Thurston Outdoor Education Centre, Coniston, Cumbria for Youth and Schools

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Outdoor Centres
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.


Totally refurbished the spacious kitchen has commercial ovens, commercial dish washer, refrigerators and large work surfaces.
Large flexible area seating over 40 with stunning lake views.
Large comfortable area overlooking the lake and Coniston Old Man. Satellite TV with DVD player.
DVD connected to TV. (Large Barn with snooker, air hockey and table tennis).
Limited mobile reception. WiFi (BT Openzone/pay as you go)
Large old barn area with table tennis, snooker, table football and air hockey tables.
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.
Please contact us to discuss our disabled access options.
Large barn / games room. Outdoor activities on request. Qualified instruction. AALS licensed and Gold Standard quality Outdoor Ed Cert.
Large private grounds with lawn and pedestrian access to the lake.
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.
We do not accommodate pets.


Set in its own large grounds in the heart of the Lake District National Park and overlooking Coniston Water.
Coniston village. 2 miles (40 min walk) Hawkshead 3 mile. Ambleside 7 mile.
Coniston village.

Booking Information

Standard Rate: £725 + VAT = £870 per night (Note VAT exempt organisations such as schools and charities will not be charged VAT)
Bank Holiday Weekend Rates: £770 + VAT = £924 per night.

Flexible on change over days depending on other bookings.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Leader Rooms
Risk Assessment
Educational Focus
Presentation Aids
Outdoor Activities
Disabled Facilities

Getting here

Thurston OEC
(East side of Lake)
LA21 8AB
United Kingdom
Windermere 11 miles & Ulverston 12.
Monk Coniston 0.8 miles.
Manchester / Blackpool & Leeds-Bradford.

Rental Rates

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Thurston Outdoor Education Centre, Coniston, Cumbria

Andy Sallabank

Joined us: 2011
+44 (0)1539 441 218
Thurston OEC
(East side of Lake)
LA21 8AB
United Kingdom