Talkin Adventures

Outdoor activities in Cumbria at Talkin Tarn, Brampton. Boat hire, activities & water sports for team building, schools, hens & stags

Boat Hire is OFF for 2020, it will be back next year.

Private Activity Sessions are now available to book!

Click here for Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Board Sessions

Click here for Archery Sessions

Please contact us to arrange future activity and event bookings. 

Boat Hire at Talkin Tarn will be back next year.

Thank you to all our team and customers for your patience and understanding at this difficult time.


Archery Events

Adventure Days

Boat Hire

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Paddlesport Start

Paddlesport Discover Awards

Outdoor Activities In Cumbria Based At Talkin Tarn

Join us at Talkin Adventures, our activity base at Talkin Tarn Country Park, for outdoor activities in Cumbria. Situated just 20 minutes from Carlisle, with good links to Hexham, Newcastle and Penrith, with great facilities on site for your activity day or family day out.

Activities available to book at Talkin Tarn include Archery, Canoeing, Kayaking, Orienteering, Raft Building and the Treasure Chest.


The ultimate day for 8-14 year olds in the school holidays:

A great range of things to do

Please note that we are operating at limited capacity. Currently only private sessions with an instructor are available.

With lots of things to do as a family, head on over to our base at Talkin Tarn Country Park, near Carlisle, for a fun day out. In addition to boat hire at Talkin Tarn, we have mini-golf in the woods and a comprehensive range of outdoor activity packages.

From Easter to September, bring the family to hire a boat during the weekend and school holidays. Boat hire at Talkin Tarn is open from 12-4pm, with a range of boats available including rowing boats, canoes and sit on top kayaks, each boat costing £10 per half hour. Children are welcome to row or paddle our boats, under adult supervision. We insist that under 14s are accompanied by an adult whilst on the water and all participants will wear a buoyancy aid.

There’s no need to book for boat hire, just turn up. If the wind is too high for us to safely operate boat hire then we’ll pop a note on our Facebook page. You’re welcome to give us a call during opening hours on 01697 508295 or send us an email just to make sure.


  • Rowing boat - capacity up to 4
  • Canoe - capacity up to 3
  • Kayak - capacity 1 or 2

Talkin Adventures provide friendly, professional instructors to guide you and your group during an introduction to water sports, archery and team building activities. Contact us to arrange a bespoke activity package for your birthday parties, corporate events, school adventure days or hen and stag do.

Please note: We will provide buoyancy aids, which must be worn for all of our water activities including boat hire. We have a range of sizes, including XXL from Peak UK, which is suitable for up to 110kg/130cm chest.


Outdoor Activity Facilities at Talkin Tarn

Come and see us at our activity base at Talkin Adventures, Talkin Tarn Country Park, Brampton. Just a short drive from Carlisle and only half an hour from Hexham, we are your family adventure destination along Hadrian’s Wall and the A69, just minutes from a World Heritage Site in the North Pennines.

There is plenty of parking available on-site costing just £2.25 for a full day, giving you plenty of time to explore the woodlands, take out a boat and have a spot of lunch or cake.

Our adventure company rivals any activities in the lake district with some superb on-site facilities such as the Talkin Tarn Cafe and Tea Rooms with their delicious handmade cakes, lunches and gift shop. There is good accessibility for people with limited mobility, with wheelchair friendly footpaths around the lake. For those who enjoy watersports there are hot showers and changing rooms… just in case. Stay for coffee and cake and take a stroll along the 1.3 mile wheelchair friendly path around the Tarn.

For outdoor activities in Cumbria, Talkin Tarn provides a one stop shop for all your needs and is situated in a stunning location beneath the northern Pennine hills. The tarn is a kettle hole lake, formed by glacial at the end of the last ice age, around 10,000 years ago and now plays host to:
  • Talkin Adventures
  • Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club (TTARC)
  • Brampton Sailing Club
  • Carlisle Model Boat Club

Events At The Tarn

Check out our events listing, outlining schedules Talkin Tarn activities from archery to Stand Up Paddle Boarding and British Canoeing Paddlesport Courses.

Activities are available by prior booking for groups, and individual taster days, courses and adventure day camps are scheduled throughout the year, making for some brilliant activity days in the North West. Throughout the year, we organise lots of things to do near Carlisle. Individual places are available on our archery sessions most months, and we arrange Adventure Day Camps as a school holiday club. Keep the kids entertained during the school holidays by booking them onto one or more of our day camps. Our experienced instructor team will take care of your children (ages 9-14) from the moment you drop them off until you pick them up later in the day.

Please contact us in advance to book these activities for your event, the perfect addition to any Hen and Stag Do, Team Building event or ideal alternative to a school residential. Benefit from the outdoor experience that you would gain from staying at an activity centre without the cost, stress and commitment of an overnight stay.

Pop along when we’re open or get in touch today to arrange a tailor-made, cumbria activities package.

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Talkin Adventures are proud to support our local flood and swift water rescue team. North Cumbria Rescue and Response are a team of trained volunteers, ready to be deployed to help the local community, or nationally, in the event of severe weather events and emergencies.

The team welcomes new members (no experience necessary), volunteers and supporters. They are funded by kind donations. For more information please take a look at their website and get in touch with them directly.
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