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School Residentials

Tented village or residential centre with bespoke outdoor activity programmes

Here at Cumulus Outdoors we pride ourselves on designing bespoke outdoor activity programmes to fit each individual school, depending on duration and nature of the trip. We work with teachers and youth group leaders input to design a programme that meets required learning objectives and falls within the desired budget. We take care of everything including accommodation arrangement, activity selection and catering to ensure the process is hassle and stress free. Every part of your stay is carefully planned and we manage all aspects of your trip from before you arrive, right the way through your stay until you depart.

‘A great team and excellent instructors in a superb location’  Dorset Tourism Awards 2019 Cumulus Outdoors Gold Award

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One of the things that sets Cumulus Outdoors apart from other school trip providers is our flexibility and ability to adapt. Our years of experience mean we’re well versed at overcoming problems that may arise and know only too well that a one size fits all approach doesn’t work. What makes us special is our ability to cater to schools specific requirements and deliver residential programmes that are truly one of a kind. We love a challenge and will gladly work with you to develop, organise and run memorable adventure activity trips in Dorset.

Activities tailored to your requirements

Each programme contains a unique set of adventure activities that can include Coasteering, Mackerel Fishing, Dorset Waterpark and Bushcraft to name just a few. Our highly qualified and knowledgeable instructors will engage all students at every level throughout our school residential trips to ensure an action packed and educational trip to remember. We can even incorporate educational elements should you require.

There are two sleeping options for our school residential trips, allowing you to pick the accommodation type that is best suited to the needs of your group. Our tented villages are well suited to school and youth groups looking for an authentic outdoor experience, whereas our residential centre is a great option if you would prefer the comfort of dormitory accommodation alongside classroom and field study facilities.

Tented Villages

Our Tented Villages provide a unique setting in which students and teachers alike can relax in a camp exclusive to your group. We offer 24/7 on site pastoral care from our expert team of camp staff. Our dedicated field chef cooks hearty meals to refuel after a busy day and can cater to your every need and dietary requirement.

For example, our Cumulus camp is situated in an unbeatable location close to the Dorset coast. Set in a large field surrounded by trees, it’s an excellent space for children to spend time with their peers. The camp has a homely feel and is a great place to return after the days adventures. Spacious stand-up tents are set around our huge central Nordic Tipi which contains a central campfire. Here the group can spend time together in the evenings, playing campfire games and reminisce on the days activities.

Creature comforts continue for teachers with a dedicated area within camp, containing a brew station for that well-earned cuppa, access to phone charging and a welcome box.

The Cumulus Outdoors Residential Centre

Our self-contained residential centre is located in the lovely town of Swanage, just a 15 minute walk to the beach. It accommodates up to 130 students/teachers in hard-top accommodation across three dormitories and boasts designated teacher facilities. Each dormitory has its own dedicated common room giving ample space for indoor activities and evening entertainment.

The Cumulus catering team provide a varied menu and will take into account all individual dietary needs keeping you fuelled throughout your stay. Classroom and field study facilities also enable more educational elements to be included in our school residential trips. The centre is set in six acres of grounds providing plenty of space for on-site outdoor activities.


What Our Schools Say About Us:

“This has been our best ever residential, all staff student interaction is fantastic and Jack is a natural. All camp staff have been exceptional and the food has been delicious all week, beautifully cooked and served. Thank you, it has been an absolute pleasure.”


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School Residential Trip

Our Year 6 team take 80+ pupils to Swanage for a three day residential every year and we have a great time. We fish for mackerel, kayak and spend an afternoon on the water name but a few activities.
The staff are great and the children have an amazing time-sensitive do the teaching staff.
Communication with Cumulus is excellent and they go out of their way to create a bespoke programme of activities.
The campsite is a peaceful haven, when it isn't t full of the children's laughter and singing.
If you are looking for a fantastic residential trip, then Cumulus Outdoors are the people to contact.



Awesome Residential School Trip

Great 2 days with Cumulus.
Our coasteering activity was cancelled due to the sea state (wise move) so we went climbing at Dancing Ledge instead with different climbs for different abilities. Campsite was amazing with massive tents, great environment and food and organization by Roxie. The students loved the campsite. The highlight was the mackerel fishing from 2 boats in Swanage harbour with 18 fish caught. Relaxed and happy children made possible by great organisation and attention to detail. Thanks Cumulus.



Returning for our 5th year!

We have used Cumulus for the last 4 years for a year 5 school residential. Communication and directions are always fantastic before hand and staff running the activities are always experienced, friendly and knowledgeable. They are great with the kids - fun, but firm if needed and caring for those who need a bit more persuasion to push themselves out of their comfort zone. The children we have taken have always had a great time and as a member of staff on a school trip I have always had a great day out with Cumulus staff.



Team Building Residential

I have used Cumulus for two years in a row for our sixth form team bonding residential, with us having already booked in for next year! I cannot fault the company - quick at replying, good at tailoring a programme and excellent friendly instructors. Our students have had a fantastic time - coasteering, climbing, orienteering, mud trail, water park and doing team games. The setting where they have the tipis is just beautiful. I can 100% say you will not regret booking with them, whether that is for yourself as a family or part of a larger group.



Summer School Camp

We have used Cumulus to run our School Summer Camp for the last 3 years.
They have always provided an excellent service allowing us to tailor the event to our requirements.
The pricing is good value and the service from the team is very good. The activities are excellent as are the instructors who manage to run sessions which are very safe but also a lot of fun.
We will be back next year!

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National Coasteering Charter
Adventure Activities Licensing Authority
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Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Activities Industry Mutual
Adventure Mark
Learning Outside the Classroom
Institute for Outdoor Learning
Dorset Tourism Gold Award