Outdoor residentials involve young people spending time away from home, with their peers, and undertaking adventures in new environments. These residential support personal and social development and improve health and wellbeing. The outdoor centres on this page offer accommodation and learning where lifelong engagement with the outdoors is encouraged with all its positive mental and physical health outcomes.
Outdoor Education Centres
Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UE
Hawse End Centre sits at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley on the shores of Derwentwater with easy access to Keswick via launch or lakeside walk. The house is a large, comfortable, country mansion, ideal for large groups, while the Cottage is more suited to smaller group, families and individuals. For the more adventurous there are two yurts with stunning views and transparent domes for star gazing. Catering & outdoor activities with instruction can be booked in advance.
The Old Playhouse, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire, SK17 8RF
With all of the Peak District National Park within easy access, the centre is an ideal location for activities and tourism and it welcomes a wide range of groups. 31 or 52 bed configurations can be booked.
The spacious centre includes; a large lounge with library, TV and wood burning stove, well equipped kitchens & dining areas. An extensive network of paths give access to the countryside. Adventure activities available, great for team building & courses.
Vicarage Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0AD
This large Victorian property has been specially adapted to provide self-catering accommodation for groups of up to 33. The eight dormitories vary in size from one to ten beds, complete with duvets and linen. The Centre is centrally heated and has a common room, games room, large kitchen, drying room and hot showers. Located in Betws-y-Coed, Woodlands Centre is an ideal base for outdoor activities in Snowdonia.
Ackers (ARC), Waverley Canal Basin, Small Heath, Birmingham, B10 0DQ
Ackers Residential Centre (ARC) is a purpose built accommodation centre set in 70 acres of semi rural land just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham. Perfect for The Sea Life Centre, Cadbury World, Thinktank, The Bull Ring shopping centre, National Motorcycle Museum & the NEC. With 9 sleeping rooms, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, dining area and a rec room with TV, DVD, games and comfy seating. Ackers Adventure provide instructor led outdoor activities on site which can be incorporated into your stay.
The Drapers Field Centre, Betws-y-coed, Conwy. LL24 0HB
FSC Rhyd-y-creuau is a Field Studies Council centre set in Snowdonia National Park. The 2.2 hectare estate includes a football pitch, woodland, biodiversity garden, campfire area, teambuilding challenges, stream and ponds. The centre accommodates groups of between 30 and 100 and is ideal for schools, clubs and large gathering of friends and family. Both full board and self catering options are possible. Outdoor activities can be provided and Zip World Fforest is half a mile down the road.
Nuthurst, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6RF
A former boarding school nestling in beautiful countryside, Gaveston Hall accommodates groups of all sizes. The 100 beds are spread across dorms, private singe/twin rooms & chalets.
Set in magnificent grounds with a football field, tennis court, woodland walks and fishing lakes. Outdoor activities can also be provided on-site. Inside there are table tennis & pool tables and an indoor swimming pool (summer only). Room for coach parking.
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. SA62 3RD
FSC Dale Fort is a Field Studies Council centre on a cliff top on the Pembrokeshire Coast, within walking distance of beaches & the Wales Coastal Path. Built in 1856 as a defensive fort, it now accommodates individuals, families & extended family groups. Facilities include 3 accommodation blocks with single, twin, family & dormitory rooms (many en suite), Outside there are several games areas. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates
Comrie Croft, By Crieff/Comrie, Perthshire, PH7 4JZ
Comrie Croft is a perfect rural retreat for mountain bikers, hikers, families & backpackers, just over an hour from Edinburgh & Glasgow. The 4* hostel offers cosy, home style rooms which are also available for sole use & weddings. On-site facilities include café, bike shop, lots of mountain bike trails, family-friendly valley routes and a farm shop. A footpath takes you to the vibrant village of Comrie & gives access to stunning glens and mountains.
Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon. TQ7 2QP
FSC Slapton Ley is a Field Studies Council centre set in the South Devon ANOB and close to Dartmoor National Park. Sleeping 142, the accommodation is in 4 blocks of 75, 33, 17 and 17 beds. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Outside there are beautiful landscaped grounds with seating areas, shelters, a kitchen garden and a wildlife area. Slapton Sands, the South West Coast Path and NCN 28 are all close by.
Tyngwndwn Farm, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8RJ
Nestled between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay, Naturesbase is 9 acres of flower rich meadows and woodland, 10 minutes drive from the Welsh coast. Accommodation comprises a beautiful large lodge sleeping up to 36 and a shepherds hut, Naturesbase is ideal for families, friends, retreats and activity groups wanting to enjoy the open countryside and all that nature has to offer.
Kington, Herefordshire. HR5 3NN
In rural Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border, Dunfield House provides accommodation for groups of up to 95 with sole use of the house, stables, parkland & swimming pool. From November to March the house & stables can also be hired individually.
The house provides fully catered accommodation & the stables have a self-catering kitchen. A great choice for school, youth, music or church groups, training courses & family get-togethers.
La Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatre Chemins, St Martins, Jersey, JE3 6DU
Close to the pretty fishing port of Gorey in St. Martins. Camping and a range of B&B rooms from twin en suites to private dormitories with shared showers. The perfect mix for individuals or groups. Large communal WiFi lounge with TV & DVDs and a games room. Additional costs include: self catering kitchen, sauna, laundry and packed lunches. Adventure activities can be arranged.
Preseli Venture, Parc-y-nole Fach, Mathry, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5HN
Situated just a short walk to a stunning beach, this 5* Eco Lodge offers catered accommodation & a range of outdoor activities to individuals, families & groups of all sizes. Popular with schools, clubs & hen/stag groups it boasts great communal areas including a bar, outside picnic area, fire pit & games field. Just 1 mile from the Wales Coast Path & right on the Sustrans Celtic Trail.
Humphrey Head O.C, Holy Well Lane, Flookburgh, Cumbria LA11 7LY
Perched on an outcrop overlooking Morecambe Bay on the edge of The Lake District, Humphrey Head Group Hostel & Outdoor Centre is perfect for family celebrations, reunions, stag/hen parties, schools, clubs & groups.
Remote & private, surrounded by stunning scenery & nature, with outdoor activities on site there is something for everyone.Catering & camping available.
Porthdafarch Road, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2LP
Anglesey Outdoors is an ideal base for groups, individuals or families. It is just a mile from Porthdafarch Beach & the coastal path and only 2km from Sustrans Cycle Route 8. It has four self contained areas each with their own self-catering & bathroom facilities. These can be hired individually or together. Full catering an option and there’s an on-site bar/bistro. Yurts and cabans also available.
Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2QP
FSC Start Bay is a Field Studies Council centre overlooking the South Devon coast offering 4* accommodation to groups of 20-40. Facilities include a well equipped self catering kitchen and a large dining room and adjoining sitting room with interactive whiteboard, both of which can easily seat a group of 40. Outside, along with panoramic views of the coastline, there's a BBQ area, fire pit and low ropes course. Available for sole use only, it is perfect for schools, clubs and gatherings of friends and families. The centre gives a wonderful sense of remoteness, yet has the village of Slapton nearby with its shop and pubs.
140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, West Yorkshire, HD8 8DB
Cliffe House is set in 14 acres of woodland in rural West Yorkshire, just 7 miles from the Peak District. A centre for outdoor learning and conferences, ideal for schools and businesses, it is also available as a whole house booking to groups of families and friends. There are 10 bed rooms sleeping up to 72 people and three bright communal areas with seating for 40 people in each.
Lowick Green, Ulverston, LA12 8EB
Within the old primary school at Lowick Green, nestled between Coniston water(4 miles) and Ulverston, the bunkhouse has a lounge with wood-burning stove, large kitchen/dining room, great views of the mountains and an outdoor area with campfire. River Deep Mountain High Activity Centre provides a wide variety of outdoor activities. Group and family packages include activities in the price.
Main Road, Hathersage, S32 1BB
St Michael’s Centre, located in the village of Hathersage, provides high quality family friendly group accommodation, surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park. The centre has comfortable dormitory style accommodation with bunk beds. There is a lovely central hall which provides a fantastic communal kitchen, dining and lounge area for enjoyable shared living. Attached cottage also available, separately or for larger groups.
Tern Hill Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS
Fordhall Organic Farm, near Market Drayton, is England’s first community owned farm. The Straw Bale Bunkhouse is ideal for schools, retreats & groups.
This unique property has exceptional environmental credentials & is designed to encourage people to get immersed in nature & enjoy the wonderful landscape. Educational sessions, linked to elements of the National Curriculum, can be arranged or you can host your own retreat or event.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
Situated in the Peak District’s Woodlands Valley, Hagg Farm offers comfortable accommodation for up to 44 people with an additional 18 beds in the John Hunt Base next door (also in this Guide). Part of Nottinghamshire C.C’s Environmental & Outdoor Education Service, Hagg Farm is available for private hire by groups, families, clubs & charitable organisations. It can be booked on a self-catering or catered basis.
Seathwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, CA12 5XJ
High House in Seathwaite, at the head of the beautiful valley of Borrowdale, offers comfortable bunkhouse/hostel accommodation. Popular with walking and climbing clubs and educational groups, early booking is advised. Two dorms are available each with toilet, washbasin and shower. There is a third dorm reserved for K Fellfarers members and club members may use this room during your stay. If you wish to have exclusive use, including this Members Room, there’s a £25 supplement per night.
The Leonard Wills Field Centre, Williton, Taunton, Somerset. TA4 4HT
FSC Nettlecombe Court is a Field Studies Council centre in the Exmoor National Park. A Tudor and Georgian country mansion set in extensive grounds, it sleeps up to 120 in spacious dorms, twin and single rooms (many en suite). Due to Covid 19 rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates. Self-catering is only possible if you book the whole centre.
Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UR
Family run and friendly, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a Georgian mansion in 17 acres of grounds with stunning mountain views. Just 2 miles from Keswick, close to the Coast to Coast route and the delights of Borrowdale, it makes a great base for individuals, families, groups and conferences. The hostel has plenty of space in & out for you to use and relax in. Home-made food is available.
FSC Blencathra, Blease Road, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria. CA12 4SG
Beautifully situated on the south facing slopes of Blencathra just 1 mile out of the Lakeland village of Threlkeld, Lonscale is a new hostel offering group accommodation at the FSC Blencathra Centre. Groups of 14-26 can have sole use of this award winning eco-friendly accommodation. There are also 4 self catering cottages and a 110 bed educational centre on this site.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
The John Hunt Base is situated in the High Peak on the site of Hagg Farm. The base offers comfortable, family friendly accommodation ideal for sightseeing, hill walking, trail running and biking as well as quieter pursuits such as photography. There is a picnic area, wildlife garden with fire pit and a playing field with climbing boulder. Activities can be arranged including climbing, stream scrambling, caving & on-site high ropes.
Castlehaw Farm, Castlehaw Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5BA
Howgills Barn offers a beautifully renovated self-catering barn in Sedbergh Yorkshire. Breathtaking views, plenty to see and do on the doorstep & set in a private location where the children can enjoy some freedom. A five minute walk into Sedbergh to nearby pubs, cafés and restaurants. Dogs welcome too. Hot tub available. Five stars on Trip Advisor from over 100 reviews gives a flavour of the quality of the accommodation.
Snowgoose Mountain Centre, Station Road, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7JH
Enjoy our loch-side location overlooking the Caledonian Canal, with Ben Nevis & Fort William 4 miles away. Ideal for the outdoor enthusiast with advice & guiding available for walking/climbing, river, loch and sea kayaking, open canoeing & dinghy sailing. Outdoor equipment hire available. After a busy day in the fresh air return to a welcome drying room & laundry, hot showers and a comfy private bunkroom ideal for families & groups.
Dial House, Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8BW
This National Trust Grade ll listed flint cottage lies in the picturesque harbour of Brancaster Staithe on the North Norfolk Coast. With stunning sea views across the beautiful marshes. Groups of up to 22 or 48 can be accommodated (sole occupancy). Self-cater in the well equipped kitchen, or eat out in nearby pubs and cafés. The upstairs ‘snug’ has a TV and woodburner and there is a garden with seating. Perfect for sailing, walking, kite surfing, bird watching & the Norfolk Coast Path.
Old London Rd, Mickleham,Surrey. RH5 6DA
FSC Juniper Hall is a magnificent country house sleeping up to 130 across 30 rooms. Easily accessible from London and the M25, yet peaceful and secluded, the grounds give direct access to footpaths on to Box Hill and the Surry Hills AONB. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates.
The Old Home Farm Yard, Stackpole, nr Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5DQ
The 150-bed, platinum eco-award-winning. Stackpole Centre is the perfect venue for large families/groups, special interest breaks and outdoor activities. It comprises four large houses, three cottages and a manor house. Close to wild woodlands and stunning beaches.
Northumberland Adventure Centre, Deneholme, Allendale, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 9PX
On the edge of Allendale, in the North Pennines AONB, Deneholme hostel & outdoor activity centre accommodates groups of 14-40. Perfect for schools, clubs, family reunions & weddings. Stag/hen groups are welcome. Self cater or catered. This impressive Edwardian country house set in expansive lawns and 5 acres of steep woodland has 11 bedrooms and plenty of communal areas, some large enough for 40+ guests to dine/celebrate together.
Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6QT
Castle Head Field Studies Council centre is set in a country mansion with 20 hectares of private grounds on the southern edge of the Lake District National Park near to Windmere. Sleeping up to 157 across 33 rooms all types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates.
Isle of Cumbrae, North Ayrshire, KA28 0EG
FSC Millport is on the tiny Isle of Cumbrae off the west coast of Scotland. It is remarkably accessible, just 1.5 hours from Glasgow. Recently refurbished to a high standard it sleeps 139 across 64 rooms. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Currently rooms are offered on a B&B basis due to COVID-19. Self-catering is only possible if you book the whole centre.
Princetown, Yelverton, Devon. PL20 6SL
Set in a beautiful secluded valley in Dartmoor National Park, Bachelors Hall offers groups of all kind the chance to experience the freedom of the moor and the vastness of the landscape. Formerly run by the YHA, it was completely refurbished in 2019. Sleeping 60 across 6 rooms and 2 pods it is centrally heated with a commercial kitchen and large separate dining room/classroom. Outdoor activities can be organised if required.
Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY4 1DX
FSC Preston Montford is a Field Studies Council in a beautiful Georgian mansion 6 miles west of Shrewsbury. Easily accessible from the motorway network, yet private & secluded the centre has 131 beds across 3 blocks. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates. Self-catering is possible for sole use bookings.
Osmotherley, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3AH
Situated in a beautiful secluded valley in the NY Moors National Park, this refurbished mill with en suite rooms, is perfect for those wishing to explore the Yorkshire moors, dales & coast. You can book the whole Mill, a room or a bed. Great for educational groups, families, outdoor clubs and gatherings of friends. Group activities and catering available. Next to Cod Beck reservoir, Cleveland Way, Coast to Coast & Lyke Wake Walk.
Pentre Bach, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 7AJ
Situated between Waunfawr and Betws Garmon, Pentre Bach Bunkhouse provides dog friendly accommodation, outdoor activities and a campsite. The ground floor of the bunkhouse has a dining/cooking area while upstairs there are alpine sleeping platforms with mattresses for 16. Showers, toilets and washing/drying facilities, shared with the campsite, are just across the yard.
Great Longstone, Bakewell, DE45 1NY
Thornbridge Outdoors offers excellent flexible group accommodation. With its superb location in the heart of the Peak District you have access to wonderful countryside, quaint villages, stately homes, and the traffic free Monsal Trail, popular with walkers and cyclists.
Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PU
FSC Malham Tarn, with stunning views across Malham Tarn offers quality accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. to families and groups of all sizes. Sleeping up to 105 across 29 bedrooms and 3 buildings, all types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates. Outside you will find a courtyard, veranda and picnic benches, a lawn and walled garden.
Cumulus Outdoors Residential Centre, Cobbler’s Lane, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2PX
Cumulus Outdoor Residential Centre is situated in the small seaside town of Swanage on Dorset's Jurassic Coast. The purpose built centre sits in 6 acres of private grounds and has 4 separate accommodation units which can be hired individually or together. The smallest unit sleeps 16, the others sleep 32, 38 and 43. The centre is popular
with groups of friends/families, schools, youth groups, DofE & corporate groups. A whole range of outdoor activities are available for your group if required. Dogs welcome with prior arrangement.
Spittal of Glenshee, By Blairgowrie, PH10 7QE
Gulabin Lodge nestles in Glenshee at the foot of Beinn Gulabin and is the nearest accommodation to the Glenshee ski slopes. The 4* lodge offers excellent accommodation for groups and families. Ideal for school residentials, gatherings of families and outdoor groups. On-site there are many outdoor activities including mountain bike hire and a ski school with equipment hire. Meals & transport to and from airports /stations available for groups. A 12/14 bed house is also available.
Hacche Mill, South Molton, EX36 3NA
Perfect for an adventurous or relaxing break. The Rock and Rapid Adventure Centre offers activities such as climbing (climbing wall on site for lessons or use by experienced climbers) coasteering, raft building and canoeing. The bunkhouse can be rented out for sole use, or an activity package can be put together for your group. This can vary from a few activities to a full programme, including food.
Just 20 mins from the North Devon coastline. Hen and stags welcome as are family and school groups.
Fisherhead Robin Hood's Bay Whitby, YO22 4ST
The Old School House welcomes schools, groups, walkers and families to the picturesque village of Robins Hood’s Bay. Home to one of the best beaches on Yorkshires East Coast. At the end of Wainright's coast to coast walk and on The Cleveland Way. Ideal for groups of families and friends to book exclusively and also available to individual families looking for an affordable holiday by the sea.
East Bergholt, Colchester, CO7 6UL
FSC Flatford Mill is an historic Field Studies Council centre in Suffolk. It sleeps 79 in three internationally important buildings. There’s Willy Lotts’ House, (built in the 1500’s and made famous by John Constable’s ‘Haywain’ painting), Valley Farm (a medieval great hall built in the 1450’s) and the Mill itself that was owned and renovated by the Constable family in the 1700’s. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates
Arete Outdoor Education Centre, Llanrug, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4AP
The Arete Outdoor Centre, in Snowdonia National Park, offers excellent access to the stunning coastline, mountains & lakes of North Wales and Anglesey. With comfortable, affordable, bunkhouse accommodation and large kitchens this is a great base for groups of friends or family. The team can advise on how best to spend your stay and a range of exciting outdoor activities are available through the centre's well qualified staff.
Grant Road, Grantown-on-Spey, Moray PH26 3LD
Part of the award-winning Craggan Outdoors activity centre, Ardenbeg offers good value, well appointed bunkhouse accommodation with the extra benefit of a large private garden with BBQ, picnic tables & a children's play area. The property is situated on a quiet residential street in Grantown-on-Spey, the historic capital of Strathspey, just a 15 mins' drive from Aviemore and all its amenities. For adventures even closer at hand you can organise a whole host of activities through Craggan Outdoors.
Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4JW
Denton House is a purpose built hostel and outdoor centre in the Lake District offering bunkhouse accommodation. Warm and well equipped for self-catering, the centre was designed for groups with parking for 40 cars. A variety of outdoor activities can be arranged on site. There is equipment storage and access to the River Greta across the road.
Glasbury on Wye, Powys, HR3 5LP
Woodlands Bunkhouse is a converted stable set in the 10 acre grounds of Woodlands Centre. It overlooks the River Wye and has wonderful views of the Black Mountains. The historic town of Hay on Wye is near by.
The Bunkhouse provides comfortable, modern accommodation for families and groups. There's a well equipped kitchen and dining room and 22 beds in 9 rooms. The bunkhouse can arrange courses in a variety of outdoor activities.
Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia, Wales LL54 6TL
The Rhyd Ddu Bunkhouse provides group accommodation at the foot of Snowdon and the Nantlle Ridge. Sleeping 30 in 6 bedrooms, it has a fully equipped kitchen and a large communal dining room with a big screen - great for movie nights! Glorious views, central heating, fast WiFi, parking, secure bike storage, drying room and a large garden. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow case and towel. A pub, café, and steam train station are all within 2 minutes’ walk.