Scotman's Flash


Scotman's Flash is a fantastic outdoor adventure centre just 10 minutes from the centre of Wigan featuring a huge lake and lots of exciting experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Scotman's Flash is the perfect place for watersports, whether you're brand new to canoeing, sailing and kayaking or want to get your game on with courses and qualifications to match your skills.

To find out about forthcoming adventures call 01942 828 271 or email

Have fun and learn water sports at Scotman's Flash


Exciting times on our mobile climbing wall

What is Scotman's Flash?

Welcome to Scotman's Flash - an outdoor adventure centre and nature reserve just 10 minutes from the centre of Wigan.

Here you can enjoy a vast range of water sports, including coaching and courses for people of all abilities delivered by our fully qualified and friendly instructors.

Some of the activities offered include:

  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Sailing and windsurfing
  • Archery
  • Bushcraft
  • Teambuilding sessions
  • Climbing

Outdoor adventure for everyone

Scotman's Flash offers something for people of all ages.

Our courses and sessions have been highly recommended by:

  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Colleges
  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Businesses.

Don't take our word for it - check out Scotman's Flash on TripAdvisor.

Wet and Wild Adventure Camps

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How quick does half-term come round! Don’t panic we’ve loads of stuff to keep the kids entertained and get them fit and healthy at the same time.

Hone their survival skills with lessons in bushcraft and archery at our our Wet and Wild Adventure Camps at Scotman’s Flash.

From Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October they can enjoy Sailing, Kayaking, Raft Building, Climbing and Archery. Prices start at £12 for a half-day session or you can book the full day for just £22.

Suitable for ages 7 – 16.

Limited spaces available so please book in advance by calling 01942 828 508 or email

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What age do they need to be?

To take part in these sessions children must be aged 7 to 16 and be water confident.

What’s happening when?

 AM 9.30 – 12.30PM 1.30 – 4.30
Monday 23 October Sailing Kayak & Katakanu
Tuesday 24 October Bushcraft and Archery Raft Building & Stand Up Paddleboarding
Wednesday 25 October Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboarding Sailing
Thursday 26 October Climbing Wall and Archery Windsurfing & Katakanu
Friday 27 October Kayak & Katakanu Sailing & Kayaking

What do they need to bring?

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For watersports children will need a towel, old trainers that can get wet, swim wear or something to wear under a wetsuit and a spare t-shirt.

For bushcraft old clothes and trainers are a must.

Bring drinks and, if you’re staying for the day, a packed lunch.

Schools and Scotman's Flash

We've helped thousands of pupils from schools across the north west to enjoy the thrills of being out on the water and in a safe and supervised environment.

Our outdoor adventure courses and challenges bring out the best in everyone, using excitement to drive achievement.

Scotman's Flash offers schools...

  • Nationally recognised qualifications and courses
  • Exciting activities and events
  • Educational courses linked to the curriculum
  • Activity programmes to suit your needs.

Read our Outdoor Education brochure

Our partners

The Outdoor Education Team is approved as a provider by the following organisations:

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  • RYA logo
  • NICAS logo
  • British Canoe Union
  • Learning Outside Classroom logo
  • Adventure Mark Logo

Where we are

You'll find the Scotman's Flash outdoor adventure centre next door to Wigan Sailing Club off Rushdene in Worsley Mesnes.

Use sat nav? Dial in our postcode: WN3 5HJ

Contact us

To find out about our forthcoming courses or to hire or facilities, call 01942 828 271 or email