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We’ve been around for a pretty long time. Since 1922 in fact, when a group of Sunday school teachers from London took their schoolchildren, who had never had a holiday, out of the city to the South coast for a healthy and adventurous time.

Since then a nationwide business has evolved out of that simple idea to help children experience some fun and learn more about the outdoors as well as themselves. For many, many years we were called Barnabas Adventure Centres taking our name from Barnabas, who alongside St Paul, was an adventurer. Barnabas has been described as being an encourager, helping people to push their boundaries in order to find a way to connect with God.

The essence of Barnabas lives on in our hearts and we have taken forward his spirit into todays organisation, which as of 2009 had a new name, Rock UK, but a set of values which are very much rooted in our heritage and our Christian faith.

Rock UK exists to create life long memories for youth and all people who come to our centres. We love to help young people push the boundaries of their comfort zones and give them the confidence to understand more about their own spiritual, mental and physical capabilities.

We’re here to provide them an environment which is secure, safe and re-affirming of people. We encourage and foster a culture of positivity at our centres, showing people the power that positive attitudes can have on the individual as well as a wider group.

Ultimately we want this environment and culture to have a lasting effect on those that have come and spent some time with us. We want people who’ve been here to be able to look back and say, A spark was ignited when I stayed at Rock UK. I became more confident, more adventurous, more independent, more secure in who I was.

WE ARE A CHRISTIAN ORGANISATION THAT IS PASSIONATE ABOUT DEVELOPING YOUNG PEOPLE, BRINGING ADVENTURE INTO LEARNING IN THE OUTDOORS, TO TRANSFORM LIVES