What will students see and do?

Located in Northumberland on the banks of Kielder Water, Hawkhirst offers outdoor learning and adventure activities for school children. The site has over 70 acres of woodland, and is conveniently set on the lake shore, making it ideal for forest trips and water sports.

Thanks to the remote and unpolluted surroundings, the area is one of the best ‘dark skies discovery’ spots in the country. This makes it ideal for stargazing and solar system lessons.

Hawkhirst is run by the Scout Association and holds the values of this long-standing organisation. The association aims to encourage collaboration, learning in nature and developing practical skills.

There are three packages specifically available to school groups, all of which are fully customisable. The team are keen to help you design an experience that will meet the needs of your pupils.

Students can experience all packages either as single-day events, or residential stays. To extend your exploration of the local area, there are several nearby attractions to choose from. The Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre, for example, is an opportunity to find out more about the local wildlife.

Teaching resources provided

Materials and resources are provided by the Hawkhirst team for every activity. You can also download additional lesson resources from the centre’s website. These are ideal for pre- or post-visit activities.

The website also has free self-led lesson guides. These are step-by-step instructions to run activities with your students at school.

If any additional materials are needed to meet learning outcomes, the team will work with you to make sure you have them.

Minimum and maximum group size

There’s a maximum group size of 12 students to one instructor. Larger groups can be accommodated with an additional instructor or split into smaller groups.

Details of risk assessment

Risk assessments for the centre’s activities are available to download from the website. The team can assist you with any other risk assessment requirements.


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Facilities On-Site

Hawkhirst has three accommodation options to choose from. Firstly, there are several camping areas, ranging from lakeside to thick forest. All camp areas have toilets, showers and fresh drinking water.

The tented village is available between May and October. It sleeps 36 guests across its nine bell tents. There are also tents for dining and group activities.

For indoor accommodation, there are three lodges. These are heated and available either as full-board or self-catered. There’s a communal dining and lounge area.

Opening Times

Official opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday. There will be a member of staff on-site 24 hours a day during your visit.



This varies depending on the activities chosen and the length of the trip. Contact the team for a custom quotation.

Travel arrangements

If arriving from Newcastle, take the A69 and follow signs to Kielder Water. Those arriving via the M6 should take junction 44 and the exit towards Longtown. There is plenty of car parking on-site.


Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre, Kielder, Hexham, Northumberland
NE48 1QZ

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