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.

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Tailored adventure residentials on the Dorset coast, either hard-top accommodation or tented village, can include activities such as Coasteering, Climbing, Mackerel Fishing, Waterpark and Bushcraft, delivered by our highly qualified instructors.

We are extremely fortunate to be able to provide all of our outdoor activities and camps within the stunning landscapes found in South Dorset in the Isle of Purbeck. The area is the eastern gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site - walk along the South West Coast Path and pass the magnificent Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Surrounded on three sides by sea water, coastal Purbeck boasts some of the best sea views and spectacular scenery along the whole of the south coast. Due to the outstanding geology and palaeontology, the Dorset (and East Devon) coastline has been listed as a Natural World Heritage Site and Jurassic Coastline. Cumulus Outdoors are proud to be a Jurassic Coast Business Partner, donating £1 from bookings for Coasteering and Climbing to the...

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We specialise in creative educational group travel, creating & managing engaging school trips covering the whole curriculum in partnership with museums and attractions across the UK, packaged with all your travel necessities. ...

Creative School Trips


FSC Slapton is located within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to field sites in Dartmoor National Park and urban centres in Plymouth and Torbay. Visit for residential geography and biology trips at all ages. ...

FSC Slapton Ley


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


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




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


Residential site in Tintagel, North Cornwall, overlooking the sea. Guaranteed sole use of site. Catered or self-catered options. We partner with local organisations to offer the highest quality of and diverse range of activities for your programme. ...

Schools & Colleges Residentials
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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


Home to the country’s longest coastline and boasting one of the sunniest climates in the UK, Cornwall is an ideal pick for your school’s next residential trip, with a plethora of activities to entertain and educate all ages. ...

The Best of Cornwall


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


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


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


We are an Approved Activity Provider and we offer comprehensive Expedition for Bronze, Silver and Gold Award packages that deliver classroom-based training and on-the-hill learning. These are aligned to the DofE Expedition Training Framework. ...

Peak - DofE Expeditions


Home to breathtaking beaches and stunning countryside, groups can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities along the Devon coastline including rock climbing, sea kayaking, surfing, archery, coasteering, stand up paddle boarding and gorge walking. ...

Activity and Watersports Trips Devon


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


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


Tailored adventure residentials on the Dorset coast, either hard-top accommodation or tented village, can include activities such as Coasteering, Climbing, Mackerel Fishing, Waterpark and Bushcraft, delivered by our highly qualified instructors. ...

Cumulus Outdoors-Swanage


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


In the heart of rural Devon, Encompass Training is based at the historic grade 1 listed Great Potheridge House. We focus on providing a wide range quality outdoor education activities with sole occupancy and experience staffing. ...

Encompass Training


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

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