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Thurston Outdoor Education Centre. Open all year.
Activities available on request
Thurston jetties and sailing session
Instruction available if required
The lounge overlooking Coniston Water
Main entrance with mural
The dining room seats 48
Activities available on request
Thurston jetties and sailing session
Instruction available if required

Thurston Outdoor Education Centre, Coniston, Cumbria

12 - 56 10 Bed

Big group bookings available for family and friends in the Lake District

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Thurston Outdoor Education Centre, Coniston, Cumbria, sleeps 12 - 56 in 10 bedrooms.

Thurston is a large centrally heated country house with dormitory accommodation for up to 36 young people and 7 staff.
Recently refurbished with the help of the National Lottery (one million pounds) it sits in its own extensive grounds including lake, fields and woodland within the Lake District National Park on the shores of Coniston Water.
We believe that the outdoor adventure environment and the residential experience provide the most powerful framework for developing young people, particularly in the following areas: motivation, self-confidence, communication, self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, compromise, negotiation as well as communal living.
A course at the centre is therefore not a holiday but a rich and varied learning experience with the emphasis on fun, adventure and learning.
Courses can be fully catered and staffed with experienced and qualified instructors, with any technical gear required being provided.
Thurston is registered with AALS Licence No L9391/R0572. Has the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, Gold Standard and AAIAC adventure mark.
Groups wishing to create their own programme or self-cater are also encouraged. The house offers large lounge, dining room, classroom, hot drinks room and large barn with wood-burning stove plus games room. Visiting staff are en-suite and have their own staff room.
We aim to be flexible, so please contact the centre and we can discuss your requirements.



Limited mobile reception. WiFi (BT Openzone/pay as you go)

Disabled Facilities

Please contact us to discuss our disabled access options.


We do not accommodate pets.


Totally refurbished the spacious kitchen has commercial ovens, commercial dish washer, refrigerators and large work surfaces.

Dining Room

Large flexible area seating over 40 with stunning lake views.

Sitting Room

Large comfortable area overlooking the lake and Coniston Old Man. Satellite TV with DVD player.

TV and Music Facilities

DVD connected to TV. (Large Barn with snooker, air hockey and table tennis).

Games Room

Large old barn area with table tennis, snooker, table football and air hockey tables.

Heating and Open Fires

Central Heating in main house / Wood burner in barn.


10 bedrooms. 3 en-suite twins. 1 en-suite single. 6 dormitory type rooms sleeping 6 to 12 people.


All bedding provided.


4 en-suites with showers. A large under floor heated changing area facility including 10 cubicle showers with drying room in basement.

Children's Facilities

Large barn / games room. Outdoor activities on request. Qualified instruction. AALS licensed and AHOEC Gold Standard quality.


Large private grounds with lawn and pedestrian access to the lake.

Swimming Pool

We do not have a pool, but Lake Coniston is at the bottom of the garden.


2 car parking areas. (20 cars).


Smoking is not permitted.

Booking Information

Standard Rate: £800 + VAT = £960 per night (Note VAT exempt organisations such as schools and educational charities will not be charged VAT)

Flexible on change over days depending on other bookings.

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Thurston Outdoor Education Centre

Please contact the owner for availability dates


Set in its own large grounds in the heart of the Lake District National Park and overlooking Coniston Water.

  • Monk Coniston 0.8 miles.
  • Windermere 11 miles & Ulverston 12.
  • Hawkshead.
  • Coniston village. 2 miles (40 min walk) Hawkshead 3 mile. Ambleside 7 mile.
  • Coniston village.
  • Manchester / Blackpool & Leeds-Bradford.

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This venue is available for Youth & School Trips

Thurston Outdoor Education Centre. Open all year.
Activities available on request

Youth & School Trips

Thurston Outdoor Education Centre offering Adventurous Activities to Schools, Primary, Secondary, Youth clubs and Adults. Teacher and Leader en-suite, with the group in dormitories. Lake District.

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