School group on a successful raft

Activities & Courses

Cumulus Outdoors offer a range of outdoor adventure activities and courses from our purpose-built residential centre in Swanage. Get outside during your family holiday in Dorset and try one of our adrenaline-fuelled activity sessions. We guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time and make memories to cherish for years to come!

Outdoor adventure activities in Dorset

We offer a wide selection of land and water-based outdoor adventure activities, including coasteering, climbing, bushcraft and stand up paddleboarding. Activities take place at our Residential Centre in Swanage and off-site locations along the spectacular Jurassic Coast.

Many of our sessions offer beautiful sea views and provide a unique way to explore the world-famous coastline. Our outdoor adventure activities can be enjoyed by children and adults and are a great option for stag do’s, hen do’s and business away days.

All of our sessions are hosted by our experienced team of instructors. They will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable day, while learning new skills. The Cumulus Team will adapt the session to the needs and abilities of the group. Our activities are well suited to people looking or family friendly things to do in Swanage.

Courses & clubs

Cumulus Outdoors run a range of courses throughout the year at our Residential Centre in Swanage. We’re proud to offer a selection of accredited first aid courses alongside the RLSS Beach Lifeguard course, which is geared towards individuals working in the outdoor education sector.

During the school holidays we run the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme in association with Dorset Council. This has been designed to encourage children to get outside to participate in the adventurous activities available on their doorstep. It also promotes the benefits of healthy eating, with all children receiving a balanced home cooked meal during the session.

What customers say about us

  • Preparing to jump from a ledge coasteering
    Customer Testimonials

    "I did the Coasteering experience with my friends and had a fantastic experience. The whole thing was very well organised - the group was not overcrowded, the changing tents and gear were well kept and the instruction were clear. The instructors are highly trained, very friendly and polite".

    Shruthi, TripAdvisor

  • climbing cliff with sea views in dorset
    Customer Testimonials

    "We booked rock climbing and abseiling with Cumulus Outdoors for a family activity last weekend. All of us thoroughly enjoyed it, especially our 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son. We had truly brilliant time. Our instructor, Josh, was first class - calm, reassuring and clearly very experienced. We knew we were in great hands".

    Alex, TripAdvisor

  • bushcraft session in isle of purbeck woodland instructor
    Customer Testimonials

    "Coasteering and bushcraft were both brilliantly done.
    Coasteering was amazing fun, the instructors are always there to help and I always felt safe even in the bad weather sight.

    The bushcraft was a great contrast to the morning excitement. A lovely spot in the forest learning some new skills.

    Everyone had a really enjoyable time. I can't wait to go again".

    Jamie, TripAdvisor