The Delaware Outdoor Education Centre near Gunnislake in the Tamar Valley provides a spacious, centrally heated, residential base, with a large sports field and a sunny garden with picnic benches.
The Centre provides small dormitory accommodation, for up to 67 people. In the main Centre (The Old School) there are 5 large dormitories: four rooms sleeping 8 and one room sleeping 12, all laid out with bunk-beds. There are 3 staff rooms; two rooms sleeping 2 and 1 single room. There is a kitchen, dining room / common room, showers, toilets and drying room.
(In addition to The Old School, The Headmaster House can be used as extra sleeping space, there are two dormitories with 4 bunks (8 beds) and two single Leader rooms).
We provide a cleaning service on the day of your arrival and departure. We do ask however that you agree to keep the centre as clean and tidy as possible throughout your stay and to leave the centre in a similar condition as you found it when you arrived. For all self-catering residential visits it is recommended that a member of staff holds the Food Hygiene Certificate.
The Centre is within easy access of both Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor. It is an ideal base from which to plan walking, climbing, canoeing adventures and has many local historic sites to visit. The Centre is situated within the picturesque Tamar Valley (an area of outstanding natural beauty) and nearby can be found the National Trust house and grounds of Cotehele. A short drive away is the World Heritage site of Morwellham Quay. They are always glad to receive group and school bookings and will guide you through the areas enchanting industrial past.
At the Delaware Centre, we specialise in outdoor adventurous activities and our experienced instructors have an excellent reputation for delivering safe and enjoyable activity sessions at all levels, from simple 'tasters' for beginners up to instructor training and assessments in such activities as mountain and moorland expeditions, rock climbing, white water canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering and first aid.
Groups visiting the Delaware Centre vary in size. It is normal with larger groups to sub-divide into smaller groups in order to undertake each activity. When attending an offsite activity we will transport your group to the venue using our Centre minibuses.
We now have an indoor all weather activity barn which has an extensive climbing wall, and space for indoor activities if the weather is inclement.
Visiting leaders may choose their own programme content, in consultation with the centre staff. Programme planning needs to take place one-month in advance of the proposed visit, please browse the activity descriptions below and visit the activities days page for more details to decide your programme content and liaise with centre staff:
Examples of activity days
For further information on choosing the right activity programme for your group please see our Activities days page or if you are seeking something a little different to what is on offer please contact the Centre directly on 01822 833885.
The Centre provides some essential activity-based resources for group leaders to manage with their students in the evenings. Indoor Orienteering, K-nex, Smite and an outdoor climbing/traverse wall. We also have our extensive rear field which is suitable for wide-games of all sorts. Regardless of these activities we do recommend that you plan ahead for other activities that your students can undertake throughout the evening.