Rik Beament – Managing Director

After working in the holiday industry in France, Rik has worked at Newlands since 1990. There are not many jobs at Newlands that Rik hasn’t done and the high standards we are renowned for are testament to his drive and commitment to the company.

Debbie Beament – Director & Climbing Wall Manager

Joining the team in 1997 and has been with us for over 20 years, Debbie has wide experience working in the outdoor industry, hospitality and customer care. Looking after the bookings at the centre, Debbie has also taken on the management of Keswick Climbing Wall and has led the company’s sustainability drive that has won national awards and recognition.

Iain Brooks – Director & Activities Manager

Iain joined the team in 2000 as an instructor and became Centre Director in 2013. Iain is responsible for all aspects of the activities, Instructors, kit and training and also the day to day running of the centre. The consistent high quality of our activities and instructors is due to Iain’s dedication and diligence.

Gayle Brooks – Director

Gayle worked as a Domestic Assistant at Newlands in 2001, before qualifying as a Staff Nurse. Now working at Keswick Hospital, Gayle can often be found on her day off in the office at Newlands dealing with enquiries.

Paul MacDonald – Chef

Joining the Newlands team as our Chef in 2006, Paul is an essential member of the team. Whether it is a school party staying for the week or a sit down wedding supper for 100, Paul delivers freshly made, wholesome and very tasty meals that achieve 10/10 weekly from our guests and has achieved a consistent 5 stars for food hygiene standards since becoming our Chef.

Sam Arthur – Assistant Climbing Wall Manager

Sam joined the team in 2014 and was promoted to Assistant Manager in 2018. He has become a highly valued member of the team at Newlands and the Climbing Wall. Sam and his wife also celebrated their fantastic wedding at Newlands 2016.

Jack Beament – Customer Liaison & Activity Instructor

Jack actually grew up at Newlands Adventure Centre and after travelling the world for 5 years, has returned to work with us. Gaining valuable experienced as a Manager at a hostel in New Zealand and as a Tour Guide in Paris, Jack is now ideally placed to tackle most jobs.

Jessie – Resident Dog

Joining the team in 2007, Jessie has spent many years chasing sticks and balls and going walks with thousands of our visitors. This year, Jessie has gone into semi retirement and likes to spend her days snoozing at the Climbing Wall, or standing guard outside the kitchen in hope of a sausage from Paul!


We get asked a lot of questions about Rookery Woods so we hope thought we would answer some of them here for you! 

Where is Rookery Woods? 

  • Rookery Woods is based at Keswick Climbing Wall next to Castlerigg Stone Circle!

Do I need to Book? 

  • No! Rookery Woods does not require a Booking! However if we are really busy there may be a short way until we can let you in the Woods! During that wait you could use our onsite Café, The Hungry Heifer! 

How Much does it Cost? 

  • Rookery Woods is £5 per Child for all day! That’s it! Adult’s do not need to pay to enter Rookery Woods however you did need to be supervising your children in the Woodland at all times.

What is the Age Limit? 

  • Rookery Woods is designed for Children aged 8 and under!