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Studland Bay

Studland Bay is one of the Jurassic Coast’s unspoilt gems. It is famed for its four sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Whether you go for the fantastic views of Old Harry Rocks, to relax on a secluded section of the beach, study the geomorphology or explore the ancient woodland, Studland Bay offers something for everyone.

We are extremely lucky to have Studland Bay on our doorstep for beach games and water safety sessions.

Studland is characterised by its unique ridged dune system that has developed since the 1700s. It is equally as popular with explorers and geologists as it is with families hoping to enjoy a beach day. Follow one of the designated trails that run through the sand dunes and woodland areas to try and spot some local wildlife, or play games and sunbathe on one of the fantastic beaches! Studland Bay offers various cafés, toilet facilities and a discovery centre – which is popular with children as it offers fun games that aim to get children closer to nature.

The spectacular views of Old Harry Rocks mark the end point of the Jurassic Coast’s 95-mile stretch of coastline. Studland Bay is a popular geological morphological study site, which sees thousands visit every year.

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Beach Safety and Games at Studland Bay

We run beach safety and games sessions at Studland Bay. Many students arrive on their residential trip with a limited knowledge of beach safety. We tackle this by offering fun games that aim to teach residential groups how to deal with emergency situations. These beach safety sessions on Studland Beach are led by highly qualified RLSS Lifeguards who run through an exciting programme of land and water-based games that promote beach safety and basic danger awareness.

Just like all of our other activities, beach safety and games sessions can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities, and will coinside with their school curriculum.

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School trips near Studland Bay

Cumulus Outdoors have provided bespoke residential adventure trips on the Jurassic Coast for over 25 years. Safety, learning and fun are always at the forefront of our offering, and over 25 years we’ve built a reputation of being one of the best providers of school trips in Dorset.

Simply make your selection of outdoor activities that suit the needs of your group, choose your accommodation and we’ll build the perfect itinerary. Our wide range of activities are set in famous natural beauty spots on the Jurassic Coast – many of which are only a 10-15 minute drive from our base. Forget indoor climbing walls – your group will love the authentic experience of Coasteering at Dancing Ledge.

Field Studies Trips on the Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is the only place in the world where you can find rocks from the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods. The famed geological formation has unlocked 150 million years of history, including discoveries about the dinosaur area. We’re very lucky to be situated in Swanage, within easy reach of iconic natural landmarks for our field studies on the Jurassic Coast.

Our field study days on the Jurassic Coast can be tailored for any age, and all students will love taking their classroom learning into the real world.

Whether you’d like your KS1 group to gain a basic knowledge and interest of geology, or your AS Level group need support in their studies, we are skilled at customising the itinerary to compliment your school curriculum.

Exploring Studland Bay

Studland Bay is a fantastic place to explore. It’s rife with nature – being one of the few locations in the UK where you can find all six of Britain’s native reptiles; the smooth snake, sand lizard, adder, common lizard, slow worm and grass snake in one place

If you’re visiting with younger children, they’ll love the Discovery Centre at Knoll Beach, which offers bundles of educational ecology fun for little ones.

For older children and adults, there are a number of fantastic walking routes in Studland Bay. Most paths start at the car park in Knoll Beach and offer different ways to see the beautiful Studland landscape.

Wildlife watching enthusiasts will love the woodland walk. A short way into the walk you’ll find a bird hide which looks out on the freshwater lake, Little Sea.

There are many opportunities of walking and wildlife watching at Studland Bay – beyond the luscious 4 miles stretch of beaches.

Get in touch

Start planning your bespoke school residential trip today!

Contact us on 01929 422480
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    Residential trip reviews

    "We took 19 Y6 pupils for a five day camping and adventurous activities residential organised entirely by Cumulus.
    We cannot recommend this company enough.

    The staff were exceptional. Jack was amazing with the children and Josh was a wonderful cook. The experiences were incredible. Coasteering was astonishingly brilliant. Safety was absolutely paramount and the experience leaders were highly skilled, patient and encouraging. However, for most of the children, the water park was their highlight. Think celebrity cyclone from `I’m a celebrity’ and then add a bit more, you will have some idea of how superb it was. This was amazing value for money and an unforgettable experience for our school leavers".

    G Lakin-Hall, TripAdvisor

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    Residential trip reviews

    "We had another fantastic Summer and Autumn with Cumulus Outdoors for our National Citizen Service (NCS) participants from Southampton. We would highly recommend this company to the NCS trust, schools/colleges and individual groups. From the fantastic activity instructors to the professional set up on camp, we have always loved working with Cumulus Outdoors. Sam and the team have continued to offer a tailored package at a great price and it is evident that they have the interests of the young people and staff at heart. The safeguarding and H & S was excellent and we felt confident in working closely as a team to ensure the safety of our participants. We also enjoyed the new activities and had a lot of fun!! Thank you so much. From the Youth Options NCS team".

    Hayley, P-M, TripAdvisor