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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Teacher training, CPD and INSET



We are always happy to share our scientific knowledge, experiences and understanding of the value of hands-on science education, higher order scientific thinking, skills and career opportunities for Inset days or teacher training.

The Art of Hands-On, Inclusive Science Teaching! Teachers always love coming into the dome! Join us for a morning master class in Space, Light and all things physics to get to grips with some of the amazing science and promote the scientific way of thinking to support the scientists of the future feeling that Science is exciting, fun, relevant and aspriational! This session is all about asking questions, gathering ideas, resources and inspiration for how a Space topic can be used to create inpsiration for your students across many areas of the curriculum. Depending on your time, we'd love to bring a collection of hands-on demonstrations that can be re-created in the classroom. Alonsgide a briefing on the principles behind the demos, this is a chance to practice running some simple,...

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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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We put your needs at the heart of everything we do. We'll work with you to develop a bespoke activity programme, focused on core skill-development & learning, whilst ensuring it's always fun! Join us for an adventure and explore the great outdoors. ...

Woodrow High House



Astbury Watersports Centre is located at Astbury Mere, near Congleton town centre. We offer various watersports from canoeing to sailing, and if getting in the water isn’t what you fancy we also have many different land based activities. ...

Peak - Astbury Watersports 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





Team Building Days in the great outdoors. After so many months out of school children & young people need time to adjust socially to working together again. At Oaker Wood we offer a range of team building activities in a woodland setting. ...

Team Building Outdoor Adventures
Lockerbie Manor
Lockerbie Manor
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Lockerbie Manor offer outdoor residential school trips during term time, and all inclusive family activity holidays during the summer holidays. Activities take place in the extensive Manor house grounds or at ...

Lockerbie Manor
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Is your school ready to hit the heights of the treetops? Join us for a unique, fun packed experience on one of the world’s most awesome High Ropes Adventure Courses. The course boasts 28 exciting obstacles. ...

Peak - Trentham Treetop Adventures



Travel back in time to the Victorian era and Iron Age, discover Malvern's natural spring water, explore the fabulous countryside on a field trip for history, geography and science. PE students can take on the high ropes course or watersports. ...

History and Field Studies



This 1/2 day course, aimed specifically at children, is at a basic level with no use of confusing terminologies. It shows complete respect for the child’s ability, making it educational, practical and instils the importance of helping others. ...

Mini Medics



In the heart of rural Devon, Encompass Training is based at the historic grade 1 listed Great Potheridge House. We focus on providing a wide range quality outdoor education activities with sole occupancy and experience staffing. ...

Encompass Training



Underbank Activity Centre is located on the shores of Underbank Reservoir just off of the Stocksbridge bypass. We offer various watersports from canoeing to raft-building, and land based activities for school groups, including residentials. ...

Peak - Underbank Activity Centre



Trafford Watersports Centre, located at Sale Water Park, just a short drive from J6 of the M60. We offer various school group team building watersports activities from canoeing to sailing, along with many land based activities to make a full day ...

Peak - Trafford Watersports Centre



Using interactive and hands-on outdoor activities, costumes and reconstructed artefacts, we provide a unique educational experience of Prehistoric Britain which will inspire both pupils and teachers! ...

Prehistoric Britain



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



We make history fun, engaging and informative by using hands-on outdoor activities, reconstructed artifacts and costumes to provide an immersive experience of the Vikings! ...

The Vikings



We run exciting and fun filled Adventure Activity Days on the Jurassic Coast for schools and youth groups. These outdoor activities are designed to improve self esteem, confidence and support learning outside the classroom. ...

Cumulus Outdoors Curriculum Day Trips



Back in time, learn about Stone Age man, Try lighting a fire if you think you can, Building your own shelter..in LOPC wood, Fire-pit charcoal, draw caveman good. Test your skill with an Archers sight. Go home with knowledge from our StoneAge s...

Stone Age School Trip
UKSA
UKSA
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With over 30 years of experience, UKSA offers young people a fun and safe outdoor environment in which to learn important life skills to excel. Bespoke packages in sailing, watersports, and teambuilding include accommodation, food, kit, and tuition. ...

UKSA
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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



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



The Adur Centre is ideal for your school residential trip. We offer amazing activities including climbing, paddle sports, mountain biking and many more. The trip will be tailored to meet your needs and our residential trips are outstanding value! ...

Adur Outdoor Activity Centre



Skern Lodge is one of the leading providers of outdoor learning and development in the UK. Offering a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities and geography fieldwork opportunities from its Centre on the North Devon coast. ...

Skern Lodge



Open Door Adventure is an Outdoor Pursuit Centre set in a stunning North Wales location. 25 acres of forest, our own river, caves & mine in our grounds. 20 on-site activities & all you need for action-packed adventure & just 35 miles from Snowdon! ...

Open Door Adventure



Audley Climbing Centre is a great indoor centre, packed with routes and challenges for climbers of all ages and abilities. We are proud to have the most top rope routes in all of North Staffordshire. We can cater for school groups. ...

Peak - Audley Climbing Centre



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



Do you need a special feature at your school event? We can bring an element of adventure to your event with our fantastic range of mobile activities. From team building, mobile climbing walls to archery and more. ...

Peak - Mobile Outdoor Adventure Activities



We are an Approved Activity Provider and we offer comprehensive Expedition for Bronze, Silver and Gold Award packages that deliver classroom-based training and on-the-hill learning. These are aligned to the DofE Expedition Training Framework. ...

Peak - DofE Expeditions



Is your school group ready to hit the heights of the treetops? Join us for a unique, fun packed experience on one of the world’s most awesome High Ropes Adventure Courses. The course boasts 38 awesome obstacles. ...

Peak - Trafford Treetops Adventures



Kingswood’s Isle of Wight’s clifftop setting offers stunning views over Whitecliff Bay and direct beach access. ...

Isle of Wight - Kingswood



Set on a stunning fell side, just minutes away from the leafy suburbs of Hexham, this picturesque centre offers a ‘home away from home’ environment. Fly through the air on our 3G swing or get closer to nature and build a shelter in the woods. ...

Residential School Trips



A breath-taking adventure park nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Wales. With an on-site watersports lake, and woodland adventure activities Colomendy is the perfect environment for young people to explore the great outdoors. ...

Colomendy - Kingswood



We travel to you to run Detective Workshops for children. A crime scene is set up for students to investigate, collect evidence, analyse results, maybe even interview a witness and then present their findings. A great team activity. ...

Crime Scene Investigation Workshops



YMCA Lakeside is one of the largest outdoor education centres in Europe. Established in the 1960's we've welcomed over 1 million children and young people to a world of outdoor learning. Situated on the beautiful banks of Lake Windermere. ...

YMCA Lakeside



Grosvenor Hall in Ashford is a complete indoor and outdoor education centre with some of the best activity facilities in Europe, just an hour outside of London. ...

Grosvenor Hall - Kingswood
Kingswood
Kingswood
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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
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Dearne Valley, set in the stunning surroundings of the former Earth Centre is South Yorkshire offers a unique blend of nature and adventurous activities. ...

Dearne Valley - Kingswood

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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