Why outdoor activity beats screen time every time

How do we change a culture that has seen young people want to spend more time inside and how can we help them access the outdoors as well as encourage families to engage together?Read more

The Government Visitor

This is a story about a rather distinguished visitor who came to Brathay and the surprises he encountered while he was here.Read more

Supporting the wellbeing of school’s high achievers

Children’s mental health is featuring increasingly highly on many schools’ agendas. Dave Harvey, Head or Residential Provision at Brathay, shares an approach to supporting gifted and talented students.Read more

The seven ages of Brathay, part 2

Our archivist, Maurice Dybeck, looks back at the early days of Brathay and the groups of young people and adults benefiting from our residential programmes. Part 2 takes a look at the 1970s and Bulmers Cider using Brathay...Read more

A Brathay Love Story

In 1971 a new love story was about to start for two young adults attending a team leadership programme at Brathy Hall near Ambleside in the beautiful Lake District. 45 years later and the happy couple returned for a long weekend to celebrate their anniversary and to take a trip down memory lane...Read more

Has the Troubled Families programme been a waste of money?

NIESR’s report is being interpreted as showing that the Troubled Families programme has failed, saying it has had ‘no significant impact’. Has it been a waste of money? We have real evidence of the transformative power of the programme for families coping with domestic violence, bereavement and mental health problems and the many positive changes it has made to troubled families in Bradford.Read more

A chance to go for gold amongst auction lots

Amongst a shining array of auction lots, available as part of Brathay's 70th Anniversary celebrations, is a chance to see a glittering array of jewels and precious metals... and maybe even get your hands on a gold bar!Read more

The seven ages of Brathay

Our archivist, Maurice Dybeck, looks back at the early days of Brathay and the groups of young people and adults benefiting from our residential programmes. Art classes and Shakespeare? All part of our Apprentice programmes in the 1950s...Read more

Getting to know Dave, our head of residential provision

Dave Harvey is responsible for the business development and delivery of our residentials to children and young people at our three sites in the Lake District – Brathay Hall at Ambleside, Low Bank Ground at Coniston and Hinning House in the Duddon Valley.Read more

The benefits of outdoor education... 1955-style

A recent email, from a former beneficiary of a Brathay programme, takes our archivist, Maurice Dybeck, back to 1955 and memories of orienteering, impressive lectures, and the perils of scree rides...Read more