Friday, 3 April 2015

Lake District, Gorge walking stag party, Church Beck in big water 2015

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Busy Busy Busy, January into February 2015

Most people will know that in the Adventure activities industry it tend's to be busy during the main months March to November and then we get lots of free time to do the important yet a little mundane job's, checking kit, re kitting the stores etc

January 2015 has been a little different than past years, with people wanting to get into the outdoors earlier. We have had the best January to date with Stag and Hen bookings exceeding our expectations and Corporate team building events doubling for the time of year.

It's great to see people taking advantage of the good weather. Although its been cold, we have had some blue sky days. Wrap up warm and this make for a great day out.

The evenings are getting lighter which allows us to extend our sessions where need be. Recently we worked with Network Rail and with the longer days we were able to work into the early evening for them.

The Network Rail team enjoyed a two day team building event with us, they took part in orienteeringOpen canoeingpaintball games and raft building as part of their 6 monthly training program.

Its always great to see companies work hard together to create a better team and The Network Rail team did exactly that.

As a team, the Adventure 21 staff have been out and about this month as well. This time it was our 3 yearly First Aid up date course.

This year was a little different as we ran the course in the sheep shed at Wilcocks Farm and Caravan Site. Our course was run once again by Chris Brain who we have used for the past few years.

Its a great course and well worth doing. First aid is a part of everyday life and should be on the top of everyone's list....go get yourself booked on or we could get a course together for you!

This month we also had a group of chaps abseiling at Hodge Close Quary near Coniston. These fella's were a pleasure to work with.

They have been meeting in Coniston for the past 30 plus years and take part in some activities every year. It was great to be chosen as the activities provider for their 2015 trip and hopefully they will come to us again in 2016.

They even dressed Dave up at the end of the session and i am sure you will agree he looks like he has lost some weight!!!!! enjoy

So whats happening in February? well its more staff training on the White Water Safety and Rescue two day course and lots more groups! if you have any questions please get in touch, all the best, the Adventure 21 team.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

January 2015

Well i feel apologies are needed for those who follow our Blog. Last year went in a flash and with trying to keep up with Facebook, Twitter and Adventure 21 we seem to have neglected our blog.

So in 2015 we will try to do better and keep you informed of whats going on month to month at Adventure 21.

Some people ask what we do when we are not out doing Adventure activities. Well in short, everyone needs a hobby and mine is Chickens and Farming. I'm lucky to have friends who own and run Wilcocks farm and caravan site.

Adventure 21 have used the farm as a base for ArcheryRifle shooting and Team building events so we have been friends for some time and a couple of years ago i started looking for a new hobby outside of the usual Adventure activities. I had been helping out on the farm for some year's, coming in to help with lambing at busy times, so the farm seemed a good place to start.

Far left, Harvey from Adventure 21, Middle Farmer Dave and far right grumpy Johnny from Adventure 21 helping packing fleece's during the sheep shearing.

One of the areas which started to interest me was the hen's. Having never had any experience around poultry it was all new and just by chance a friend of mine, John, in Coniston, in the Lake District had just hatched out some Silkies and was selling an Brinsea incubator. Along with some egg's i received from a friend at the farm i hatched my first eggs in September 2013.

Four white Silkie cockerels and one little black Silkie
Things have now grown and i have become a little addicted to the hens. We have over 40 mixed breads who all life happily together, most of the time!

This is me with Little Mo, a Well-summer bantam who  was the only one out of a batch of eggs.
Daisy the yew is more than happy sharing food with the hen's

The farm is a total contrast to the Adventure Activities but its a great way to relax after a few days of climbing up hills or jumping of cliff's, which although great fun, is hard graft.

Four of my Silkies with two Bearded Silkies that we adopted

A pet lamb with my hat on.

Ok so next month we will be back on to Adventure and whats been happening at Adventure 21. Unless that is, you have enjoyed the insight into our free time.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Well into summer!

Well summer is finally here! we have had some great weather so far in July and in fact the down pours in between have been welcome and refreshing!

Family day gorge and canyoning in the Esk valley

We have been running some great family activity sessions and last week we did some gorge scrambling and canyoning in the Esk valley which is a great venue for all the family.

Fantastic views all the way

The Esk is a great venue, its got a 30 minute walk in but don't let that put you off, its well worth it, lots of big and small jumps to do into big deep pools, and Crystal clear pools at that! its great for all the family and you can do as much or as little as you want.

Great day out for family groups on Holiday
We have some great activities running over the summer so why not check us out, ITS SUMMER come on get out there with us. See you soon, Dave

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Its been a while!

Well what can i say...its been so busy this year so far its been difficult to keep up with all the social media information. Something has to suffer and its unfortunately had to be our blog!

Our Facebook group continues to be a great source of conversation and enables us to send pictures out to our customers and lets them tell us how we are doing!

We have had some great new friends join us on our activities sessions and birthday parties and stag and hen days are on the increase meaning people are staying at home more than going abroad, this can only be good for the economy.

we cater for all sizes of stag groups on paintball
We have also recently joined Trip Advisor which is giving us great feedback and hopefully help with bookings in the future.

Raft building team building days
We can't complain about the weather either, already on week two of sunshine, if we can have a few more weeks of this before winter we will all be very happy.

A hot day in the Esk gorge
Well its a short one this time but i will have to get back out in this sunshine working....enjoy the weather!

Friday, 4 January 2013

December / January

Whats been happening at Adventure 21 over December? its been a busy time clearing the store and sorting the kit ready for 2013. It all starts early, out with the old and in with the new. Sessions always slow down with the run up to Christmas but we do get Christmas Party Bookings so its still a busy month.

Dave's briefing with Chorley Panthers
This year we did Chorley Panthers U12's Christmas party which Samson and Lewis (our youngest instructors) are members of.

Paintball at nightfall
Our site in Blackburn was wet and muddy but it all added to the event with everyone going the distance and even finishing in the dark.

Bookings for 2013 have been coming in thick and fast. Group bookings are up from last year and individuals bookings are helping to add dates to our Future Events page on our website, look our for deals on our Facebook page as well as Facebook friends get very special deals!!!

On a personal note, i have been getting into Fly fishing with one of Adventure 21's instructors Paul "Chopper" Harris. We do Coarse fishing at Adventure 21 but Fly fishing is a new one for us.

Paul catches a nice Trout
We have been out a lot over the winter months mainly at Curley's Trout Fishery in Horwich, near Bolton. Well worth a visit, fantastic cafe on site with a great fishermans breakfast.

and that's where i'm off to right now. More details on the coming activities and news about Adventure 21 will be posted soon. All the best for the New Year and we hope to see you soon, Dave

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


Coniston Old Man from Torver
Well there's a chill in the air now we are into November, good to see the clear Sky's are back though. Work is still coming in so it looks like its going to be a great Autumn and Winter.

The Instructors don't know whats hit them....still working and its November, usually they are on Holiday or sleeping!

One group we don't mention much but are a big part of Adventure 21 life are the staff at Coniston Boating Centre. We work closely with the Boating Centre staff and this year some of them went out for a climb with Aaron and Harvey after work.

Apparently it was a great evening apart from the midges. Maybe more fun next year with some bigger climbs???

Its not all work though, here are Pete and Will in training for a junior Triathlon. Good look boys, your in good form.

Its great to see some bigger groups taking advantage of the clear days. This ATC group came to us last week for some abseiling and gorge scrambling. All had a great time and left some really positive comments on our face book group which is always nice.

Looking forward to getting them back to us next year, this time maybe in the summer lol.

 Well its been a great year so far thanks to a great team of instructors, well done and thank you all. Keep an eye open for more Adventure 21 news coming soon, all the best, Dave