Plans for the future are moving forward

Plans for the future are moving forward

It’s intended that work will begin on our new South Camp outdoor education centre in March 2018. The new eco-friendly building, with stunning views over Lake Windermere is designed especially for school groups and marks the first stage of our longer-term plans for Lakeside.

Expected to take approximately 12 months to complete, our new centre will cater for 192 individuals within 8 separate wings. This design means that we can offer separate male and female sleeping quarters and safely accommodate more than one school at a time. Schools will also benefit from improved safeguarding, en-suite bedrooms, wet and dry entrances and multi-use break out areas.

As Tony Ball, Programme Operations Manager explains, this is just the start of the improvements planned for Lakeside:

“We’ve seen a real surge in enquiries from schools for our outdoor educational programmes, and from businesses for our professional development programmes, over the past 12 months or so, which is fantastic. To cope with increasing numbers we’re also working towards a 10-year plan that will see our North Camp completely re-developed for our business and family visitors.”

South Camp - artist's impression in-story pic

Sensitively designed

As you’d expect, conservation and the environment is at the heart of any development at Lakeside. The new South Camp centre has high standards of energy conservation and architecturally the building is designed to ‘disappear’ into the landscape, minimising the visual impact on Lake Windermere.

Let your local school know about South Camp

If you think your local school could benefit from the outdoor education experiences we offer at Lakeside, forward this article to them or send them a link to our website

Advance school bookings for 2019 will receive a free upgrade to the South Centre if it’s open on the visit date. For more information call 01539 539000 or email

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