Newlands Adventure Centre is the oldest established outdoor centre in the country being converted from a working mill in 1905 by the Countrywide Holiday Association to make a walking holiday centre. Over the years, other outdoors activities were added to make what is now an exciting and challenging programme. Newlands is proud of its history but we make sure our future is as solid as our past by developing and changing with the times, without losing our core values of safety and fun.
Independently owned, Newlands has 135 beds and can offer our guests everything from a night’s bed & breakfast to a full week’s multi activity holiday, all year round. Our unique location, relaxed & friendly staff team, modern facilities, residents bar, and well maintained activity sites & equipment all combine to provide the ideal place to work, whatever your outdoor interests.
From March till November the majority of our clients are school and youth groups on multi activity holidays up to one week long. Half day activity sessions are offered at an introductory level but, if required, can be altered in length and content to suit a groups needs.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!
Based in the heart of the Lakes, only 3 mile from the market town of Keswick, Newlands Adventure Centre is surrounded by fells, crags, rivers and lakes. Not only are these wonderful natural assets used with visiting groups but are essential for staff training and personal skills development.
After a day’s work there is still time to play as the Northern Fells, Borrowdale’s crags and many Lakes and Cumbrian rivers are all within easy reach. We employ a young team which can give rise to a hectic social life, and as well as our own on site bar, with the high proportion of young people employed in the local tourism industry, Keswick offers a lively night out. A lot of Newlands staff return for a second or third season, often living in and around Keswick for the winter. Many of our ex staff are now familiar faces in the local outdoor industry, attributing their success to the years they spent with us and all cite Newlands as having been the perfect base for developing their careers.
Having permanent highly qualified senior staff who can facilitate and assess NGB awards on site, there are wonderful opportunities to gain further qualifications, or get excellent training towards them. All Newlands staff must go through a 2 week induction at the start of the season, and are also monitored and receive feedback throughout the season. This gives you a great opportunity to fill skills gaps and work towards gaining more or higher qualifications quickly. Senior Staff are always available to discuss training options and personal development and to give advice on how to move up the career ladder.