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Dearne Valley was formerly the Earth Centre, one of the Millennium Commission projects. Situated in beautiful southern Yorkshire, just a 40-minute drive from Sheffield, this site opened its doors as a Kingswood Centre in 2012, following a multi-million pound investment programme.

It is the most environmentally sustainable of Kingswood’s centres and has one of Europe’s largest solar panels as well as its own on-site recycling plant. Outdoor classrooms are spread across 50 acres, delivering interactive learning in grassland, orchard and wooded areas. 

Featuring both high- and low-ropes courses with zipwire as well as a range of exciting activities that include fencing, archery and water-based fun, Dearne Valley is a residential trip experience you will remember for some time to come. 

Teaching resources provided

Kingswood, in partnership with Enrich Education, provide visitors with pre- and post-trip activity packs.  

Packs includes a selection of activities that support PE, English, maths, science and geography curricula, taken from the Enrich School Orienteering and Outdoor Learning Digital Hub, which is home to over 200 cross-curricular physical activity plans. Each activity links with one of the six Kingswood curriculum categories (Challenge, Play, Explore, Discover, Social, Reflect). All activities include a teacher’s plan and children’s resource sheets where required.  

The packs enable schools to create opportunities to introduce outdoor adventurous activities to children, developing their initial orienteering skills and helping to foster a love for outdoor learning.  

In addition to the activity packs, Kingswood offers schools a unique ‘confidence tracker’ tool, created in partnership with insight specialists Spike and with counsel from Dr Alice Jones Bartoli and Professor Justin Dillon, to enable them to evidence and evaluate the success of a trip. This is a fantastic take-home to share with parents or carers after a trip and can also form a wider project on character education or development.

Minimum and maximum group size

The maximum number of students per activity is 15.

Kingswood can usually accommodate smaller groups with complex SEN requirements on request.

Details of risk assessment

Please click here for Kingswood Dearne Valley’s risk management arrangements.


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Facilities on-site

Outdoor: high- and low-ropes courses with zipwire. Raft-building, kayaking and canoeing also available.  

Indoor: indoor sports hall for climbing, archery, fencing, sport, teambuilding activities and laser zone as well as classrooms for learning.  

Gift shops: selling snacks, drinks and souvenirs.

Other facilities: diner, chill-out areas, party-leader lounges and an outdoor amphitheatre. 

Accommodation: dormitory-style accommodation, adventure lodges and new eco pods! 

Opening times

Kingswood Dearne Valley is open daily, year-round.



Prices start from just £86pp for a mid-week residential trip.

Travel arrangements

Kingswood’s partner company, Britannia Coach Services, offers a convenient and competitive travel service that may save you time and money.

Call 01603 309 373 or email


Denaby Main
South Yorkshire
DN12 4EA

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