Dukes Barn Outdoor Activity Centre provides adventurous activities for people of all ages and abilities. The Centre is situated in Beeley, which is one of the villages on the Chatsworth Estate, in the heart of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire.

Our primary focus is children with special needs including Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, children with hearing or sight impairment and those with physical disabilities including wheelchair users. We also in addition to our primary focus run courses for primary and secondary school children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds or poor inner city areas.

As an educational trust Dukes Barn provides a safe and adventurous environment in which people of all ages and abilities can experience the excitement of the outdoors. Children that attend a course at Dukes Barn will develop a greater awareness of self and the needs of others. Overcoming personal challenges and fears, children improve their physical fitness, confidence and self-esteem, equipping them to meet the challenges of everyday life and leaving with a wider appreciation of the natural environment.

All of our outdoor activities take place in Derbyshire, and are planned to ensure they are both challenging and adventurous, meeting the specific objectives and ability of the group. All specialist equipment needed for the activities will be provided whether you are attending a fully catered residential course or an individually planned day course exploring the Peak District or the nearby Chatsworth House Estate.

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supported by our patrons

Sir Christian Bonington CBE, The Duke of Devonshire, Lady Morris

and The Right Honourable David Blunkett