Why Go Outside?
Why Live For Today?
With our many years of experience we have established ourselves as leading providers of a wide range of outdoor learning.
Our experience, knowledge and understanding enables us to provide you with a programme specifically suited to your requirements. Activities can be delivered at our sites or at a suitable venue of your choice or within your school environment.
Licensed by the AALS, our instructors and guides are highly qualified in all activity sessions to strict Health & Safety standards endorsed by the National Governing Bodies.
We understand the ever-changing challenges that you face in organising outdoor learning. Live for Today’s Codes of Practice and Risk Assessments are available for your use to help reduce the stress of pre-programme planning.
We seek to raise expectations and attainment by enriching and enhancing your learners curriculum through outdoor learning.
We provide activities to a wide range of learners through the curriculum and enhanced learning from Key Stage 2 right through to further and higher education.
“We pride ourselves on our friendly, flexible and approachable attitude. The quality of your experience and learning is our priority.”Marc Wise - Live For Today, Co-Owner
Turning Students into Successful Learners
Our ethos is based upon enabling participants of all ages and abilities to enjoy, improve and succeed within a range of outdoor activities. All of our courses embed progressive and ongoing opportunities for learners to develop confidence and competence, creativity and initiative, the skills and techniques vital to enhance their performance.
They develop the confidence to take part in different and more challenging activities whilst learning the value of a healthy active lifestyle.
We actively engage students in a cycle of practical experiential learning within the outdoor environment. The extension of the plan-do-review process is applied to enable all learners to realise and activate their full potential, and progress through their own personal development needs.
Outdoor activities provide opportunities to link with many other curriculum areas and facilitate cross-curricular approaches to learning such as:
- problem solving
- effective teamwork
- leadership skills
- effective communication
- decision making
- building self-reliance
- taking responsibility for self and team members
Helped by our empathetic instructors, learners are facilitated to review and self-evaluate by themselves, encouraging them to identify what they’ve learnt in terms of personal development, raised self-confidence, self-esteem and sense of achievement.
Evaluation and assessment supports and validates outdoor learning. Oral and written feedback teamed with photographs and video not only document activities but act as a reminder of a memorable event.
“As a member of staff accompanying a group of students I always felt totally secure that the instructors knew exactly what they were doing and were totally in control. The experience and personality of the instructors is inspiring in its own right.”Jo Paxton | Head of Year 10, Harry Carlton School
"We visited Wastwater YHA with forty musicians. All our instructors were well-informed, friendly and great fun! They really got to know our students. They were sensitive to their abilities and made our visit incredibly memorable. As a result all of our students achieved far more than they could have imagined."Anna Heaney - Head of Music, Mill Hill County High School
“Having lead many camps involving over 1000 students I can wholeheartedly recommend using Geoff and his Team. They are competent, enthusiastic and experienced without exception and have made a lasting and significant contribution to the students of Harry Carlton School”John Flint - Post 16 Learning Manager
"Live for Today instructors are fun, friendly, supportive and knowledgeable. They are sensitive to individual needs, and encourage children appropriately to explore their capabilities."Rick Ashley - Curriculum Leader Environment, Royston School
"The really great part about working on such challenges is you see children make progress in front of your eyes. One moment they are reluctant and apprehensive, the next they are full of courage and game for anything."Tim Coleman - Headteacher, Tebay Community Primary School
High & Low Ropes CourseOur unique purpose built Ropes Courses in Ripley & Kendal have been designed to provide a high level of challenge whilst being accessible to a wide variety of participants in terms of age, confidence and physical ability.
ArcheryArchery is suitable for any age from 8 upwards and with a variety of different sized bows we can equip you with the right kit to access the sport. Learn about the equipment and gain the skills to hit the target every time. Calmness, control and concentration are all parts of the mind set and skills needed.
Body ZorbingBody zorbing/bubble football allows you to compete against others of any size, shape, height or weight on an equal basis as you all only have the use of your legs. A variety of games and challenges make this an exciting activity where everyone can feel absorbed and involved.
Air Rifle ShootingOur ranges at Hazlewood and Kendal allow you to learn to shoot these high powered and accurate rifles, with telescopic sights in a safe and secure environment.
Bush CraftHave you ever wanted to light fires and build shelters with just the use of natural woodland? During these sessions you will gain an understanding of the basics of fire lighting and shelter building. You will understand the needs for survival and use flint and steel to make fire and use Kelly kettles to provide heat and water.
Problem Solving DaysWe have developed a range of inclusive tasks and challenges comprising physical, mental and creative aspects to run at any location. These tasks allow learners to explore and enhance their leadership and teambuilding abilities.
CavingAn opportunity to experience the rich and diverse underground world, to sort out the stalactites from the stalagmites and get your feet wet! Exploring a unique environment, where geography, geology and hydrology are all experienced at first hand - it is also a great team activity!
Canoeing & KayakingLearn the skills required to take to the water safely. Paddle your canoe on a journey through the beautiful scenery and develop skills and determination on still or moving water.
Rock ClimbingThe wealth of outdoor climbing crags and indoor climbing walls in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales ensures that opportunities are plentiful to directly experience the thrill of rock climbing. Individual and team challenges, developing trust and communication all occur on this activity.
AbseilingExperience the exhilaration of descending rock faces. Progress from gentle slopes to vertical and overhanging walls whilst learning the skills to stay safe in the outdoor environment.
Hill Walking & MountaineeringBasic navigation and map work skills learnt in the early stages can lead to enjoying the thrill of tackling more challenging peaks and paths. Increase confidence by progressing to graded scrambles with the safe use of ropes and helmets. Climb or trek with one of our highly qualified guides to enjoy the landscape and environment at its best.
Gorge WalkingTackle the rivers and gorges of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales in an energetic way by ascending or descending waterfalls and water filled gorges whilst working with your group to overcome obstacles.
OrienteeringA combination of map reading, problem solving and running (or walking quickly!) to find hidden locations. Challenge yourself or your team against the clock or solve the problems on a themed event.
Guided WalksSafely challenge the rolling fells or along the narrow ridges and famous fells of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Walk with one of our highly qualified guides to enjoy the landscape and environment at its best. We can also guide walks/treks anywhere in the UK or Europe.
Mountain BikingEnjoy a leisurely day in the forests and tracks of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales or challenge yourselves with the Coast to Coast cycle ride!
First Aid TrainingLearn how to stay safe and become self-reliant and independent. Take responsibility for yourself and your role in safeguarding others. Learn key first aid skills on a short course or teamed with an activity package.
Venues & Accommodation
Live for Today have three premier activity venues where we have exclusive use of our own facilities. Hazlewood Castle Hotel near York, Ripley Castle Near Harrogate and at The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal Cumbria.
Live for Today also has a mobile unit and we have the flexibility to turn any accommodation into a fully functioning outdoor centre. We bring along all the equipment and instructional staff. We can book the accommodation for you so all you have to worry about is getting there. By not having the overheads of a centre you will be surprised at how much value such a package can give you.
If not a residential, we can come to you and deliver at any suitable venue or even in your own school grounds.
You may have a venue in mind, the possibilities are varied and can be suited to your needs and budget.
We work with small groups of 8 to our largest group who bring 70 young people which can include overnight camping.
Hazlewood Castle, Leeds / YorkHazlewood Castle is situated in 70 acres of woodland with travel time less than 30 minutes from either Leeds, York or Harrogate. The venue itself has refreshments, changing area and plenty of free parking. Get more info.
Ripley Castle near HarrogateTravel time is only 10 minutes from Harrogate and a short drive form Ripon and Skipton. Parking is free and easily accessible. Get more info.
Castle Green Hotel, KendalCastle Green based only 5 minutes from the centre of the thriving town of Kendal, our venue provides amazing views of the Lake District. Get more info.
- Leading provider of outdoor learning
- Tailor-made programs to suit your requirements
- Activities can be delivered at our sites or at your school or venue
- Qualified instructors licensed by AALS
- Curriculum & Enhanced learning from Key Stage 2 through to higher education.