As evidence of its commitment to its charitable aims, The Eric Wright Charitable Trust purchased the Water Park Estate on Coniston Water in March 1998 and converted the former mansion house into a residential outdoor adventure centre.
Focusing on young people, Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre offers courses aimed at enhancing all aspects of study, from key elements of the National Curriculum, to personal/social education and recreation.
Courses are residentially based, and subsidies are available to those who cannot afford to cover the costs. To date, over 32,000 children have benefited from the facility, and typically around 45 schools use the facility every year - many from them from the most deprived backgrounds.
The staff use their experience and local knowledge to teach skills in most outdoor disciplines and can even offer qualification based courses for those who may wish to pursue a career in outdoor education.
Other courses are provided for corporate clients, particularly those associated with the Eric Wright Group of companies. Such courses promote team working, personal development, managerial processes or purely recreational.
Water Park also offers the John Muir Award. This environmental award aims to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to discover, explore and conserve wild places. The award has been specially designed with young people in mind and aims to recognise their involvement in environmental conservation and awareness.