£35 per person per day
Going Through Brook with Green Canoe

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Holiday Activity Club Available in School Holidays, Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays plus half term's

Dates Now Live with increased duration and reduced prices (from £35 per day and from £139 for 5 day block), option to add in lunch at the centre

Tickets from £35.00
Time 08.45 to 16:00 (standard times)  08.15 to 16:15 (summer holidays)

Based at Kempston Outdoor Centre, participants will learn adventure and outdoor skills, take part in watersports activities, have fun, and make new friends. They will use life skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and communication. Activities range between our 'wet & wild' and 'woodland wild' programmes as well as team challenges and games.

Watersports and Adventurous Activities

Develop your Adventure Tribe and skills with Canoe Trail's Holiday Club based at Kempston Outdoor Centre. The Adventure School is holiday activities for kids aged 6 to 14.

Our school holiday activity club is designed to provide a stepping stone for young people to have fun and learn watersports like canoeing and kayaking, develop confidence and life skills and also help towards programmes like the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme as well as keeping active during the school holidays, at Easter, Summer and Christmas time. They will develop lifeskills through outdoor learning challenges including teamwork, leadership, risk management, decision making, problem-solving, and communication.

The Adventure School Holiday club is a great safe place to make friends, enjoy playing games and tackling neww challenges on the river, at our woodland or at kempston Outdoor Centre. The Centre is a great base with outdoor classrooms, changing rooms, shower and toilet factilities, pizza ovens, bushcraft areas, as well as an indoor climbing wall and bouldering area and high ropes course. Our woodland and outdoor centre have direct access onto the River Great Ouse

Currently, we provided Adventure School to over four thousand young people per year across schools, youth organisations, scouts and charities we work with.

We deliver a mixture of activities

➼ Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and Canoeing.

➼ Bushcraft Activities

➼ Team Challenges

➼ Paddle START Qualification and other NGB qualifications

➼ Climbing

➼ Bouldering

➼ Campfire Cooking

➼ Raft Building

➼ Orienteering

➼ Tracking games

➼ Adventure School Certificates

➼ Rope and Knot skills

➼ Field Games

➼ Urban Coasteering


  1. Create an opportunity for young people to have FUN and enjoy the great outdoors.
  2. Help young people learn adventure skills like paddling, climbing and bushcraft.
  3. Encourage young people to re-wild themselves with nature and enjoy a digital detox.
  4. Teach young people the benefits of teamworking skills.
  5. Promote caring for our natrual world and environment.
  6. Improve well-being
  7. Develop wider life skills such as leadership, risk management and problem solving.

Our Adventure School Holiday Club Programme has been endorsed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes listed by the Guiness Book of Records as the World's Greatest Living Explorer.

“Adventure School is a fantastic programme for young people offering a blend of outdoor activities and all-important life skills. I have long maintained on my expeditions that selecting people with the right personal attributes is the key to success as you can teach and train the technical aspects. I am convinced that Adventure School will provide many young people with the foundation and grounding in life skills such as teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, and decision making to give them the best start in life. It will change lives and help prepare them for future challenges. Happy adventuring.”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Important and useful information

All equipment is included as part of our course.

We cover a mix of activities including 'Woodland Wild' and Wet n' Wild programmes. You need to ensure you drop off and collect your child promptly at the designated times.

We expect each participant to adhere to a behaviour code of conduct which will be sent after booking. All participants must follow the social distancing guidelines and listen to the instructors.


What you will need to bring:

Packed lunch including snacks and drinks.

➼ Spare clothes including shoes as there is the possibility of getting wet!

➼ Waterproof jacket.

➼ Sun hat.

➼ Antibac for hands.

➼ Medication if applicable.


Safety & Governance

Canoe Trail puts safety, risk management, and governance at the top of our priorities in all we do. 

Our team is highly qualified as coaches and leaders holding a wide range of qualifications including canoe and kayak leadership, UKCC Level 2 coaching awards, Level 3 and 4 coaching qualifications, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and teaching qualifications. All staff are DBS checked, trained in safeguarding, and hold current outdoor recreation First Aid Certificates (2 days).

Please note: Occasionally some activities may be changed, postponed or cancelled due to a dynamic risk assessment considering the weather and river conditions.

Canoe Trail holds a wide range of National Governing Body and Industry Accreditation including:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Approved Activity Provider
  • Combined Cadet Force Approved Provider
  • Adventure Activities Licencing Authority Certificated
  • British Canoeing Gold Delivery Partner
  • Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Insurance via Activities Industry Mutual (AIM)


We work with relevant partners and maintain relationships with them to bring the best programmes. This programme was funded by Sport England and has been delivered through organisations such as YMCA, Fun4YoungPeople, Young Carers, Local Schools with great results on attendance, self-confidence, and life skills.


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