Spring & Summer Services at Bendrigg

Spring & Summer At Bendrigg Trust

We hope you’re all ready and raring to get back outdoors and take on some of your favourite adventure activities at Bendrigg once again. Here are the services we are offering over the Spring and Summer Months in 2021.

*Subject to availability and changes in government guidance

Free Grounds Access Days (March – April)

After the demand in 2020 for a safe, accessible outdoor space, Bendrigg once again are opening up our 15 acre grounds to families with disabilities to access between March and April.

The grounds have accessible paths running throughout, with a woodland trail, musical instrument garden and a wheelchair accessible roundabout and swing. You could bring your bikes, a picnic or just yourselves and enjoy exploring the beautiful natural surroundings alongside your family or friends.

You must book for your group in line with current government guidelines. As of the 29th March you will be able to meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible) New dates will be added each week on a rolling basis.

Find out more, check availability and book your place here > https://bendrigg.cinolla.com/bendrigg/courses/bendrigg-grounds-access

Day Activities (April – June)

For Families

Funded For Local Families

Thanks to funding from the Holehird Trust through Cumbria Community Foundation and the Lakeland Disabilities Trust, Bendrigg are able to offer several Day Activities for disabled people and their families/support bubble from the following areas in Old Westmorland :

Ambleside, Appleby, Arnside, Askham, Bampton, Barbon, Bandleyside, Barton, Beetham, Bolton, Bradleyfield, Brough, Brough Sowerby, Brougham, Burneside, Burton-in-Kendal, Casterton, Cliburn, Clifton, Crackenthorpe, Crook, Crosby, Crosthwaite, Crosby Garrett, Docker, Dufton, Eamont Bridge, Fawcett Forest, Firbank, Grasmere, Grayrigg, Great Strickland, Hartley, Helbeck, Helsington, Heversham, Hincaster, Holme, Holmescales, Hutton Roof, Ings, Kaber, Kentmere, Killington, King’s Meaburn, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Stephen, Kirkby Thore, Lakes, Lambrigg, Levens, Little Strickland, Long Marton, Longsleddale, Lowther, Lupton, Lyth, Mallerstang, Mansergh, Martindale, Middleton, Milburn, Milnthorpe, Morland, Murton, Musgrave, Nateby, New Hutton, Newbiggin, Newby, Old Hutton, Orton, Patterdale, Preston Patrick, Preston Richard, Ravenstonedale, Scalthwaitrigg, Sedgwick, Selside, Shap, Skelsmergh, Sleagill, Sockbridge, Soulby, Stainmore, Stainton, Staveley with Ings, Tebay, Temple Sowerby, Tirril, Underbarrow, Waitby, Warcop, Wharton, Whinfell, Whitwell, Windermere, Winton, Witherslack and Yanthwaite.

Each day available is for one group which can be up to a maximum of 12 people from 2 families/households and at least one member of your group (adult or child) will have a disability.

Day activities will run from 9.30am – 4.30pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide. Activity availability depends on a number of factors so not all activities may be available on each day. After booking, one of our team will be in touch with you to discuss your individual requirements and suitable activities.

Check availability and book your place here > https://bendrigg.cinolla.com/bendrigg/courses/local-family-day 

Funded For Families (any location)

Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Foundation, Bendrigg are able to offer several Day Activities for disabled people and their families/support bubble from any location.

Each group can book for 2 households up to 12 people and at least one member of your group (adult or child) will have a disability.

Day activities will run from 9.30am – 4.30pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide. Activity availability depends on a number of factors so not all activities may be available on each day. After booking, one of our team will be in touch with you to discuss your individual requirements and suitable activities.

Check availability and book your place here > https://bendrigg.cinolla.com/bendrigg/courses/family-day-activities


For Schools, Colleges & Groups

We offer bespoke half and full days of adventure activities for schools, colleges and organised groups.

Families are also welcome to book Day Activity sessions on other dates outside of the funded dates offered above.

There is a minimum charge of 12 people (charges for additional 6 people thereafter)

Half day £270+VAT (up to 12 people)

Full day £368+VAT (up to 12 people)

Please contact us for bookings and availability 

Self-Catering (April Onwards) & Facilities for Hire

Self-catered breaks are available to book in our Acorn House fully accessible building and Fell End Bunkhouse.

We also have number of facilities and spaces available for hire including our state of the art sensory room and accessible meeting facilities. For more information click here > https://www.bendrigg.org.uk/facilities/for-hire/ or contact us for a quote.

Acorn House


Residential trips

We hope to resume residentials for families and individual groups in May 2021 depending on the government guidelines.

We are planning to reopen for school and educational residential trips from the 21st of June onwards.

Please contact us directly for more information on availability, quotes and school residential trips.


You can contact us via our online contact form or call us on 01539 723766 Mon – Fri 9-5


Accessible Activities For Adults

Accessible Activities For Adults With A Disability

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we are able to offer some subsidised Adult Day Activities for a limited time throughout September and October.

Thanks to funding, Bendrigg can offer some heavily subsidised half day activities over the coming months for adults with a disability, their friends and families. The cost of £72 is for up to 12 people maximum, at least one of which must be an adult (aged 18years+) with a disability.

To ensure we support as many people as possible booking is limited to one day per disabled adult. Please book your slot and we will be in touch to find out more details about your group (number of people, ages, needs etc.)

Half day activities will run from 1.30pm- 4.30pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide. Activity availability depends on a number of factors so not all activities may be available on each day. After booking, one of our Tutors will be in touch with you to discuss your individual requirements and suitable activities.

Book Your Place Online Today!


Fancy getting away for a weekend or week of adventures instead? Find out more about our Adult holidays here.


Sensory Room Hire

Sensory Room Hire

Explore Your Senses

During Covid-19 we understand that families with additional needs have been shielding for months without access to therapeutic sensory rooms and as our centre is just starting to get back up and running we are now able to offer our sensory room to hire under the following terms :

  • 1 family at a time OR 1 bubble at a time (i.e. from a residential care home)
  • Up to a maximum of 12 people
  • £30 for 2 hours use 10:00 – 12:00
  • Accessible Toilet & Parking available

After a short introduction from our team, you can co-ordinate the different light projectors, music, bubble light tubes, glitter balls and interactive light panels, to create an atmosphere of your choice.

There is also a ceiling-mounted hoist which allows wheelchair users to be transferred into one of the many supportive bean bags.

We’re Good To Go!

Bendrigg Trust have been awarded the government official “We’re good to go” badge and more information about what we are doing to ensure we are Covid secure can be found on our web page here : https://www.bendrigg.org.uk/covid19/

Book Your Place

You can hire our sensory room through our online booking portal here https://bendrigg.cinolla.com/bendrigg/courses/sensory-room-hire

Or alternatively please feel free to contact us for more information.



See what other facilities we have for hire here.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 18-24 May 2020.

This years theme is Kindness.

Why Kindness?

The Mental Health Foundation have chosen the theme of Kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.

Kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. Research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation & creates a sense of belonging. It can help to reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships.

Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. It can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.

They also wanted to shine a spotlight on the ways that kindness is already flowering during the Covid-19 pandemic and want this to continue to spread into every community in the UK.

How Can You Get Involved?

The Mental Health Foundation will be releasing new data to reveal how many of us experience kindness in the UK and a summary of the latest evidence about its important mental health benefits.

During Mental Health Week, you can get involved by doing these 3 things :

  • Reflect on an act of kindness. Share your stories and pictures (with permission) of kindness during the week using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
  • Use the Mental Health Foundations Online Resources in your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands in practising acts of kindness to yourself and others during the week
  • Share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Mental Health and Disability

The office for National Statistics published an article in 2019 which gathered data from the Annual Population survey relating to disability, well-being and loneliness in the UK. It showed the following :

  • Disabled people’s average ratings are lower than those for non-disabled people for happiness, worthwhile and life satisfaction measures.
  • Average anxiety ratings are higher for disabled people at 4.27 out of 10, compared with 2.66 out of 10 for non-disabled people.
  • Disabled people with a mental impairment as a main health problem have the poorest well-being ratings.
  • Disabled people whose impairments affect them more severely have poorer well-being ratings than disabled people whose impairments affect them less severely.
  • The proportion of disabled people (13.3%) who report feeling lonely “often or always” is almost four times that of non-disabled people (3.4%), with the greatest disparity for young adults, aged 16 to 24 years old.

Covid-19 Lockdown & Your Well-being

At Bendrigg, our aim is to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through adventure activities. During the Covid-19 pandemic when adventure and access to the outdoors for many disabled people isn’t possible, we know that many will be struggling with prolonged periods of isolation having a negative impact on wellbeing & mental health.

So we’ve put together a list of resources to try to help you through these difficult times.



A free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults including, professionals and volunteers, parents and carers & older people.


Mentally Healthy Schools

Mental health and wellbeing resources for school staff



Calm Zone – Activities and tools to help children feel calmer


Council for Intellectual Disability

Easy Read Information Guide for people with communication difficulties – Tips for positive mental health


Mental Health Foundation/Foundation For People With Learning Disabilities

Easy read guides for people with communication difficulties, including Feeling Down : Looking after my mental health



Coronavirus and your wellbeing


How to cope when you’re supporting someone else, looking after yourself and support for you.


The NHS Every Mind Matters

Tips to help if you are worries about coronavirus


The National Autistic Society Website

Information about anxiety in Autistic adults


Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

Mindfulness for Kids with Learning Disabilities & Covid-19 related resources for families with a child with a learning disability.


Downs Syndrome Association

Keeping fit and healthy at home – includes advice on mental health and a helpline.

Keeping fit and healthy at home

How to Start a Journal

A guide to journaling


Mindfulness Practices for Children With Autism

6 simple tips for children with Autism to practise Mindfulness


Mind Over Mountains

Mind Over Mountains utilise the outdoors as a tool for tackling mental health issues. Whilst their normal services aren’t available their facebook page is full of inspiring interviews and free mindfulness video sessions.




We hope you find the information above helpful and please feel free to contact us if you know of any resources which aren’t included that you think could help others.



Corona Virus Related Resources

Corona Virus Related Resources

During this pandemic, we realise that many of our visitors, their parents, carers and teachers will be struggling and we want to do what we can to help. We have gathered information & links to some helpful resources below.

Disabled Children’s Partnership


This website includes links to :

Official government advice, resources for DCP organisations, resources relating to particular conditions, regional specific resources, helplines and other sources of advice and guidance.

Well Child

COVID-19 Direct Response Service

WellChild are offering a direct response service to try and help families with a disabled member to get the things they need. This could include access to food delivery, prescription collection, PPE.

Active Cumbria


Active Cumbria have pulled together a whole host of resources for staying active at home.

Family Fund


This webpage includes links to government guidance, charities and organisations, local help, finances and advice on mental health and well being.

Short Breaks Scotland

Short Breaks for Strange Times

This web page has links to “short breaks for strange times” including everything from online courses, virtual museums, exercise programmes, read-a-longs and websites for children and young people.

Mind Over Mountains


Mind Over Mountains have been hosting free 30 minute mindfulness sessions on Tuesdays at noon via their Facebook page.

Sight Advice


Sight Advice have put together some FAQ’s about corona virus on their website for people with visual impairments.

National Autistic Society


This website has a whole hub of information for people with autism and learning disabilities including Benefits and Employment, Social Care, Health and Well being and Resources for families.



Mind is a national mental health charity and their website has lots of practical information and advice to help with you well being.



The NSPCC have put together some helpful resources including how to help children with special needs and support if you’re struggling including links to online counsellors & homeschooling children with SEND

Special Needs Jungle


This blog provides advice for families with a disabled child. The corona section of their website has helpful up to date information relevant for SEND families.

The Money Advice Service


The money advice service provides information and search tools to look for financial donations that you don’t have to repay. Many UK charities & trusts provide grants to help with the extra cost of ill health or disability – on this site you can search for what grants are available and information on how to apply.



Scope is a charity fighting for equality for disabled people. They have lot’s of resources as well as an online community where you can join discussions with others who may be in a similar situation to you. There is also the opportunity to share your experience of corona virus/lock down with Scope, to help influence Government decision makers.

My Tutor

Useful tips and ideas for parents homeschooling their children during the COVID-19 lockdown. Written by Emma Bradley, a qualified teacher and mum of three, the blog is full of details from her personal experience – a great source of inspiration for other parents.

Homeschooling during COVID-19: how one family is doing it



Please let us know if you have come across any other helpful resources that you’d like us to add to the list above by emailing martha@bendrigg.org.uk



A Brief Story Of My Bendrigg Journey

A Brief Story Of My Bendrigg Journey

By Dominic Bingham


Dom joined Bendrigg as a Trainee Tutor at the beginning of 2020 but his journey at Bendrigg started long before this year. Below he tells us of his Bendrigg Journey.

My first experience of Bendrigg Trust was when I was in my first year of university. I came to Bendrigg’s amazing climbing wall, to experience ways that climbing can be made accessible to everyone. This sparked a light in me and made me think “this is where I want to go in life”.

Growing up, both my parents worked with disabled people and I had previously worked in a care home for adults with autism and learning difficulties. So that summer, I decided to volunteer. I came again that year on multiple occasions, and again several more times in the years to follow.

Each and every time I volunteered there was an abundance of heart felt and breath taking moments. Things as simple as seeing one client who earlier was being hoisted to then be given the time to independently unstrap and take off his climbing harness. Also having noticed at least one person from each group being unsure about doing an activity, typically being climbing, abseiling or the zip-wire, and one way or another they were always able to achieve and take part in the activity with support from the Bendrigg staff.

These moments really made me look up to the staff and appreciate the difference they were making to these people’s lives. This influenced my studies and in my third year of university I undertook research into the impact that Bendrigg was making to these people’s lives in my dissertation. I looked at the transfer-ability and impact of a group trip when they go back to school life and the results were amazing.

All of the schools that took part in my study, found the short term impact from the residential, didn’t just stay the same, but actually continued to develop in the short-mid and even long term. My studies also found that not one pupil reverted back to their former selves.

There were comments from the teachers along the lines of “the pupils are more confident in their abilities and their ability to be independent since the residential” and “I can see an increase of willingness from pupils to take part in class” and “they’ve gained a better understanding of others abilities”.

One school even mentioned pupils (including some with Autism) performing on stage in front of an audience, that before the residential, would have been a significant challenge for them.

Now I feel incredibly honoured to be working at Bendrigg as a trainee tutor. I’m enjoying being one of the people that make a difference, like the staff I volunteered alongside and looked up to for so long. 


Our people are one of our charities 7 core values and Dom has been a great addition to the Bendrigg family.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, our staff team remain of paramount importance to us, simply put, Bendrigg isn’t Bendrigg without our amazing team.

Please help us so that we are able to continue offering adventure activities for all, once it is safe to do so, by supporting our Resilience Campaign.

Thank you from all the Bendrigg Family x

Climbing Festival At Bendrigg Trust

Bendrigg Trust To Host Inclusive Climbing Festival!

On Friday 24th – Sunday 26th January 2020 Bendrigg Trust are hosting an amazing climbing festival with a jam packed programme of workshops and training sessions at their 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 £110 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.

To book your place please contact the Bendrigg Office by calling 01539723766 or fill in our online form HERE


Bendrigg Trust Climbing Festival 2020

Bendrigg Trust Climbing Festival


Please feel free to print out the poster above and put it up at your local school/youth club/climbing wall and help us to spread the word!

Did you know we also run an inclusive climbing club after school during term time? Find out more and Book your place HERE