Monday, 19 December 2011

We are well into December and the festive season and we are all ready for a little time off from activities and are looking forward to some well earned time with the family!

Adventure 21 don't exactly shut down over the Festive period but we do take a few days off to open pressies and enjoy a few extra meals!

We have sessions right up to the 24th this year then family groups in the Lakes midweek between Christmas and new year, so if you fancy getting out you know where to come.

A recent hen party in December 2011 in Coniston, Cumbria
We are still getting lots of hen party call's in the office and some of the more recent have been very lucky with the weather. Although its a little cold for gorge and canyoning its ideal conditions for archery and air rifle shooting . For a full list of activities available for Hen and stag parties check out our website

showing off their scores
We saw some great archery even though it was a little blustery and i think the smiles on the girls faces say it all about the session.

The hen's mum was happy to hit the target as you can see, it does look as though she was a target but she wasnt!

Air rifle shooting
After the archery it was out with the guns for a spot of air rifle shooting, these girls weren't half competitive and what a good shot they all were, targets were going down all over the range.

Overall it was a great day and we got some great post session comments on our face book group, log on to see all the images and comments from this hen party at

Well i will leave you with a snowy land-rover from a few years ago and wish you all a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year. See you all in January

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Hello to anyone who gets time to look on here, we hope the Autumn and the coming Winter are treating you well. The firewood is stacked in the wood store and the burners are are on but the cold weather hasn't stopped people wanting to get out and enjoy a few adventure activities and paintball. In fact its been the busiest November in the 11 years of Adventure 21.

We have had some great mountain days, some fantastic corporate activity events and the paint-balling is going from strength to strength.

Barclays Bank on a team Charity Event November 2011

We have a great team working at Adventure 21 and its always add to the list and this year we have Dan, Dan and Chris who are all recent instructors to join us.

Chris supervising a recent corporate group down from the top of  Coniston Old Man
Dan relaxed at the end of a busy session

Recently most of our work has taken place outside of the Lancashire at our base in Coniston. After numerous meetings over the past few weeks we have been busy planning new ventures in the Lancashire and Manchester areas. We are now happy with the extended paint balling venues and should be able to add another site in Colne, we are also working with Chorley Borough Council looking at some adventure training races for beginners, intermediates and corporate team building groups, this will include, sit on top kayaks, a zip wire, assault course etc - watch this space. We have also moved back into local schools in the area offering a range of mobile adventure activities at winter prices, please call us if any of these new ventures are of interest to you.

This month we had a visit from Widnes Vikings Rugby League team, Widnes have just moved up into the super league and decided to use Adventure 21 for one of their pre season training sessions. The brief was "make it tough" so we did. Starting at Coniston Boating center we sent the team on a warm up run and sprint up the road to the fell gate at the start of the Walner Scar road, Coniston side. Anyone that has been up the road in a car will know how steep it is, try running it! After a brief stop to get their breath back the team's chose a log to carry, with instructions not to put it down!

The log carry was supposed to be for 2 miles but unfortunately some of the teams put it down which meant that the brief changed and the log was to be carried to the top of the Old Man of Coniston, a height of 803 metres / 2635 feet

It was a good effort by all the team and it must have been the first time that trees had been seen at the top of the Coniston fells in a few hundred years.

Vikings coach Denis Bett's and assistant coach Mick Cassidy said it was a great way to see how the team performed together in a different environment and that the team would gain a lot from it.

We wish the team well for the new season and we will be watching their progress and taking up the offer of going to watch them play.

As a final thought, don't let the Winter become gloomy and dark, get out and enjoy it, there's always lots going on with Adventure 21, see you all soon, Dave 

Monday, 10 October 2011

September / October

As per usual things have been busy and hectic at Adventure 21. We are now well into the corporate season with groups and companies from all over the North west and further afield taking part in the wide range of activities that we provide.

canoes and raft building kit set up for a team building session in Coniston
The weather has been kind to us all and we have seen some unusually high temperatures for this time of year although we have also had our fair share of rain.

A Team building day group starting building their rafts.
On the Lake its a little quieter with the schools back which gives us lots of room to spread out and work with some of the bigger groups we work with.

One of the cruisers from "Coniston Launch's" staring work on a calm morning on Coniston water
You can see from the picture above that conditions were perfect on this particular day for a spot of raft building.

The groups paddling their rafts across Coniston Water with the Old Man in the background

Team building day in Lancashire

We are still doing lots of team activities in and around the Lancashire area, Rivington is a great area when it comes to team building activities and we have had plenty of local businesses taking part in team building days.

A fantastic result on the balloon round

This month has seen us expand our paint balling, we can now take groups of 30 and this looks to increase again in the new year. The paintball has proved to be a very popular activity this year and we already have bookings for the rest of 2011 and well into 2012.

Works team building weekend
Well that's all for now so enjoy the start of the Autumn and lets hope for some nice crisp dry days.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

August into September 2011

Well what can i say, that must have been the quickest month ever! its been busy, busy, busy in the Adventure 21 camp and if you haven't been on our facebook group for a while, check out what our customers have been up to. We have literally hundreds of pictures of people having fun both on wet activities and on dry session as well.
Our paintball site in the Lakes continues to grow in popularity and we are getting groups in most weekends now so it was definitely worth starting it up and giving our customers something new to try. Stag parties are using the paintballing the most so we are trying to get the Hens involved as well.

Adventure 21 have been at Brockhole again over the summer working for the Lake District National Park Authority during there summer activities program. This is the 3rd year running and again the customers came to try out activities like bush craft, raft building and archery. Brockhole is the LDNPA visitor centre, if you get chance get yourself down there and have a look around. Stunning views of Windermere and inside the house there is a cafe, shop and some great displays and attractions.

By the feel of the weather its starting to get colder so ass we move into the Autumn and winter months we continue providing activities although full submersion activities do get too cold so canyoning is out and other water activities such as gorge scrambling, raft building, canoeing and kayaking do require wetsuits and plenty of warm clothes as well as the full waterproof clothing we provide.

Archery, rifle shooting and paintball are all activities that you can enjoy through Autumn and Winter so if you fancy something different, remember we are still open for business.

Well that's all for now, will keep updates coming through September and October, hope to see you all soon.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

August update

Just a quick update as we move in to August. Summer is going really well with a mix of weather instead of long days of rain we seem to be getting a few days of sun and a few days of rain which works well for us and the plants lol.
Basic Bush craft For the lake District National Park Authority at Brockhole Visitor Center Windermere
We have had lots of people ringing us and e-mailing for activities and with Lisa in the office picking the e-mails up every day we are seeing a lot of happy people taking advantage of the summer holidays.

 As usual we are seeing some old friends from past years coming back to us again this year and bringing others along to enjoy the fun. Its always good to see people and to catch up with what they have been up to.

Our FACEBOOK group is nearing 1000 friends and we have a lot of friends who are taking advantage of the offers we put on our page. If your not a member yet get yourself and your friends on there to see whats going on every week. Just follow the link at the bottom of our website home page

Have a great August and we hope to see you soon, Dave

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

July adventures

Bury Grammer school team building
Is it me or is this year getting busier and busier, after lots of school bookings in June we are now moving into our summer activities for groups and families and if this weather keeps up it should be a great time for all of us.

We have some great offers on during the summer on our website come and see what we have to suit you and your family.

and don't forget we deal with all ages so no one has to miss out on the fun.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Whats been happening in June 2011

Well Ive managed to get to our blog before the end of the month this time. Again its been busy busy busy so nothing new there really. We have taken on some new staff again in the past few months and some instructors have been on induction training to increase their earning potential. Aaron is running a lot of the paintballing sessions and with his military background and funny personality he's making the sessions a really enjoyable fun experience.

Taking pictures of the clients after a recent paint ball session

Aaron is also training up in the gorge, after assisting in gorge and canyoning sessions over the past 12 months he decided he wanted to look at leading groups. Last Saturday saw him taking his first lead instructor role, assisted and overlooked by myself. To be honest i wasn't really needed and when he gains his SPA (Single Pitch Award) in climbing and a white water safety and rescue course he will be able to lead groups in both Church Beck in Coniston and the Esk over in Eskdale. Well done to Aaron for his efforts so far.

Explaining whats about to happen in a canyoning session

His fun outlook on life puts people at ease and his background in group safety ensures you will be looked after on sessions with him. He has been running archery and rifle shooting sessions for us for quite a while now and so it wasn't going to be long before he got the pull towards more extreme, wet activities.

Aaron shows us the rule book
Paint balling at our Torver site continues to grow and develop, new games and new ideas in the game zones are happening weekly. This weeks addition is to "cheese Burger Hill", we have added 6 trip wire land mines to the area in front of the hill top battle defences. If any get triggered all the team have to get the "man down" out of the battle area safe and then return to take the Flag.

Trip wires avoided and flag captured
As we have mentioned before, we see ourselves as offering a more personal service to our customers. Everyone who have been with us so far have said how relaxed the sessions are whilst keeping it safe. You come to us for a fun time, not to be told off, that aside if i catch anyone with their mask up or off i will beat you with a whippy stick lol

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Well that's all for now, check us out on FACEBOOK for some really great deals this month, i'm giving stuff away, well cheap anyway!. Dave

Thursday, 2 June 2011

may / June 2011

Dave and Aaron sheltering from the rain
Well its happened again....where did May go? i had my birthday in May and a family holiday in Wales which was wet, windy and mainly cold, but we still managed to get into the sea. Work on the other hand has been manic! luckily we have Lisa in the office to answer customers e-mails every day when i'm out working.

Website session, archery and rifle shooting May 2011
 We have increased our website sessions this year to keep up with the demand for individuals and smaller groups wanting to take part in the adventure activities we offer. Our web days are an ideal way to try out something new and they are great as a present with a difference. Why not have a look whats offer on our future events pages and if you book from here we will give you a 10% discount just follow the link below.

Archery set up at Brockhole visitor centre 2010
 For the 3rd year running we have been invited back to run a range of activities for the Lake District National Park Authority, archery, bush craft and raft building will be run throughout the summer so if you fancy trying something different contact the visitor centre in 01539446601

A hen party raft building in May on Coniston Water in the Lake District
Hen parties seem to be on the increase, it looks like the ladies are choosing to do something a little more challenging this year although i do fancy a bit of pampering myself! maybe times are changing???

Our paintball site continues to get better and the feedback is great, its proving to be a great extra activity that Adventure 21 can offer. We now have 6 game zones set up in a woodland setting and probably the only railway cutting for ambush scenarios in the country. Its well worth a look and if anyone want to hire it for tournaments we are happy to discuss it, so get in touch.

Well that's it for now, apologies for not putting more on but work commitments mean its a bit difficult. have a great June and keep in touch, cheers Dave

Sunday, 8 May 2011

April into May 2011

Sorry for the delay in updating the blog, March was busy but April just seemed to flash by and here we are in May already.

We have had a lot of new customers in April coming to try out some of our activities,

Family and friends from Horwich on a 40th birthday raft building party
and a lot of repeat customers some of which are on there 7 and 8th visits,

Chris Lester and family members, Adventure 21 friends for over 7 years now.
Our paint balling continues to grow and the new venue is proving really popular, we have started getting repeat visits already and with the summer foliage the cover is fantastic extending our game zones. We still have a lot to do there but everyone who has been says its a great experience and a very well run site, which is really good for us. Its a great activity for groups of friends, corporate days, family groups or stag and hen parties.

April Stag party still looks chilly

You can see the green coming on the trees on this picture
Our face book page is always busy, we put most if not all our group photos on here and having bought 4 new waterproof cameras to replace the old worn out ones, we can offer our customers free pictures to remember your experience with us. Have a look its a great way to see what we offer.

Well i will try and up date the blog as much as i can to keep you informed of the new things at Adventure 21 ltd, enjoy the coming weeks, Cheers Dave

Thursday, 31 March 2011

March 2011, our busiest year to date.

Well i do like to keep things up to date, but with March 2011 being our busiest to date, our blog had to take a back seat unfortunately. We have been doing lots of school's activity work including a great wilderness bushcraft canoe camp for a school in Warrington,
Setting up the camp

What, we have to do our own washing up?
followed by a fantastic two days of night navigation, hill walking and scrambling with a BTEC group in the Langdale Valley.
The group making there way up the side of Stickle Gill
The weather and the views from the top were outstanding, if only every hill day could be like this.
At the top of Harrison Stickle
We were out for a good eight hours and a brake in the middle to complete Jacks Rake was a great way to break up the walk.
The start of Jacks Rake
 March has also been busy with stag parties this year, must be a lot of weddings coming up! what recession?
Stag party starting the gorge scramble in Church Beck Coniston 12th March 11
And just look at Dave and Aaron with this gorgeous girl on a recent stag party doing archery and rifle shooting in Lancashire.
One very brave bird!
We finished off March with a great raft building session with Pizza Express from Kendal, a great bunch of people who really do get stuck in.
Not the normal warm up for raft building
A well built raft
Its been a great March and we are looking forward to all the work in April, why not see what we have going on at