What will students see and do?

Darlington-based Outdoor-Ambition was established in 2007 with the aim of providing outdoor education to students at risk of disengaging with in-classroom learning.

Today, the centre offers an engaging fresh-air environment that enables all pupils to flourish and discover new abilities.

Ideally located for students from wider County Durham and the surrounding area, Outdoor Ambition can create a custom package based on the needs of your students.

School groups can visit for a single day of activities – a wide variety of which are offered, both on-land and water-based – a weekend, or a full week.

For longer residentials, the mountains of the Lake District and Scotland can be incorporated into your itinerary. Thanks to the centre’s location, visiting groups are well positioned to extend their exploration into the nearby Cleveland Hills and North Pennines, in particular.

Winter climbing is a more challenging experience, including activities such as winter navigation, snow-holing and winter mountaineering. These advanced residential activities can take place in the UK or overseas.

As experienced international adventurers, the Outdoor Ambition team can even lead adventure school trips abroad to locations like Morocco and Norway should you so wish.

Outdoor Ambition has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom quality badge as a seal of approval for its educational offering. All its instructors are experienced and hold recognised governing body qualifications. They are also all fully DBS checked.

Teaching resources provided

Contact the team at Outdoor Ambition to discuss any teaching resources you may require for your trip.

Minimum and maximum group size

Group sizes will depend on the age of the pupils in your group and the activities booked. In general, the maximum group size for challenging activities, like white-water tubing, is 12 pupils.

Details of risk assessment

Outdoor Ambition is happy to work with schools to complete any risk assessments needed. As the centre is a Learning Outside the Classroom badge holder, its team can make the process of taking pupils off-site easier and reduce the associated paperwork.


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Facilities On-Site

The facilities available to your students will vary depending on the activities chosen and the location. Contact Outdoor Ambition for more details.

Opening Times

The centre is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week, thanks to the residential options offered. Call during standard office hours to speak with the team.



The cost of your trip will vary depending on the custom itinerary created, and the number of students in your group. Contact the centre staff for more information on pricing.

Travel arrangements

Outdoor Ambition’s main centre is in Darlington, which sits between the North Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. Middlesbrough is 18 miles to the east, and Newcastle is 35 miles to the north.


17 Charnwood Drive, High Grange, 17 Charnwood Drive, Darlington, Co Durham

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