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All Abilities All Abilities
Archery Archery
Children's Parties Children's Parties
Climbing Wall Climbing Wall
Education & Groups Education & Groups
Go4it Children's Activities Go4it Children's Activities
Mini Splash Mini Splash
Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
Orienteering Orienteering
Venue Hire Venue Hire
Walking & Hiking Walking & Hiking
Watersports Watersports

Welcome to Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre

Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre (HOLWAC) has offered quality tuition in outdoor activities since 1989.

This provision has been available to schools, youth groups and the general public, continuing the proud tradition of water based activities on Hollingworth Lake including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, powerboating and windsurfing as well as outdoor activities including rock climbing, mountain biking and archery.

The centre is based at Hollingworth Lake a 130 acre reservoir in the Hollingworth area of Littleborough - part of the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale and holds the Adventure Activities Licence and is a Royal Yachting Association Training Centre.

HOLWAC also manage the climbing wall at Littleborough Sports Centre. The wall which is over 7 metres high and has 14 routes of varying difficulty has been designed to offer a number of progressive and challenging courses for both adults and children alike. Using qualified climbing instructors from Hollingworth Lake, these courses will be both fun and informative.

Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre offers a wide variety of exciting activities for both beginners and experienced clients. All of the individual activities on offer can be accessed through a range of different methods. You can book to one of our taster sessions or arrange some 'Personal Tuition' for yourself at a time that suits you. The most popular introduction to our activities is to attend a weekend course.

We continue to develop the number and variety of courses and activities that we have on offer in order to meet the demands of our ever increasing customer base and to ensure that we have the right activities to fulfil all of our customers' requirements.

What really matters to us is providing a quality experience to you or your group, helping you to make the most of your time spent with us. Our team of qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff will ensure that all of your needs are met, and your expectations exceeded. We ensure that our quality of instruction remains high through regular staff training sessions and through actively encouraging all of our staff team to seek out appropriate personal and professional development opportunities.

Whether you are new to your chosen activity, working towards one of the many National Governing Body awards, looking to gain a professional instructional qualification or just looking for an enjoyable way to spend your leisure time we will have the right course or activity for you. If you don't see what you want just call us at the Centre and we will be more than happy to put together a specially designed course or programme to suit your needs and aspirations.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Click on the links below to view a series of FAQs on a wide range of topics that we get asked here at the Centre.

Gift vouchers are a great present that can be used on all of our activities and sessions, please call us on 01706 370499 or visit us at the centre to buy them.

Please seek professional medical advice before attending.

Please call us to check on 01706 370499 during office hours.

You will need a  day or annual permit which can be bought at Reception. We will need to see 3rd party insurance. Some National Governing Bodies like the Royal Yachting Association and British Canoeing will provide it but please check with them directly, this is up to you to check.

To hire a boat we ask that you have a minimum Level 1 qualification or have had a direct assessment from one of our instructors, we are more than happy to provide this and it will need to be booked directly on 01706 370499.

The activity centre caters for all age groups starting with 4-6 year olds through our mini splash sessions.

From 6 years onwards we have different sessions available both on the water and on land either here at Hollingworth Lake or during our after school programs. From 16 years onwards we cater for adults on all of our Open Sessions, Tasters and Courses including Instructor Courses available with us.

Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre caters for a wide variety of groups, from schools, uniform groups like Scouts, Cadets, birthday parties, and freindship groups.

We are also set up to work with disability groups with a wide variety of options .

These are weather dependent - please call us on 01706 370499 to check availability.

If you can’t make a date for a course we offer 1:1 or 2 people to 1 instructor sessions with an instructor who will work with you at your pace to gain a qualification, please call us on 01706 370499 to arrange this.

We are a fully accessible Centre with hoists, changing facilities and toilets.

As part of Link4Life policy we welcome breastfeeding parents and children. We do have a small number of lockers in the Centre but any valuables can be stored with us behind the desk. We do not take responsibility of any personal equipment. There is a Council owned Pay and Display car park that you can use, please arrive with enough time to find a parking space. Around the area there are a number of cafes and restaurants available to get something to eat or drink.

For all water based activities you will need swimwear, a towel and a pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. We provide wetsuits.

For dry activities you will need suitable clothing for being outside or inside depending on the session.