Outdoor Learning Service

Youth Service provides opportunities for our children and young people to engage in Outdoor Learning opportunities as part of either their school curriculum, or through youth work programmes.

Transformed Service Delivery Model

Following the transformation of the Outdoor Learning Service, the Education Authority (EA) continues its commitment to provide opportunities for learning outside the classroom, the enhancement of curriculum delivery through outdoor learning experiential visits and improving outcomes for our young people through our specialist residential Outdoor Learning provision at Delamont, Gortatole, Shannaghmore and Woodhall, which maximises the use of natural resources. 

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Locations

The EA offers self-catered / residential accommodation based at: Ballyhome Centre in Antrim and Corrick Centre, in Tyrone.  We have two Outdoor Learning Day Centres based at: Epicentre Day Centre with a focus on cycling and use of the outdoor environment to support field studies which are linked to the school curriculum and at Conlig Day Centre: with a focus on cycling and water-based activities and the use of outdoor environments linked to the school curriculum. All of our sites and Centres have undergone refurbishment offering greatly improved facilities. You can see the full Overview Map here.

The EA also offers an experienced Peripatetic Instructor service to all schools or youth groups, either at our Day Centres or at schools/clubs. Our partnership working with Greenhill YMCA and the Corrymeela Community continues; in order to offer extended opportunities to our schools, groups and young people. Outdoor Learning Service also supports the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh for all of Education Authority.

Outdoor Learning Centre Rates

Overnight Residential Rates

EA Registered

Non-EA Registered (+25%)

Schools

£45 per person per night*

£56 per person per night*

Youth Groups

£35 per person per night*

£43 per person per night*

Staff Training (with instruction)

£55 per person per night*

£68 per person per night*

Staff Training (Self-Programming)

£35 per person per night*

£43 per person per night*

*Group staying after 11am on the day of departure will be charged additional day rate fee noted below

Camp Sites** (Ballyhome, Delamont & Killyleagh***)

EA Registered
Tents

EA Registered
Cabins (Staff Only)

Non-EA Registered (+25%)
Tents

Non-EA Registered (+25%)
Cabins (Staff Only)

Schools 

£5 per person per night*

£15 per person per night*

£7.50 per person per night*

£18.75 per person per night*

Youth Groups

£5 per person per night*

£15 per person per night*

£7.50 per person per night*

£18.75 per person per night*

Staff Groups

£5 per person per night*

£15 per person per night*

£7.50 per person per night*

£18.75 per person per night*

Above Rates are Subject to review in December 2021

*Group staying after 11am on the day of departure will be charged additional day rate fee noted

**All camp site rates are based on self-catering and self-programming, if your group require outdoor instructor support from EA Outdoor Learning services additional costs will apply based on need and subject to availability of staff.

*** Killyleagh site is tents only, cabins are presently not available at this site. Two staff cabins (2 staff max per cabin) available at Delmont and Ballyhome home camp site.

Day Rate

EA Registered

Non-EA Registered (+25%)

Schools

£25 per person

£31 per person

Youth Groups

£20 per person

£25 per person

Staff Training (with instruction)

£45 per person

£56 per person

Staff Training (Self-Programming)

£30 per person

£37 per person

Self-Catering Centres 

(Corrick & Ballyhome)**

EA Registered

Non-EA Registered (+25%)

Schools

£15 per person per night

£18.75 per person per night

Youth Groups

£15 per person per night

£18.75 per person per night

Staff Groups

£15 per person per night

£18.75 per person per night

 **All Self-Catering Centre rates are based on self-catering and self-programming, if group require outdoor instructor support from EA Outdoor Learning services additional costs will apply based on need and subject to availability of staff.

Preferential rates (previously referred to as a bursary), may be offered for bookings. Please contact outdoorlearning@eani.org.uk or 028 9056 6569 for more information.

Prices above do not apply to schools or youth groups outside Northern Ireland and Third Level Educational Institutions. Please contact outdoorlearning@eani.org.uk or 028 9056 6569 for rates.

Last updated: 28/05/2021