Latest Cornwall Outdoors News

03/04/2015 - 09:13

This new CPD opportunity qualifies staff from schools and other settings to take children’s learning out of doors to a range of environments.

Structure of programme:

• 4 day training programme

• Action plan based on experience and training

• Successful completion of logbook/portfolio

• Half day assessment with your group of children in your outdoor environment

Note: prior to assessment you must hold a relevant first aid award.

Content to include:

• Safe management of outdoor learning

• Using your school grounds / settings

• Cross-curricular, numeracy, literacy and science

• Personal and social development

• Firelighting, bushcraft and cooking

• Consultant visit to your school/setting to advise on outdoor learning space


Successful completion of the above leads to nationally recognised accreditation through:

• Outdoor Education Advisers Panel – Educational Visits Leader

• Royal Geographical Society – Offsite Safety Management

• Outdoor Ethics - Leave No Trace UK

Who can attend:

Practitioners with an interest in using the outdoors to enhance and enrich young people’s learning.

Cost: £375 per delegate, 25% discount for 2nd and subsequent delegate(s) from any school/establishment.

Dates: 14th & 28th April / 20th May / 3rd June 2015

Venue: Day one at Carew House, Bodmin PL31 2QN/Landhydrock House

Book online and use course code: CLO27

For more information contact: Sarah Melbourne 01872 322930

02/11/2015 - 15:54

Many of you will be aware of the Learning Away project which is evaluating the impact of residentials on students' attainment, relationships and personal development.  Project Leader Peter Carne is coming to Cornwall on March 24th to deliver an update/briefing on the findings of the research, and how to get the best from your residentials.  There are 2 separate briefings, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, full details attached.  Please book early as spaces are limited.


06/11/2014 - 13:39
New Dates for First Aid in the Outdoors
Date:13th October - 14th October 2014
Time:9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue: Carnyorth Environmental Education Centre, St Just, Penzance TR19 7QE
Date:18th November - 19th November 2014
Time:9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue:Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre St Austell, PL26 6AZ
Date:27th January - 28th January 2015
Time:9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue:Delaware Outdoor Education Centre, Drakewells, Gunnislake PL18 9EH
Date:17th March - 18th March 2015
Time:9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue: West Cornwall - To Be Confirmed
Date: 21st April  - 22nd April 2015
Time:9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue:Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre St Austell, PL26 6AZ
Date: 18th June - 19th June 2015
Time:9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue:Delaware Outdoor Education Centre, Drakewells, Gunnislake PL18 9EH
For more details visit 
06/03/2014 - 13:17

Outdoor Learning Conference

Friday 3 October 2014

Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge

Following our successful first Outdoor Conference in September 2013 Cornwall Outdoors are pleased to announce a second conference running in October 2014. You will have the opportunity to hear two world renowned speakers, Juliet Robertson and Andy Kirkpatrick, and to share views and experiences of outdoor learning and adventure education.You will also get the opportunity to attend two workshops delivered by top outdoor practitioners.

2 Amazing Guest Speakers

Juliet Robertson

One of Scotland’s leading consultants in the field of outdoor learning. She is a published author and her website has a wealth of resources and ideas for outdoor learning, including her award-winning blog

Her workshops provide delegates with a wide range of practical ideas and activities which use the outdoors to enrich the curriculum.

Andy Kirkpatrick

One of the UK’s top mountaineers. He has climbed some of the most technically difficult routes in the world and is particularly well known for his winter expeditions. But his journey from remedial student to internationally acclaimed mountaineer, writer and speaker is further testament to his determination to succeed. Andy is severely dyslexic, a condition diagnosed after he left school, and began his adult life with no qualifications. Despite this, alongside his mountaineering achievements he is an award-winning, published writer and a highly successful public speaker.

14 Workshops:

No 1 ~ Outdoor Maths with Sticks and Stone

No 2 ~ Adventure Learning Schools

No 3 ~ Brilliant Residentials

No 4 ~ Beach School

No 5 ~ Spirituality and the Outdoors

No 6 ~ Bushcraft

No 7 ~ Outdoor Learning and the importance of our relationships to place.

No 8 ~ Developing the curriculum through simple climbing activities

No 9 ~ Orienteering in the School Grounds

No 10 ~ Educational Visits Coordinator Update

No 11 ~ Core, that’s amazing!

No 12 ~ Taking Stories Outdoors

No 13 ~ Campfire Cooking in the school grounds

No 14 ~ Teambuilding on a budget

03/28/2014 - 15:11

Traverse Walls at Lanivet and Mylor Bridge Schools

The Delaware Centre staff have just completed the installation of two new playground traverse walls. Lanivet School and Mylor Bridge School are the new owners of these exterior timber built climbing traverse walls, which only took two onsite days to complete.

Big bright and friendly holds for children to explore and climb along. New playground games and a new activity for your PE lessons. Balance skills, coordination, confidence, strength and dexterity are only a few of the benefits that a traverse wall can bring to your school.

Lanivet School Traverse Wall

Lanivet had an unused space to the side of their playground which had a strong wall on which to fix the structure. Once installed the playground was back to the same size but this time there is a traverse wall installed for all to enjoy. The wall has three faces, one gentle gradient, one vertical face and then a gentle overhang to add a challenge to the budding climbers in the school.

Lanivet Traverse wall

Mylor Bridge School Traverse Wall

Mylor Bridge School didn't have the same long wall as Lanivet to build along however as a corner feature it brings a new vibrancy to a bland stone wall in the playground. With an easy gradient on one side of the wall and a steeper section for the more adventurous climbers. this wall has something for all ages in Mylor Bridge School.

Mylor Bridge School Traverse Wall

If you would like to know more about how Cornwall Outdoors can build a traverse wall in your school playground please contact:

Dougie Bruce
Centre Manager
Delaware Centre
Tel: 01822 833885 

03/26/2014 - 12:58

The Outdoor Learning Cards have been developed by the Outdoor Education Advisers' Panel (OEAP) as a resource to support teachers and youth leaders who wish to deliver exciting and inspirational outdoor learning activities.

The Outdoor Learning Cards activities contribute directly to a wide range of educational and development aims for young people (aged 5-15) and cover four elements of Outdoor Learning that can be delivered on the immediate site and surrounding environment:

• Orienteering

• Team Building and Problem Solving

• Bouldering - Use of low level climbing walls

• Journeying - Local visits organised by young people

The Cards are supported by a Handbook and CD that provide detailed information on all aspects of activity delivery. Key elements are explored further in the nationally recognised one-day Outdoor Learning Cards training course. The Cards and supporting materials are only available through the training course.

For more information please contact:

Andy Barclay

M: 07968 892855


Dates: 25th June, 8th Oct or 5th Feb 2014

Course Code: CLO29


Book online:

03/18/2014 - 12:49

New dates have been added for Educational Visits Coordinators Training (for new EVC's) or Re-Validation Training for experienced EVC's who haven't attended training in the last 3 Years.  


30 April 2014 - Tricky's Redruth

26 November 2014 - Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre, St Austell

3 February 2015 - Delaware Outdoor Education Centre, Gunnislake

To book go to and search course code CLO9


22 May 2014 - Carew House, Bodmin

14 October 2014 - Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre, St Austell

19 January 2015 - Delaware Outdoor Education Centre, Gunnislake

To book go to and search course code CLO25

03/13/2014 - 15:00

In 2009, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation invited proposals from primary, secondary and special schools across the UK to work with them in developing and piloting innovative residential learning programmes. Learning Away was founded on their belief that high-quality residential experiences can provide extremely powerful learning opportunities for children and young people – and indeed, for adults as well. When they considered that less than a fifth of a young person’s waking time is spent in school, the opportunity to engage young people with the much more intensive, rich and deep learning experiences that residentials can offer was compelling.

Working closely with over 60 primary, secondary and special schools in 13 partnerships across the UK, Learning Away aims to enhance young people’s learning, achievement and well-being by developing, piloting and evaluating the impact of residential experiences as an integral part of the curriculum. Read the full interim report at or see the summary here.

Hear more about Learning Away at our outdoor conference on 3 October 2014.

03/13/2014 - 10:01

Part time Outdoor Instructor Training Course @ Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre

03/11/2014 - 12:20

New dates announced for the MIAS level 1 & 2 Training