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Delaware Outdoor Education Centre

The Old School - Delaware OEC

The Delaware Outdoor Education Centre, overlooking the Tamar Valley provides a spacious, centrally heated, residential base, with a large sports field and a sunny garden with picnic benches. It provides a superb base in which to undertake a range of adventurous, outdoor and educational activities.

Delaware Centre Information

Delaware provides dormitory accommodation, for up to 44 people. In the main Centre The Old School there are 5 large dormitories: four rooms sleeping 8 and one room sleeping 12. Each room is furnished with bunk-beds.  


In addition to the 44 student beds, there are 3 staff rooms; two rooms sleeping 2 and 1 single room.  In addition to the bedrooms there is a kitchen, dining room / common room, showers, toilets and drying room.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activity days

At the Delaware Centre, we specialise in outdoor and adventurous activities and our experienced instructors have an excellent reputation for delivering safe and enjoyable activity sessions at all levels.

Gorge Walking at Delaware

Our outdoor and adventurous activities range from simple taster-days  for beginners right up to intensive outdoor instructor training and assessments courses.

Our more specialist outdoor courses include:

We offer several dates per year for each of the above courses. If you would like to book or to enquire further please contact us or visit the relevant course pages.

Getting about

When attending an offsite activity we will transport your group to the venue using our Centre minibuses. 

Wet weather options

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.

Choosing your activities

Delaware Centre Climbing WallWhen choosing your activity programme it is best to consult with the Centre staff well in advance of your visit. We like to recommend that you do this at least one month before you arrive.

Please browse the activity descriptions below and visit the activities days page for more details on each activity.

Examples of activity days

  • Open canoeing in ‘Canadian’ canoes
  • Outdoor rock climbing and abseiling
  • Indoor climbing with indoor abseiling
  • Moorland exploration & navigation
  • Archery
  • Team building and problem solving
  • Orienteering
  • Mountain biking
  • Gorge walking
  • Raft building
  • Survival skills

If you are seeking something a little different to what is currently on offer please contact the Centre directly on 01822 833885.

Catered or Self-Catered options

We provide a full catering service for our mid-week, term time bookings.  For weekends and school holidays if you would prefer to be self-catered we recommend that a member of staff holds the Food Hygiene Certificate.

Local Area

The Delaware Centre is situated within the picturesque Tamar Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Along the banks of the River Tamar you will find Cotehele House and Grounds, managed by the National Trust.

Morwellham Quay World Heritage Site is only a short drive away. They are always glad to receive group and school bookings and will guide you through the areas enchanting industrial past.

A little further west and east you will find easy access to Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor, making the Delaware Centre an ideal base from which to plan walking, biking, climbing and canoeing adventures. 

If you wish to be guided on activities around the local area then our expert team of instructors can be available to book whilst on your stay.

Evening Activities

Delaware Centre Rear Field

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.

You can book;

  • a guided evening walk onto the moors or through the local woodland and footpaths.
  • an evening in the climbing barn with our Instructors.

These activities comes at an additional cost to your original booking. Please speak to the Centre staff if you feel this service appeals.

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