Six decades of fun at White Hall

SIX decades of fun and learning for children will be commemorated at the 60th birthday celebrations of the country’s first outdoor education centre.

White Hall Centre will mark the occasion on Thursday by hosting a range of activities for county children and staff from primary and secondary schools.

The centre, on Long Hill, Buxton, offers rock climbing, canoeing, mountain walking and biking, caving, high, gorge scrambling and high rope and team building activities.

It also has a unit which travels to different areas of the county to provide outdoor activities and camps for groups in their local community. An estimated one million youngsters, of all ages, have used the centre since it opened in June 1951.

About 3,000 teachers and youth workers have been trained at the centre to take young people climbing, canoeing, mountain walking and biking, and caving.