Outdoor Adventure Activities for Schools

There are a range of adventure activities on offer at Cumulus Outdoors as part of our residential trips. Our exciting outdoor adventure activities for schools take place at some of Dorset’s most iconic coastal locations and offer the unique opportunity to explore the picturesque Jurassic Coastline, whilst trying something new.

Under the expert guidance of our highly qualified instructors, students can participate in a host of outdoor activities including coasteering, kayaking, climbing and bush craft to name but a few. Sessions are tailored to the needs and abilities of each school group and our team members work hard to engage students in fun and innovative ways.

Our ‘challenge by choice’ ethos encourages young people to push the boundaries and move beyond their comfort zone. We work hard to bolster self-confidence and instil feelings of self-belief, so that students leave our school residential having conquered their fears and ready to tackle new challenges with ease.

The adventure activities on offer at Cumulus Outdoors compliment school-based learning and can help improve leadership, team work and encourage quieter students to come out of their shell. Through participation in our activity programme, we aim to offer school children unforgettable experiences and help foster a love of the great outdoors.

School residential trip activities

Work with the Cumulus team to create a bespoke activity programme to enjoy during your school residential trip in Dorset. Mix and match your favourites activities to craft the perfect itinerary. Outdoor adventure activities available to schools include:

coasteering at dancing ledge jurassic coastCoasteering

Exploration of a rocky coastline by swimming, climbing, jumping into the sea, exploring caves and learning cool new facts about the surrounding wildlife, all on the Jurassic Coast


climbing on the jurassic coastClimbing & Abseiling

Learn physical skills of body strength, balance and movement alongside teamwork and team building to work your way up the Jurassic Cliffs


canoeing on lakeKayaking / Canoeing

Paddling skills will be taught with water safety. Learn to paddle in tandem and then take part fun games to perfect your balance, communication and water skills.


bushcraft session in isle of purbeck woodlandBushcraft

Can you survive in the great outdoors? Learn how to build a shelter and how to start a fire. How much do you know about the trees and plants around us? Learn about plant identification and what you can safely eat in the wild.


School residential group mackerel fishing off the Dorset coastMackerel Fishing

Enjoy a trip out in Swanage Bay, learning how to rig a fishing line, other fishing skills, water safety and sustainability. Who can catch the most? Will you be lucky enough to take some to camp for dinner?


high ropes course outdoor activity for schoolsRopes Course

Swing high, zip far, jump big, climb up and hold on! Our low and high ropes courses are great fun and enormously rewarding as you surprise yourself with your achievements at a height or down low. Work as a team to solve challenges and encourage each other to achieve the best you can! How would you tackle the high tower?

tag archery activityTag Archery

Boundless fun and laughter on the tag archery site, this ultimate team sport promotes teamwork, self-confidence, communication, leadership, fitness and tactical thinking. Think dodgeball but with a bow and arrow!


School group on a successful raftRaft Racing

Working as a team, devise the best way to create a floating raft and the compete with the other teams in the final raft race. Includes team building, leadership and problem-solving qualities.



Sheltered water paddleboarding using patience and balance to learn body core skills enabling you to stand up on the board. Incorporating fun games to increase your confidence on the paddleboard and manoeuvre it across the lake.

All equipment is provided, please refer to your kit list for further details.


Activity locations

Both our residential centre and tented village boast idyllic locations, with views over Swanage Bay and Poole Harbour. Thanks to our enviable coastal location, we are able to offer exciting outdoor activities and water sports set against the backdrop of the stunning Jurassic Coast.

A number of activities take place in the grounds of the Cumulus Outdoor Residential Centre, whereas some activities require us to move off site.

  • Jurassic Coast Climbing & coasteering
  • Buddens Scout Camp for Kayaking, Canoeing & Raft Racing, Paddleboarding,
  • Pumpground for Tag Archery and Ropes Course
  • Bushcraft site or onsite locations
  • Swanage Bay for mackerel fishing

What’s included in school activity sessions?

We take great pride in the service we offer and have earned a fantastic reputation as first class providers of school residential trips. Our excellent reviews are testament to the hard work of our team and the attention to detail and careful planning that goes into each and every trip.

Students wellbeing is of paramount importance and we meet or exceed the required safety standards at all times. An educational introduction, which sets outs learning objectives and desired outcomes is delivered at the start of every session, alongside a detailed safety briefing.

Our team of enthusiastic and highly skilled instructors will demonstrate the required skills needed to participate in each activity. This ensures students are well equipped to enjoy the activity to its fullest in a safe and considered manner. At the end of the 3-hour session the instructors will recap on the session.


Please get in touch to speak with one of the friendly Cumulus Crew to find out more about our outdoor adventure activities for schools.