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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Cornwall Art Tour



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.

Few places in Europe can claim to have been attracting artists for centuries in the way that Cornwall has. World-class artists have been visiting Cornwall and in particular the region around St Ives, brought there for the amazing landscapes and incredible natural light. Adaptable Travel offer you the chance to inspire your young artists on a bespoke trip to St Ives and Cornwall. On the doorstep of your accommodation is Tate St Ives, voted UK Museum of the Year. Add in tour from local art histrian Greg Humphries, a visit to other top museums including the Barbara Hepworth Museum and you have a trip that will spark the creative spirit of any budding artist. Add to this some other amazing attractions in Cornwall, including the Eden Project, Wheal Coates tin mine, or how about a day on...

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Cornwall Art Tour






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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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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


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


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




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


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


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 Vision: To change people's lives by sharing our passions for the water and outdoors Our Mission: To provide the BEST possible Outdoor Education experience for children of school age. ...

Rockley Watersports


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


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


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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Big Green Surf School is the sole activity provider on the stunning, National Trust managed, Crantock Beach in Cornwall, providing expert tuition in surfing, bodyboarding and stand-up-paddleboarding to all abilities. ...

Watersports, Sustainability and Beach Studies


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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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


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

Allnatt Swanage


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


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


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


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


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


Inspire your students to unlock their creative potential and improve writing and language skills by working with published authors at one of our beautiful, rural locations across the UK for a week-long residential. ...

Arvon – Totleigh Barton, Devon
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Calvert Trust Exmoor provides specialist all inclusive residential outdoor adventure breaks for schools. Our award winning facilities and experiences enable us to provide extraordinary support to any student; inspiring learning and transforming lives...

Calvert Trust Exmoor


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


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


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


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


We are a residential site based in Tintagel, North Cornwall, overlooking the sea. We guarantee sole use of the site and partner with a number of local organisations to offer you the highest quality and diverse range of activities for your programme....

Schools & Colleges Residentials


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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