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!

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 holiday clubs.

To apply, please read the job pack and fill out the application form and equal opportunities form below. The closing date is 1st March 2022.

Youth Support Worker/Outdoor Instructor - Level 2

This is an exciting opportunity to support children and young people on a journey of positive change. You’ll get to develop their personal and social skills through engagement in outdoor activities and make a real difference to people’s lives. The activities are delivered through one to one support or small group work.

To apply, please read the job pack and fill out the application form and equal opportunities form below. The closing date is 11th March 2022.

Youth Support Worker/Outdoor Instructor - Level 3

This is an exciting opportunity to support children and young people on a journey of positive change. You’ll get to develop their personal and social skills through engagement in outdoor activities and make a real difference to people’s lives. The activities are delivered through one to one support or small group work.

To apply, please read the job pack (coming soon!) and fill out the application form and equal opportunities form below. The closing date is 11th March 2022.

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.

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.

Annual Report 2019-2020

Social Impact Report

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