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About Us

The YMCA National Centre, Lakeside is a 400 acre, private woodland estate on the south western shores of Lake Windermere in the heart of the English Lake District. We offer in excess of 50 water and land based activities, with extensive conference and catering facilities and varying styles of on site accommodation for over 200 people. We are acknowledged as being one of the largest outdoor activity centres in Europe.

Our core mission has always been, and continues to be, helping people build a future. We work with schools, youth and corporate groups from all over Europe, helping them achieve their learning and development objectives through experiential learning. 

These objectives can range from getting everyone together for a 'fun' getaway to in depth development goals linked with leadership, communication and improving confidence. Our qualified and experienced instructors make sure that all activity programmes are designed with each clients aims and objectives in mind. 

As an educational charity (charity No. 1074571) we ensure that all profits made from programmes at Lakeside are used to continually develop the centres facilities and help subsidise youth and schools programmes, ensuring that the facility continues to provide a great experience for young people.



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