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Situated in nine acres of parkland on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District, this centre includes superb watersports facilities.



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With the beautiful Peak District on its doorstep, this friendly and inclusive centre provides the ideal destination for younger students to experience the great outdoors within a secure environment

Watersports centre on the Scout Dike reservoir, adjacent to the centre, offering exciting activities including canoeing and raft building

Ideal setting for young people to experience the wonders of the countryside

About Peak Venture 

Peak Venture is established as one of the area’s leading residential educational activity centres. Situated on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District, near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, with dramatic gritstone edges, wild heather moorlands and gentle limestone dales. Set in 9 acres of parkland the centre was historically named as ‘Scout Dike’ after the rural reservoir opposite the centre.

Peak Venture is one of four watersports equipped Kingswood centres. Fully supervised water-based activities take place on the adjacent Scout Dike Reservoir, including raft building and canoeing. All sessions take place under the regulations of the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) and all buoyancy aids and waterproof jackets are provided.

The centre features student dormitory accommodation and teacher rooms which are complemented by excellent ICT facilities and classrooms. Close to the main buildings, the activity park nestles in sheltered woodlands and fields, from high ropes, climbing and low ropes to aeroball and abseiling, with the 3G swing bringing an element of high adventure to the centre. Peak Venture’s outdoor areas also benefit from external lighting to enable activities to operate all year round. The centre’s boundary fencing and coded security gates ensure a safe and secure experience for all guests

Accommodation and catering

Peak Venture can accommodate up to 200 young people in 4-8 bed dormitories.

Students sleep in warm purpose-built dormitory-style accommodation, with gender-separated bathroom and shower facilities. Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided for all guests. Teacher rooms are at the end of each corridor.

To fuel young guests during a long day of thrilling adventure activities, we serve three hot meals per day, with lots of choice and seasonal variations. Each day there is a carefully balanced nutritional meal plan, recently updated to meet and exceed the latest Government standards on children’s meals.


Teacher facilities

Our recently refreshed teacher bedrooms are complete with contemporary furnishings, tea and coffee making facilities and a radio-alarm.

Your programme

Your programme will be tailored to suit your needs; begin by choosing one of our special interest programmes, this will act as a theme for your visit; then customise the programme by selecting your learning outcomes and activity preferences.

Our online programme builder will give you a good idea of how we design your adventure. By telling us a bit about your group, your objectives and your preferences we will give you a sample idea of what you can expect on your Kingswood experience.

As watersports activities are hugely popular and very busy, we recommend booking a watersports upgrade to include this in your programme. Please note that the weather may affect which watersports activities are available at certain times.

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Location and travel

Kingswood - Peak Venture,
Huddersfield Road,
South Yorkshire,
S36 7GF
(for SatNav please use S36 7EZ)

Situated on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District and a short distance away from Barnsley, Sheffield and Leeds

Key travel times by road: Barnsley: 20min, Leeds: 40min, Sheffield: 40min, Manchester: 1hr, Nottingham: 1hr 20min, Preston: 1hr 30min, Lincoln: 1hr 30min, Hull: 2hrs, Leicester: 2hrs, Middlesbrough:2hr 20min