Outdoor Learning Plan - April 2024

Outdoor Learning Plan - April 2024
Have you noticed the leaves coming back onto the trees? How lovely is it to be back in school now that the days are getting longer and warmer? This month, we're hoping to develop a deeper appreciation and connection with the trees. We recognise the importance of these natural wonders in supporting life in so many different ways. The plan ...
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Unforgettable Memories: Adding Archery to Your Wedding Experience

Unforgettable Memories: Adding Archery to Your Wedding Experience
Your wedding day is a celebration of love, shared with your nearest and dearest. As you plan every detail to ensure your day is perfect, you may be searching for unique ways to create lasting memories for both you and your guests. Enter archery – an unexpected, exhilarating addition to your special day that will leave everyone talking for years to ...
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Outdoor Learning Plan - March 2024

Outdoor Learning Plan - March 2024
As the days grow longer and warmer weather begins, it's a great time to get outdoors to experience the new beginnings of Spring. This month, we're looking at our senses, and where better to investigate these, than outside of the classroom where we can see, hear, smell, and feel such a broad range of stimuli? Similar to our popular nightli...
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Outdoor Learning Plan - February 2024

Outdoor Learning Plan - February 2024
It may be blustery with a splash of rain, but getting outdoors is still great for the soul. With Valentine's fast approaching, this month's outdoor learning plan is based around our feelings, and recognising these in others. Spending time in the outdoors and engaging with nature gives us the ideal opportunity to reflect on our emotions. Working wit...
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School Brochure

School Brochure
Thank you for requesting your copy of our brochure! We'll be in touch soon to discuss how we can best meet your needs, to create the best possible package for you and your school. In the meantime, you'll find our brochure below, along with price guidance further down this page. School Brochure  Download PDF File Here Indicative Price Guid...
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Outdoor Activities for Schools in the longer term

Outdoor Activities for Schools in the longer term
Having worked with nearly half of the schools in the Carlisle area, many of you will be aware of the fantastic experiences that school children have enjoyed with us at Talkin Tarn. With a wide range of adventure activities, lots of schools visit us at Talkin Adventures each year, to sample one or two activities. The children and teachers who visit ...
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How to stand up on a Stand Up Paddle Board?

How to stand up on a Stand Up Paddle Board?
So, you've seen people having a fantastic time on the water with their stand up paddle board? We hear all the time how people would love to give SUP a go, but, "I just don't have the balance"! It's true that you do need reasonable balance to stand up on a SUP, but with a few pointers, a little confidence, and some practice, we're sure tha...
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How much does a school activity trip cost?

How much does a school activity trip cost?
 How much does a school activity trip cost? It's an important question, and one that you, as a teacher, need to know when arranging an outdoor adventure trip for your class. I hope to answer your question here in this article. The exact price genuinely depends on what your goals are, and ultimately, your idea of the perfect adventure trip. Hop...
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Stand Up Paddle Boarding for Beginners

Stand Up Paddle Boarding for Beginners
Blue sky, flat calm water, green hills and woodland surrounding me. I can hear the birds in the trees and smell a crisp spring morning out at Talkin Tarn. Paddle boarding gives a whole new view to the world. There a few activities so calm and relaxing!  On the day this photograph was taken, I saw a huge fish swim right underneath my board. Tha...
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Your Hen Party in Cumbria

Your Hen Party in Cumbria
We are so pleased to welcome hen parties back to Cumbria. Before the mess of 2020 I would say that hen party activities near Carlisle were the main part of our business. Now that the restrictions have been lifted, people are regaining the confidence to book ahead and an adventure hen party is well and truly back on the cards!  When we say...
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Resources for Outdoor Learning

Resources for Outdoor Learning
Outdoor Adventure Activities form only part of an outdoor learning experience. In addition to adventure activities such as archery or canoeing, here at Talkin Adventures we use lots of relatively simple activities to help engage young people with the world around them. Our experienced instructor team have a wide range of short activities up their s...
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Adapting to change in the Outdoors

Adapting to change in the Outdoors
When Coronvirus arrived and we were forced to close in March 2020, like many, we were lost. The kids were at home for schooling, I took a job driving for a supermarket, and we crossed our fingers and toes that we would all get through this!  Fast-forward a few months and we were able to re-open to provide activity sessions. There were lots of ...
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Adventure Learning for Schools

Adventure Learning for Schools
The importance of Outdoor Learning and Adventure Courses is already well documented with far reaching benefits. A new way of working with heavy restrictions has limited the opportunities for outdoor and experiential learning, even though the outdoors is considered one of the safest places to be. During 2020 we have been working hard to adapt and de...
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Our walk from New Mills Trout Farm, Brampton to Talkin Tarn Country Park

Our walk from New Mills Trout Farm, Brampton to Talkin Tarn Country Park
New Mills Trout Farm, just outside Brampton, Cumbria, is a great place to stay. If you are looking for glamping in Cumbria, somewhere to stay near to Hadrian's Wall, or just a break from the city then take a look at what's on offer here. Whilst New Mills is just a short drive from us at Talkin Adventures, we took a lovely country walk between the t...
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Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Cumbria

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Cumbria
​Stand Up Paddle Boarding is such a fun activity. We introduced SUP at Talkin Tarn in Cumbria early in 2019 and it has been enjoyed by all ages since. Following some careful consideration and experience, we decided to set the minimum age for our organised activity sessions at 10 years.  Using inflatable stand up paddle boards, partic...
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The Apprentice

The Apprentice
Contact us to discuss your objectives ​Personal development within a team is a key factor of most apprenticeship schemes. The current skills shortage across many industries, coupled with the apprenticeship levy, has led to a resurgence in apprenticeship schemes. Employers now have some brilliant opportunities to select some great candidates and pla...
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Hen Party Games

Hen Party Games
So you're organising a hen party for your best friend, where do you start? It has to be all about her, but she just wants everyone to have a great time! The Bride-to-be will have a few ideas, even if the details are the best kept secret in Cumbria!  ​With so many different types of Hen Party to arrange; a guest list, ideal dates and idea ...
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Evening Team Building

Evening Team Building
Finding a good time to get your team together, outside of the work place, can be challenging. This is something that Darren and Robyn at Independent Adventure understand all too well - days off are precious, and your work is busy. That's why a fun team building evening near Carlisle will work so well. Over th...
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Truly bespoke

Truly bespoke
Here at Independent Adventure Ltd, we've had a busy January. Traditionally this is a time for reviewing and planning - and there sure has been a lot of that! We have lots of events planned for small groups and individuals. We've also had lots of bookings for corporate events, stag and hen activities, school and university groups, and fami...
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The Gift That Keeps On Giving!

The Gift That Keeps On Giving!
We think our Talkin AWESOME Adventure days are the perfect Christmas present for kids aged 8 to 14. It's a day packed with fun where they learn to kayak, toast marshmallows and explore life around Talkin Tarn - and that's just the start! But if you're still not sure, this might help you decide… There's something a bit special about gift experiences...
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Wake up to Adventure!

Wake up to Adventure!
Here at Talkin Adventures, we're passionate about life outdoors. We are in awe of the changing seasons and the way every day brings a new view of the Tarn. But mostly, we love sharing those experiences with the children and families who visit our business throughout the year. Our Talkin AWESOME Adventure Days are jam-packed with activities for chil...
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Hen Party Cocktails

Hen Party Cocktails
​This super group of Hens were looking for some fun entertainment during their stay in Cumbria. They had a chat with us about activities that would suit a broad range of ages and personalities, and decided that an evening Cocktail Masterclass at their self-catering accommodation would be perfect, with some outdoor activities the following day....
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Adventure Days with Talkin Adventures

Adventure  Days with Talkin Adventures
Get outside and have a great time... Adventure Days with Talkin Adventures provide a brilliant opportunity for outdoor adventure experiences for 8-14 year olds. Spend time in the outdoors, away from the distractions of tablets, mobile phones, TV and computer games. Create real memories as you try a new activity, meet new people and have a grea...
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Archery at Muncaster Castle

archery-at-muncaster-castle Enhancing your visitor experience
It's a fantastic place to be, on Cumbria's West Coast, Muncaster Castle stands proud above the River Esk, before it meets the sea at Ravenglass. Muncaster Castle has to be one of the best tourist places to visit in the Lake District. Combining a long history with some superb events and experiences, we just love coming here to enhance the ...
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Corporate Team Building in Cumbria

custom-raft-building Raft Building Team Event
Since 2011, Independent Adventure have delivered events and activities for a wide range of organisations across the UK. A recent experience on Ullswater in the Lake District highlighted the importance of our flexibility and client centred approach. This corporate client of regional directors and head office team were looking for a te...
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Carlisle for kids in October Half Term

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​There's loads happening across Carlisle and Cumbria in preparation for Halloween and, dare we say it, Christmas in a couple of months! We've given some thought to how we can help keep your kids entertained and out of your hair for a day in the half term holidays. We have put together the ultimate day for 8-14 year olds down at Talkin Tarn Cou...
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Boat Hire at Talkin Tarn

boat-hire Hire a boat at Talkin Tarn
​Now into our second year of being based at Talkin Tarn, we still love meeting new people and watching them enjoy the water from our boats. People are often surprised at the scale of Talkin Tarn - it's 1.3miles around the edge and 13m deep in the middle! With a variety of boats, canoes and kayaks we can also provide boat hire in the lake distr...
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A Special Offer for your School

A Special Offer for your School
Working with school groups is one of the things that we do best. Schools regularly come to us for superb activity days at Talkin Tarn Country Park, Brampton, and we also travel into schools with land based activities to reduce your transport costs, time and organising pressure. ​Outdoor activity sessions are a great way to build...
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Team building events for people who don't want team building events!

Team building events for people who don't want team building events!
It's a tricky one, the work is being done, the orders are being met and the customers are happy. Behind the scenes though, you can see that your team need a day out, a break, a great big thank you, and a boost to their morale. It can be hard to introduce the idea of a Team Building Day whilst remaining positive about the existing relationships and ...
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Introducing the Lake District

Introducing the Lake District
When you live and work in and around the Lake District it's easy to take for granted the beauty, history and culture that surrounds us. Still, spending so much time in an area has a long lasting impact on a person's outlook, personality and experiences. As a Cumbria event planning company and activity provider, Independent Adventure are often asked...
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Entertaining the kids in the School holidays

Entertaining the kids in the School holidays
​After such superb weather over the bank holiday weekend, our thoughts are turning to the end of May half term. Hopefully the conditions will be just as good and we can all spend most of it outdoors! For us, the school holidays are a busy time. Over the bank holiday we will be hiring out boats to families at Talkin Tarn Country Park, near Carl...
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Carlisle Team Building Event

Carlisle Team Building Event
Carlisle City Council approached our event planner to provide a team building event for one of their departments. Having worked with us on a previous occasion, the organisers were confident that the group would benefit from some time with us. With clear objectives for a group reward to improve working relationships, we suggested Raft Building and t...
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Cumbria Hen Party at Talkin Tarn

Cumbria Hen Party at Talkin Tarn
Talkin Adventures were pleased to welcome this fantastic bunch of hens to Talkin Tarn at the weekend to enjoy our Treasure Chest Challenge. This group staying locally at Bush Nook Guest House in Gilsland, Cumbria, were looking for a fun hen party ideas and this activity seemed to suit them perfectly. A little different to the usual hen party games,...
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Smooth sailing following our relaunch and expansion

Smooth sailing following our relaunch and expansion
2018 is already proving to be a busy and exciting year... As the new season approaches for our Cumbria events and activities at Talkin Tarn, we are delighted that all of our hard work is beginning to reap it's rewards. When we formed Independent Adventure back in 2011, running archery at fairs and shows alongside full time employment, we never...
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School Holiday Adventure Day Camps

School Holiday Adventure Day Camps
​Our Adventure Day Camps were so successful last year that we've rolled out over 10 dates for 2018! We've also made it easier for you to find and book your ideal day camp with our online booking and payment system. Simply find the date and combination of activities that sound best for you, click to book and follow the instructions on the web page. ...
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2018 Archery Name Offer

2018 Archery Name Offer
We're giving a FREE place on each of our Archery Beginner Sessions at Talkin Adventures. All you have to do is thank your Folks for giving you the right name! Throughout the year,we organise lots of events including Archery for Beginners. These popular events are great fun and will have you hitting GOLD in no time at all. We play games, shoot ballo...
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Cumbria Hen Party at the Big White House

Cumbria Hen Party at the Big White House
This happy group of Hens enjoyed some fun outdoor activities at the Big White House in Cumbria. Thank you for inviting us along to provide your activities. We're very glad you had such a good time!  Venue: The Big White HouseActivities: Archery & The Treasure Chest Brief: Provide activities for a Hen Party group staying at the Bi...
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Improving team relationships

Improving team relationships
Client: Carlisle City CouncilObjectives: To build relationship bonds and confidence for a group of apprentices from different departments. Package: A full day of activities began with a breakfast briefing in the Talkin Tarn Tea Rooms. A relaxed archery session focused on enjoyment, peer support and group encouragement. Orienteering provided the opp...
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Learning outside the classroom

Learning outside the classroom
School: Turton High School, Bolton Objectives: An adventure day in school to reward the winning group of an English project competition.  Package: An action packed day, ready for a 9:15 start and designed around the usual school breaks and 3pm home time. This has become an annual event, with us attending for the last five years. Catering for 2...
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Team rewards in Carlisle

Team rewards in Carlisle
Client: Nestle, Dalston Objectives: To introduce new challenges and bring the team together, with an element of competition... Package outline: Nestle brought 100 delegates to us at Talkin Adventures over two days. They arrived for breakfast rolls at 8:30 and then enjoyed an action packed day of outdoor activities, including Arc...
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