The Boathouse Youth provides a 7-day programme for children and young people aged 5 to 18 living in Blackpool, which they can access completely free of charge

Established in 2009, The Boathouse Youth is proud to be a modern organisation responding to the needs and demands facing young people in today’s society. We specialise in removing the barriers that face young people from achieving and succeeding in one of the UK’s statistically “most deprived” communities: the Bloomfield ward, Blackpool

Our first homes were the churches of Holy Trinity and St. Peter Churches, South Shore together with the Old Lifeboat Station on Lytham Road; hence our name. In 2012 we had the former South Shore Library on Lytham Road bestowed to us by a local philanthropist; and this has been our home ever since forming both our offices and Youth Centre.

Since opening, The Boathouse Youth has always endeavoured to play a fully integral part in the lives of the children and young people with whom we work. We wanted to be more than a youth club than ran for young people on just one evening a week as we felt this would have little impact.

Registered Charity

Rely on donations

Completely free

A warm welcome to The Boathouse Youth. A Youth Club with a heart: in the heart of Blackpool.

Our intention was to interact with our young people when they were attending our activities but also in their schools, their homes and by having a presence in the local community. We were also committed to providing our children and young people with the opportunity to explore environments away from Blackpool by regularly providing with residential experiences.

We now proudly state that our early aims have been achieved. We have three solid departments: A Youth Centre, a Detached & Outreach Team and Activities & Residential Section. The combination of these departments means that the children and young people of the Blackpool community have a 7-day programme of activities, fully planned school holiday activities and regular opportunities to attend residential experiences.

As a registered charity none of our income is guaranteed. We rely on grants, donations and support at the annual events delivered by our fundraising committee. To find out about how to donate to us – please click here. We also generate income through Boathouse First Aid Training, which provides high quality Paediatric, and ‘At Work’ First Aid Qualifications.

We invite you to explore our and find out what we have to offer the children and young people of Blackpool.


The Boathouse Youth provides a comprehensive Youth Service to the Children & Young People of Blackpool with specific input in the Bloomfield and Waterloo Communities of South Shore. We offer youngsters an unbeaten variety of positive educational and recreational activities with a view to diverting them away from anti-social and risk-taking behaviour. Our primary aim is to help develop young people that are confident and competent to participate in a civilised adult society whilst never failing to recognise their contributions as children. Our organisation has three separate departments with each one complementing the others to ensure that our approach is attractive to all young people regardless of their background, personalities or interests. We work with children and young people from Aged 5 to 18 across five different age-sections.

Centre Based

Our centre based work is carried out at our bespoke Youth Centre based right in the heart of the Bloomfield Ward and also Boundary Primary School in Grange Park. At both sides young people can attend to enjoy our attractive set-up combining the latest technology with more traditional pastimes. Young people can expect to enjoy a mix intense games and activities together with more focused projects and learning experiences.

Activities & Residentials

For many of our young people the opportunity to experience a holiday or time-away from home isn’t something that comes easily, if ever. Our Activities & Residential Team are committed to ensuring that as many of our young people as possible are given the opportunity to go away for at least one-week and enjoy something that takes them out of their comfort zone such as camping or canal boating. We also offer Rock Climbing, Cycling, Ghyll Scrambling and Hiking.. or maybe just a day-out at Alton Towers or the Sandcastle Waterpark! We also run the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Detached & Outreach

Our Detached & Outreach Team are specifically briefed to work with young people away from the Youth Centre. This includes schools, local parks and even around the streets. Their fully loaded van contains football goals, rounders and cricket sets, sports bibs and much more and it’s highly likely you’ll see them setting-up in one of our local public spaces for an evening of fun.