Themed and Specialist Courses

As an alternative to our standard multi-activity courses, families and adults can spend their stay on activities more suited to their preferences, confidences and abilities or with other participants similar in age or level of care support required.

Themed Weekends

If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a stay at the Lake District Calvert Trust, but not necessarily take part in a full schedule of activities, why not come and check us out on one of our ‘themed’ breaks. Use our specialised accommodation and facilities as a base to explore the surrounding area, with each weekend focused around a different half-day optional activity or specific focus. If you’d like to try horse riding or trap driving, outdoor abseiling, zip wire and big swing, accessible cycling, or catamaran sailing, these weekends could be for you. Prices start at £129 per person, but vary dependent on time of year and optional activities on offer. Prices include all food from arrival through to departure, plus free access to time slots to use our hydrotherapy pool and sensory room. Please note, all of our activities are weather dependent so may be subject to change at short notice.

New for 2019 – Themed Weekends: From £129 per person

Use our accessible accommodation as a base to explore the beautiful Lake District, with each 2 night weekend stay themed around a different optional 1/2 day activity or focus*.

  • Sat 13th – Mon 15th April: Catamaran Sailing @ £149
  • Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April: Easter Extravaganza @ £199 – read more below
  • Sat 25th – Mon 27th May: Outdoor Abseiling @ £129
  • Friday 28th Sunday 30th June  – Walk and Bushcraft @£129 (stay Sunday night too for an additional £50 per person)
  • Friday 12th  Sunday 14th July – Walk and Bushcraft @£129 (stay Sunday night too for an additional £50 per person)
  • Sat 17th – Mon 19th August: Accessible Cycling @ £129
  • Sat 31st August – Mon 2nd September: Zipwire and Swing @ £129
  • Sat 31st August – Mon 2nd September: Catamaran Sailing @ £149
  • Fri 13th – Sun 15th September: Memories Revived @ £199 – read more below

*Please note, all of our activities are weather dependent so may be subject to change at short notice. Available pool slots can vary as we are also open to the general public, please check with us for more info.

Easter Extravaganza – Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April @ £199

Part Multi-Activity Course and part Easter themed fun over a 3 night weekend break, the per person price includes:


  • Full day of outdoor activities on the Saturday
  • Easter Egg Hunt on the Sunday morning
  • Optional visit to local church for Sunday morning service
  • Afternoon excursion to the Lake District Wildlife Park
  • Easter themed evening meal with seasonal Spring foods

Suitable for Families, Adults and Groups. As with all our residential stays all accommodation, food and activities, plus allocated time slots to access our hydrotherapy pool and sensory room, are included in price. Departure is after breakfast on the Monday morning.

Memories Revived – Fri 13th – Sun 15th September @ £199

As a completely new idea, this 2 night weekend is specifically for those living with dementia and their carers. There are a number of studies that show people with dementia respond positively to stimuli from their childhood era, so our aim is to revive memories of times gone by at our fully accessible centre. The weekend begins with arrival on the Friday evening and a chance to meet the other attendees, followed by a full schedule on the Saturday:

  • Day excursion to a selected and traditional tourist attraction
  • Dinner featuring menu options from 50’s and 60’s
  • A band playing classics from the 50’s and 60’s, with dancing!

All food and accommodation (Friday evening through to Sunday morning) is included in price, as are excursions and evening entertainments on the Saturday. Our accommodation is fully accessible to wheelchair users with every room having an en-suite wet-room. Hospital style beds, hoists and shower chairs are available on request.

Stables Courses

We offer horse riding or trap driving courses, plus grooming and horse care. This allows participants to spend their entire stay focused on equine activities at our own stables on the outskirts Keswick. Numbers of participants are on our Stables Courses are limited to 4 people with disabilities and carers for trap driving and 6 people with disabilities for horse riding. Weight limits are 13st. for horse riding and 18st. including wheelchair for trap driving.

Young Adults

These multi-activity courses are for those aged 16 – 25 who may get more out of their visit through doing activities, socialising and challenging themselves with other guests of their own age. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a competent adult, although those over 18 can attend unaccompanied, depending on care and support requirements. Accompanying care workers or family members can be over 25 and these courses are open to those with either learning difficulties or physical disabilities, or both.

Buddy Breaks

Multi-activity courses are available for unaccompanied adults who only require prompts and guidance rather than care support, allowing them to develop confidence and self-reliance away from their home environment. Buddy Breaks are suitable for adults who are independent in the majority of their day to day lives, but may need some support in an unfamiliar environment. We provide ‘buddies’ – assistants who are able to help attendees, but do not provide any care.

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“Both our boys have their own individual challenges, it is wonderful to see them try things that take them out of their comfort zone and the look of joy on their faces when they achieve! All staff are so aware of the needs of individual visitors and that makes a huge difference to the enjoyment levels of all. I will continue to recommend Lake District Calvert Trust”

“We have never been able to enjoy a holiday were everyone is involved. Being able to share activities with our daughter and granddaughter was fantastic”

“The total accessibility and friendly staff made us all feel right at home”

“Our boy got a lot out of riding, the ropes challenge and indoor climbing and related activity. It was good to have been in the company of others with similar problems and outlook.”

“Don't have any doubts or worries about coming just book it. Excellent and friendly instructors who are extremely knowledgeable about various disabilities and equipment. Great to experience what non-disabled or able bodied can do together rather than watching from the side-lines. We will be returning!”

“As the parents of an Autistic child, our plan was to see our son experience new challenges and for him to be integrated with similar children. In sum, we have achieved all we set out for and more.”