Seasonal Outdoor Education

Low Season & Off Peak Savings

Do you always take your school residential trip late in the summer term? There may be good reasons for doing so, but if you are able to look at other times during the year, you'll have a wider choice of venues and the cost of your trip is likely to be significantly lower. The venues below are just a sample of the types of savings you can make on your outdoor education residential. Use the purple form below to let us know about your trip and we'll help you get the best prices.


Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


New Forest - Foxlease

New Forest - Foxlease


Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity



Field Studies Council - London South East

Field Studies Council - London South East


Scout Adventures - South West

Scout Adventures - South West


Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


Scout Adventures - North England

Scout Adventures - North England



Scout Adventures - London South East

Scout Adventures - London South East


New Forest - Foxlease

New Forest - Foxlease


International Baccalaureate Diploma

International Baccalaureate Diploma


Field Studies Council - East Anglia

Field Studies Council - East Anglia



First Hand Experiences

First Hand Experiences


Scout Adventures - London South East

Scout Adventures - London South East


Marwell Activity Centre

Marwell Activity Centre



Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


Field Studies Council - Wales

Field Studies Council - Wales


Scout Adventures - Wales

Scout Adventures - Wales


Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity



Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council


Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


School Camps with The Outdoors People

School Camps with The Outdoors People



Scout Adventures - North England

Scout Adventures - North England


Forest of Dean – Waddow Hall

Forest of Dean – Waddow Hall


Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre



Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


Scout Adventures - South West

Scout Adventures - South West


Scout Adventures - North England

Scout Adventures - North England



Craggan Outdoors

Craggan Outdoors


Scout Adventures - Wales

Scout Adventures - Wales


Field Studies Council - Midlands

Field Studies Council - Midlands


Field Studies Council - North of England

Field Studies Council - North of England



Scout Adventures - Wales

Scout Adventures - Wales


Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity



Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre


Grittleton Manor House

Grittleton Manor House


Scout Adventures - South West

Scout Adventures - South West


Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity



Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


Scout Adventures - North England

Scout Adventures - North England



Scout Adventures - London South East

Scout Adventures - London South East


Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


Scout Adventures - London South East

Scout Adventures - London South East


Snowdonia Adventure

Snowdonia Adventure



Snowdonia Adventure

Snowdonia Adventure


Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity



Field Studies Council - South West

Field Studies Council - South West


Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre


Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity



Scout Adventures - South West

Scout Adventures - South West


Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity


Field Studies Council - Scotland

Field Studies Council - Scotland



Forest of Dean – Waddow Hall

Forest of Dean – Waddow Hall


Scout Adventures - Wales

Scout Adventures - Wales


Galloway Activity Centre

Galloway Activity Centre


Outdoor education forms and important part of school life for the majority of pupils, with most school age children being given the opportunity to go on a residential school trip at least once during their primary and secondary education.

If we look at our own data from working with thousands of school over the past five years, the majority of schools take their Year 6 children on an outdoor pursuits trip or something similar. This is usually as a reward for the end of exams or a goodbye for their final year at Primary school. In Year 7 schools take pupils on a residential as a way of welcoming them to Secondary school.

The expected outcomes include through team building and bonding, and the development of social skills and confidence. The majority of these trips last for 5 days and run Monday to Friday. The final trend we'll mention is the time of year that these trips are taken. Primary schools overwhelmingly opt for the summer term following the SATs exams, while Secondary schools cluster around the first few weeks in September.

There are, however, plenty of schools who's circumstances do not fit this mould, and who are looking for something different from their outdoor educational experience.

Why do residential trips cluster in May, June, July and September?

We already mentioned SATs for Year 6, but this summer term exam period is also mirrored in secondary schools. While Year 7 children are not necessarily taking exams themselves, many schools take the opportunity to keep the rest of the school out of the way during the GCSE period and taking groups away on a residential trip during this time may kill two birds with one stone. Another factor is the weather; the summer months less likely to deposit wet and windy weather on you if you are camping in a field or at least spending most of the day outside doing activities.

Why should you consider other times of year?

Helping schools organise their outdoor education experiences, we are increasingly aware of how many schools are restricted in what they can offer their pupils because of funding. Whether the schools are unable to contribute to the cost because of cuts to budgets, or they are severely limited on how much they can expect parents to pay, prohibitive costs can prevent trips from taking place and is the main reason children are unable to take part in an outdoor education experience.

What some schools may not realise is how much the cost is affected by the time they are looking to travel. In the same way you will pay a lot more for your villa in the Algarve during August when the owner could let out the property many times over, if you get in early enough to book a week at a residential centre in early July, they price you will be asked for will be significantly more than if you were to try to book the same trip in April or October.

Being flexible with the dates of your outdoor education experience is a great way to bring down the average cost per pupil. We have included some examples of savings below, but ask us about any outdoor education trip and we'll help you get the best price for your group.

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