History of the Townsend Residential Centre

The Townsend Residential Centre occupies a prime location in the Isle of Purbeck, just one mile from the world renowned Jurassic Coast. It was originally established in 1929 to offer underprivileged children from London’s East End the opportunity to experience fun and fresh air on the Dorset coast. Through its long history it developed into a leading outdoor educational facility. Townsend was run by Wide Horizons and has had a long standing tradition of excellence in teaching environmental, personal and social education achieved through learning outdoors.

Cumulus Outdoors took over the centre in October 2019 with the objective of expanding the facility to offer high quality accommodation in combination with the adventure activity programmes for which Cumulus Outdoors have built an enviable reputation.

The residential centre occupies 6 acres of grounds and can accommodate up to 130 students plus teachers in dormitory accommodation. There are a range of onsite facilities, which can be enjoyed in conjunction with a jam packed itinerary of outdoor adventure activities.