Midlands / Central England Outdoor Activity Centres

School Residentials in Central England & The Midlands

Completely landlocked and not a seagull for miles, Central England, also affectionately known as the Midlands, offers some of the best school journey centres in the country. There are still plenty of excellent lakes and rivers, water based activities are still plentiful, alongside bushcraft, outdoor rock climbing, and numerous other exciting and challenging land activities for school children to experience.

Central England and the East and West Midlands probably boasts more choice than any other UK region when it comes to outdoor activity centres. We believe this is due to the combination of great transport links, both rail and road, which allow large centres of population to quickly and easily access the types of rural areas that typically suit the location of an outdoor centre. Schools in the centre of Birmingham can be out into the fresh air of Shropshire in under and hour, while schools from Manchester, Leeds or Sheffield can access the southern Peak District just as quickly.

The southern extent of the Pennine hills dip into the Midlands and provide a great location for climbing and hill walking, while many of the larger residential centres have many acres of woodland and open space in which to run activities. Purpose built ropes courses, and other challenging activities are an ideal way to get your pupils to bond and develop outside the classroom. If you are struggling to find a good quality activity centre here in Central England, just give us a shout and we can definitely help you organise your school trip.

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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

Wide choice of activities in a beautiful woodland environment. Feedback from existing schools is that it is the exclusivity and flexibility of our site and staff that means they re book year on year. "This is the fifth year we have used Oakerwood as a venue for our Year 6 residential and I cannot praise David and his team enough. They make each visit memorable for all our children giving them the best experience on a wide range of outdoor and adventurous activities. All the staff ensure that every one feels valued whilst pushing them to their limits providing excitement and challenge." Wyche Primary School - Malvern...

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Walesby Forest is a fun and exciting residential activity centre with over 40 indoor and outdoor adventure activities including water sports, with a wide range of accommodation options, set in 250 acres of woodland in Robin Hood country. ...

Walesby Forest


Mount Cook is a not-for-profit Adventure Centre dedicated to providing exciting outdoor adventurous activities and outdoor learning opportunities for children and young people in the heart of the Peak District. ...

Mount Cook


In the heart of the Peak District, Crowden Outdoor Educational Centre has been working with schools and youth groups since 1979. Creating bespoke outdoor learning opportunities and utilising the natural environment for a real adventure. ...

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre


Inspire your students to unlock their creative potential and improve writing and language skills by working with published authors at one of our beautiful, rural locations across the UK for a week-long residential. ...

Arvon – The Hurst, Shropshire
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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


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 Residential centre


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


Condover Hall in Shropshire is JCA's flagship centre and offers a wide range of adventurous outdoor and indoor activities in line with the national curriculum. ...

JCA - Condover Hall

Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills
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Adventure challenges and outdoor activities for all ages and abilities in 9 acres of woodland at our Malvern centre and surrounding area with a focus on team-work, leadership, building independence, self-confidence and facilitating exploration. ...

Malvern Hills
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Our mission is to widen the horizons of young people through real outdoor adventures in the Peak District. In addition to outdoor adventures our fantastic facilities and location enable self led residentials including field studies, drama and more...

Residential Visits


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


There’s more to Stratford-upon-Avon than Shakespeare – theatre, history and culture buffs of every language love this world-famous location. YHA Stratford-upon-Avon offers a superb base for groups and school trips, boasting a restaurant and bar. ...

YHA Stratford


Small family-run company crafting unique outdoor adventures because we understand that no two groups are the same. Work with us to build your experience exactly to the needs of your pupils. ...

Shropshire Bushcraft Residential


Croft Farm is JCA's dedicated watersports centre in the Cotswolds and offers a wide range of adventurous water and land based outdoor activities in line with the national curriculum. ...

JCA - Croft Farm


With sprawling grounds and lots of outdoor space to explore this grand Gothic manor offers a magical place for a school residential. Surrounded by the rolling scenery of Dovedale we’re ideally located to visit the many Peak District Attractions. ...

YHA Ilam Hall


Ingestre Arts deliver unique, transferable learning experiences through creative & expressive arts such as music, drama, visual art, dance & animation. The UKs only dedicated residential arts centre, a residential with us is unlike any other! ...

Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre

YHA Edale
YHA Edale
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Outdoor adventures in the Peak District don’t get better than this! YHA Edale is a grand country house literally on the slopes of Kinder Scout, and surrounded by the gorgeous scenery of the Edale valley. ...

YHA Edale
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The centre has easy access to a wide range of sites from the South Shropshire Hills AONB, to Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Ludlow, Birmingham and Snowdonia. Visit for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages. ...

FSC Preston Montford


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


In the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, in a small town famous for being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, we offer two hostels that are ideal for your next residential. ...

YHA Ironbridge Coalport


Set in a converted Georgian farm in 43 acres of woodland, fields and gardens, our friendly full-time team deliver a wide range of outdoor & creative adventures for a special learning experience. Day visits, residentials, and sole occupancy available....

Edgmond Hall


Take a 10 day tour of the UK visiting many fantastic cities along the way including Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and London. ...

UK Cultural School Trips


Woodlands Adventure and Outdoor Learning provides an outdoor education experience to groups of young people. We offer residential, camping and day visits, packaged with a fantastic range of outdoor adventurous activities suitable for everyone ...

Action Packed Residential Trips


Forest-based adventurous and environmental courses set in 90 acres of oak woodland in the beautiful Wyre Forest. A range of accommodation includes main centre, glamping pods, and a cottage in the wilds. Sole occupancy and bespoke courses available....

Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre


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


To be or not to be, that is the question? Stratford-upon-Avon is most certainly the place to be! Lovers of Shakespeare will enjoy an educational trip to this ultimate literary destination. Wander through the historical pages of William Shakespeare's ...

Stratford Overnight School Tour


Experience the magic of Longtown... the perfect base for experiencing exciting adventures throughout the Brecon Beacons led by our team of enthusiastic, experienced and fully-qualified instructors. Day Trips from £15 per child to 5 day residentials...

Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre
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Boundless Outdoors Bell Heath centre reopened in 2018 following a £1m investment and is proving very popular. This wonderful facility in north Worcestershire with it's adrenalin-fuelled activities sleeps 78 people and is 20 minutes from Birmingham. ...

Bell Heath


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

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