Ackers Adventure, Ackers (ARC), Waverley Canal Basin, Small Heath, Birmingham, B10 0DQ
Ackers Residential Centre (ARC) is a purpose built accommodation set in 70 acres of semi rural land that is Ackers Adventure, a centre for outdoor adventurous activities, just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham.
The ARC has 9 sleeping rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, refectory area with chairs and tables and a recreation room with a TV & DVD player, games and comfy seating. Facilities include ample secluded parking, showers and changing rooms, disability lift, self catering kitchen, function room, picnic and BBQ area. All groups get sole use of the ARC. On site the centre offers a 100m dry ski slope, toboggan slope, climbing walls, archery courses, zip wire, canoeing & kayaking on the Grand Union Canal (which runs straight though the site) and much more. Instructor led activities and lessons are available and can be incorporated into your stay subject to availability. A stay at Ackers Adventure could also be combined with a visit to The Sea Life Centre, Cadbury World, Thinktank, The Bull Ring shopping centre, National Motorcycle Museum, the NEC as well as art galleries, museums, clubs, restaurants and theatres.
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Entrance off the Small Heath Highway (dual carriageway), see signs
A few minutes walk from Small Heath rail station.
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It is all going on at Acker’s adventure.
The site has access to kayaking, dry slope skiing, climbing, zip wires…all sorts of things. Pretty much everything you would want to try if you’re an outdoor adventurous type. Just browsing through their events listings I can see courses on bushcraft, climbing and kayak tours of Birmingham. Even one-day tasters, events they call thrillseekers, for youngsters to try out a zillion different activities. As I said – it is all going on at Acker’s.
I’ll bet that ‘kayak tours of Birmingham’ line caught your eye didn’t it? That’s because Acker’s is an adventure base pretty close to the heart of the city. They take advantage of the nearby river and canal to launch the boats and paddle off exploring.
As a residential base, it has everything you’d need: it sleeps 26 in small 2 to 4 bed rooms; disabled access; self catering kitchen and large communal areas for classrooms or dining or hanging out. And, as you can tell, they’re all set up for leading activities for your group too.
…an urban oasis…
I for one wouldn’t expect a ‘world of adventure’ in the heart of urban Birmingham. Yet, in a 75 acre green site including woodlands, grasslands, marsh and open water, Ackers Residential Centre offers the most comprehensive list of high octane activities as well as a residential centre for group bookings. It has been described as ‘an urban oasis’ while having nothing to do with either fruit drinks or shambling Mancunian dad-rockers.
All their activities can take place on their site, so you’d forget you were in a city. Most impressive is the dry ski and toboggan slope; but there are also climbing walls and zip wires for those with a taste for heights; bushcraft zones and jungle obstacle courses as well as water activities on the Grand Union Canal – running right there through the middle of the site.
So, for groups looking for a residential adventure – all laid on for you with instructors and equipment – what about Ackers Residential Centre?
Ackers Adventure, in the heart of Birmingham has re-joined Independent Hostels UK and will be in the 2018 Independent Hostel Guide
Ackers Adventure is an outdoor activity centre in the heart of Birmingham. Ackers has just rejoined Independent Hostels UK and will be in the 2018 Independent Hostel Guide!