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South West England Activity Centres

outdoor activities for schools

We can offer a range of trip types throughout the South West of England, from activity days to residential accommodation only. From multi activity and outdoor pursuits with professional instruction to watersports such as surfing or sailing. We also have a number of centres who specialise in environmental courses or other curriculum subjects. Please get in touch if you are looking for something specific!


Wide Horizons Townsend Centre


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Popular Activity Centre South West England, September 2017: Wide Horizons Townsend Centre
Part of the Wide Horizon’s Outdoor Education Trust, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience adventures as part of their education and development. Our aim is to find and bring out the potential in the individuals who visit us, impacting positively upon their lives as they return home and to school. Our residential learning experiences include a lot of unique adventurous activities like team building, orienteering, rocks and soils,rivers, minibeasts, survival skil...Details & Enquire



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Get more value during your school's activity centre holiday with special offers and deals from residential providers in South West England. All offers area available when applying through Plan My School Trip!

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Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

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Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Based on the edge of a SSSI nature reserve and the picturesque Christchurch Harbour, we offer bespoke trips for Field Studies and Outdoor Activities with highly qualified instructors fully accredited by AALA. ...
Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

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

Multi-Activity Package

Multi-Activity Package

Jam-packed with challenging and engaging activities our Multi-Activity packages are designed to engage students through a mixture of practical PE based activities, whilst making the most of the great outdoors and our enviable localities. ...
Multi-Activity Package

Discovery Package

Discovery Package

Our Discovery packages have been designed to enable teachers to plan a thrilling residential that meets their own needs and budget. This flexible option focuses on your defined key outcomes, so if you want to look at communication we will provide… ...
Discovery Package


Mendip Activity Centre & Canvas Village

Mendip Activity Centre & Canvas Village

A multi-activity experience including camping in our Canvas Village. 10 tented bunkhouses within the Mendip Hills AONB and our 250 acre activity site. An onsite rocksport quarry and outdoor snowsport park make this a residential to remember! ...
Mendip Activity Centre & Canvas Village

YHA Eden Project

YHA Eden Project

YHA Eden Project is the only onsite accommodation provider for the Eden Project, the most famous education attraction in Cornwall. Ideal for that magic combination of fun and learning, the Eden Project provides a breath-taking environment for pupils....
YHA Eden Project

Eden

Eden

Eden Project Adventure Centre, home to the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, provides an amazing eco-adventure. High spec en-suite bedrooms made from recycled shipping containers, combined with fantastic activities makes this trip unique! ...
Eden

COGO Travel Primary - Eden Project

COGO Travel Primary - Eden Project

Eden Project Adventure Centre, home to the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, provides you with an amazing eco-adventure. High spec en-suite bedrooms made from recycled shipping containers, combined with fantastic activities make this unique!...
COGO Travel Primary - Eden Project


Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor

Accessible Activity Adventures for All! ...
Calvert Trust Exmoor

BF Adventure

BF Adventure

BF Adventure has over 25 years experience of delivering multi activity days and residential packages for schools and groups. Set within 60 acres and 3 beautiful water filled quarries we provide exciting, fun activities and unforgettable experiences ...
BF Adventure

Legge House

Legge House

The old Victorian village school for fifty years has been welcoming experienced and‘first time away from home’ school children. Whether you want to extend a local day visit to places like Avebury to include an evening meal and camp fire or to sta...
Legge House

Field Studies Council - South West

Field Studies Council - South West

A choice of locations in Devon and Somerset offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. Slapton Ley and Start Bay close to the beach in south Devon and Nettlecombe Court in beautiful countryside surroundings near Exmoor. ...
Field Studies Council - South West


COGO Travel Primary - Minehead Centre

COGO Travel Primary - Minehead Centre

Minehead Adventure Centre, a stone’s throw from a fine sandy beach, is set in the perfect location. Combined with quality accommodation, all with en-suite facilities and boundless activities, makes this the ideal choice for Primary School breaks. ...
COGO Travel Primary - Minehead Centre

Alex Rider

Alex Rider

Turn your students into super agents, watch them reap the rewards of team work, enjoy the thrills of the great outdoors, and ignite a passion for reading with our two the YHA Alex Rider Spy packages. ...
Alex Rider

The Swanage Centre

The Swanage Centre

The Swanage Centre offers high quality full-board accommodation for a variety of educational and recreational purposes. With excellent facilities and a convenient location, The Swanage Centre is a perfect base for field trips, outdoor activities, spo...
The Swanage Centre

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre specializes in offering fun packed, mixed programs of outdoor and environmental courses aimed at giving pupils a taster of challenging, exciting and interesting activities that will shape their future memories. ...
Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre


Wide Horizons Townsend Centre

Wide Horizons Townsend Centre

Wide Horizons Townsend Centre overlooks the charming landscapes of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast in Swanage. We welcome you with a superb location, jaw-dropping views and a comprehensive range of adventure activities covering all subjects. ...
Wide Horizons Townsend Centre

Encompass Training

Encompass Training

Set in the heart of rural north Devon, Encompass Training is a historic grade 1 listed manor house. Encompass Training focuses on providing quality outdoor education experiences with sole occupancy. ...
Encompass Training

In2action Whitemead Forest Park

In2action Whitemead Forest Park

In2action are passionate about creating exceptional and unforgettable activities and adventure courses for young people, enabling your pupils to learn outside the classroom. ...
In2action Whitemead Forest Park

Scout Adventures - South West

Scout Adventures - South West

Scout Adventures helps young people learn the character skills they need to succeed - leadership, teamwork, resilience and initiative. With our expertise in informal, outdoor learning we have encouraged and inspired generations. ...
Scout Adventures - South West


The Manor House

The Manor House

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Our team are passionate about creating quality, memorable and exciting experiences and activities from our lovely Manor House near Padstow. We offer full-board accommodation and sole-occupancy for our groups, many of whom return year after year! ...
The Manor House

COGO Travel Primary - Happy being Me

COGO Travel Primary - Happy being Me

Exclusive to COGO Primary, 'Happy Being Me' residentials combine classroom and outdoor activities to experience and practice key life skills. ...
COGO Travel Primary - Happy being Me

International Baccalaureate Diploma

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Residential fieldwork created specifically for International Baccalaureate Diploma students in geography, biology and ESS. Field Studies Council has a network of UK Centres to choose from, many with easy transport links for UK and major airports. ...
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Experience amazing outdoor locations at Field Studies Council’s network of UK Centres. Our courses are all focused on students being immersed in the natural world. They also make use of the beautiful surroundings including using bushcraft skills. ...
Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council


Allnatt School Camps

Allnatt School Camps

We will provide you with your very own tented village in your school grounds. No camp is complete without your very own flag, which we provide for you to decorate. Choose form 3 programmes CAMP CRAFT, TEAM CAMP or STONE AGE CAMP ...
Allnatt School Camps

Skern Lodge

Skern Lodge

North Devon's premier outdoor centre. Fantastic friendly staff, exciting activities in wonderful locations and tasty, wholesome food in great surroundings. Makes Skern Lodge the ideal destination for your next residential or day trip. ...
Skern Lodge

Arvon – Totleigh Barton, Devon

Arvon – Totleigh Barton, Devon

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Arvon have been running residential creative writing courses for schools since 1968. Bring a group to spend a week immersed in creative writing with two published authors in one of our historic houses in beautiful rural locations across the UK. ...
Arvon – Totleigh Barton, Devon

Allnatt Swanage

Allnatt Swanage

Quality Outdoor Learning Experiences. We are specialists in field work and outdoor adventurous activities in harmony with the Seashore, Coast & Woodlands. ...
Allnatt Swanage



Enjoy a school residential in the South West of England

On a visit to the South West of England, you are never far from the coast, and perhaps not surprising that among the many excellent residential activity centres we have chosen to feature on this page, a good number of them are at or near the seaside.

The region's oceanic climate, means mild winters, warm summers and a whole heap of rain. This allows activity centres to open and operate a much longer season than in more northern parts of the UK, where centres close for longer during the colder winters.

The types of activities and outdoor pursuits available in this region are many and varied, though it is fair to say that watersports are well catered for! With easy access to such a large extent of natural coastal environments, children enjoying school activity trips in Cornwall and Devon, Dorset or Somerset, are likely to get the opportunity to experience activities such as sailing, sea kayaking, coasteering, surfing and waterskiing.