Denaby Main, Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, DN12 4EA
Spread across 50 acres, this centre has opportunities for interactive activities across grassland, woodland and wetland.
Located in the beautiful rolling hills and countryside of the South Yorkshire valley, just 20 minutes from Doncaster.
Unique environmental facilities including giant solar panels, wind power and a natural water treatment plant.
A unique blend of nature, adventurous activities, and contemporary purpose built accommodation and high quality learning facilities.
Formerly the Earth Centre, one of the millennium commission projects, Dearne Valley was transformed into a state-of-the-art activity centre in 2012. Dearne Valley is our most environmentally sustainable centre, complete with one of Europe’s largest solar panels and an on-site water treatment plant.
With fantastic indoor and outdoor activity facilities surrounded by the beautiful countryside of South Yorkshire, a purpose built watersports lake and access to the adjacent River Don for watersports, Dearne Valley offers something for everyone.
In preparation for your visit, here is some useful information for you pre-arrival. Click here to find our Learning Outside the Classroom quality badge details, risk assessments, Insurance and trip launch information including details for parents.
Outdoors: State of the art activity park with challenging apparatus including high and low ropes, zipwire and climbing
Indoors: Giant indoor sports hall for climbing, fencing, archery, sport and team building activities, plus a laser zone
Watersports: Purpose built watersports lake and adjacent River Don for raft building, kayaking and canoeing
Gift shop: Our on-site shops sell snacks and drinks, as well as postcards, souvenirs, games and mementos
Other facilities: Diner, chill out areas, party leader lounges, indoor and outdoor classroom spaces, natural water treatment plant, outdoor amphitheatre
Please note that at Dearne Valley we deliver four daytime activity sessions, plus our normal evening sessions. This allows us to maximise the impact for your group and for participants to fully enjoy their programme.
Dearne Valley has standard dormitory style accommodation. Rooms range from 4 to 16 bed dormitories, some en-suite, with gender-separated bathroom and shower facilities and party leader rooms close by. Adventure Lodges are also available for the ultimate adventure experience, or you could try our brand new Eco Pods! Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided for all guests.
Our Adventure Lodges are the highest quality safari tents, providing a comfortable and secure base for your group throughout your stay. The lodges sites offer a close community feel with campfire areas, perfect for team bonding in the evening.
Bespoke branded timber furniture
The same high quality bedding that we have in our residential accommodation, complete with pillows and duvets
Lockable storage for valuables
A solid timber floor base, plus an undercover veranda area outside the entrance
Safe and convenient lighting around the Lodge area, plus inside the Lodge
A central space for downtime
Mains power supplied to each Lodge for charging phones and electrical accessories, etc.
Lodges for Party Leaders include kitchenettes with tea and coffee making facilities and small fridge for refreshments and storing medicines
Dedicated toilets and shower areas at a ratio of one shower per 10 young people, plus separate facilities for Party Leaders.
Our Eco Pods are brand new for 2017 and we're really excited about them! They provide a great alternative self-contained accommodation option which gives young people a taste of independence and the opportunity to try something new, perfectly complementing your outdoor adventure.
- Hard wood floors and walls
- Under floor heating
- Cosy wooden bunk beds
- En-suite party leader rooms, and gender-separated shared toilet and shower facilities for young people
To fuel young guests during a long day of thrilling adventure activities, we serve three meals per day, with lots of choice and seasonal variations. Each day there is a carefully balanced and nutritional meal plan, recently updated to meet and exceed the latest Government standards on young people's meals.Click here to see a sample menu
Party leader facilities
Our recently refreshed party leader bedrooms are complete with contemporary furnishings, tea and coffee making facilities and a radio-alarm.
All teacher rooms are close to student dormitories and contain en-suite bathrooms.
In the air
65% of students said that following a residential they are less likely to give up when school work is difficult.
Location & Travel
Located in the beautiful rolling hills and countryside of the South Yorkshire valley, just 20 minutes from Doncaster and within easy reach of the Midlands and the North of England.
Kingswood - Dearne Valley, Denaby Main, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 4EA
Key travel times by road:
Doncaster: 20 min
Sheffield: 40 min
Leeds: 50 min
Manchester: 1h 45min
Liverpool: 2h 15min