The £1.2 million recently invested in Stnaley Head Outdoor Education Centre has finally been spent and the building work completed. The investment has included a new kitchen, a dining room extension, staff changing area, a disabled toilet and shower, two new classrooms, a high ropes course, refurbishment of Myatt House and the replacement of a variety of activity equipment including mountain bikes and kayaks. This work was desperately needed but the improvements are very obvious and have really helped to make Stanley Head a centre for the 21st Century! Funding is now being sought to increase the centre's residential capacity by building a new accommodation zone - watch this space...!
We are now welcoming applications for students wishing to do a year's placement in the outdoor industry as part of their course. We have an opportunity for someone to start in Spring 2012. For more information, please email
with some information about yourself and your course and we will contact you.
New High Ropes Course
This fantastic activity is now in full swing, and proving extremely popular. There are a range of activities to choose from and more than enough to fill a whole day for your group: High Wire Course – A series of obstacles and challenges 12 metres up in the air. There is also a less physically demanding course that is 5 metres off the ground.Parachute Jump – Clip in and step off! A drop of about 12 metres from the top of the tower to the ground, a must for everyone!Climbing Wall – Test your climbing skills and determination with 6 different 10 metre routes up the tower.Abseiling – The first step is always the hardest, then follows 12 enjoyable metres as you lower yourself to the ground in your own time.Zip Wire – 80 adrenaline filled metres down the field from a height of 12 metres. You’ll want another go…All Aboard – A 12 metre high pole with a small platform on top. Your challenge? To get four of your team members onto this platform.The Rack – Work as a team to hoist a team member into the air. Don’t pull too hard though…Crate Stacking – Just keep stacking those crates until you reach the top or you balance fails you.
To book a session on the Ropes Course, please call the Centre.
New Bushcraft Weekend Dates
Two more Introduction to Bushcraft weekends are being run in the Spring - dates will appear here shortly. For more information, visit our Bushcraft page (under Activities). This is a great opportunity to have a go at the sort of things that Ray Mears gets up to, and an opportunity to get away form the busy lifestyle and technology for a few days. All courses are run by our resident Bushcraft professional Mark Fox.
Mobile Climbing Wall
We now have a mobile wall that you can hire for your event or party. At 8.5 metres high, it is one of the largest in the area and and is great fun for all ages, from five years to adult. This is a great addition to any event and a genuine attraction, particularly for young people. We have a set charge for the hire of the wall which includes instructors and all equipment and it is then free to your group/clients - unless you choose to make an individual charge. Travel to events in Stoke is also included. For more information, please contact the Centre (stanley.
or 01782 503208).
Training at Stanley Head
A programme of training courses has just been planned for 2011 to include Mountain Leader Training and Assessment, SPA (Climbing and Abseiling) Training and Assessment and Walking Group Leader training. All courses will be directed and led by John Dodd , MIC.
For more information on these courses, click here