Enjoy a wide range of outdoor adventure activities for schools, groups and families, from boat hire to team building, from team building to hen & stag parties.

Boat hire is open 11am-4pm weekends and school holidays - just turn up for hire or book an activity with an instructor in advance

Outdoor Events in Cumbria


Looking for an activity at your venue? Independent Adventure arrange bespoke packages for hen/stag parties, schools, corporate team building, and family events. Please get in touch for more information and a copy of our brochures for adult and family groups, or for schools and youth organisations.


Being based at Talkin Tarn Country Park near to Carlisle, we are ideally positioned to deliver a wide range of outdoor adventure activities. Whether you are a family on holiday looking for something to do, or trying to find the ideal package for a corporate event, hen/stag party, school activity day, get in touch and we would love to help.

Small groups can easily book a private activity session here, using our online calendar. For larger groups or bespoke packages please contact us.
Individual places are available to book each month on open sessions.

You are very welcome to come down and hire a boat during the season. Boat hire is open from 11am to 4pm on weekends and school holidays (Easter to October). We may also have capacity to arrange activity sessions for that day, with open sessions and individual places. This is dependent upon the instructors and other sessions on the day. To pre-book an activity session please click here for our calendar.

Boat hire is now closed for the winter - we are still open for pre-booked sessions so either get in touch or follow one of the links below to arrange an activity.

Our hire boats are all priced at £12 per half hour. This includes rowing boats with 4 seats, open canoes with 3 seats, and sit on top kayaks with 1 or 2 seats. Buoyancy aids are provided and must be properly worn. There is no need to pre-book for boat hire. Please be aware that in high winds or stormy conditions we may close early or offer a limited service.

Our 12 hole woodland golf (crazy/minigolf) course is open when boat hire is open. This costs £3 per player or £10 for a family up to 6.

We also arrange boat launch and fishing day permits on behalf of Carlisle City Council. Come and see us during opening hours to complete the paperwork and sign in. Permits for canoes/kayaks/SUPs cost £4 per craft per day. We will even inflate your craft in return for a donation to the North Cumbria Rescue and Response Team collection box on our counter.

Equipment hire is available for wetsuits, paddles, buoyancy aids. We have a small shop stocking wetsuits, wet shoes, glasses retainers, aquapac phone cases, orienteering maps etc.

Independent Adventure are the outdoor activity organiser with a wide range of activities on site at Talkin Tarn! We specialise in multi-activity days with an emphasis on team work, communication, problem solving and learning new skills. We are perfectly positioned for local families and visitors to Carlisle, the Eden Valley and Hadrian's Wall country, outside the busy national parks of Cumbria and Northumberland.

Our activity packages are tailored to the needs of small groups, families and friends. We are acutely aware of the need to create a safe recreational environment in the light of recent crises. Our team of friendly, experienced instructors will get your little group working together through a variety of challenges and competitions safely.