Develop your Adventure Tribe and skills with Canoe Trail. The Adventure School is holiday activities for kids aged 8-15.

Participates will learn adventure skills, take part in watersports activities, have fun, and make new friends.  They will also use life skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and communications on these programmes.  Usually these range between our 'wet and wild' weeks and 'woodland wild' and we select locations to share the wilder parts of our local area.  Programmes will either be based on Bedford's stunning Victorian Embankment or our private woodland in Willington.

Adventure School by Canoe Trail

Choose Your Week:


2020 Syllabus has now finished



We will be delivering a mixture of activities ranging from:

  • Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and Canoes.
  • Bushcraft activities 
  • Team challenges
  • Paddle Start Qualification
  • Adventure School certificate
  • All equipment included as part of our course
  • At each location we will over a mix of activities on both the Woodland Wild and Wet n' Wild programmes
  • Other things to be aware of...
  • You need to ensure you drop off and collect your child promptly at the designated times
  • We will 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:

  • Pack lunch (including snacks and drinks)
  • Spare clothes including shoes. There is the possibility of getting wet!
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Antibac for hands
  • Medication (if applicable)

Adventure school provides fantastic opportunities for young people to enjoy the outdoors, re-wild themselves with nature, and learn adventure skills such as canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, bushcraft, and team challenges.

This summer holiday club is designed to provide a stepping stone for young people to learn watersports like canoeing and kayaking, develop confidence and life skills and also help towards programmes like the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. They will develop lifeskills through outdoor learning challenges including teamwork, leadership, risk management, decision making, problem solving, and communication. To date, we have provided Adventure School to several thousand young people.

Adventure School has been endorsed by our friend Sir Ranulph Fiennes, (The World's Greatest Living Explorer according to the Guiness Book of Records) who has supported several of Richard's expeditions,  who said:

"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."


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.

Safe & Governance

Canoe Trail put safety, risk management, and governance at the top of our priorities in all we do. Our staff are 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 day).

Please note: Occasionally some activities may be cancelled due to risk assessment.

Please note: Due to Covid-19 the numbers on this course will be limited and it is first come first served, so please ensure you book you place and have it confirmed to avoid disappointment. Due to Covid-19 any children who fall ill either prior to or during the week must be kept/ taken home and will not be able to return.