School trips in Somerset (and Bristol!)

The South West

With all schools very keen to broaden and enhance the learning opportunities and the social experience of their pupils, school study trips are high on the agenda. If your school is located in or near the South West of England, Somerset is a county well worth a visit.

With an extensive coastline to the north, and a large grassland interior, known as the Somerset Levels, this county is distinctly rural with a good helping of maritime. But for the sake of this article we are controversially featuring a couple of trips located in the urban centre of Bristol. We know that Bristol is not technically Somerset, but if you are in or near this county, then the short hop to the city may be well worth it, as we will discuss below.

While science, geography and even art have all taken centre stage over the years - the birth of powered flight, the birth of the National Parks and more recently the world famous Glastonbury Festival, it is impossible to overlook the immense cultural history of Somerset, woven in layer after layer of demographic history, and ripe for study by modern day school children. From the early hunter gathers who left their flints, through the Iron Age settlers and Roman invaders, to the Norman conquest and later civil war. Museums and exhibition centres provide a wide variety of study options.

Geographically speaking, the county of Somerset can be seen the northern part of the region known as the South West of England. Sitting to the south of the Severn Estury, Somerset is the gateway to Devon and Cornwall, and the South West Peninsula. County towns include Yeovil and Taunton to the south, Bridgwater in the centre and Weston-super-Mare to the north.

Please click the following link for our full list of visit options in the South West of England.


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Outposts Residential Camp Somerset



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.

EXPERIENCE Outposts have been operating residential camps on their farm site on the Quantock Hills in Somerset for schools from across the UK for over 20 years. LOCATION Just 6 miles from J24 of the M5, the Bush Camp feels like a world away from the confines of the school classroom, lending an air of excitement and adventure to an authentic outdoors & back-to-nature experience. ACCOMMODATION We have 5 brand new wooden lodges; each can sleep up to 16 in 2 or 3 bedrooms bunkhouse style. They are fully heated with toilets and hot showers. We will still offer tented accommodation for those who embrace that style of experience in our Orchard Campsite. FACILITIES - Picnic tables - A big 'braai' (large campfire circle with benches & BBQ) - Large undercover shelter 'Bush...

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Filter Somerset Trips & Workshops


Somerset
English, History, Medieval


Book a free school trip to Farleigh Hungerford Castle, and explore the ruins, the chapel and the burial vault to learn about the history of the site and the people who lived there. Enhance your learning with a hands-on workshop led by site experts. ...

Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Educational Workshops
Educational Workshops
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Somerset
Science, Biology, Wildlife


We offer a comprehensive range of workshops, all delivered with a hands-on focus which offer the opportunity to meet exciting live animals up close! ...

Educational Workshops
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Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
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Somerset
Science, Biology, Farm, Wildlife


A trip to Somerset's Home of the Big Zoo Animals is fun, educational and memorable. With over 100 animal species (from chickens to elephants!) we’re an amazing location for your next trip. ...

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
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Somerset
Citizenship, History, PSHE, Victorian, SEN


Students have the opportunity to visit a real prison which was fully operational until 2013. Our guides will paint a picture of life in prison from Victorian times to the present day. We bring history and crime & punishment alive ...

Shepton Mallet Prison



Somerset
Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft


FSC Nettlecombe Court has excellent access to the Somerset coast as well as Exmoor National Park and The Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages. ...

FSC Nettlecombe Court

Somerset
Environmental Geography, Accommodation Only


Situated in the very heart of Bath City Centre, YMCA Bath is in the middle of all major tourist attractions, including: the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Royal Crescent and Bath Rugby to name a few. We have a variety of rooms we can offer to your group. ...

YMCA Bath

Somerset
English, Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Art, Farm, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN


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

Somerset
Geography, Human Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Design Technology, Food, Physical Education, PSHE, Farm, Wildlife, SEN


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

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Workshops

Companies who can bring workshops into your school...

Zoo Outreach
Zoo Outreach
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Somerset & Various Regions
Science, Biology, Wildlife


If you can't make it to the zoo, then let us bring the zoo to you! ...

Zoo Outreach
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Somerset
Citizenship, Physical Education, PSHE, Food, Bushcraft


Learning about the Outdoors at our Outdoor Education centre makes Mill on the Brue a perfect environment to inspire people. With over 40 activities to choose in our river valley, we can tailor-make your programme to suit your groups needs. ...

Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre

Somerset
Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, SEN, Accommodation Only


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

Somerset
History, Religious Education, Medieval


Welcome to Glastonbury Abbesy, once the grandest and richest Abbey in England. A great Glastonbury experience awaits you here! ...

Glastonbury Abbey

Somerset
Science, History, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography


Explore Cheddar Gorge, a National Nature Reserve and world famous beauty spot where pupils can learn about its Ice Age creation, Stone Age occupation and Victorian exploration ...

Cheddar Gorge

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