The Foundry Activity Centre

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.