course, situated at the heart of the site. With progressive elements ranging from High Traverse and Jacob’s Ladder, to High All Aboard and Leap of Faith, there is something for everyone.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

The CUBE
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Toboggan run
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Think Cool Runnings, but on wheeled sledges on our purpose-built 75-metre track. Simply take your seat and hurtle down the descending run. The activity is aimed at younger participants and provides adrenaline-fuelled fun.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Toboggan run
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2
ages5 – 11
locationmarkerOutdoor
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Tomahawk throwing
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Learn the skills of the Iroquoian and Algonquian Indian, and discover how to throw a tomahawk with accuracy and precision in our custom-built range.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Tomahawk throwing
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS3, KS4
ages11+ (KS3)
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Walking Activities
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

Explore the natural beauty of the North East of England with our range of walking activities led by Moor House guides.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

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Water Based Activities
Introduction
Session overview
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Explore the range of water based activities on offer at Moor House, including canoeing, kayaking and raft-building

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

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Wild cooking
Introduction
Session overview
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During our wild cooking activity, you will discover how to track food in the wild and prepare it for eating. You will be fully prepared for survival in the wild.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Wild cooking
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages5+
locationmarkerIndoor, Outdoor
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Woodland craft
Introduction
Session overview
National curriculum links

There’s nothing more fulfilling than building something with your own hands that you can take home and keep. From bird boxes to bee hotels, our instructors will support you to make your perfect project come to life.

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

Woodland craft
duration1.5 hours
ratio1:12
keystagesKS0, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4
ages3+
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