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Year 6 Residential to Waterpark

Year 6 Residential to The Waterpark Lakeland Adventure Centre


Every year (for over 20 years), in the Autumn term, the Year 6 children go on an exciting residential to the Waterpark Lakeland Adventure Centre based on the shore of Coniston Water in the Lake District.

The residential outdoor centre was established in 1998 by the Eric Wright Trust and provides a range of outdoor educational activities as well as providing opportunities for the children to build their skills, confidence and resilience for the future especially in the children's transition to secondary school. 


It is believed the origins of the Waterpark Estate go back to the 12th Century, although the current building is largely Georgian and Victorian in style. There are thirteen bedrooms that can equip up to five people in one of the rooms (single beds), with two, three or four in the other bedrooms. The current estate comprises 65 acres, mainly woodland, and includes the former mansion house, ancillary building, a mile of lakeshore, a marina and a boathouse.


The Waterpark is unique because it is run by the Eric Wright Trust, every year when Saltergate attends we have been lucky enough to be given a grant by the trust, which allows the children to only pay only half of the full cost of the trip. Without this grant, many of our children would not be able to visit this amazing place. The staff at Waterpark are also an amazing bunch of people who develop and nurture the children, so they come away remembering this experience for the rest of their lives.


The activities that the children take part in help them with their team building, personal development, self-esteem, self-confidence, life skills and environmental awareness. These activities include; Sailing, canoeing, kayaking, ghyll scrambling, wind surfing, climbing, problem solving, orienteering, low ropes as well as several different high rope activities in the grounds. They also get to develop other life skills such as; making sandwiches, washing and drying pots, setting up the dinner hall for the next meal and changing beds.


It is safe to say, all the children (and adults) have a wonderful time.



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