New not-for-profit Adventure Centre, Mount Cook, has won The Derbyshire Times New Business of the Year Award within five months of opening.
The purpose-built Centre welcomed its first guests in July 2016, and has since accommodated over 1500 young people through school groups, The National Citizenship Service, Prince’s Trust, Youth Groups and Holiday Camps. The new Centre has also hosted numerous birthday parties, the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Annual AGM, an outdoor cinema screening, and even a wedding!
Mount Cook can accommodate 140 guests in modern bedrooms complete with en-suite bathroom facilities. A further 80 guests can be accommodated outside in the Centre’s brand new eco-friendly Glamping Pods, and within the secure onsite camping paddock. Mount Cook also offers full catering and a licensed bar within their impressive glass-fronted Main Dining Hall, which provides stunning views into Ecclesbourne Valley.
Unique features of the Centre include an onsite high-ropes course, a highly popular activity for developing team-work and communication within a group, and a 10m high rooftop terrace where activities with an educational focus, such as bird-watching and star-gazing, take place.
The activities provided at the Centre range from the high-adrenaline to the highly-informative, with the aim to develop key skills which can be translated into learning at school, the workplace and in life. Guests can scale great heights on Black Rocks, a popular rock-climbing area located just minutes from the Centre. Or try their hand at kayaking, canoeing or raft-building at Carsington Reservoir’s Water Sports Centre, a short drive from Mount Cook. Onsite, guests can unleash their inner Robin Hood with an archery session, or learn how to survive and thrive in the wilderness with Mount Cook’s bush craft and den-building activities.
Mount Cook has already been recognised by BAPA (The British Activity Providers Association) for their emphasis on safe practice, education, and personal and social development. The Derbyshire Times New Business of the Year Award will act as another string to the Centre’s bow, who have big plans for further development and growth with their eco-friendly Glamping Pods and rooftop zip-wire due to be constructed by Spring 2017.