Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to frequently asked questinos to help you plan your stay with us. If you have a question that is not answered here, please get in touch with the team and we will be able to advise you.

Do you need a license to run adventurous activities for children?

Yes, and we have several! We are licensed by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) in turn run by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This licenses Centres and other organisations to run activities. We also hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge (LOtC) which again endorses the quality of the activities and learning which takes place at Humphrey Head. Your child is in excellent hands!

What will the weather be like?

Cumbria has the highest rainfall figures in England, so it will probably rain at some point! We do our activities regardless of the weather (although we may modify what we do if it is really terrible!), and always make sure we are ‘Adventure Smart’ so we know what the weather will be like and have the right gear to be warm and well!

In recent years, summers have been very hot, even in Cumbria! So make sure your child brings a big water bottle for refilling from the tap (a litre bottle is perfect) and also bring some suncream.

What will my child need to bring?

We send a detailed kit list to school which you will receive a copy of. 

The quick answer is that a waterproof jacket and trousers are really useful, pretty much a necessity here in the Lake District! But we do have waterproofs that your child can borrow if they do not have their own, and we always lend them waterproofs if we need them for the activities!

A comfortable rucksack is also useful as their hand luggage, and we do provide them for the children to use throughout the week.

Footwear - wellies are really useful (even just for wet grass!), slippers for wearing in the centre to help keep mud where it belongs - outside! A couple of pairs of comfy trainers with a good grip are essential for ghyll scrambling, abseiling and climbing and if your child has them, walking boots are really useful.

Warm layers. Lots of layers that can be taken on and off are far more useful than a couple of padded jackets! So base layers, t shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces; jogging bottoms, leggings and even wooly tights are great. Please don’t pack jeans - they are horrible to wear when wet and really restrictive!

Is there internet access?

Not at the centre, no. Our office (next door) does have wifi which teachers can connect to if they need to, for things like uploading pictures so you can see what the children are up to during their stay!

Do I need to be able to swim to do the activities?

No, but it is important that we know in advance so we can put special measures in place. All participants wear buoyancy aids for our paddlesport activities.

My child wets the bed, can you cope with this?

Yes, just let the lead teacher know. We have some special mattress protectors which are very discrete and we have plenty of spare bedding, so we can change this and help if this is necessary. Don’t let your child worry about this as this increases their anxiety and can make the problem worse.

My child is allergic to nuts (dairy, is vegetarian, etc), is this going to be OK?

Of course! We can cater for the vast majority of special dietary needs but please give us advance notice. It is always a good idea to send your child along with some ‘comfort food’ - so snacks that they like and they know are safe for them to eat. Some children get anxious on residentials so having a few of their favourite snacks can help lessen this anxiety.

What is the food like?

Awesome! Our chef is fabulous and prepares food to a very high standard - he loves cooking good Cumbrian fare and his specialities include his famous Sticky Toffee Pudding (and custard, cream or ice cream!) and our amazing roast chicken dinners. There is always plenty to eat and this helps fuel us through our busy activities days.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Children are accommodated in small dormitories, with between three and eight to a room. Almost all of our beds are bunk beds. There is plenty of room for them to store their luggage. The teachers are typically accommodated singly, and are near to the children so if there is a problem at night they are at close at hand.

I have some concerns, who should I speak to?

In the first instance, please have a chat with the lead teacher. Many of our schools have been coming to Humphrey Head for year and the teachers know the set up really well. They will almost certainly be able to assuage your concerns and will put you in touch with us if they are not sure.


Humphrey Head Outdoor Centre
Holy Well Lane
LA11 7LY


015395 35030

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