School and youth residential centre in Swanage

Our residential centre is located on the outskirts of Swanage with wonderful views over the bay. It is just 15 minutes walk from Swanage town centre and close to the beach, pier and other local amenities. The residential centre is ideal for groups seeking the comfort of dormitory style accommodation and onsite facilities, including a classroom and facilities for field study visits, either one day in length or overnight stays. 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.

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We can accommodate up to 130 students across three dormitories, which are set in six acres of grounds.

Each dormitory has its own dedicated common room, which provides ample space for indoor activities and evening entertainment. There is designated staff accommodation and a staff lounge area for teachers to relax after a busy day.

The catering team cook a a varied and seasonal menu of delicious evening meals on site. They will cater for all dietary requirements including allergies and religious beliefs.

On site facilities

Our spacious grounds offer a variety of activities, including an adventure trail, forest school and low ropes course. 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.

The Cumulus Outdoors Residential Centre has classroom facilities 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.

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.