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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Oaker Wood Leisure
Oaker Wood Leisure
Oaker Wood Leisure

Oaker Wood Leisure
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 ev...Details & Enquire


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

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

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

Kingswood centres - The Midlands

Kingswood centres - The Midlands

There are three Kingswood residential adventure centres within easy reach of the Midlands – the original Kingswood Staffordshire centre; Peak Venture, with the beautiful Peak District on its doorstep and Dearne Valley, set in the former Earth Centr...
Kingswood centres - The Midlands


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

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

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

Lockerbie Manor

Lockerbie Manor

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
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


YMCA Winchester House

YMCA Winchester House

Flexible residential group accommodation in a stunning cliff-top location in Shanklin. The rich history & geology of the beautiful Isle of Wight make it the perfect venue for your educational school trip. Discounted ferry fares for our guests. ...
YMCA Winchester House

Woodrow High House

Woodrow High House

At Woodrow, we offer your school a bespoke programme of exciting activities, focusing 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

Grittleton Manor House

Grittleton Manor House

Grittleton Manor House is ideal 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

Stone Age School Trip

Stone Age School Trip

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


Kingswood - Northumberland

Kingswood - Northumberland

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. ...
Kingswood - Northumberland

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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