The Mill Adventure Base

The Mill Adventure Base

The Mill Adventure Base is a purpose built, urban adventure centre situated at Kings Mill Reservoir, Sutton in Ashfield. The base offers a multitude of adventure activities to suit all abilities and requirements.

The Mill offers a mixture of land and water activities suitable for year 3 pupils and above. On land we offer team games, a low ropes course, outdoor and indoor climbing walls, a maze of underground tunnels and mountain biking. On the water you can try raft building, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, sit on kayaks, disability sailing or inflatable fun.

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The Mill Adventure Base Activities


The Mill offers wide a range of activities including archery, indoor climbing wall, kayaking, mountain biking, sailing and many more!

They also run  fun packed, adventurous activity clubs:

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About The Mill Adventure Base

The Mill Adventure Base is located in Sutton in Ashfield, which is in central Nottinghamshire with great road and transport links to the rest of the county.

The centre is purpose built to allow the young people of Nottinghamshire to access outdoor and environmental education experiences, with fantastic facilities for both water and land based activities and an ambition of being accessible to all.

The centre is available to any groups based in Nottinghamshire wishing to use the centre from charities, family groups, church organisations - in fact any group wanting to do outdoor activities. The Mill Adventure Base provides groups with a qualified outdoor tutor to lead on adventure activities and help with the organisation and planning of the day/course. Other instructors can be supplied by request to tailor a programme to your aims and budget. Other groups can also access this specialist input to experience a range of exciting outdoor activities using the moors, rockfaces reservoirs and caves that surround the centre or further a field in the Peak District National Park.

These activities include climbing in our indoor climbing wall or on the nearby gritstone edges, canoeing on the reservoir or down a Scottish river, trying our artificial caving system to caving in the White Peak, orienteering in the local woodlands, hillwalking in the Peaks, abseiling (including Millersdale bridge), gorge walking, mountain biking, high ropes and a host of problem solving exercises,and environmental activities around the grounds

The Mill Adventure Base is an AALS registered centre and an accredited centre for the British Canoe Union, Royal Yachting Association. All staff are nationally qualified and experienced enthusiasts with a passion for sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Some of the benefits of a visit for schools and other groups:

  • affordable, well regarded and reputable outdoor activity opportunities within 60 minutes journey time from anywhere in the county or we can bring the adventure to you
  • improve and promote physical health and emotional well being through outdoor experiences and enjoyment of outdoor recreation.
  • opportunity for age groups 8years and up, induction packages to increase group cohesion, instil school ethos and cement relationships with staff/pupils and peers
  • increase independence and develop individual skills to develop personal well being
  • GCSE PE (adventurous activities) training and assessment opportunities
  • targeted courses for disaffected young people to help them achieve success and re engage them with the education process
  • courses for class groups to enhance curriculum and bring subjects alive
  • have fun!



Cost of activities, room hire and transport.

Activity Age Group Size Duration Cost
Katacanoe 8 or over 12 2hrs £120
Kayak 11 or over 8 2hrs £120
Open Canoe 11 or over 12 2hrs £120
Sailing-single handed 11 or over 8 2hrs £120
Sailing-instructor on board Cobble/Laser 16 8 or over 5 2hrs £120
Raft Building 11 or over 12 2hrs £120
Water Activities – Mixed
(weather & age dependant)              
8 or over 12 2hrs £120
Inflatable Fun 8 or over 10 2hrs £120
High Ropes Challenge 8 or over 12 2hrs £120
Outdoor Climbing Tower or 
Indoor Climbing Wall
8 or over 12 2hrs £120
Bushcraft (Fire Lighting / Outside cooking / Willow weaving etc) 8 or over 12 2hrs £120
Tubing/Team Building/Low Ropes 8 or over 12 2hrs £120
BCU Paddle Power (Mixed paddlesports)
Certificates included
11 or over 12 2 x 5hrs £450


Activity Group size Duration Price
Mobile Climbing
Any location within the County. Hard standing area needed, approx. size of 4 car parking spaces with easy access by vehicle & trailer
2 Staff 2hrs £350
3 staff 5 hrs £575
Offsite Tutor (meet at venue):
- River Duckying (11yrs or over)
- Team Games (inc equipment)
- Pleasley Climbing (inc equipment)


2hrs £145
Activities in White & Dark Peaks
- Caving in Derbyshire
- Hill Walking
- Rock scramble /weasling
- Climbing
- River trips canoe
- Mountain Biking (with bike/trailer/bus/tutor etc)
11yrs or over


7 hrs £250 per day per instructor this includes 5 hours delivery time and 2 hours travelling time
Self Lead Activities:
Ecology Trail / Pond dipping / Orienteer / Minibeast / Apple Pie
12 2hrs £3.50 per pupil per day
Self Instructed Activities:
- Indoor Climbing Wall
- Kayaking
- Canoeing
Ratio as per
2hrs £75 Only available during The Mill normal opening hours.
Instructor/s must have completed a site induction and hold an up to date NGB.


Camping Pods

Included Group Size Duration Cost
- Transport within Notts
- 3 Instructor led activity sessions
- Catering, breakfast, lunch (self prepared), evening meal

1 to 12
13 to 24
25 to 36
24hrs Equates to £69pp

Meeting Room Hire

Size Capacity Per hour
Large 55 £55
Small 15 £25

Data projector, NCC intranet and water boiler.
Refreshments/catering can be provided, price on request.

Evening (4pm) and weekend bookings are a £45 supplement.


Booking must be related to an Adventure activity.

  Passengers Cost
NCC Self Drive 16 75p per mile
NCC Driver supplied by The Mill 14 £25 per hour plus 70p per mile
NCC self drive
(not part of activities programme)
8 £40 per day of hire plus 40p per mile