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.


Walesby Forest
Walesby Forest
Walesby Forest


We not only have a great centre with over 250 acres of space in forest and woodland but also pride ourselves on our ability to nurture talent and abilities at the same time as making sure there are opportunities for learning, fun and personal development. We aim to delight those who visit and with many returning groups year on year we endeavour to ensure we deliver exiting and innovative programmes that challenge and develop participants. Our staff take great pride in delivering programme...Details & Enquire


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ACUK Pioneer Centre

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Arvon – The Hurst, Shropshire

Arvon – The Hurst, Shropshire

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 – The Hurst, Shropshire

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

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

Beaudesert Activity Centre

Beaudesert Activity Centre

Beaudesert Activity Centre located in Staffordshire, offers amazing residential trips for Schools. We've got nice accommodation blocks, we've got great activities, our food is all home cooked, but what really makes us worth a visit is our staff. ...
Beaudesert Activity Centre


JCA - Condover Hall

JCA - Condover Hall

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

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

Mount Cook

Mount Cook

Mount Cook is a new 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

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits centre is a Charitable organisation providing Outdoor Adventurous activities for all. Our activities are designed to stimulate, educate and motivate all participants at affordable prices throughout the year. ...
Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre


YHA Edale

YHA Edale

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
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

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

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

ACUK Whitemoor Lakes

ACUK Whitemoor Lakes

Whitemoor Lakes is the perfect destination for schools trips covering 25 acres of grassland and having a shallow 40 acre lake on site means there's plenty of space for school activities. ...
ACUK Whitemoor Lakes


YHA Stratford

YHA Stratford

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

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

Walesby Forest

Walesby Forest

Walesby Forest is an Outdoor Educational Activity Centre with over 40 adventure activities and offers a wide range of accommodations in its extensive forest woodlands and two hundred and fifty acres situated in the heart of Sherwood forest. ...
Walesby Forest

Outback 2 Basics

Outback 2 Basics

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
A fantastic way to get the children really immersed in the wilderness. Interactive and hands on workshops.You can even sleep out in your own shelters to truly get back to basics. Bring the Stone Age alive or Learn Bushcraft and survival skills! ...
Outback 2 Basics


Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre

Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre

Ingestre Hall - a historic setting for the only dedicated Arts Residential Centre in the UK. Managed by Sandwell Council, Ingestre has been delivering high quality residential Arts programmes for schools and youth groups for more than 55 years. ...
Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre

Blackwell Adventure

Blackwell Adventure

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Our main aim is to encourage young people to enjoy the outdoors, to achieve personal goals and learn new skills. Our residential, camping and adventure facilities are among the best in the Midlands and are enjoyed by more than 20,000 people a year. ...
Blackwell Adventure

Field Studies Council - Midlands

Field Studies Council - Midlands

Our fantastic Midlands locations are Preston Montford in Shropshire and Bishops Wood in Worcestershire. Both offer fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The locations are easy to reach while offering access to beautiful countryside....
Field Studies Council - Midlands

YHA Ironbridge Coalport

YHA Ironbridge Coalport

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


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

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

Edgmond Hall

Edgmond Hall

A converted Georgian farm (with small animals)in fabulous grounds, with friendly full-time staff, offers a wide range of outdoor creative "learning adventure" activities to provide a special learning experience. KS1, lower and upper KS2 specialists. ...
Edgmond Hall

Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre

Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre

Forest-based adventurous activity and environmental courses set in 90 acres of oak woodland in the beautiful Wyre Forest. A range of accommodation includes the main centre, "glamping" pods, and a cottage in the wilds. All programmes are tailor-made. ...
Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre


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

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