About YMCA Lakeside
You’ll find the YMCA National Centre, Lakeside hidden within 400 acres of private woodland along the south western shores of Lake Windermere.
As a centre of excellence in outdoor learning we’ve been here for more than 60 years and in that time, we’ve helped more than a million young people to build a better future.
Today, we’re one of the largest outdoor activity centres in Europe, delivering top quality outdoor learning from , in our opinion, the best location you could ask for.
Come and see for yourself
Looking out across Lake Windermere and beyond to the Cumbrian mountains that make the Lake District such a dramatic environment, the views will take your breath away.
It’s impossible to capture the true beauty of this area in a two-dimensional photo. So why not come along and experience it for yourself? We’re always happy to show visitors around, call our team to arrange a convenient time. Or attend one of our open days
As you probably know from our name, we’re part of the worldwide movement of YMCA’s.
We’re also an educational charity – registered charity No. 1074571. That means any surplus income is put back into Lakeside to improve our facilities ensure best value for youth and school programmes and provide an amazing experience for all our visitors.
Making the most of the natural resources on our doorstep we offer nearly 50 land and water-based activities. Our adventures range from kayaking to fell walking, and archery to caving, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
On site we offer a variety of accommodation options. The new Stoller Campus has over 250 beds. North camp has a variety of dorm rooms and a lodge village and sleeps just under 200 in total. In addition we have great value tented villages which offer a great value adventurous option during the summer months form Easter to October.
Our two counter served restaurants offer wholesome, hearty fayre and can accommodate most dietary requirements.
Who we work with
We work with schools, colleges, youth and corporate groups from all over Europe. Since we introduced our Family Residential Camps, more and more families are also enjoying adventure holidays with us. We think children of 8 or older will get the most from our activities, but we do work with younger children who attend with their parents. .
Many of our activities can be adapted for groups with special needs and disabilities. Speak to a member of our team to find out more.
Safety is integral at Lakeside
Parent’s naturally want their children to have adventures and experience what the world has to offer. But they are equally concerned that their children don’t come to harm. Safety through careful risk management allows us to provide thrilling adventures without undue risk.
We’re fully accredited by The Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALA), Adventure Mark (AAIAC) British Activity Provider Association (BAPA) and Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) and work with them to make apply the highest possible level of expertise and leadership in risk management and safety at all times.
Our instructor team, all hold relevant outdoor instructor certifications gained through long experience and rigourous assessment by National Governing Bodies, and Key staff have further qualifications making them technical experts in their specialist field.
We leave nothing to chance. We put all our instructors through our own, induction and training programme to make sure they really are the best they can be. Added to that, all our instructors are first aid trained, police and DBS checked.
Contact us for more about your next adventure or learning and development programmes available at Lakeside and speak to a member of our team.
‘New Accommodation : The Stoller Campus.’
The Stoller Campus is a world class school and youth building which is the focal point of a dedicated zone for children and young people. Purpose built to accommodate schools and youth groups, the Stoller Campus has over 250 beds, dedicated leader rooms, drying rooms, group rooms and a dining room with stunning views over Lake Windermere.