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Rat Race Forest Facility a brand new group adventure centre

Updated: May 17, 2023


In 2012 Rat Race – the UK’s largest provider of adventure events - was approached by the wonderful team at Burghley House, who had watched one of Rat Race’s adventure race events on TV. Inspired to create something world-class on the Estate, Rat Race unleashed Dirty Weekend, the world’s largest assault course featuring 200 obstacles set across a 20 mile course and sporting a huge music and camping festival alongside. The final edition of Dirty Weekend took place in 2022 and over the previous 10 years, Rat Race built and installed several enormous obstacles in the woods at Burghley as part of the Dirty Weekend event course. Forest Facility is the legacy of those endeavours, retaining the bulk of this incredible assault course and transforming it into a sustainable and ethically managed group adventure centre – augmenting the obstacles with some rip-roaring adrenaline and adventure attractions, alongside some classic team-oriented activity content.


Our purpose-built group adventure centre located in a serene forest location on the edge of the Burghley Estate and adjacent to England’s finest Elizabethan Stately Home, Burghley House. We are 1.5 hours north of London or 1 hour by train and located just outside the charming Georgian stone town of Stamford referred to as England's Finest Stone Town, easily accessible from most places in the country, being less than 5 minutes drive from the A1 motorway.

Choose to come with a big or small group (8 – 200+) and spend a half day, full day or a full 2-day weekday or weekend period with us. We can tailor your perfect experience with food, local accommodation and all manner of other bolt-ons, should you wish. Or just pick and choose from our adventure menu and let it rip amongst the evergreens, to capture the perfect essence of adventure for you and your clan.



Our all new Forest Facility team have been squirrelling away in the grounds of Burghley House for the past year to bring a totally unique adventure centre to the UK. Forest Facility is now home to the incredible permanent obstacles many remember from Rat Race Dirty Weekend - which was until 2022 the world’s largest assault course. Alongside which we've installed a raft of incredible action and adrenaline activities on-site. You have 2 options when it comes to joining us in the forest for some fun. We run Pay & Play days which let you book onto some of our most exciting activities, including the Dirty Weekend legacy assault course at a designated time slot with no minimum numbers required! Click here to find out when our next Pay & Play date is.


Forest Facility Adventure Menu

  • Dirty Weekend assault course

  • Kayaking

  • Raft building

  • Walk the Plank

  • Power Tower zipline, climbing wall and leap of faith

  • Axe throwing

  • Jacobs Ladder

  • Gladiator Challenge

  • Laser Tag

  • Escape Room

  • Team command

  • Archery

  • Bushcraft

  • Skydiving



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