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We are inviting Cambridgeshire families to come along to Grafham Water Centre on Bank Holiday Monday – 27 May - for a celebration open day to mark 50 years of outdoor adventure.

No booking is required for the event which offers the opportunity to try a range of activities including climbing, canoeing, archery and sailing.  Sessions will cost just £4 per person for half hour slots. Refreshments will be served throughout the day including Hog Roast, BBQ, Afternoon Tea and Ice Creams for the little ones.

On 17 July 1969, the then Parliamentary Under Secretary for Education and Science, Denis Howell opened the doors to Grafham Water residential centre on the newly created  reservoir opened by the Duke of Edinburgh three years earlier . He said at the time, “The centre will help to develop their individual personalities and will introduce youngsters to a wide range of activities.”

Fifty years on and the vision for developing resilience, communication skills and changing young people’s lives is still key to the centre’s success.  It has more than doubled in size from 58 to 125 residential beds and provides a variety of outdoor and adventurous activities for 12,500 young people each year from schools, youth group, families and individuals. 

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee said, “I am immensely proud of the work we do at Grafham Water Centre to build up the skills, confidence and resilience of young people from across Cambridgeshire and beyond. I hope that many local residents will come along to join the celebrations on 27 May.”

Grafham Water Centre Head of Centre Teresa Thorp said, “Every day I see young people overcome fears and challenge themselves, by getting to the top of high ropes or sailing a boat across the reservoir.  I know this experience will change them forever and help them to become more confident and show more resilience.”

For more information about the event see https://www.grafham-water-centre.co.uk/news-and-events/we-are-turning-50/

See the video below about the work of Grafham Water Centre:

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