South West England Activity Centres

Enjoy a school residential in the South West of England

We can offer a range of trip types throughout the South West of England, from activity days to residential accommodation only. From multi activity and outdoor pursuits with professional instruction to watersports such as surfing or sailing. We also have a number of centres who specialise in environmental courses or other curriculum subjects. Please get in touch if you are looking for something specific!

On a visit to the South West of England, you are never far from the coast, and perhaps not surprising that among the many excellent residential activity centres we have chosen to feature on this page, a good number of them are at or near the seaside.

The region's oceanic climate, means mild winters, warm summers and a whole heap of rain. This allows activity centres to open and operate a much longer season than in more northern parts of the UK, where centres close for longer during the colder winters.

The types of activities and outdoor pursuits available in this region are many and varied, though it is fair to say that watersports are well catered for! With easy access to such a large extent of natural coastal environments, children enjoying school activity trips in Cornwall and Devon, Dorset or Somerset, are likely to get the opportunity to experience activities such as sailing, sea kayaking, coasteering, surfing and waterskiing.


Skern Lodge


Based on the edge of the Taw and Torridge Estuary, Skern Lodge is ideally located in a beautiful part of the country. With both Exmoor and Dartmoor not far away, Westward Ho! beach within walking distance and being one of the few centres that is based in an UNESCO biosphere. Programmes are designed with the perfect balance of on-site and off site activities that provide challenging and exciting opportunities to undertake a wide range of adventurous experiences. Learning and development is behind everything we do, both for our clients and staff. Pupils are enriched in a fun, supported environment that allows each individual to shine. Our clients return year after year, telling us it's because of the great customer care provided by the whole staff team throughout their stay that...

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Skern Lodge


Current Special Offers

Get more value during your school's activity centre holiday with special offers and deals from residential providers in South West England. All offers area available when applying through Plan My School Trip!

special offer icon KS3 offer of free staff places for Jun 29th - 3rd July 2020
St. George's House Christian Outdoor Centre

special offer icon 20% Low Season Discount
Magdalen Farm

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Braeside Residential

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Skern Lodge

special offer icon Half day sessions from £10 per child.
Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

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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 Tour
Outback 2 Basics
Outback 2 Basics
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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
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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


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




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


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


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

Allnatt Swanage


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


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


Over 110 years of experience, and 4000 groups annually means you can trust Scout Adventures with your School residential. With both indoor accommodation and tented village options, our instructors can deliver an experience built around you. ...

Scout Adventures Woodhouse Park
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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
The Manor House
The Manor House
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Our team are passionate about creating quality, memorable and exciting experiences and activities from our lovely Manor House near Padstow. We offer full-board accommodation and sole-occupancy for our groups, many of whom return year after year! ...

The Manor House
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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


Bespoke residential outdoor activity programmes on the stunning Jurassic coast comprising a unique set of adventure activities such as Coasteering, Mackerel Fishing, Dorset Waterpark and Bushcraft, delivered by our highly qualified instructors. ...

Cumulus Outdoors


Over 110 years of experience, and 4000 groups annually means you can trust Scout Adventures with your School residential. Accommodation is provided in our highly popular tented village and our instructors can deliver an experience built around you...

Scout Adventures Buddens
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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


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


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


High-quality Geography and Geology field studies for Key Stages 4 and 5 on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. ...

Geography and Geology Field Studies Dorset


Superb residential outdoor learning centre based on the edge of the Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire. Offering physical and educational programmes for young people tailored specifically to them in an idyllic setting....

Braeside Residential


Cornwall is a safe, accessible and inspiring location for school groups of all ages! Bursting with curriculum-based visits and activities, ranging from science and geography to art and design, what will your students discover? ...

Cornwall Tour


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


Take a 10 day tour of the UK visiting many fantastic cities along the way including Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and London. ...

UK Cultural School Trips


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. ...

Grange Hall Activity Centre


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


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


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
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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


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


A spacious Georgian Rectory to yourselves in the heart of North Devon's sandy surf beaches and cliffs, set up to cater for groups of young people to experience the beauty of the surrounding area. Over 35 years of experience working with schools. ...

St. George's House Christian Outdoor Centre


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


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

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