Field Studies Trips

In addition to our popular outdoor adventure school residential trips, Cumulus Outdoors offer field studies trips for Key Stage 2 and 3. From our residential centre in Swanage, we can help you achieve a range of educational learning outcomes, through a combination of expert tuition and trips to nearby sites of geological and historical importance.

Our field study programmes can be tailored to meet your school’s specific requirements and support lessons delivered as part of the National Curriculum. We can accommodate a variety of field study trip lengths, ranging from a single day to a multi night stay.

school residential trip in dorset

Cumulus Outdoor Residential Centre

The Cumulus Outdoor Residential Centre can accommodate up to 100 students across our dormitory accommodation. There is separate teachers’ accommodation as well as classrooms, social areas and onsite catering and dining facilities. School groups can make use of Wifi across the centre.

The centre is set in 6 acres of grounds overlooking Swanage Bay. We are situated within walking distance of Swanage town centre and a number of beauty spots are a just short scenic walk away.

classroom at cumulus outdoor residential centre

Field study trip activities for Key Stage 2

Younger students can enjoy nearby educational attractions, which offer opportunities for hands on learning. Visit Durlston Country Park to discover how the Victorians influenced the landscape before participating in a practical session making 3D art from materials foraged from the natural environment. Other activities include the Corfe Castle Spy Mission, learning how farms are run at Putlake Farm and even a Smugglers Talk detailing how smugglers operated along the Dorset coast.


St Oswalds Bay and Durdle Door

Field study trip activities for Key Stage 3 

Our Swanage location affords easy access to points of interest along the Jurassic Coast, including Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge Bay. This stretch of coastline is famed for its unique geology and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of Dorset holds Site of Special Scientific Interest status and is home to a range of wildlife species.

Students can learn about coastal landscape systems, rivers and hydrology, soils and tectonic hazards with our field studies partner Barry Cullimore. Barry is able to adapt his courses to meet your schools’ specific needs and can cater for small field study groups. Depending on the material you wish to be covered in the field trip, students can learn sampling strategies, field sketching, graphic logging, statistical analysis


To find out more about our field studies trips in Dorset please get in touch to speak with one of our friendly team.