All about us and what we do

About Us

Cumulus Outdoors was established in 2009 providing a range of outdoor adventure and residential programmes for schools, youth and scout groups, team building programmes for business plus adventure experiences for families and groups. Cumulus is also a registered AAP and as such delivers Duke of Edinburgh River and Walking Expeditions plus Gold Residential programmes.
The company was founded by Russell Thompson, who has over 25 years’ experience in the outdoor industry including working with Sir Ranulph Fiennes and leading 13 overseas expeditions. Russell has assembled a dynamic and experienced team to ensure the professional delivery of adventure activities and programmes.
The company has enjoyed growth of 30% year on year for the past three years. This has been achieved following expansion of the Board of Directors and the consistent delivery of a quality product combined with high level customer service, resulting in a significant number of referred and returning customers.


 Exciting and Stimulating Outdoor Adventures

Cumulus Outdoors provide a range of exciting and fun-filled outdoor adventure based activity weekends for families, private groups and schools, to stimulate both mind and body to meet new challenges and have a great time! From Coasteering on the Dorset coastline in the Isle of Purbeck, to the Ropes Course, from Climbing to Bushcraft, we have all the ingredients for a fun filled and stimulating outdoor experience. We cater for all groups, sizes, age and ability for all of our activities. We ensure clients experience a fantastic adventure session, led by fully qualified, experienced and charismatic activity instructors.

Enabling Outdoor Education and Adventure

Cumulus Outdoors also runs school and youth activities with our AALS License. This ranges from 3, 4 and 5 day residential programmes, single day activities and Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Expeditions.


Benefitting Business

Business days include outdoor training programmes at locations in Dorset and throughout the UK. Outdoor team building activity days can be organised in the stunning countryside settings of Dorset or within city landscapes. Cumulus provide stimulating outdoor team building challenges as well as specific outdoor management training days and programmes designed to meet your training objectives.
Cumulus Outdoors provides a unique opportunity for your business personnel to benefit from the experiences of founder Russell Thompson, a highly experienced Development Trainer who specialises in both Activity Based Learning and Performance Coaching for individuals, their teams and their leaders.

Our corporate motivational training and team building activities utilise Activity Based Learning together with Accelerated Learning Techniques, learning through stimulating and thought provoking challenges.
We have extensive experience in researching, designing and delivering experiential learning events that can consist of various outdoor management training activities that can also be used for outdoor teambuilding challenges. Outdoor experiences are designed so everyone is able to participate in the events in some form and achieve personal as well as team goals.