Camping returns for 2021!

Following on from the success of our first year, Whitehough Outdoor Centre is pleased to announce that our camping offer is back for 2021!

If you’re searching for a UK getaway, our site is the perfect base to explore the stunning Lancashire countryside. Nestled in the enchanting Pendle countryside, our site is perfect for families, couples and groups who love to walk, mountain bike and explore!

Our camping pitches are now available for bookings from Monday 19th July 2021 and will be open throughout the school holidays, allowing families to enjoy the great British outdoors this summer.

Pitches will be priced at £25 for up to four people. Any additional guests on top of this will be priced at £5 per person. All stays must be pre-booked.

Each group of guests will have their own designated bathroom and plug sockets will also be available on site.

Well behaved dogs are welcome and must be kept on lead at all times when on site and cleaned up after.

To book a pitch, please email and we would be happy to accommodate you.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something different to camping our Lodge and Hut are also available to book throughout the summer months. You can find out more about these HERE and bookings are made through Air BnB.

We hope to welcome you soon!

Sessional Centre Assistant (Whitehough Outdoor Centre)

Come and be a part of the Whitehough Outdoor Centre experience. We are currently recruiting a team of Centre Assistants to help support the running of the centre, providing outdoor adventures for young people and community groups in the heart of the Pendle countryside.

The new Centre Assistants will provide excellent customer service whilst working in a highly motivated team. Their responsibilities will include ensuring all areas are kept clean and presentable, setting up rooms for a variety of events and to prepare and maintain accommodation and communal areas.

We are seeking individuals who are hard-working, dedicated and have a willingness to learn. Experience in a similar role is not essential.

The deadline for applications is Monday 21st June.

Click HERE to view the full job advert on the BFCitC website and details on how to apply.

Whitehough reopening update!

We’ve missed welcoming you all to enjoy and explore the great British outdoors at Whitehough whilst we’ve been closed!


Searching for a UK getaway? Whitehough is the perfect base for families looking for basic, affordable accommodation in the stunning Lancashire countryside. With lots of space to play and explore, local walks on the doorstep and local cafes and pubs in easy reach it’s an ideal location for couples, families or small groups of friends.

Lodge and Hut

Our Lodge and Hut are now open and from the 19th of July the two-household limit will no longer apply.

Bookings can be made through Air B n B, click HERE for the Lodge and HERE for the Hut.


Following the success of our first year, our camping pitches will also reopen for summer 2021!

Our camping pitches are now open for bookings and we have availability from the 19th of July across the school summer holidays. Pitches are priced at just £25 for up to four people.

Please email all enquiries to

You can read more about our accommodation HERE.

School Visits

We are delighted to be welcoming schools back to Whitehough once again!

We are now taking bookings for 2021-22 and offer a range of options including day and residential programmes. Alongside our outdoor activity provision, we have classroom and meeting room space, so packages can be tailor-made to suit your group, whether you’re looking for adventure, a study break or mix of the two.

You can read more about our subsidised offer for Year 6 pupils attending Burnley and Pendle schools HERE.

Corporate Away Days

After a long period of working from home, why not get your team back together for a Whitehough corporate away day?

For more information or to book an away day, please email

and finally… NEW for 2021! Birthday parties at Whitehough!

We are now taking bookings for our new birthday party offer.

The parties will last three hours and include two thrill seeking 90-minute activities, with food options also available! All enquiries should be sent to

80 years of Whitehough

Join with Burnley FC in the Community as the historic outdoor centre, Whitehough, celebrates its 80th birthday!

Today, BFCitC begin their 80 years of Whitehough celebrations, with a focus on the history and heritage of the centre. As no-one can currently visit Whitehough during this difficult time, we have dug deep into the archives to start the celebrations off and we have found some group photos and diary entries.

We are encouraging supporters to come forward and share any memories or photos they may have from visiting or working at the site. Which year did you visit? Who did you visit with? What activities did you take part in? Let us know!

The site, situated in the Pendle Countryside, is home to a number of adrenaline-fuelled activities and has something to accommodate everyone with visitors including educational, corporate, community and tourists groups.

The educational facility first opened its doors in 1938 as a camp school and since then it has developed and seen thousands of children and groups come through its doors for an experience they’ll never forget.

BFCitC assumed operations of the site in 2017 after a two-year closure and now we want you to get involved and tell us your memories of this prestigious site!

You can either share these with us on our social pages or email them to Your memories and images will be featured on the BFCitC website and be part of our memorable exhibition at the Whitehough Outdoor Centre, allowing future generations to see the impact that the site has had on our community.

Take a look at our gallery and memories HERE.

You can view our 80 year chronology HERE, including all the key dates for Whitehough throughout the years.

Can you spot yourself or anyone you know? If you do, make sure you let them know on social media!

Keep an eye out on the BFCitC website and our social media pages for more information and updates on this iconic celebration!

Facebook: /Whitehough

Twitter: @WhitehoughOC

Instagram: whitehoughoc

Whitehough colouring competition!

Who’s ready to show off their art skills?

Whitehough Outdoor Centre is running a special competition to keep your little ones busy throughout lockdown!

Can you design a autumnal scene at Whitehough?

Let little minds run wild and be as creative as you like. What colours are the leaves? Can you see any animals?

The most creative drawing will win a signed Burnley FC Pennant!

All you need to do is download our blank outline PDF below, print it out and get creative! Don’t forget to share your creation with us on Facebook or Twitter, tagging the relevant account.

The competition closes on Sunday 22nd November, so don’t forget to submit your entries before then. The winner will be announced by a special guest on Monday 23rd.


Good luck, we can’t wait to see your designs!

Whitehough awarded new Premier League and PFA funding

Burnley FC in the Community is delighted to announce it has been awarded a further three years of funding from the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association (PL/PFA) to offer subsidised places to young people visiting Whitehough Outdoor Centre.

Initial funding was granted in 2017, when the Clarets’ official charity began operating the 80-year-old Pendle site which, at the time, was on the brink of closure. Over the course of three years, the funding allowed Burnley FC in the Community to provide 400 subsidised residential places per annum to young people living in some of the most deprived areas in Burnley and Pendle.

Utilised by local schools, the funding reduces the cost of a three-day, two night residential by up to 50% for Year 6 children, with aim of teaching and developing life skills that will aid their transition from primary to secondary education. The new round of funding allows the continuation of the initiative that will, local restrictions permitting, restart in the spring of 2021 and will benefit 1,200 children over the course of three years.

However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we appreciate that some schools may prefer an alternative to the residential experience, which is why we are now also offering subsidised day visits for local schools. This is for the remainder of the 2020/2021 Academic Year initially.

For less than £29.00 per person, Year 6 students can take part in an action-packed day visit. The day will include a series of challenging individual and team activities, two hearty meals and a whole lot of fun! The activities are designed to develop key skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving and resilience.

Matt Hargreaves, Head of Facilities for Burnley FC in the Community said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that we can continue this initiative with the help of the PL / PFA fund. Especially now, after the challenging year all children have had, the need to access all the physical and mental health benefits of time spent outdoors is greater than ever.

“We’re tucked away in a beautiful part of the Pendle countryside that feels a million miles away from some of the most built-up areas of our community. The chance to take some time out, learn from nature and be challenged in new ways has and will prove invaluable in these young lives. We extend our thanks to the PL / PFA for continuing their support of this vital initiative.”

The number of subsidised places is limited and is available to local schools on a first come, first served basis only.

For more information on this offer please contact Whitehough’s Centre Manager, Sara Parsons on