We are delighted to be hosting our first Festive Themed Family Break at Bendrigg Trust this December.
From Friday 10th December – Sunday 12th December Bendrigg will welcome families to stay in Bendrigg Lodge to enjoy a weekend of fun filled activities with a festive twist.
Families will arrive from 4pm and have an introduction & time to settle in and chat to the other families, then after dinner you’ll have chance to explore our fantastic Winter Wonderland Trail around our 15 acre site, ticking off the festive installations as you go.
Saturday will be filled with loads of fun activities including the Tube Slide (aka the present chute!) to the Zip Wire (whilst throwing snowballs at the naughty reindeers…) They’ll be a Christmas Disco and Festive Crafts on the Saturday night so feel free to bring your best Christmas Jumpers or festive fancy dress.
Then on Sunday they’ll be time for a couple more fun filled activities like Archery and our Indoor Cave before it’s time for Elf graduation and departure at 2pm.
*Please note activities are subject to change at short notice, because of the weather for example.
The Festive Family Break costs £156 per person (£60 for young children not taking part in activities) and that includes your accommodation, food for the weekend and a full programme of activities.
Please call us on 01539 723766 or email us via our contact page if you have any questions or would like to book places for your family.
After the success of last years event, we are delighted to announce that the Bendrigg Trust Winter Wonderland is back again for 2021!
After such a fantastic event last year, Santa has asked the Bendrigg Elves to host the Winter Wonderland event again, to help spread some Christmas joy to all!
The Bendrigg Elves have created a festive trail through the accessible 15 acre grounds where people of all abilities can explore and keep their eyes peeled to tick off loads of festive installations! From nutcrackers & reindeers to candy canes and snowmen, the Bendrigg Elves have really gone to tinsel town again for this special event.
Our Yurt will be transformed into Santa’s grotto and although the big man himself won’t be here, one of our very friendly Bendrigg Elves will be waiting to present you with a small gift.
As well as welcoming families again, this year, we’ll also be opening up before the school holidays to Groups and Schools to visit, please see full details under each of the headers below.
If you’d like to support the event in some way you can find out what we really need your help with at the bottom of this page.
Schools and Groups (Mon 29th Nov – Weds 15th Dec)
This year, we are delighted to offer time slots for school groups and other organisations from the local community to come along and enjoy our Winter Wonderland.
Dates & Times
We will have morning (10am – 12pm) and afternoon (1pm -3pm) time slot available for schools and groups to book between Monday and Friday. This will be starting from Monday 29th November through to Wednesday 15th December.
You’ll need to contact us directly to discuss availability and booking so please call 01539 723766 between 9-5 normal office hours.
How Much Does It Cost?
We have worked hard to keep this event as affordable as possible by fundraising, but in order to cover our costs for gifts and staffing, participants (children or adults who would like to receive a gift) will be asked to pay £9.60 per person upon booking. All adults and carers NOT receiving gifts go free.
*Minimum charge for 12 people
*Maximum group size 36 people
What activities are included?
You will have 2 hours onsite with your group to wander around the festive woodland trail which makes an exciting an orienteering activity where you can tick and count the number of “festive installations” as you go.
For group bookings only, each person can also take a ride down our fabulous Tube Slide into our snowball pit at the other end!
Each paid guest will also receive a gift from a Bendrigg Elf in our fabulously decorated yurt and a cookie/mince pie/hot chocolate will be served in the Bendrigg Lodge Dining Room at the end. (This is all included in the price)
Will there be other groups on site?
There will be a small number of other guests staying at Bendrigg for their residential so you may see them out and about enjoying their activities, but this will not interfere with your Winter Wonderland experience.
How can I book a place for my school or group?
If you would like to book please contact our bookings team directly on 01539 723766
Families (Thursday 16th – Tuesday 21st Dec)
Is this only open to people with a disability?
Feedback from our visitors has shown that typical Christmas events can either be inaccessible to people with physical disabilities or incredibly overwhelming for people with sensory impairments or learning disabilities, so we have designed this event to combat this feedback.
We therefore want to prioritise offering bookings to people with disabilities and their families first, as there are not many events available to them which are fully accessible and designed specifically to meet their needs elsewhere.
If we have places left available closer to the time, we may decide to open the bookings up to everyone – the best place to hear about this first will be on our Facebook Page so please follow us to keep posted.
Dates & Times
This event will be held between Thursday 16th – Tuesday 21st December 2021 and you must book a place via our booking portal here to attend (more information below).
Bookings will be available with specific start times to make sure that we do not have crowded areas on site at any time.
How long will does the trail take to walk around?
At a very relaxed pace, the trail will take around 40 minutes – 1 hour depending on the speed you wander.
Will there be other families on site?
To make things as safe as possible for everyone, we are limiting numbers for each start time.
Arrival times have been staggered and families will have 1 hour to explore the trail ensuring plenty of space to explore safely and at your own pace. Our site is spread across 15 acres so even with other families around the trail you will likely not notice there are other people there.
The only other people in the grounds will be Bendrigg Staff and Volunteers.
How Much Does It Cost?
We have worked hard to keep the cost as low as possible for families and are heavily subsidising this event. but in order to cover our costs we will be asking Participants (children or adults who will be receiving a gift) to pay £9.60 per person. You will be asked to pay in full at the time of booking.
All adults and carers (not receiving gifts!) go free.
Will there be any refreshments available?
New for this year we will be opening up the Bendrigg Lodge dining room for simple café food & drinks.
A selection of food and drink will be available to purchase including soup & a roll, tray bakes, hot chocolate, tea, coffee and mulled wine.
Card payment methods will be available.
Will there be an accessible toilet?
Yes, you will have access to a fully accessible toilet before you start the trail where there is a changing bed, shower and hoisting facilities. There will also be another toilet available which can be accessed through the Bendrigg Lodge café.
Once you book your place you’ll receive a confirmation email with further information about where to park and check in.
If you have any questions at all please do get in touch our friendly team will be happy to help! 🙂
Would you like to support our Winter Wonderland?
If you would like to volunteer to help us with the set up or deconstruction of the Winter Wonderland we’d love to hear from you! – Please contact our volunteer co-ordinator Kate McCallum
Donations & Gifts in Kind
If you would like to donate towards the Winter Wonderland we’d be very grateful! You can do so by clicking Donate in the top right hand corner of our website. (On a mobile this will be a £ sign)
Alternatively you could donate a “Gift in Kind” to support this event. This could be a Christmas Tree, Fairy Lights, Outdoor Lighting, or even a Festive Installation! We have several items on our Amazon Wishlist to purchase or perhaps you own a business which supplies these items or a spare tree in your loft that you’d like to loan us… either way we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch!
We hope to welcome you to our Winter Wonderland Event!
We were delighted to have received funding from Cumbria Community Foundation through the Young Persons Opportunity Fund to provide our Climbing Club, Rock Days & the highly anticipated return of the LD Climbing Festival!– A huge thanks to them for their funding and support.
Climbing Club (term time)
Bendrigg Trust Paraclimbing Club is great for young people of all abilities, so whether you have never climbed before or you are an experienced climber looking to progress your skills, our wall offers a variety of challenges to suit all abilities.
Our highly skilled staff will support you to take part in climbing whatever your ability and we have a range of specialist equipment available for attendees use during sessions free of charge including hoists, climbing shoes, helmets and a variety of harnesses.
DATES & PRICES
The club runsfortnightly during term time on a Wednesday from 5:30pm – 7pmstarting from 22nd September 2021 onwards (see all dates on booking link below) and the club aims to enable people of all abilities to climb in a safe, supported and fun environment.
You must book your place ahead of time for £8.50 per session, maximum numbers apply.
We also run Rock Days as an extension of the paraclimbing club. These run from 9:30am – 4pm during school holidays to give you the chance to develop your outdoor climbing skills.
All specialist equipment and transport is provided but you will need some good outdoor shoes suitable for a short walk to the crag on rough terrain. Exact venues will be decided closer to the time depending on the attendees and the weather. Our tutors will always try to have an outdoor venue but where weather makes this trickier a different indoor venue such as Ingleton or Kendal Climbing Wall may be used.
DATES & PRICES
The Rock Days are running on the following dates and cost £26 per person to attend.
29th October 2021
Friday 18th February 2022
Monday 4th April 2022
Monday 11th April 2022
You must book ahead HERE as maximum numbers apply and please let us know about your needs/disability when you book.
(Please note that the climbing club and rock days are heavily dependant on Bendrigg securing funding to cover the cost of staffing and equipment, it may not always be possible for us to put out new dates far in advance but if funding is secured, new dates will be added onto the booking portal and advertised on our social media pages.)
On Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd January 2022 we are hosting our fabulous climbing festival with a jam packed programme of workshops and training sessions at our specialist outdoor centre in Kendal, Cumbria.
The festival is suitable for anyone aged 13+ with a learning disability or autism who….
HAVE NEVER CLIMBED BEFORE BUT WANT TO GIVE IT A GO
HAVE DONE A LITTLE BIT OF CLIMBING BUT WANT TO PROGRESS FURTHER
HAVE DONE LOT’S OF CLIMBING AND WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS
No matter your ability, we’ll help you to take your climbing to the next level!
As well as climbing workshops and training, there will also be social activities for a chance to relax and make new friends!
For the full weekend, an inclusive festival package is available for£114 per person! Which includes a full weekend programme of Climbing Workshops & Training Sessions tailored to your ability, comfortable Accommodation & delicious food!
It is preferred that climbers attend the event with a “buddy” or carer but should you feel a buddy is not needed please call us.
We held the climbing festival for the first time in 2020 and the feedback from our climbers and their carers was fantastic.
“We couldn’t fault any of it. It was the perfect mix of climbing, learning skills, about different climbing grips. Having pro-climbers talk and teach us has been amazing, they are so passionate and encouraging.”
We are also please to announce that Team GB Para-climber Anita Aggarwal and John & Lauren aka “The T-shirt Twins” will be on hand throughout the weekend to offer advice and to chat to all the climbers.