Foundry Adventure Centre, The Old Playhouse, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire, SK17 8RF
Foundry Activity Centre has 2 units, Kinder; 31 beds and Howden; 21 beds, they can be combined to provide total 52 beds. With easy access to all parts of the Peak District National Park, the centre is an ideal location for outdoor activities and touring, welcoming a wide range of groups including schools, universities, corporate, clubs and large families. The spacious centre includes; comfortable lounges with a library, TV and wood burning stove, equipped kitchens and dining areas, four bathrooms and warm drying facilities. Bunks in rooms of 2 – 8 have optional bedding provision. There is parking for 20 plus vehicles with flat hard surfaced and grass areas for activities on site. Surrounding farmland and woodland can be accessed via an extensive network of footpaths. The centre is an AALA licensed provider and can also offer a wide range of adventure activities including abseiling, caving, climbing, hill walking, mountain biking & watersports. These can be combined to create a range of team building and personal development courses.This accommodation is featured on our map of the Peak District and here is its own website.
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Kinder 31: 1×10, 1×2, 1×3, 2×8, Howden 21: 2×8, 1×3, 1×2
All year, all day.
From £20pppn Whole centre £680 pn
Group bookings for minimum 20 people.
A623 (Chesterfield to Chapel en le frith), follow to Tideswell junction. Turn for Bradwell, take first right for Great Hucklow. On approaching the village, turn right at Queen Anne pub, then first right after 100m.
Buses and trains via Hope Valley
This accommodation is available only to groups.
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with a most surprising history
I brought a large group to The Foundry Adventure Centre in Great Hucklow, Derbyshire. We stayed in the smaller Howden unit. It offered simple accommodation in 4 bunk rooms in a wonderfully scenic area and met our needs admirably. These days it is little more swish . I’m sure you will find that too.
While there, I discovered that the building had ther most fascinating history. Originally a utility building for the nearby lead mines, in 1938 it was transformed into a play house and opera house. You need to bear in mind that Great Hucklow, despite its name is actually a very modest village . Quite a surprise to find it has its own theatre. More surprising still is the story of its original founder, Laurence Du Garde Peach. I will let you dig for details but his achievements include high academic honours, wartime espionage, theatre impressario and political candidate. And all based around this modest village and its activity centre.
Nowadays, the Foundry offers easy access to the countryside for self-lead adventures and the option to have instructors for groups such as scouts of Duke of Edinburgh’s award candidates.
Foundary Adventure Centre provides accommodation and adventure in Great Hucklow
Situated near to the village of Great Hucklow, above the Hope Valley, Foundry Adventure Centre is in the heart of the Peak District. You are welcome to simply hire accommodation or stay and book adventure days for your group. Great for families, stag and hen weekends and celebrations. There are two comfortable self catering bunkhouses. Kinder with 31 beds and Howden with 21 beds and you can combine the two to give 52 beds. As Foundry Adventure Centre is set in 2 acres of private grounds, there is also lots of room for camping. The campsite has a maximum capacity of 90 people.
We are an ideal base for group visits to the Peak District
We are an ideal base for group visits to the Peak District and are a dedicated outdoor base with 2 independent self- catering units with 21 and 31 beds, or a single unit for up to 52. Additional camping is available on site.