ACTIVITIES

We have a wide range of activities here at Mount Cook for all levels of activity experience and a variety of ages. We sort our activities by the skill you will develop on each activity session. Offsite activities are provided in our beautiful local area by Acclimbatize. 

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A child making a note of their archaeological finds.

Archaeological Dig

Get stuck into the mud in our dig site and discover a variety of artefacts and record your findings.

History

6 +

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Archery

Our highly trained instructors will teach you how to successfully shoot a modern recurve bow from up to 10 metres away. This activity is a fantastic opportunity to learn a new skill whilst developing dexterity, precision and control.

Onsite

8 +

Learning a New Skill
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Archery Tag

Archery tag is an exciting combat game which combines elements of dodge ball with the timeless skill of archery. Two teams must avoid being hit by flying foam-tipped arrows. If you're hit, then you're out!

Onsite

10 +

Team work and Cohesion
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Bush craft

Groups will experience and develop skills such as fire-lighting techniques, plant identification, natural cordage, animal tracking and shelter construction.

Onsite

6 +

Learning a New Skill
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Campfire & Bushcraft

Sit by the fire whilst learning and developing skills such as fire-lighting and campfire gadgetry.

Evening

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Canoeing

Enhance your group's confidence on the water. These sessions are delivered at Carsington Water or on Cromford Canal.

Offsite

6 +

Learning a New Skill
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Cart Building

Build an old-fashioned wooden cart and learn about how transporting goods became much more efficient with the advent of roads.

History

6 +

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Cave Painting and Rock Art

Learn about how and why Pre-historic man decorated their cave dwellings. Have a go at creating your own rock art using traditional methods.

History

6 +

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Caving

Experience some of the amazing caves that we have on our doorstep whilst learning historical and environmental information. Requires moderate fitness and includes a short steep walk to the caves.

Offsite

6 +

Resilience and Self Confidence
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Craft and Manufacturing

Learn how to make string from natural materials, and make useful everyday items from real leather.

History

6 +

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Evening Team Challenges

Take this opportunity to get together into larger groups and do some fun team building focused activities tailored to your group.

Evening

6 +

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Fossil Hunting and Gem Panning

Explore our site and search for a variety of fossils, then pan for gems in our specialist trough and see if you will discover your fortune...

Onsite

6 +

Learning a New Skill
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Game of Tribes

Split into two tribes from 2000BC - Caledonii and Iceni - to compete to solve riddles, build catapults, and conquer Britain first. May the best tribe win!

Onsite

6 +

Team work and Cohesion
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Guided Offsite Walk

Head out with one of our instructors, following footpaths from our centre to learn about and explore the local area in the evening.

Evening

6 +

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High Ropes

The High Ropes is one of our most popular onsite activities as it is brilliant for team building and provides a fun, unique experience.

Onsite

10 +

Resilience and Self Confidence
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Indoor Climbing

A great introduction to climbing, scaling our indoor version of Mount Cook the mountain will teach you some basic climbing techniques, how to tie the appropriate knots and how to belay for someone else.

Onsite

6 +

Resilience and Self Confidence
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Land Karts

Teams must work together to design and create their own Land Kart, using a selection of resources and materials, Once complete, the Land Kart is entered into the race where the whole team has to complete.

Onsite

6 +

Team work and Cohesion
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Low Ropes

Designed to encourage problem solving, teamwork, balance, and communication. Our new, purpose built low ropes course and mini zip is a great activity to build up confidence.

Onsite

6 +

Team work and Cohesion
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Offsite Orienteering

Building on basic map skills, our offsite orienteering course takes you around our local area of black rock and the high peak trail. You will navigate from point to point using a variety of map reading techniques.

Onsite

6 +

Learning a New skill
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Onsite Orienteering

Our onsite orienteering sessions are a brilliant introduction to practical map reading and compass skills. Navigate yourself around the Centre's grounds from point to point using the tools you have.

Onsite

6 +

Team work and Cohesion
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Children in helmets tying knots next to the water

Raft Building

Raft Building is a superb team building activity! Groups are required to work as a team to input design ideas, form a plan and create a buoyant raft using a selection of materials.

Offsite

Team work and Cohesion
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Rock Climbing

You will be taught by our highly trained instructors how to put on a harness, the climbing knows and how to abseil down a rock face safely. Black Rock climbing area is a playground for lovers of Rock Climbing and Bouldering.

Offsite

Resilience and Self Confidence
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Children with a rocket made from bottle.

Rocket Building

Get creative and construct a bottle rocket in your team using materials provided, then launch it!

Evening

6 +

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Roman Soldier

Dress up a Roman Solider in his armour and why he wears it. Learn shield formations as if you were getting ready for battle.

History

6 +

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Team Challenges

You will be presented with a series of small challenges, with each activity requiring leadership planning, coordination and communication. The instructors will give you a precise set of instructions for each activity.

Onsite

6 +

Team work and Cohesion
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The Mount Cook Challenge

Complete as many mini challenges as you can within the allocated time. Challenge the riddle master, break codes, compete in time trails and more.

Evening

6 +

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Zip Wire

Our Rooftop Rider Zip Wire starts on the Centre's roof and finishes on the far side of our quarry! The Rooftop Rider Zip Wire is 108 metres in length and you can expect to reach speeds of up to 40mph.

Onsite

10 +

Resilience and Self Confidence
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