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.

Magdalen Farm


Our dedicated team of staff are on-hand to ensure that your visit to Magdalen is memorable for all the right reasons. The tutors have a wealth of experience leading outdoor education activities that are fun and stimulating. If you are looking to high quality accommodation and fresh homecooked meals then Magdalen is your ideal location for your school trip. We have dedicated accommodation in 2 buildings providing facilities for both small and large groups. Our homecooked meals are all produced on-site using the freshest ingredients direct from our own farm if possible otherwise from other local/organic sources. We offer a seasonal based nutritious menu and special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ...




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

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Cornwall School Tours

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Knapp House Activity Centre

special offer icon Autumn Discounted Residential Camps
Outposts Residential Camp Somerset

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Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

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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


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


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




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


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


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

Allnatt Swanage


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


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


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


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


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


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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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


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

ACUK Pioneer Centre
ACUK Pioneer Centre
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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
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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
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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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 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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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


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


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


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


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


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

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