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About Us

The Adventure Service Ltd was founded in August 2011 by Terry Harris-Ellis and Helen Harris-Ellis with the aim of supporting those with additional support needs to ‘Achieve Potential Through Adventure’.  We specialise in delivering high-quality outdoor learning experiences for all, including children and adults with learning disabilities. We do this through a variety of adventure-based activities. Each Adventurer is supported and encouraged to do as much as they can from preparing and setting up of activities and buying resources to enable the activity to happen, to pushing themselves to reach that little bit further up the climbing wall or taking their first canoe trip on the open water. No matter what a person’s perceived abilities, we gently support and encourage them to challenge themselves throughout their time with The Adventure Service Ltd.

Vision Statement:

We aim to be the best in the business at aiding people to grow in confidence through ‘Achieving Potential Through Adventure’. We also aim to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through the safe provision of adventurous activities.


Value Statements:

  • We deliver happiness and inspiration all around us.

  • We create team spirit through positivity, support, feedback and fun.

  • We actively communicate by listening and sharing information with others.

  • We are adventurous by embracing change and challenging the status quo.

  • We take responsibility and act with honesty and integrity.

  • We are passionate, determined and proud of what we do.

A service user looking past a fence out to the views in the Peak District

We have a workforce of 22 staff (and one Adventure Dog!) based in our company buildings located in Mansfield Woodhouse and Top Valley, Nottingham. 

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Currently,  our main services are...

Day Service 
Our Day Service is a targeted personal development service for teenagers and adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs. We take out groups of Adventurers to take part in the outdoor activities. These activities include mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, weaselling, bushcraft, canoeing, hillwalking, archery and much more. 

Alex taking part in a night walk in the Peak District. He has a torch on his head and is wrapped up for the cold.

Adult Short Breaks 
We provide a fun weekend of outdoor adventure for those with learning disabilities and additional support needs. The purpose of these Adult Short Breaks is to support our Adventurers to develop independent living and social skills, preparing them for adult life and living away from home. Multiple Adult Short Breaks are provided each year and you do not need to be a member of our Day Service to attend. Places we tend to visit are often located in the Peak District, including The Foundry, St Michaels and Thornbridge. We've more recently started running camping Adult Short Breaks at Girton Sailing Club in Newark. 

Our Education Service offers the AIM Awards qualification to both Mainstream and Special Education Schools. The schools we currently work with include The Bulwell Academy, Bracken Hill, Hope Valley College, Stubbin Wood School and St Giles Special School. Activities provided include Forest Schools, mountain biking, bushcraft, survival skills, climbing, weaselling, expeditions, canoeing and other exciting activities.

Student from Bracken Hill School with a collection of leaves in her hand.
4 students from Uplands Junior LEAD Academy using a fire striker to create some sparks.

Adventure Package Experience
Our bespoke outdoor learning Adventure Package Experiences are courses for youth groups of all ages and abilities. The experience can take place at a venue or site of your choice and the activities provided focus on building relationships and communication skills, taking a positive risk and having lots of fun! Activities include mountain biking, hillwalking, map reading, geocaching, orienteering, expeditions, bushcraft and many others.