Welcome to the Carlton Lodge Blog

It's here where we will let you know what is going on at Carlton Lodge. So keep coming back to see what we have been up too and maybe what you can join in with. 

Aussie BBQ & Climbing
29 January 2020 - 2:35

Aussie Bush Fire Fundraiser BBQ and Climbing Event

Carlton Lodge Activity Centre is holding a fundraising event to raise money for the Bush Fire crisis in Australia. We are opening up our Climbing Wall and cooking up a barbeque all for free! All we ask is that anyone wanting a climb or a sausage puts some cash in the ‘Donation Buckets’ that we’...

11 November 2019 - 12:59


The Halloween day went terrifyingly well last weekend!
There were Witches doing Archery and someone throwing Axes at Zombies!
Toffee Apples and Toffee Bugs kept everyone fed and the camp fire kept everyone warm.

See you next year if you dare....

Axe Throwing
30 October 2019 - 12:27

AGM 2019

Well Saturday 26th October was our AGM. It was pretty wet and soggy for most of the day but we had great time. 

Thanks to all our members who took the time to travel to Carlton Lodge for the day and enjoyed the activities. As well as those that visited to be part of our AGM....

15 February 2019 - 12:38

Youth Participation Worker

New team member at North Yorkshire Youth and Carlton Lodge Activity Centre to support growing Youth Participation network. We have appointed Jayne Shackleton as our Youth Participation Worker within the Youth Development Team at Carlton Lodge. Jayne will be supporting colleagues in the Youth...

Big Youth Sleep Out
6 November 2018 - 10:52

The Big Youth Sleep Out

We had a very successful AGM for North Yorkshire Youth held at the Centre on 13th October. As part of the event we hosted the Big Youth Sleep Out. We had nearly forty young people sleeping rough on site for the night. This was after hearing stories and listening to speakers...

Autumn at Carlton Lodge
9 October 2018 - 11:18

Autumn is upon us!

Is it just me or has the past few months just flown by!

With the Autumn beginning to show with changes to the leaves and the weather, although I do like these bright chilly morning’s, it is beginning to get to the time of year when we say good bye to our amazing seasonal instructors and...

Yorkshire Lasses Cycling Club Sportive
7 August 2018 - 3:15


The Yorkshire Lasses Cycling Club Sportive was held at Carlton Lodge this weekend. With 528 ladies from all over the United Kingdom (and Ireland) taking part in a fantastic event to raise money for charity.

This year the sportive was held in aid of Women v Cancer, which is made up of 3...

Hotel Bell Tent
23 July 2018 - 11:27

A busy week!

The 16th – 20th July has been the busiest week Carlton Lodge has ever had.

We welcomed Millthorpe School’s year 8’s from York.

They brought 164 Students and teachers to experience and enjoy what the outdoors has to offer. The activities ranged from Dry Stone walling to Gorge...

15 June 2018 - 2:43

IGNITE Yorkshire

Over the past few months we have been working with IVE and 5 other partners putting on events for young people all based on heritage. 

This work was a pilot to test if our ideas and activities inspired young people into thinking about heritage in a different way and I'm pleased to say...

24 May 2018 - 3:45

May Half Term Holiday Activities

Those of you who are regulars to Carlton Lodge - School Holiday Activities will already have received feedback from you kids about the great times they have had with us.

We have listened to the comments asking for something that gave children a mix of both our most popular days – High...

Instructors 2018
29 March 2018 - 1:58

Seasonal Instructors 2018

Introducing the seasonal instructing team for 2018.

George, our Chief Instructor, and Bex, our Senior Instructor, have, over the past few months advertised, interviewed and trained our seasonal instructing team for 2018.

We are very pleased to announce that; Sam,...

Ignite TasterDay
16 March 2018 - 4:34

IGNITE - Taster Day

Wow what a brilliant day.

The young people of Thirsk have had a great time at Carlton Lodge Activity Centre experiencing some brand new activities.

As part of the IGNITE project run by IVE, which North Yorkshire Youth is a partner, we put on a day of activities all...

David Sharp - Blogging
7 January 2018 - 2:08

Blogging here I come.

So I'm being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Watch out - Blogging here I come.

I've resisted this for such a long time but now realise the error of my ways.

The use of social media is now a 'normal' part of life and as such I really...

Catering conference
18 January 2017 - 2:08

AHOEC Catering Confrence

The 5th AHOEC Catering Conference @ Carlton Lodge Activity Centre 17-01-18

The AHOEC Catering conference has now been going for 5 years. It was developed to bring Outdoor Centre Catering and Housekeeping staff get together.


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"I particularly enjoyed the zip wire because i felt like i was flying"

Tom W, Aged 12 

“I am writing to say a giant THANK YOU for making Carlton Lodge the best experience of my life!”

Jasmin, aged 10

We can honestly say this is the best residential we have ever attended. 

Thorpe Primary School - June 2018

Everyone loved it and didn’t want to leave, even with the snow.

12th Harrogate, St.Marks, Brownies

“The rooms were excellent and the food was gorgeous!”

James, Aged 9

“The instructors made me smile because I knew I was safe in their hands.”

Kaitlyn, aged 10

 “Always a real pleasure to come to Carlton Lodge. A lovely setting, amazing friendly staff and comfortable accommodation. Can't wait for next year for more of the same.”

Ings Primary School - May 2018

"The group were all encouraged and supported to achieve their goals - amazing instructors!"

College Tutor, North Yorkshire

"This was our best visit ever, mainly due to Sam and Jake who totally understood our students. The Catering staff were so friendly and of course the food was delicious"

King James School - Sept 2018

"We were extremely impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm and patience that your instructors showed in every activity."

Youth Worker, Hull

“It was the best school trip ever, I would like to go back and do it all again.”

Maddison, aged 10

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