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Lakeside outdoor activities

Lakeside outdoor activities

We offer engaging experiences through outdoor activities, holiday clubs and team building sessions.

At Lakeside we run activities and deliver courses for schools, universities, youth groups, corporate clients and the general public. We bring courses to life for you through exceptional instruction from our dedicated and inspirational team, all in a beautiful rural setting.

Activities

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Raft Building
  • Sailing
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
  • Windsurfing
  • Open Water Swimming
  • Angling
  • Archery
  • Bush Craft
  • Ropes Course
  • Zip Wire
  • Orienteering
  • Team Games

 

What we do

General public

Birthday parties and taster sessions

Girl jumping into the lakeWith a wealth of activities to choose from, why not visit Lakeside for a taster session; a team bonding Away Day or maybe even that special birthday party.

Are you searching for more exciting and memorable birthday party ideas or fancy trying your hand at something new? Then look no further! Our fantastic Lakeside Campus is the perfect setting for birthday parties and taster lessons.

Whatever your age you can try your hand at any of our activities under the supervision of our skilled, qualified and friendly staff. They will make your birthday party one to remember and leave you wanting more, the only choice you have to make is which wonderful activities you will choose to take part in whilst with us.

Booking

Various fully catered packages available.

For more information contact us at: lakeside@worc.ac.uk

 

Open water swimming and triathlon training

Our idyllic swim venue; perfect for beginners just starting out or the more experienced triathlete. Our 1.6m lake with 600m circuit is a great venue to train on a weekly basis throughout the season and offers a fantastic setting to host your very own triathlon or duathlon competition with access to a 10km run route onsite.

Our experienced lifeguards are always on hand to ensure your safety and our robust management and testing systems ensure that our lake is prepared for your swim.

group swimming in the lakeThursday 6pm-8pm and Saturdays 8am-10am

Start:

April (dependent on water temperature)

End:

September (dependent on water temperature)

Guidelines:

  • Swim sessions will be managed and overseen by qualified open water lifeguards
  • Briefing will be given before swim entry
  • Wetsuits, swim hats and goggles must be worn
  • 8 - 12 year olds must be accompanied by a competent adult in the water agreed by parent/guardian
  • 12 - 16 year old solo swimmers must be able to complete a lap of the lake unaided and must have a competency form signed by a swim coach or responsible parent/guardian and qualified Lakeside staff member

For more information contact us at: lakeside@worc.ac.uk


Packages for schools

Team building

pupils taking on an obstical courseThis package is an ideal solution for teachers looking to help students raise their attainment levels and develop leadership and communication qualities.

Created for schools that want to develop students in a number of different life skills that can improve confidence, resilience, team work and behaviour.

We use a range of problem solving exercises/ challenges to link activity scenarios to real emotions of day-to-day living with the goal of improving personal attributes such as:

  • Team strategies
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership skills
  • Resolving conflict
  • Self confidence
  • Resilience Self esteem
  • Mental health
  • Communication

We understand that each group of people is different and requires bespoke programming and detail, which is why each course we run is tailor-made to suit the requirements of your group and individuals.

We have fully qualified, experienced instructors to facilitate sessions and mentor various aspects of group structure and team development skills.

Entry level:

This option is designed for newly formed teams/ groups of people that have different ideas. We will teach and coach the team to look at things from other people’s perspectives and start discussing ideas towards the right solution for the problems at hand. We use a range of team building activities to help develop communication skills.

Development skills:

This option is designed for teams/ groups of people that have been together for some time but require some training needs analysis and further coaching to improve team skills and ability. We will coach, mentor and review practise through the implementation of facilitation theories to assist in the development of healthy discussions to understand group dynamics and ascertain strengths rather than weaknesses. We will use a range of basic and advanced challenges to help them grow.

Bushcraft school

building shelter at lakesideThis package is focused towards primary and secondary students.

We start by engaging and motivating students into achievable tasks and activities in our developing woodland environment. Each participant will be given opportunities to develop intrinsic motivational and social skills through self-awareness to enhance emotional growth, imagination and senses to reach their personal potential.

Our Bushcraft School programme gives an opportunity to learn about and through the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use own imagination and initiative to solve problems, work and communicate with others. Our programme runs throughout the year (except in severe weather conditions). We teach children to use tools, play, and learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self-motivated.

Each student will be sure to get their hands dirty as we go: hunting for bugs, pond dipping, on woodland walks, planting trees and building with natural materials.

We aim to develop:

  • Self awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Empathy
  • Good social communication skills
  • Independence
  • A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence

We apply an Accelerated Learning technique to create a unique learning vehicle that is used to encourage young individuals to utilise their local, open space for interactive play, health, recreation and personal development. We promise that each and every participant will thoroughly enjoy and learn from this positive experience.

Optional:

Schools can choose to end the Bushcraft day with an adventurous activity. Additionally, photos of their experience/ achievements will make it an even more memorable day.

Multi-activity sessions

archery at lakesideThis package is focused towards primary and secondary students.

The University of Worcester Lakeside Campus has one of the largest range of both land and water based adventure activities available in one location in the Midlands. This is aimed at schools and students requiring action packed adventure. We will assist you in choosing suitable activities for your group and then facilitate the finer details with you to support you in planning your day. We promise your time with us will be full of fun, adventure, laughter and learning.

Our training centre has a range of activities both land and water based which include:

Land:

  • Zip wire
  • Ropes course
  • Archery
  • Orienteering/ scavenger hunt
  • Team challenges
  • Bushcraft/ Forest School
  • Nightline
  • Nature Detectives
  • Rescue Challenges

Water:

  • Raft building
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Power Boating
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing

Other activity ideas:

We can also offer a range of additional activities to bring an extra dimension to your day. Depending on dates and availability, such activities include: farm tours, river trips, wood craft skills, animal and insect identification and more.

Residential

Preparing food in the self catering kitchenSelf-lead camping at the University of Worcester Lakeside campus perfect for schools, scouts, guides and youth groups.

Bring your own tents or use ours and stay in our purpose built camping facility overlooking the lakes, with accessible shower and toilet facilities and space for staff or group leaders.

After a full day of land and water based activities, wind down by sitting around our fire pit and relax in the great outdoors.

We can provide fully catered residential options including breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as full and half week activity packages.

Please note:

Overnight accommodation at Lakeside Campus is reserved only for schools and youth groups and is unfortunately not for use by the general public, but do take a look at all the great offerings and services we do have; designed just for you, your friends, family and work colleagues.

Booking

For more information on these packages contact us at: lakeside@worc.ac.uk


Accredited courses

Accredited courses

first aid training in actionThese packages offer participants the opportunity to learn a skill and gain National Governing Body Qualifications (NGBs).

For students of all ages whether undertaking Physical Education, Duke of Edinburgh Award (D of E) or any other outdoor adventurous activity course.

Training will consist of both practical and theory sessions to cover all aspects of the award, successful participants will receive an NGB qualification. This can be arranged over the space of one day or multiple sessions to suit your school timetable. Please contact us about availability. See our extensive list of qualifications below. Please call the campus for more details.

Adult and Junior first aid and safety courses

  • First Aid at Work – FAA Level 3 – 3 days
  • FAW Re-qualification – FAA Level 3 – 2 days
  • Emergency First Aid at Work – FAA Level 2 Award – 1 day
  • Outdoor First Aid Level 3 Award – 2 days
  • Paediatric First Aid – FAA Level 3 – 2 days
  • Paediatric Emergency First Aid – FAA Level 3 – 1 day
  • Activity First Aid – FAA Level 2 Award – 2 days
  • Activity First Aid – FAA Level 2 Unit 1 Accreditation – 1 day
  • Activity First Aid – FAA Level 2 Unit 2 Accreditation – 1 day
  • First Aid Risk Assessment – FAA Level 2 Award – 1 day
  • Immediate Management of Anaphylaxis – FAA Level 3 Award – 1 day
  • Oxygen Therapy Administration – FAA Level 3 Award – 1 day
  • BLS & Safe Use of an AED – FAA Level 2 Award – 4 hours
  • Defibrillation – FAA Level 2 Award (CPR & AED skills) 1 day
  • Manual Handling Principles and Practice
  • Safeguarding

Adult and Junior

  • Water Courses National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) Level 1, 2 and 3
  • Life Support Module Level 3
  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
  • Open Water Lifeguard Bolt On
  • Rookie Lifeguard Programme
  • Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport – British Canoeing
  • Foundation Safety and Rescue Training – British Canoeing
  • 2 Star Award – British Canoeing
  • Level 1 & 2 Sailing, Start Windsurfing, Powerboat Level 1 & 2 – Royal Yachting Association

Events we can do

Events we can do

runners crossing the finish lineFrom superheroes on the lake to mud-soaked runners, we can cater for your event or help you with a private hire.

With first-class facilities, we are able to host your event and give your guests an experience they won’t forget!

Recent events we’ve hosted include:

  • St Richard’s Superhero Inflatables Challenge
  • Colour Run
  • Triathlons
  • School Games competition
  • Dirt Run
  • Herefordshire & Worcestershire Sports Partnership: Rounders Sporting Challenge

Booking

To host your next event or for private hire, please email us at lakeside@worc.ac.uk or call the team on 01905 622223.


School holiday clubs

School holiday clubs

girl climbing on outdoor wire frameExperience the great outdoors during half term breaks and school summer holidays.

The University of Worcester presents a series of fun-packed Holiday Clubs. Held during half term breaks and school holidays, treat your children to quality time playing in the great outdoors under the careful guidance of our qualified and friendly instructors.

Whether it’s canoeing on the lake, soaring on a zip line or testing your bush craft skills - there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Typical activities will include canoeing, archery, raft building, bush craft and much more…

Please note:

  • Suitable for ages 6 - 14yrs
  • Timetable is subject to change depending on weather conditions and numbers booked
  • Order of timetable will change when running more than one group in a day
  • Once your booking is confirmed, you will be notified about any kit you need to bring and equipment provided by the University of Worcester.

We will also provide guidance on suitable footwear and clothing appropriate to the activities signed up for and information regarding food and drink.

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Get in touch

Phone: 01905 622223

Email: lakeside@worc.ac.uk

Facebook: uwlakeside

Twitter: @uwlakeside

Instagram: uwlakeside

Sunrise at over the lake at our Lakeside Campus

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