Residential Trips for Schools

Outdoor pursuits activity centres

Residential outdoor education has numerous benefits for school children and young adults alike. Team bonding activities, individual skills development, confidence building outdoor pursuits, plus the experience of living together 24 hours a day, all combine to ensure each and every student will benefit from a residential activity school trip.

Away from home, perhaps for the first time, school residential trips form such an important part of growing up and are the perfect opportunity for a valuable learning experience. Make your school's annual residential as stress free as possible by getting help with risk assessments, lesson plans, free inspection visits and places for teachers.

Search residentials in South West, South East, East of England, The Midlands, North of England, Wales or Scotland. Save money by taking your trip outside peak times. Looking for Historical Residentials? Group Accommodation? Towards the bottom of this page you will find our complete guide to choosing and planning your primary or secondary school's next residential activity holiday.

Popular Residential Trip March 2019

UKSA
UKSA
UKSA
UKSA

UKSA enjoys a waterfront location in Cowes on the sunny Isle of Wight and is the perfect location for residential and non-residential watersports and team building for students from 8 years upwards. The wider benefits of participation in watersports are widely recognised and include inspiration, ...

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Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre

Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre

Midlands
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

YHA Eden Project

YHA Eden Project

South West
YHA Eden Project is the only onsite accommodation provider for the Eden Project, the most famous education attraction in Cornwall. Ideal for that magic combination of fun and learning, the Eden Project provides a breath-taking environment for pupils....
YHA Eden Project

Walesby Forest

Walesby Forest

East Midlands
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

In2action Whitemead Forest Park

In2action Whitemead Forest Park

South West
In2action are passionate about creating exceptional and unforgettable activities and adventure courses for young people, enabling your pupils to learn outside the classroom. ...
In2action Whitemead Forest Park


Weardale Adventure Centre

Weardale Adventure Centre


Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
North
We provide high quality outdoor activity programmes, teaching children values and skills that will last a lifetime. We tailor our programmes and activities to your requirements whether residential or day visitors. ...
Weardale Adventure Centre

Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains

South West
The most flexible camping residential you will find! You will have EXCLUSIVE use of our beautiful site next to Bristol and Bath where we offer alternative activites including fishing, orienteering, outdoor cooking, bushcraft and hiking. ...
Moving Mountains

JCA - Condover Hall

JCA - Condover Hall

Midlands
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

Ravensbourne Group Accommodation House

Ravensbourne Group Accommodation House

London & South East
Ravensbourne Group Accommodation House has 11 en-suite bedrooms, semi commercial kitchen and dining room, private garden and drive, wi-fi throughout. Unique space in London for groups, schools and colleges. ...
Ravensbourne Group Accommodation House


School Camps with The Outdoors People

School Camps with The Outdoors People

Prices from just £34 per child!
All UK Regions
Outstanding, accredited school camps, qualified instructors, great learning outcomes, an amazing camp, and an unforgettable experience. All brought to the grounds of your school! ...
School Camps with The Outdoors People

Conway Centres Burwardsley

Conway Centres Burwardsley

North
Located in the picturesque village of Burwardsley our centre offers opportunities unique to it's location. The surrounding countryside provides further possibilities for historical and environmental studies. ...
Conway Centres Burwardsley

Forest of Dean – Waddow Hall

Forest of Dean – Waddow Hall

North
Come and experience a School Adventure with a real difference. A level of service we feel you will struggle to beat. From your first enquiry right through to getting back to School and beyond. Our Adventures really do have the 'Atlas Difference' ...
Forest of Dean – Waddow Hall

Prehistory Residential Trips

Prehistory Residential Trips

London & South East
Immerse your pupils in Prehistory as you journey from Neolithic Hunter Gatherers to Iron Age Warriors and experience the thrill of sleeping in roundhouses at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest reconstructed Iron Age settlement. ...
Prehistory Residential Trips


Belchamps Scout Activity Centre

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre

East of England
Belchamps is set in 30 acres of fields and woodland in the Essex countryside. We have a large range of exciting activities for all ages, and five indoor accommodation dorms to choose from to make the perfect residential or day visit for your class. ...
Belchamps Scout Activity Centre

Scout Adventures - Wales

Scout Adventures - Wales

Wales
Scout Adventures helps young people learn the character skills they need to succeed - leadership, teamwork, resilience and initiative. With our expertise in informal, outdoor learning we have encouraged and inspired generations. ...
Scout Adventures - Wales

Outback 2 Basics

Outback 2 Basics

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
All UK Regions
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

Prehistory Explorer

Prehistory Explorer

London & South East
Step back into Ancient Britain at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest reconstructed Iron Age settlement near Hertford. With a host of themed Prehistory educational visits from Stone Age to Iron Age, your class will be immersed in ancient Britain....
Prehistory Explorer


New Forest - Foxlease

New Forest - Foxlease

London & South East
Come and experience a School Adventure with a real difference. A level of service we feel you will struggle to beat. From your first enquiry right through to getting back to School and beyond. Our Adventures really do have the 'Atlas Difference'...
New Forest - Foxlease

Snowdonia Adventure

Snowdonia Adventure

From £229
Wales
Experience exceptional school adventure trips in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. If you're looking for an affordable, action-packed school activity trip, look no further! We can create a bespoke programme designed for the ultimate fun. ...
Snowdonia Adventure

Encompass Training

Encompass Training

South West
Set in the heart of rural north Devon, Encompass Training is a historic grade 1 listed manor house. Encompass Training focuses on providing quality outdoor education experiences with sole occupancy. ...
Encompass Training

The Gordon Brown Centre

The Gordon Brown Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
The GBC located of junction 5 of the M3 in the historic village of Rotherwick, providing residential and day visit opportunities for schools within its 25 acres set in a conservation area and benefit from a wealth of natural charms. ...
The Gordon Brown Centre


Cornwall School Tours

Cornwall School Tours

South West
Music, art, scenery, food and world-leading engineering, Cornwall is home to points of interest that are certain to have you returning again and again. ...
Cornwall School Tours

Arvon – Totleigh Barton, Devon

Arvon – Totleigh Barton, Devon

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
South West
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 – Totleigh Barton, Devon

Anglesey Outdoors

Anglesey Outdoors

Check with us for any last minute trips for our current availability!
Wales
Set in a prime location, Anglesey Outdoors is the ideal venue for real outdoor adventure, field studies or simply a place to set up base. Bespoke residentials provided by dedicated professional staff. ...
Anglesey Outdoors

Marwell Activity Centre

Marwell Activity Centre

Prices start at £132.50 per person
London & South East
Marwell Activity Centre specialises in providing great value, exciting and adventurous residential experiences and day trips. With a package that includes flexible accommodation options and a wide range of fun and challenging activities. ...
Marwell Activity Centre


Cornwall Art

Cornwall Art

South West
Take your students to a world-class artists region, home of the Tate, Barbara Hepworth and incredible landscapes shed in natural light - this is Cornwall. ...
Cornwall Art

Bell Heath

Bell Heath

Midlands
New for 2018: Bell Heath Outdoor Elements has reopened following a £1m investment by the Malvern Hills Outdoor Company. This wonderful facility with it's adrenalin-fuelled activities sleeps 78 people and is just 20 minutes from Birmingham city centr...
Bell Heath

The Sustainability Centre Residentials

The Sustainability Centre Residentials

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
The Sustainability Centre offers residential trips, day visits, forest school, farm visits and alternative education within our stunning 55 acre woodland with access to beautiful countryside in the South Downs National Park. ...
The Sustainability Centre Residentials

Govilon Activity Centre

Govilon Activity Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★
Wales
Govilon Activity Centre For exhilarating, memorable experiences for your school with exciting activities in the great outdoors. These valuable and enjoyable experiences learnt when we are young often stay with us for life. ...
Govilon Activity Centre


Walton Firs Activity Centre

Walton Firs Activity Centre

London & South East
Walton Firs Activity Centre is perfectly located in 36 acres of beautiful Surrey woodland, yet inside the M25 making it both a great venue for conducting on-site activities, and as a base for exploring London and the wider region. ...
Walton Firs Activity Centre

Real Adventure - Yorkshire Dales

Real Adventure - Yorkshire Dales

North
Outdoor education makes lasting impressions on young people that instill skills for life through building strong relationships with peers & leaders, increase confidence, self-awareness & motivation which enhances their learning & outlook on life. ...
Real Adventure - Yorkshire Dales

Arvon – The Hurst, Shropshire

Arvon – The Hurst, Shropshire

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Midlands
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

YHA London Thameside

YHA London Thameside

London & South East
A warm welcome awaits you at our purpose-built hostel, based in the docklands area of London. With a coach drop-off just outside the door getting here is easy. Inside you’ll find great social spaces, full meals service and places to study. ...
YHA London Thameside


Discovery Package

Discovery Package

All UK Regions
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

Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre

Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre

London & South East
Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre is located in the stunning New Forest National Park and offers an extensive range of site activities, all linked to the National Curriculum as well as various accommodation options for organised groups. ...
Avon Tyrell - The ukyouth Outdoor Activity Centre

Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Oxfordshire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Oxfordshire

London & South East
Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn and practice the skills of their ancestors through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave the walls behind; join us in our 250 acre woodland where young minds will be inspired.....
Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Oxfordshire

ACUK Pioneer Centre

ACUK Pioneer Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Midlands
ACUK Pioneer Centre offers superb residential trips for schools, covering a huge range of different activities including, Abseiling, High Robes, Climbing, Zip Wire and much much more. ...
ACUK Pioneer Centre


Elemental UK

Elemental UK

South West
We run two Cornish adventure centres and offer a range of activities that bring you face to face with the elements. Our aim is to help you get the most from the coast by immersing yourself in the challenges and thrills of the natural world – al...
Elemental UK

Lockerbie Manor

Lockerbie Manor

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Scotland
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

Shenley Lane

Shenley Lane

London & South East
In2action are passionate about creating exceptional and unforgettable activities and adventure courses for young people, enabling your pupils to learn outside the classroom. ...
Shenley Lane

Arc Adventures

Arc Adventures

Wales
Real Locations, Real Activities, Real Experience - forged from myths and legends. We do things a bit differently at Arc Adventures, all our residential trips follow a storyline so your young people can really immerse themselves in an adventure. ...
Arc Adventures


Conway Centres Oaklands

Conway Centres Oaklands

Wales
We offer High Quality Outdoor Education in a residential setting in The Snowdonia National Park. Our activities are adventurous, and challenging and support the curriculum you deliver in school. Experience it for Real at Oaklands, bespoke adventure...
Conway Centres Oaklands

YMCA Winchester House

YMCA Winchester House

London & South East
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

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

Prices from £89 for 3 days/2 nights
Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
East of England
We are an independent centre in beautiful North Norfolk, run by qualified teachers and experienced instructors. We offer an exciting range of curriculum linked outdoor activities to a loyal following of schools - one on their 27th visit in 2018!...
Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre

Prices from £71.50 pp
North
Situated within the stunning surroundings of Crosby Coastal Park , Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre's team of dedicated fully qualified staff are able to deliver a wide range of outdoor adventurous activities to both residential and day visit clients...
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre


Conway Centres Anglesey

Conway Centres Anglesey

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Wales
With direct access to the Menai Strait the venue offers both challenging Outdoor Activities & Creative/Performing Arts opportunities. Set in 169 acres there are an extensive range of on-site activities that last 3hrs so are as productive as possible....
Conway Centres Anglesey

Ufton Court

Ufton Court

London & South East
Grade 1 Elizabethan Manor House set within 16 acres of historical grounds and woodland. Specialist teachers offer living history topics on Romans, Vikings, Tudors and much much more. We also do bushcraft activities too. ...
Ufton Court

The Island Classroom

The Island Classroom

London & South East
Do you like the idea of teaching your curriculum while your students minds are wide open? When better for them to learn than during the fun of your school trip? We are the Island Classroom, where you can combine fun with education in a unique way. ...
The Island Classroom

YHA Cardiff Central

YHA Cardiff Central

Wales
YHA Cardiff Central has a 5-star rating and everything you need to explore the vibrant Welsh capital. This former hotel is packed with mod cons and has excellent facilities for school trips and groups. ...
YHA Cardiff Central


Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

South West
Based in picturesque Christchurch Harbour, a SSSI nature reserve. This college-owned centre offers bespoke trips for Outdoor Adventurous Activities and Field Studies. We use highly qualified instructors and are fully accredited by ALLA, LOTC & RYA....
Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Pro-Active Adventure Conwy

Pro-Active Adventure Conwy

Wales
Our activity centre is just outside the medieval walled town of Conwy. A great location with beaches, activity locations and sites of special interest close by. Full activity programmes specifically designed to meet your needs. ...
Pro-Active Adventure Conwy

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

3 days from £155
All UK Regions
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

Malvern Hills

Malvern Hills

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


Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre

Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre

Midlands
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 Stratford

YHA Stratford

Midlands
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

Craggan Outdoors

Craggan Outdoors

Up to 25% off
Scotland
'Best Outdoor Activity & Learning Centre - Moray', Scottish Enterprise Awards 2018. 'Best Outdoor Venue' finalist, Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016, '17 & '18. TripAdvisor 94% rated. AALA-licensed, & Learning Outside the Classroom accredited. ...
Craggan Outdoors

Edinburgh City Tour

Edinburgh City Tour

Scotland
Edinburgh is a city of beautiful contrasts. The ancient castle perched atop its volcanic crag, the mishmash of medieval tenements towering over the Royal Mile, and the New Town's neoclassical grandeur are all out to impress, but they're just the star...
Edinburgh City Tour


The Iron Age Experience

The Iron Age Experience

North
Visit our replica Iron Age round house & archaeological dig to learn more about the culture, art and farming from the Iron Age. Pupils will be fully immersed in the era & experience hands on activities and journeys into the ancient hillfort landscape...
The Iron Age Experience

YHA Okehampton Activity Centres

YHA Okehampton Activity Centres

25% off Full Activity Residentials: Price from £52.35 per day
South West
Grab an adventure on Dartmoor, building confidence and developing new skills at Adventure Okehampton's award winning, friendly centres in Devon. Part of YHA, we offer bespoke school residentials for all group sizes customised to your needs. ...
YHA Okehampton Activity Centres

ACUK Whitemoor Lakes

ACUK Whitemoor Lakes

Midlands
Whitemoor Lakes is the perfect outdoor activity centre for adventurous school residential trips. Covering 25 acres of grassland, purpose built activity equipment and a 40 acre lake so there\'s plenty of space for adventures with fabulous hospitality....
ACUK Whitemoor Lakes

Hindleap Warren

Hindleap Warren

London & South East
Set in 300 acres of private woodland in the Ashdown Forest, Hindleap offers a wide range outdoor adventurous activities, including; high ropes courses, bushcraft, canoeing & kayaking, rock climbing, obstacle course and team building challenges. ...
Hindleap Warren


Countryside Education Trust

Countryside Education Trust

London & South East
We are based on a farm, by a river, in a forest, near the sea! Lots of wonderful activities are available from bushcraft to looking after our farm animals to visiting historic sites. Oh, and children rate our food 5/5! ...
Countryside Education Trust

School residentials on the beautiful Isle of Wight

School residentials on the beautiful Isle of Wight

London & South East
We offer a 100% BESPOKE residential to the Isle of Wight for schools. This can include transport, accommodation, activities, risk assessments and so much more, allowing you to save time and money. Leave the work to us so you can focus on teaching! ...
School residentials on the beautiful Isle of Wight

Abernant Lake

Abernant Lake

Wales
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

Allnatt Swanage

Allnatt Swanage

South West
Quality Outdoor Learning Experiences. We are specialists in field work and outdoor adventurous activities in harmony with the Seashore, Coast & Woodlands. ...
Allnatt Swanage


York City Overnight Trip

York City Overnight Trip

North
Home to the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and generations of scholars. Count the towers and gateways along the city walls, stroll through the Shambles and discover eight hundred years' of stained glass at the towering Minster. This lovely medieval ci...
York City Overnight Trip

Magdalen Farm

Magdalen Farm

10% discount on School residentials (November to Feb 1/2 Term)
South West
Set on a working organic farm Magdalen provides a unqiue base for students, children and adults to explore the great outdoors. A range of tutor led activities are tailored to you and we provide high quality accommodation with homecooked meals. ...
Magdalen Farm

In2Action Grittleton House

In2Action Grittleton House

South West
At In2action we aim to provide your pupils with unique top quality adventure and activity courses, with safety as our highest priority and with an emphasis on enjoyment, education, and self-development. ...
In2Action Grittleton House

LTC Eastbourne

LTC Eastbourne

London & South East
LTC Eastbourne is a residential centre located in a former home of the Dukes of Devonshire, a Grade 1 listed building in a 10-hectare private park just 15 minutes' walk from the centre of Eastbourne. ...
LTC Eastbourne


Mount Cook

Mount Cook

East Midlands
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

Medina Valley Centre

Medina Valley Centre

London & South East
The Medina Valley Centre nestles on the banks of the River Medina, at the heart of the beautiful Isle of Wight. Our field study staff are experienced Geography and Biology teachers who love to teach in the Great Outdoors. ...
Medina Valley Centre

Culmington Manor

Culmington Manor

Midlands
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

Allnatt Isle of Wight

Allnatt Isle of Wight

London & South East
With our wide variety of activities and action packed courses we can provide quality outdoor learning experiences for all. Our Key Stage range is designed to challenge and stimulate every age group. ...
Allnatt Isle of Wight


YHA Edale

YHA Edale

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
East Midlands
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

Cardiff City Sleepover

Cardiff City Sleepover

Wales
Located in the heart of Cardiff Bay and under the iconic roof of Wales Millennium Centre, we provide tailor-made stays for groups in order to ensure that your stay in the Welsh capital is jam-packed full of outdoor and indoor adventure. ...
Cardiff City Sleepover

Tŷ Borfa, Port Eynon

Tŷ Borfa, Port Eynon

Wales
Come and stay in Gower, the first place in Britain to be named an "Area of outstanding Natural Beauty". Our beach front accommodation is the perfect place for your pupils to make some amazing memories they will never forget ...
Tŷ Borfa, Port Eynon

Edgmond Hall

Edgmond Hall

Prices from £140pp for 2 nights / 3 days, and £265pp for 4 nights / 5 days
Midlands
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


Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

East Midlands
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

JCA - Mill Rythe

JCA - Mill Rythe

London & South East
Mill Rythe in Hampshire is our island centre and offers a wide range of adventurous outdoor and indoor activities in line with the national curriculum. ...
JCA - Mill Rythe

Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

£110 | 3 Days - 2 Nights | 8 Activities | 6 Meals |
London & South East
Green Park, part of The Adventure Learning Charity, has over 80 acres of beautiful Chilterns countryside filled with outdoor adventure activities. With residential blocks, lodges and camping and 18 activities every day can be an adventure. ...
Green Park Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

International Baccalaureate Diploma

International Baccalaureate Diploma

3 days from £155
All UK Regions
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


Stratford Overnight School Tour

Stratford Overnight School Tour

Midlands
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

Hostelling Scotland

Hostelling Scotland

Scotland
At Hostelling Scotland we want to support young people to discover Scotland and have a wide range of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. ...
Hostelling Scotland

Skern Lodge

Skern Lodge

South West
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

Hemsby Beach

Hemsby Beach

East of England
At In2action we aim to provide your pupils with unique top-quality adventure and activity courses, with safety as our highest priority and with an emphasis on enjoyment, education, and self-development. ...
Hemsby Beach


Conway Centres Delamere

Conway Centres Delamere

North
Situated in a magical and inspiring forest environment our popular Delamere centre is a fantastic venue for woodland based activities, whether they be of an outdoor an adventurous, Arts or field studies nature. ...
Conway Centres Delamere

Letton Hall

Letton Hall

East of England
Looking for the ideal base for your school residential in Norfolk? Look no further than Letton Hall - Sir John Soane's Norfolk masterpiece! Comfortable and flexible accommodation set in 10 acres of country gardens and woodland... ...
Letton Hall

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre

East Midlands
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

Hesley Wood

Hesley Wood

North
Hesley Wood, set in beautiful surroundings awaits you to have an adventure! ...
Hesley Wood


Countryside Education Trust - Field Studies

Countryside Education Trust - Field Studies

London & South East
We are based on a farm, in a forest, by a river and near the sea, so the array of habitats is vast! We have residential accommodation at our farm and wonderful treehouse classrooms based in ancient mixed woodland nearby. ...
Countryside Education Trust - Field Studies

Field Studies Council - Scotland

Field Studies Council - Scotland

3 days from £155
Scotland
Two fantastic locations in Scotland offering Curriculum for Excellence linked fieldwork for all ages. Inspire your students at either Kindrogan, Perthshire, by the stunning Scottish Highlands, or Millport on the shores of the Isle of Cumbrae. ...
Field Studies Council - Scotland

Scout Adventures - South West

Scout Adventures - South West

10% off Woodhouse Park lodges
South West
Scout Adventures helps young people learn the character skills they need to succeed - leadership, teamwork, resilience and initiative. With our expertise in informal, outdoor learning we have encouraged and inspired generations. ...
Scout Adventures - South West

Outposts Residential Camp Somerset

Outposts Residential Camp Somerset

South West
Outposts' offers couples a beautiful secluded location in an AONB which provides a safe environment for free range children with the very best of learning outside the classroom. Bush craft, adventurous activities, team and leadership development. ...
Outposts Residential Camp Somerset


Woodrow High House

Woodrow High House

£85 per child (free teacher places) for a 2-night residential
London & South East
At Woodrow, we’re keen to put your needs at the centre of everything we do. We'll work with you to develop a bespoke activity programme focused on core skill-development and learning, whilst always having fun. Join us and explore the great outdoors...
Woodrow High House

Conway Centres Beeston

Conway Centres Beeston

North
Situated less than a mile from Beeston Castle and within very private grounds this cosy and familiar centre lends itself to being used by primary groups. It offers opportunities for a variety of studies within the immediate environment. ...
Conway Centres Beeston

Conway Centres Tattenhall

Conway Centres Tattenhall

North
Located in the beautiful village of Tattenhall just 7 miles from Chester the centre offers a peaceful haven and a base for wide range of Outdoor Activities and the Arts. It's proximity to many schools makes it ideal for day courses too. ...
Conway Centres Tattenhall

London Tour

London Tour

London & South East
London – the ultimate city break offering every conceivable educational experience for all age groups. As Samuel Johnson said “No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." ...
London Tour


YMCA Fairthorne Manor

YMCA Fairthorne Manor

London & South East
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 85 acres of Hampshire countryside, nestled beside the River Hamble....
YMCA Fairthorne Manor

Scout Adventures - London South East

Scout Adventures - London South East

10% off Downe lodges
London & South East
Scout Adventures helps young people learn the character skills they need to succeed - leadership, teamwork, resilience and initiative. With our expertise in informal, outdoor learning we have encouraged and inspired generations. ...
Scout Adventures - London South East

Galloway Activity Centre

Galloway Activity Centre

Low season prices from £99pp+vat
Scotland
We’re a friendly family run outdoor activity centre that’s been operating since 1988 and caters to a wide range of children’s groups all year round. From the smallest group sizes to over 100 and from day trips to week long residential holidays....
Galloway Activity Centre

Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Leicestershire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Leicestershire

East Midlands
Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn and practice ancestral skills through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave walls behind; join us in our private woodland at Belvoir Castle where young minds will be inspired.....
Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Leicestershire


Habitat Study Trips

Habitat Study Trips

London & South East
Enjoy a curriculum linked day of hands -on habitat study with surveys of pond, woodland,rare chalk grassland and meadow. Use sweep nets and pond nets, observe creatures under magnification and discover and identify predator and prey in a food chain. ...
Habitat Study Trips

Overnight Living History

Overnight Living History

London & South East
Take over The Golden Hinde for a whole night where your group will transform in to the crew of our ship setting sail on a voyage of adventure and piracy. ...
Overnight Living History

Scout Adventures - North England

Scout Adventures - North England

10% off Hawkhirst lodges
Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
North
Scout Adventures helps young people learn the character skills they need to succeed - leadership, teamwork, resilience and initiative. With our expertise in informal, outdoor learning we have encouraged and inspired generations. ...
Scout Adventures - North England

UKSA

UKSA

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
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


Outdoor Military Experiences

Outdoor Military Experiences

London & South East
Engage & develop your students with a unique outdoor experience over one or more days that introduces them to military ethos and values. They'll be guided by experienced instructors who'll blend education with inspiration, challenge and fun! ...
Outdoor Military Experiences

Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

£110 | 3 Days - 2 Nights | 8 Activities | 6 Meals |
London & South East
Outdoor Activity Centre in a beautiful Thameside location offering a complete range of land and water activities with a selection of flexible dining and accommodation solutions and its own Swallows and Amazons island in the Thames. ...
Longridge Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Field Studies Council - London South East

Field Studies Council - London South East

3 days from £155
Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
Five fantastic locations in the South East offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The choice of day and residential centres include a huge range of excellent urban and rural field sites from Box Hill to Bushy Park. ...
Field Studies Council - London South East

First Hand Experiences

First Hand Experiences

5 day stay £245 or £49 per day
Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
Enrich your students daily curriculum through this wonderfully creative and holistic approach. Inspired by their outdoor explorations students are guided by our passionate team to create & celebrate through whole food adventures and creative arts. ...
First Hand Experiences


Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

From £55pp for an overnight stay
South West
Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre specializes in offering fun packed, mixed programs of outdoor and environmental courses aimed at giving pupils a taster of challenging, exciting and interesting activities that will shape their future memories. ...
Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

4th Dimension

4th Dimension

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
4th Dimension is an outdoor activities specialist with more than 25 years experience and a wide range of exciting activities are available at our Sussex centre. Your safety is of prime concern and our experienced staff are there to take care of you. ...
4th Dimension

Bramhope Scout Centre

Bramhope Scout Centre

North
Bramhope Scout Campsite is set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales less than 10 miles from Leeds City Centre. Set in 13.5 acres Bramhope Campsite offers a variety of accommodation and activities for all ages, abilities and different sized groups. ...
Bramhope Scout Centre

Beaudesert Activity Centre

Beaudesert Activity Centre

Midlands
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


Oaker Wood Leisure

Oaker Wood Leisure

Prices from £50 per child per day
Midlands
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

Field Studies Council - South West

Field Studies Council - South West

3 days from £155
South West
A choice of locations in Devon and Somerset offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. Slapton Ley and Start Bay close to the beach in south Devon and Nettlecombe Court in beautiful countryside surroundings near Exmoor. ...
Field Studies Council - South West

Naturesbase

Naturesbase

From £45pppn + VAT
Wales
Wilderness Adventures, stunning farm location, only one school staying at a time, field studies, bush craft, farming, bat detecting, crab fishing,stone age day, beautiful accommodation, home cooked meals, lovely caring setting, experienced staff team...
Naturesbase

Field Studies Council - East Anglia

Field Studies Council - East Anglia

3 days from £155
Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
East of England
Flatford Mill in Suffolk offers fieldwork for all ages from its fascinating, historic location. Day and residential trips available at this Field Studies Council location. ...
Field Studies Council - East Anglia


YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

North East
Brand new for 2017 – this state-of-the-art hostel is an exciting £14.8 million initiative created in partnership with the Northumberland National Park Authority. It is the ideal base for exploring the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site. ...
YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall

Lake District Calvert Trust

Lake District Calvert Trust

North
With visitors from across the country and beyond, we cater for all disabilities; from those with mild learning difficulties but who are fully ambulant, to those with profound and complex conditions for which most outdoor centres cannot cater. ...
Lake District Calvert Trust

Field Studies Council - North of England

Field Studies Council - North of England

3 days from £155
North
3 fantastic locations across the Lake District and Yorkshire offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. Discover the mountain scenery of Blencathra, adventurous grounds of Castle Head or lakeside location of Malham Tarn. ...
Field Studies Council - North of England

Bentley Copse Activity Centre

Bentley Copse Activity Centre

London & South East
Primary and Secondary schools as well as Colleges and Special Groups choose Bentley Copse year on year for our excellent residential adventure activity programmes. ...
Bentley Copse Activity Centre


YHA York

YHA York

North
Ideal for history lovers, this super-equipped hostel offers the ideal base for school trips in the fabulous city of York. ...
YHA York

Camp Hill

Camp Hill

North
Set in over 300 acres of open parkland & woods, yet only 1 mile from the A1, the Camp Hill Estate have over 20 years experience in delivering outdoor activities and residential stays for children of all ages and abilities. ...
Camp Hill

Arvon – Lumb Bank, Yorkshire

Arvon – Lumb Bank, Yorkshire

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
North
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 – Lumb Bank, Yorkshire

Grittleton Manor House

Grittleton Manor House

£40 per night fully catered
South West
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


Real Adventure - Lake District

Real Adventure - Lake District

North
Outdoor education makes lasting impressions on young people that instill skills for life through building strong relationships with peers & leaders, increase confidence, self-awareness & motivation which enhances their learning & outlook on life. ...
Real Adventure - Lake District

Whitlingham Adventure

Whitlingham Adventure

East of England
Whitlingham Adventure is set within Whitlingham Country Park, just on the outskirts of Norwich, offering bespoke, high quality trips in a complete range of water and land activities to children, young people and the wider community. ...
Whitlingham Adventure

Field Studies Council - Wales

Field Studies Council - Wales

3 days from £155
Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Wales
4 fantastic locations across North and South Wales offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. Discover the mountain scenery of Rhyd-y-creuau, gorgeous coastlines of Dale Fort and Orielton or wonderful parkland surrounding Margam...
Field Studies Council - Wales

Field Studies Council - Midlands

Field Studies Council - Midlands

3 days from £155
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


Sayers Croft

Sayers Croft

Prices from £58 for 2 nights, £109 for 4 nights
Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
Sayers Croft is nestled at the foot of the Surrey Hills and provides outdoor experiences for 27,000 visitors each year for all ages and abilities through our bespoke residential and day visits, Duke of Edinburgh programme and family run events. ...
Sayers Croft

Knapp House Activity Centre

Knapp House Activity Centre

South West
We are a privately run centre and offer a very personal experience. Our activities are set up to encourage communication, cooperation and develop trust within the group and also raise the confidence of individual children. ...
Knapp House Activity Centre

Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

£78 | 1 Night - 2 Days | Wild Winter Residential
London & South East
Shortenills Environmental Centre offers a dynamic and creative approach to learning in a diverse and beautiful setting. Well equipped classrooms, dining area and dormitories with new programmes for a day visit or residential of great learning. ...
Shortenills Village - The Adventure Learning Charity

Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre

Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre

Wales
Plas Gwynant is an amazing setting in its own parkland at the foot of Mount Snowdon in North Wales, and offers high qualilty outdoor learning amongst the mountains, rivers and lakes of the Snowdonia National Park. Sole occupancy is available. ...
Plas Gwynant Outdoor Education Centre


Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust

Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust

East of England
Your next adventure starts here! Based on a converted lightvessel moored on the Essex coast, FACT provide unique residential experiences through outdoor adventure activities in this stunning saltmarsh setting. ...
Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust

Adur Outdoor Activity Centre

Adur Outdoor Activity Centre

London & South East
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 astounding value! ...
Adur Outdoor Activity Centre

Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre

Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre

East of England
Based on the North Norfolk coast, Holt Hall provides a residential experience for up to 70 students and 8 staff on a private estate of 75 acres of woodland and gardens. It provides opportunities to learn outside the classroom and develop new skills. ...
Holt Hall Environmental & Outdoor Learning Centre

Multi-Activity Package

Multi-Activity Package

All UK Regions
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


Norfolk Lakes Activity Centre

Norfolk Lakes Activity Centre

East of England
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

Tŷ Rhossili, Rhossili Bay

Tŷ Rhossili, Rhossili Bay

Wales
Come and stay in Gower, the first place in Britain to be named an "Area of outstanding Natural Beauty". Our coastal accommodation is the perfect place for your pupils to make some amazing memories they will never forget ...
Tŷ Rhossili, Rhossili Bay

St Davids Bunk Barns

St Davids Bunk Barns

Wales
St Davids Bunk Barns is a family run business just outside of St Davids itself. Rob and Christine manage everything to an incredibly high standard. You will receive the high level of excellent service that you find in owner operated businesses. ...
St Davids Bunk Barns

The Kepplewray Centre - The Lake District

The Kepplewray Centre - The Lake District

North
Kepplewray is a residential Outdoor Activity centre set in the Lake District National Park which offers a very wide range of outdoor activities for schools. All are designed to overcome fears, build confidence improve team-working as well as learning...
The Kepplewray Centre - The Lake District

Primary School Groups

For many primary school children, the school residential may be their first time away from home. For such an important life experience, finding an activity centre that will give your pupils a challenging but safe experience is vital. Primary aged children will benefit most from lots of new activities and experiences, allowing them to grow in confidence and learn some new skills. A good residential activity centre will employ instructors who have the ability to work with primary school groups to make each activity session valuable for every child.


Secondary School Groups

Secondary school groups will have slightly different learning objectives when it comes to a residential activity holiday. Teachers may be looking to cement relationships within a new year group by allowing students to work together in teams, or the trip may be an opportunity to give soon to be school leavers some key skills before they enter the work place. Whatever the objective, a secondary school residential is a good way to mix curriculum linked learning with outdoor fun and adventure.


Residential Field Studies

If your school group are looking for an environmental field studies based residential trip then we can help with that too! We have a great choice of teacher led, accommodation only centres, as well as those that specialise in multi day fieldwork trips for all key stages of the curriculum. For geography or science based residential study trips, take a look at the following page: Field Studies



How to Choose a Residential Centre

Local authority managed Outdoor Education Centres have been providing outdoor learning experiences for school children since the 1950s. In recent years the number of council run centres has been in steep decline, as public spending is slashed and service provision is shifted to the private sector. Thankfully for schools wishing to book a residential activity week, there are still plenty of specialist centres available to offer adventurous activities to your students. With so many residential activity options for teachers to choose from, how do you choose between them and what is most important?

residential costCost - for the majority of schools who ask us to help them find a good residential activity centre, cost is a one of, and in many cases, the single most important factors. Schools cannot afford to pay the full cost of the trip, so will ask parents for a voluntary contribution. Clearly the lower the cost of the trip, the more children will be able to attend. Getting quotes from a number of activity centres is something every school should do. You can also look at additional sources of funding too. Think about how far ahead you book your trip - lots of schools leave organising their residential until the last minute. This can work in their favour if they are looking at off-peak times of the year, which centres are starting to offer discounted late availability, but for popular weeks, booking early is recommended if you want to get the best prices. While cost is important, we don't think it should always be the deciding factor.

residential safetySafety - safety is important for every year group. A well run, professional residential centre will have a number of industry standard badges, awards or certificates to show that their management practices, staff and safety procedures are up to scratch. Some examples of these include the LOtC, AALA, and Adventure Mark. The instructors will be responsible for the children's safety, though most activities will include tuition so that students can take some responsibility themselves.

residential planningPlanning - organising your school residential holiday involves a fair bit of planning, but most activity centres know how to make the job easier by providing help in the form of kit lists, meal request sheets, and travel arrangements. General advice is to give yourself as much time as possible when booking your school residential, if nothing else it means the more popular venues are less likely to be already booked up for your preferred week.

residential inspectionInspection - An inspection visit will allow you to see the facilities on offer and make it much easier to judge whether the centre is a good fit for your school. Brochures and websites can give a good indication, but seeing first hand is always preferable if you can spare the time. While you are visiting, make sure you take a list of prepared questions that cover any issues or concerns you may have.

residential learning outcomesOutcomes - Learning outcomes is one of the biggest buzz words when it comes to school trips. Enjoyment of the experience itself is great, but ideally you want to be able to demonstrate that your students will benefit from participation, teamwork, physical and competitive achievements, learning new skills, and a whole host of other key benefits.


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