NCS Activity Centres

Phase 1 Outdoor Adventure Residentials

ncs logoThe National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government funded initiative designed to get young adults in England, aged 16-17, involved in a series of challenges, that will help them develop a range of new skills, establish new friendships, and make a contribution to their local communities.

Phase One of the NCS experience is all about bonding as a group, so participants get together to experience a range of outdoor activities during a short residential activity break. If your NCS group is looking for the perfect location for your team building adventure, we can help! We work with a large number of residential centres throughout the UK and Europe, and can provide you with a great range of places to choose from.

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YMCA Fairthorne Manor
YMCA Fairthorne Manor
YMCA Fairthorne Manor

YMCA Fairthorne Manor
There are many reasons to choose Fairthorne Manor: 1. Our values - welcoming, active, listening, inspiring, caring, exciting. 2. Course flexibility – day and residential visits 3. Our staff - fully qualified, welcoming, approachable, versatile 4. Our activities – wide range of options to develop team building, problem solving, decision making and personal challenge. 5. Inclusion – our site, activities and facilities are suitable for children and young people with additional needs 6...Details & Enquire


Grittleton Manor House

Grittleton Manor House

Grittleton Manor House - an ideal venue for school groups wanting secure residential accommodation, set in acres of parkland and playing fields, on the edge of the Cotswold National Park. Access to Bath and Bristol is just half an hour away! ...
Grittleton Manor House

Woodrow High House

Woodrow High House

At Woodrow we offer your school a bespoke programme of exciting activities, focussing on self development and learning whilst having fun. This charming 17th century manor is situated within 24 acres of beautiful grounds on the edge of the Chilterns. ...
Woodrow High House

Kingswood

Kingswood

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Successful outdoor residential experiences provide challenge, build confidence and increase pupil engagement and attainment back in class. We offer a wide range of activities at our nine outdoor activity centres in the UK and one in France. ...
Kingswood

YMCA Fairthorne Manor

YMCA Fairthorne Manor

YMCA Fairthorne Manor has been providing memorable experiences for children and young people for over 50 years in a welcoming and inspiring environment deep in 111 acres of Hampshire countryside, nestled beside the River Hamble. ...
YMCA Fairthorne Manor


Open Door Adventure

Open Door Adventure

Open Door Adventure Centre provides action packed adventure in North Wales. Our centre provides twenty Adventure Activities Team Building all on our 25 Acre Site(no Travel) Dolben Mansion Hall provides accommodation for 40 people. AALS Licenced. ...
Open Door Adventure

Abernant Lake

Abernant Lake

Abernant Lake is an outdoor pursuits activity centre on the edge of the Breacon Beacons National Park. Our self contained 55 acre site gives schools the opportunity to experience a range of activities in a safe and caring environment. ...
Abernant Lake

Oaker Wood Leisure

Oaker Wood Leisure

Woodland Outdoor Activity centre with 2 Glamping Villages which can be booked by schools for exclusive use. Sleeps up to 60 in each village. Wooden Glamping Pods sleeping up to 8. Catered or self catered. High Ropes, Low Ropes, Team Building, Rafting...
Oaker Wood Leisure

ACUK Pioneer Centre

ACUK Pioneer Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
ACUK Pioneer Centre offers superb residential trips for schools, covering a huge range of different activities including climbing, fencing, orienteering and much much more. ...
ACUK Pioneer Centre


Norfolk Lakes Activity Centre

Norfolk Lakes Activity Centre

Schools can enjoy a range of watersports and outdoor pursuits in our new activity centre, 11 miles from Norwich in East Anglia. As well as 37 acres of water, large indoor facilities provide a range of activities such as climbing, abseiling and more....
Norfolk Lakes Activity Centre

Ackers Adventure

Ackers Adventure

Ackers Adventure is an Adventurous Activity Centre just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham. A 75 acre site offering numerous facilities such as climbing walls,ski slope & residential centre, making Ackers a totally unique venue for a school trip. ...
Ackers Adventure

Culmington Manor

Culmington Manor

Culmington Manor is Manor Adventure's flagship outdoor pursuits centre, based in the heart of the South Shropshire countryside. Experience and enjoy more than 35 adventurous activities on our 100 acre estate. Click to find out why we are so popular...
Culmington Manor

UKSA

UKSA

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Using sailing, watersports and other outdoor activities we challenge, empower and educate young people. Over 6,000 school pupils come to our main waterfront campus every year. Bespoke packages include accommodation, food, kit and tuition. ...
UKSA

Choosing an NCS Activity Centre

Although a nationally conceived scheme, the actual providers are local youth groups such as YMCA centres, English Football League clubs, and a range of county councils. The activity centres on this page all have previous experience in operating the NCS scheme and can deliver a safe, fun and challenging outdoor residential experience for your NCS youth group. The activities available will vary from centre to centre, but whether you end up trying archery, rock climbing, or dinghy sailing, professional qualified instructors will be able to adapt each activity to encourage skills such as teamwork, cooperation, leadership and more.

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Usually taking place in the Summer holidays, dates will vary by provider, but as most residential centres are quiet during the school holidays, availability is not usually too much of a problem. We would recommend that NCS groups make sure they secure their booking at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. Certainly make sure you are researching which activity centres would be suitable for your group well in advance of the summer. Schools generally book up to a year in advance, and although you may not have to compete as much for availability, it is still advisable to get booked early. If you cannot find anything local to you, please use the short enquiry form above or check out our main residential activity centre page, which has many more centres the length and breadth of the country!



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