Our outdoor education

Our Story

The charity started in 1987 when Peter Mumford, then Bishop of Truro recognised the need to find a positive way to engage disadvantaged young people, to ensure they unlocked their potential. Soon after, The Bishops Forum was created and the charity was founded with Goodygrane Activity Centre growing from abandoned granite quarries overlooking Falmouth bay. One of the earliest memories was of a child abseiling down a rock face in a wheelchair, being watched by a young person who’d been excluded from school. That person went on to be an instructor and today, we continue to see Cornwall’s most vulnerable children realise their own potential. Our outdoor education centre now supports ~4,000 children and young people a year through charity programmes, tailored school residentials and NCS. 

Our latest review

“I brought 2 groups and it was brilliant! The children had the best day – facing some fears, pushing themselves and experiencing a massive sense of achievement. When their parents came to pick them up they were buzzing with excitement! The instructors were calm and encouraging, ensuring all the children were able to achieve their own goals. I can’t wait to return with another group!”

Louise Gall, Year 5 Teacher, Marlborough School 

Our impacts

100% of the young people we support through our charity say that they’d recommend us to a friend. Here’s what one of them said:

“I have been at BF for the last 10 years and I can honestly say in those 10 years BF Adventure have helped me through difficult times in my life and changed my life for the better. It has taught me skills never in my wildest dreams I would have thought about.” 

What we do

Our mission is to support children and young people on a journey of positive change. We give them the tools to identify and overcome their own challenges, and give them an overall sense of empowerment. We are passionate about enabling them to overcome barriers to education, work and social interaction. We provide:

Charity programmes that support those facing life’s toughest challenges.

School residentials that build communication, teamwork and resilience.

NCS programmes that teach people skills and get them excited about the future.

Team away days for corporates that are fun, build your team and support us!

Our facilities and activities

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Acres of Excitement to Explore
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Water Filled Quarries (plus the secret one...shhh!
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Kilos of Marshmallows toasted (and counting)
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5* catering team for all dietary requirements
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Cabins and tents sleeping 150
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An exciting indoor adventure barn!

One Unique Classroom!

We run a huge range of activities that are designed to challenge, excite, teach new skills and overcome barriers. Our activities include: Via FerrataZip Wire, quarry-steering, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, indoor climbing, archery, watersports, bushcraft and more…

Our team & job opportunities

Join Us at BF Adventure!

BF Adventure is a great place to volunteer and work. We’re dynamic, diverse and different. If you’re interested in being part of our team, we have a great range of opportunities to gain experience and develop new skills. We are also always keen to add skills to our Board of Trustees. If you’re interested in finding out more, drop us an email, give us a ring on 01326 340912 or come in to say hello!

Here’s what we have to offer:

Friendly Team

Join us and make your own adventure.

Stunning Location

Our Activity Centre has gorgeous views over Falmouth and Goonhilly.

Learn New Skills

A wide range of training opportunites from Youth Work to Activity delivery.

Development Opportunities

Develop your career.

Rewards and Benefits

Competitive pay, eye tests & pension.

Green's your new favourite colour.

Well it might not be but you will receive one of our iconic green hoodies as your uniform!

BF Adventure Trustee (Finance Focused)

BF Adventure supports Cornwall’s disadvantaged children and young people. Trustees play a vital role in the governance of the organisation, in overseeing our work and impact, our financial sustainability and in driving us to achieve our future 2025 Vision and aims. You will get the opportunity to meet new people, expand your networks, try new activities and be part of a friendly team all working together to change young lives for the better; we can guarantee that no day or meeting will be the same! To apply, please read the job pack and fill out the application form and equal opportunities form below.

Adventure Centre Apprentice Instructor

Join our friendly team! This Full Time position involves leading/supporting the delivery of a range of inclusive outdoor activity programmes both on and off site. This position is for those with very limited experience of instructing Outdoor Activities and as such has no minimum experiential requirements. This is a fantastic opportunity to build transferable skills though 13 months of training and engaging work. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. To apply, please read the job pack and information pack and fill out the application form and equal opportunities form below.

Become an Adventure Centre Instructor!

This is an exciting opportunity to lead/support the delivery of a range of inclusive outdoor activity programmes both on and off site! Suitable candidates will be able to instruct a variety of sessions or be able to be trained to run a variety of activities to a spectrum of groups including but not limited to school children, families, individuals and children on our adventure holiday club.

To apply, please read the job pack and fill out the application form and equal opportunities form below. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Fast track Instructor Training Programme

Don’t yet have the qualifications to be an Outdoor Instructor? Fast track your career with our exciting Instructor Training Programme! In collaboration with Lizard Adventure, the course provides those seeking a career in the outdoor activities industry with a well-rounded set of skills and qualifications to enable them to work at most outdoor centres. Certified training and qualifications include:

PSL (Paddlesport Leader) and FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training); ITC 2 day Outdoor First Aid; Climbing Wall instructor (CWI) training; Archery Leader; Stand UP Paddleboard (SUP) sheltered water award; Sea Kayak Award; Qualified Beach Lifeguard; National Coasteering Charter Guide training; Hill and Moorland leader training; Foundational elements: COSHH-Basic training relevant to all work in relation to UK law based around working with chemicals, online course; Safeguarding; Food and Hygiene.

There’s also the opportunity to include full board and accommodation at our stunning site and an equipment package.

Course duration: 7th November 2022 – 10th March 2023. The course finishes as our season starts so there’s the opportunity to secure an entry level job with us following completion and success at interview. 

Full details are in our Info Pack. To express your interest, please email us with the subject Instructor Training Programme by 10th October.

Please complete and send through an application and equal opportunities form to jobs@bfadventure.org using the links below.

BF Adventure is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.  We can only accept applications through our application form and the successful candidate will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check.

Patrons of the Charity

We are seeing incredible life-affirming and in some cases, life-saving impacts from our work, yet there’s so much more to be done. Patrons play an invaluable role in helping to raise awareness of the charity to wider audiences, engaging with the Board of Trustees and ultimately enabling us to reach more young people in desperate need of support. 

The Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro

About the Bishop of Truro

  • Bishop Philip was ordained as a deacon in 1988 and priested in 1989. He served his curacy at Gerrard’s Cross and Fulmer in the Diocese of Oxford, and then served as the Vicar of St James’ Church, West Streatham, in the Diocese of Southwark, from 1992 to 1998.
  • In 1998 Philip joined the Church Pastoral Aid Society, initially tasked with helping churches develop youth and children’s ministry, then serving as head of ministry and ultimately as the deputy general director from 2004 to 2007.
  • In 2007 Philip moved with his family to Paris, where he was the chaplain of St Michael’s Church.
  • In 2012, Bishop Philip became the executive leader of the Church Mission Society, enabling networking across the Anglican Communion and beyond. Philip oversaw the operation of all CMS’s mission in 40 countries, leading a community of around 3,000 members and supporting around 350 people in mission around the world.
  • Bishop Philip was consecrated on November 30 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and was welcomed to the Diocese of Truro in 2019.

Bishop Philip said: “I am delighted to be asked to be patron of BF Adventure. I have been immensely impressed by the work of BF Adventure, since first I saw it. In any area where many young people suffer from very significant deprivation, low self-esteem and limited aspirations BF Adventure builds skills and confidence and demonstrates to young people just what it is they are capable of. I’m honoured and proud to be associated with it.

“The Bishop of Truro has had a long association with the charity. The charity was set up by one of my predecessors, Bishop Peter Mumford, who recognised the need to find positive ways of engaging with disadvantaged young people. The connection continued under Bishop Tim Thornton’s tenure with a trustee role. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to now play my part in this important work.”

We are incredibly grateful towards Bishop Philip and greatly appreciate this opportunity to draw on his experience, skills and wider network. 

Our governance

Our board meets 4 times a year, alongside monthly meetings for our Finance, Governance & Health & Safety Committees. We are audited annually – our Charity Registration number is 1071862 and our Companies House Registration is 3546772. Our Financial Year ends on 31st August, effective from 2017.

Social Impact Report

Annual Report 2020-2021

Our Social Enterprise: Via Ferrata Cornwall

In 2020 we launched our social enterprise, Via Ferrata Cornwall, which is open to all to book adventure activities. Based on our site, all the profits from its operations go straight to our charity work.
All our adventure activity sessions for the public are now run by them, including family days out, the adventure holiday club, birthday parties, corporate teambuilding days and stag and hen parties.
As well as the freshwater coasteering, rock climbing, archery and watersports sessions, they also offer one very unique and exciting activity: the Via Ferrata! In this epic high wire adventure, you get to journey through our stunning quarries by scaling cliff faces, wobbling across high wire bridges and flying through the air on the most rewarding zip wire in Cornwall!
There’s also an amazing Cafe with a view of the quarry, which is run by The Cornish Barista and serves delicious food and drink. 10% of the sales go to our charity work.
Finally, there are wild play areas and nature-based adventure trails nearby for the whole family to explore.
Teen girl scaling cliff face on Via Ferrata activity