Why Dorset is the best location for a school residential trip

With over half the county designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nearly 100 miles of coastline enjoying 364 more hours of sunshine than the UK average, Dorset is truly something special.

Dorset is also renowned for being one of the richest heritage sites for prehistoric remains where you could find your very own piece of dinosaur, or even discover a new species! The Jurassic Coast is England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and ranks among the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world.

School residential trips in Dorset

Today more than ever, schools strive to encourage children to become independent and creative, aiming for standards of excellence in all that they do. Self-esteem and confidence are inextricably linked with academic progress and they aim to teach children resilience in a fast-changing world.

As a consequence, schools are turning to Dorset and the Isle of Purbeck for outdoor adventure residential programmes to heighten self-esteem and confidence through fun, stimulating and challenging outdoor adventure experiences in fabulous and historic surroundings – where better than the stunning Jurassic coastline? Within the Isle of Purbeck there is an ever increasing range of fun, adventure activities to be enjoyed on a school residential trip, such as coasteering,climbing,kayaking,mackerel fishing, beach games, raft building and ropes course, fabulous experiences that create lifetime memories.


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Cumulus Coast residential trip

Cumulus Outdoors provide a coastal camp set in the heart of stunning woodland next to Poole Harbour. Traditional, comfortable canvas tents provide beautiful yet practical accommodation for students and teachers. All meals are cooked at camp using fresh ingredients and the camp features a large communal tipi and central fire pit, a fully equipped kitchen plus 24 hour on-site pastoral care.

If you would prefer a ‘hard-top’ option, our residential centre may fit the bill! Located on the outskirts of Swanage, with beautiful views over the bay, it can accommodate up to 130 students in dormitory style accommodation. The 6 acre site boasts a dining room, classroom facilities, adventure trail, forest school and a low ropes course.

A choice of 3, 4 or 5 day adventure residential programmes are available with the programmes tailored to match your camp objectives. As a business partner of the Jurassic Coast Trust Cumulus also offer bespoke educational sessions to incorporate added depth to the programme of activities, provided by the Jurassic Coast Trust team of specialist ambassadors.

This is why schools and youth groups love Dorset and  the Jurassic Coast – providing the opportunity to learn both from the past and the present with all the exciting places to explore and adventure activities to be experienced.

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