Short breaks

Group accommodation & activities

Derwent Hill is the ideal venue for fully catered weekend breaks for groups, with or without activities, and for family activity holidays.

Derwent Hill is the perfect venue for catered accommodation for groups during school holidays and at weekends.
You can choose from accommodation in our Education Centre (81 beds, mainly in en-suite dormitories with bunk beds) or our Training Centre (28 beds in en-suite twin and single rooms).  You can also book the whole centre.  For open events where smaller numbers and individuals can book, please see our Activity Holidays page.

Please note, we do not have self-catering facilities.

Weekend Breaks

Our fully catered weekend breaks start with a buffet evening meal on Friday (arrival from 6pm) and finish with a packed lunch on Sunday (or on Monday if it is a Bank Holiday).  Departure time is 2pm.  Prices are for a 2-night break. 3-night breaks are available over Bank Holiday weekends.  All prices include VAT.

Weekend Breaks in the Training Centre

From April to October, the minimum group size is normally 8, but sometimes we can take bookings for smaller groups or couples – please contact us for availability.  Groups of 14 or more can book for exclusive use.  From November to March, the minimum group size is 14.

£170 per person (April 2020 – Oct 2020)
£154 per person (Nov 2020 – March 2021)
£175 per person (April 2021 – Oct 2021)
£158 per person (Nov 2021 – March 2022)

Supplements apply for single occupancy of a twin room

Reduced rates for children up to age 11

1 free additional place when paying for 18 adults

2 free additional places when paying for 25 adults

Weekend Breaks in the Education Centre

In the Education Centre the minimum group size is 35.

£103.50 per person (April 2020 – Oct 2020)
£93 per person (Nov 2020 – March 2021)
£106 per person (April 2021 – Oct 2021)
£95 per person (Nov 2021 – March 2022)

Weekend Breaks using the Whole Centre

You can book the whole centre for a minimum of 50 guests.
Accommodation is for 36 guests in dormitory style en-suite rooms in the Education Centre (Fells Wing) and 14 guests in twin en-suite rooms in the Training Centre plus exclusive use of the campsite.

Minimum Fees (for up to 50 guests)
£6,300 (April 2020 – Oct 2020)
£5,670 (Nov 2020 – March 2021)

Additional accommodation is available on request, up to a maximum of 90 guests.


You can book recreational activities for one or more days of a Weekend Break.  The activities available depend on the time of year and may be affected by the weather on the day, in which case we will provide an alternative activity.  The minimum age for activities is 8 and the maximum number of people per group is 10.

Price per group per day:

£374.50 (April 2020 – Oct 2020)
£338 (Nov 2020 – March 2021)
£388 (April 2020 – Oct 2020)
£350 (Nov 2020 – March 2021)

* If you wish to climb at Keswick Climbing Wall as a wet weather option there is an additional fee per person (payable directly to the climbing wall)

Outdoor Activity Weekends in the Education Centre

(for adult groups or youth organisations with adult participants)

Outdoor Activity Weekends in the Education Centre run from 5.30 pm on Friday to 4.30 pm on Sunday with a team activity on the Friday evening and small group activities on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings are normally only taken during Sunderland school holidays and at weekends in low season (October half term – February half term).  The minimum number of guests is 35. Minimum numbers may apply for activity groups. Please contact us for prices and more information.

If Weekend Break packages are not exactly what you require, please contact us and we will be happy to quote a price for a tailored event.
Derwent Hill is not a venue for Hen and Stag parties.

Prices include VAT where applicable

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