Aspire adventure activities in the Peak District of Derbyshire - team building, development youth and over 50s activities.

We provide safe, friendly and professional instruction in outdoor activities in the Peak District. All our courses are designed to meet your requirements so we are flexible about content and duration.

Dave Matthews Aspire adventure activities  team building and adventure games, outdoors activities in Derbyshire's Peak District


Rockclimbing - Abseiling - Rock-scrambling - Caving - Mine Exploration - Hill walking - Orienteering - D of E - Teambuilding / Problem Solving - Management Development - Activity Breaks - Fun adventure days for anyone - Adventure Activity Programmes for School and Youth Groups - Hen and stag nights / days - Birthday / anniversary presents - Individual tuition - Away days for organisations - Over 50s activities

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Courses and events for young people: We use the outdoors as a positive, experiential learning environment so that young people are able to achieve and succeed irrespective of their background or ability. Outdoor activities enable young people to gain new skills and interests and thus promote both self-confidence and the development of interpersonal skills; and as a consequence their self-esteem is enhanced. Thoughtful design and implementation of the activities enables young people to be empowered to make decisions; take responsibility; co-operate more fully with others; develop team-working skills and deal effectively with conflict, all of which benefits them in their day-to-day life and for years to come.

AALA Licence Number L2730/RO520
Licence valid to 29th May 2007

We are fully licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) our young clients include people under the age of 18 years: Primary, junior and secondary school pupils from private and public schools; Families; College students; Youth groups; Groups and individuals with special needs; Young people who display challenging behaviour; Uniformed organisations - scouts, guides etc.

Your safety is our primary concern and we carry £5 million pounds public liability insurance. We will be happy to provide teachers, leaders and parents a copy of our health and safety policy and risk assessments.

Image - enjoying a Dave Matthews outdoors activities team building activity in the Peak District of Derbyshire.

Courses and events for adults: Regardless of your age, ability and fitness level we have something for you! We can offer you the opportunity to get away from it all in some of the most scenically, breathtaking areas of Britain. Take the chance to experience exciting and fun adventurous activities under safe guidance, which will give you a real sense of achievement. Treat yourself to a stress break from everyday life. If it is not just "fun" you are looking for we can offer activities and review sessions specifically designed to enhance your capabilities.

We arrange: Team building, problem solving and management development events for the public, private, voluntary sectors and universities etc. Hen and Stag Nights (or days); Birthday / Anniversary presents; Individual tuition; Away days for organisations; Over 50s
We are able to arrange accommodation to suit your budget from campsites and bunkhouses to luxury 5* country house hotels. We can also arrange for outside catering, including vegetarian and vegan options.

Who We Are ...

David Matthews, Director, is a qualified teacher having a BEd degree in Outdoor Education and has been involved in working with groups through outdoor activities for 20 years. Before that David worked as a youth worker and residential childcare officer. David has personally climbed and mountaineered for 25 years in various parts of Britain, Europe, Africa and the USA, he has caved extensively in England and Wales, and brings a wealth of experience to his instructing. All the outdoor events that he runs are specifically designed to meet the requirements of each individual and the group. This ensures that each participant gains the most from the event. David’s unique combination of experience, maturity and enthusiasm helps to ensure that the events offered are both memorable and rewarding. He has devised events for individuals, families, young people and organisations in the public, private and voluntary/charity sectors.
All the instructors who work with David are qualified by the appropriate National Governing Bodies for the activities, which they run. All the instructors have considerable experience in delivering events.
Jenny Joy-Matthews, Facilitator, has a doctorate in lifelong learning and has worked in the outdoors running management development programmes for universities and organisations for over 20 years. She has worked as the national training manager for the largest accommodation chain in the world both in the UK, Central and South America and the Pacific Rim. Whilst working as a university lecturer Jenny devised MBA programmes that used the outdoors to engage managers in the learning process. She has a postgraduate certificate in outdoor education and brings extensive knowledge and facilitation skills to all her work. She has recently been investigating the use of the outdoors for urban regeneration incorporating issues of community learning, raising the health of the sedentary population and increasing the self esteem and career prospects of participants for a metropolitan borough council. Jenny has co-authored Human Resource Development, published by Kogan Page (2004) with David Megginson and Mark Surtees, now in its 3rd edition. Jenny is a fellow of the CIPD

Contacts ...

For more information please contact David at:
David Matthews
Adventure Activities
3 Unity Villas,
Dale Road North,
Darley Dale,

01629 732445

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Rock Climbing ...
The Peak District has some of the finest grit stone and limestone climbing in Britain and is an ideal area for beginners and experienced alike to enjoy the thrill and challenge of rock climbing under safe and experienced guidance. See our
web site for more information about rock climbing and the following activities.

Abseiling ...
Thrilling, challenging, exciting –that’s the only way to describe abseiling! Be it down a small rockface or the impressive Millers Dale Viaduct abseil.

Charity Abseils
Are you involved with a charitable organisation? Would you like to have a fun time and raise money? We can help you to organise a charity abseil. We can arrange an abseil at a variety of locations. In the past we have abseiled from office buildings in a city centre, a hospital and a viaduct.

Rock Scrambling Adventure ...
A great activity involving climbing up cliffs, squeezing through holes in rocks, being lowered down a rock face, bouldering, weasling and much more. 

Venturing underground into the caves and caverns beneath the Peak District you will realise the scenery underground is as beautiful as it is above.

Mine Exploration ...
Lead Mining has been going on in the Peak District since Roman Times. Exploring the Lead Mines is like going back in time as they are packed full of history and interest. You can experience the conditions and the unique atmosphere that the miners used to work in only a century ago.

Hillwalking ...
You can either choose an area that you would like to explore or leave all the planning to us. We can guarantee that whatever you choose there will be breathtaking views and scenery. So why not getaway from it all and leave the pressures of everyday life behind and head for the hills and dales of the Peak District.

Orienteering ...
Orienteering is a great activity for everybody. You can saunter round the courses at a leisurely pace or turn it into a competition and race around! A good way to improve your navigation and fitness and is popular with everybody.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme ...
With our local knowledge of the area we can advise on best routes and accommodation. We provide support for visiting groups to achieve their desired aims and objectives.

Stag and Hen events
A great idea for stag and hen weekends and parties is to have fun doing challenging and adventurous activities in the heart of the Peak District. DM-Adventures have been organising activities for stag and hen parties for several years. Instead of the traditional pub-crawl why not do something totally different!

Activities can include: abseiling, rock climbing, orienteering and caving
The Peak district is easily accessible by road and rail
A variety of types and standards of accommodation are available in the peak district
Good choice of places to eat · Local transport and coach hire available
Sheffield, which is only a few miles away, has a great nightlife!
Bring a camera to capture the hen or stag enjoying their last single days!

Team Building – Problem Solving ...
We can design and deliver a variety of teambuilding and problem-solving exercise to meet a range of needs. These can be fun events for children, adults and families or a valuable development exercise for employees, apprentices and graduates.

Development Training ...
We can design and deliver a range of management development programmes. These can range from sessions for a day run completely outdoors to those lasting longer and incorporating some work indoors. We can also design a series of events over a period of time to allow for reflection and practice at work in between the outdoor sessions.

We spend time discussing the reasons why you want to use the outdoors and identifying your key success criteria. We use this information to “tailor-make” an event for you and your organisation (we do not have a standard “off the peg” package). We use the outdoors as the vehicle for whatever learning you have identified as needing developing. We run the event with skilled outdoor instructors and knowledgeable facilitators and will evaluate the event on the last activity. We can suggest follow up ideas to enable the “outdoor learning” to be embedded back in the workplace. We can come to your workplace to run half-day refresher events. We can conduct a post event evaluation exercise to meet your needs at an agreed time after the event.

Please see our web site for much more detail.

Caving team building - outdoors activities in the Peak District from Dave Matthews.



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