School and youth residential centre in Swanage

Our residential centre is located in wonderfully quiet location backing onto the Townsend Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Swanage with wonderful views over the bay. It is just a 10 minute walk to Swanage town centre, the beach, pier and other local amenities. The centre is ideal for groups seeking the comfort of dormitory style accommodation and onsite facilities, together with our programme of outdoor adventure activities, the Cumulus Outdoor Residential Centre is the ideal destination for an action packed and educational school residential trip in Dorset of any duration.

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  • Accommodation is for  90 students and up to 10 staff across three dormitories, set in six acres of ground
  • Self-catering bungalow that can sleep 12 students and 2 staff, providing a total capacity of 102 students and 12 staff
  • Two dormitories offer small 2-4 bedded student rooms with ensuite bathroom facilities whilst the third offers more traditional larger bed dormitory sleeping accommodation
  • Designated 1-2 bed ensuite staff bedrooms across the three dormitories and a staff lounge area for teachers to relax after a busy day
  • Students can relax in their spare time in our large games common room or in the quieter movie room
  • The catering team cook a a varied and seasonal menu of delicious evening meals on site, they’ll cater for all dietary requirements and supply you with delicious goodies when off site

On site facilities

Our spacious grounds offer space for a variety of activities, including a games field, an archery/rifle range, team game facilities and a bushcraft area The top and lower fields provide ample space for outdoor sports and are the perfect setting for a range of team building activities. There is also plenty of indoor space for recreational games and activities.

Inside there is ample room to relax and classroom facilities are also available should you wish to include educational elements and field studies in your residential school trip. There is Wi-fi available site wide.

Onsite 24/7

Our team is highly qualified and experienced in dealing with all eventualities that could arise. Our level of support always revolves around building relationships, working safely to achieve a common goal within your teams and ours, all whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Each group has its own dedicated programme coordinator who guides you throughout your stay as well as a 24/7 designated staff member for overnight emergencies and first aid.

Range and quality of activities and instructor experience

We provide a high level of experience with appropriate differentiation to ensure all participants have equal opportunities to reach their potential, both off and on session. With our LOtC accreditation, we always strive to meet the agreed learning outcomes whilst ensuring fun is at the forefront of everything we do.

Opportunity to move off-site

Most activities take place off site in locations such as Swanage town and beach, Dancing Ledge, Dorset Waterpark and Studland beach, while excursions to Corfe Castle and Durlston Country Park, for example, can also be enjoyed. Our experienced team will work with you to create a bespoke itinerary, which includes your pick of outdoor adventure activities. In addition to enjoying activities on the stunning Jurassic coastline, all local areas of interest are accessible, whether we take you fishing in Swanage Bay or our coach partner takes you to the cinema, we can get you anywhere.