Activities and Accommodation for your School Trip

Written by: Elmtree Press

Accommodation and Activities 


York is always a popular destination for school trips as it has fabulous history and heritage, superb attractions and good value, safe accommodation.  Three of our favourite places to stay there are:-

Hedley House

Close to the city centre and within easy reach of the road-rail network, Hedley House Hotel is one of the best York Hotels, with modern comfortable surroundings, great food and outstanding personal service. York Minster is within a six to eight minute walk. Under the same family ownership since 1984 Hedley House Hotel continues to be a leader in accommodating groups within York city centre. They have 26 bedrooms, all en suite and most with a bath and shower.

The Fort

Voted Number 1 Hostel in England for 2013 and 2014 by HostelWorld, the Fort Boutique hostel is perfect for residential school trips. Many of our schools return year after year as The Fort is the perfect base to explore the city the York. The Fort is situated right in the heart of the ancient city, so no need for transport once you are here.


With over twenty years of catering for School and Student groups Stableside York has the accommodation and facilities to meet your needs. From the quality of their breakfast to the warmth of our welcome we are the ideal location to visit York and the local area.

If you prefer to have an action packed one centre school trip, there are lots of great places throughout the country which will keep your students occupied, interested and hopefully tired out at the end of each day!  They have lots of physical activities incorporating everything from trampolining to canoeing, zip lines to raft building. 

Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Activity Centre

Your adventure starts here with a range of high, water based and land activities, from canoeing, archery and high ropes to bushcraft, bike trails and pioneering!  You have a choice of staying in one of their 7 lodges, in their Grade 2 listed main house or camping beneath the stars. They also tailor their packages to suit your needs, with a variety of catering and activity options. Whatever you choose, Avon Tyrrell is the perfect place to enjoy and experience the beautiful outdoors. There are evening campfires, night walks and even a disco to enjoy!

Conway Centres

Conway Centres: Anglesey is a large, short term, residential arts and outdoor education facility set in idyllic surroundings on the Island of Anglesey, North Wales. Originally, the centre was designed as a merchant marine training school for boys. As such the centre is unusual in having a wealth of indoor teaching/work facilities together with a wealth of on-site locations situated in an unrivalled environment.


Foxlease Estate is near Lyndhurst, Hampshire in the heart of the New Forest National Park, with easy access via road, rail and air. The site offers full-board, camping and self-catering accommodation. There are also conference facilities, a swimming pool and a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities.

Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre

Located on the outskirts of Doncaster, Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre is a fantastic facility for outdoor enthusiasts & novices alike. Set against an idyllic woodland backdrop, the activity centre offers a range of water-based and land-based activities for all ages and abilities. The centre also boasts a superb family friendly campsite with 49 pitches including electric hookup, amenities block and kids play area.

Hautbois Residential Centre

Hautbois is a beautiful 19th century house set in 28 acres of grounds on the River Bure in Coltishall, near Norwich. The activity centre boasts its own private cut onto the River Bure providing the perfect location for safe introduction to water sports, or for more advanced trips up the river and back. It can accommodate students in a choice of a 56-bed house, 7 campsites with room for over 300 campers and a 48-bed residential Reedcutters’ Village

Hilltop Outdoors Centre

Hilltop Outdoors centre in Sheringham,  is modern, centrally heated and fully equipped. It is a friendly, family-run centre providing an array of outdoor adventure Activities, field studies and team work challenges. Set in 26 acres of woodlands, Hilltop offers a superior outdoor development experience.


UKSA enjoys a waterfront position in Cowes on the sunny Isle of Wight and is the perfect location for residential water sports for students aged eight and above. The large 3.5-acre residential centre has in-house catering, a dining room, indoor heated swimming pool, classrooms, cybercafé, bar and dedicated children’s area.

Waddow Hall

Waddow Hall is set in 178 acres of stunning countryside within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. You can stay fully catered in their 17th-century manor house or choose from a range of camping and self-catering options. A huge variety of activities to suit all ages and abilities are available, from archery to zip wires!

The Sill

The Sill is the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre in the Northumberland National Park, bringing the landscape of Northumberland to life via inspirational exhibitions. It is also home to a brand-new state of the art youth hostel sitting just a stone’s throw from Hadrian’s Wall itself, making it a perfect base for history related school trips.

Celtic Harmony Camp

Celtic Harmony Camp, the Iron Age Camp near Hertford, has seen dramatic growth in recent months as a host of newly built roundhouses have sprung up! They have worked closely with local archaeologists to ensure that the new roundhouses are as accurate as possible, while still adhering to modern building standards. They’ve also worked with historians to develop their comprehensive programme of activities and resources for children and teachers. These include their Bronze Age Farmer Day, which teaches about the skills used by the ancient Celts such as weaving, corn grinding, baking and dyeing; their Iron Age Warrior Day, which utilises group activities to build communication skills and develop teamwork among pupils; and their increasingly popular Stone Age Days that demonstrate primitive skills like friction fire lighting, den building and flint knapping.


ICANDO is a perfect London base for your school group for day visits and overnight stays. You can explore the capital, run a variety of fun activities to nurture creativity and imagination or take part in team building and adventure based activities.

Alnwick Youth Hostel

Built in 1856, Alnwick Youth Hostel was originally the town's Court House. Its central location makes it ideal for a visit to historic Alnwick Castle & Garden. Close by you will find endless golden sandy beaches, castles and pretty villages to explore. From Alnwick Castle – with its starring role as Hogwarts in the film adaptations of Harry Potter books and in recent episodes of Downton Abbey - to the neighbouring Alnwick Garden, where an enormous tree house has been built among the tree tops, there is no shortage of things for school trips to see and do in the area. The wildlife havens found on Holy Island and the Farne Isles also offer unrivalled chances for students to get to grips with biology in its element.

Leighton Hall

Teddies, swings, competitions, a maze and slide, are all activities to give your children a big surprise at Leighton Hall this summer.
In August, as adults enjoy a guided tour of the house with enthusiastic and entertaining guides, children are offered a competition form and pencil so they can follow the teddy bear treasure hunt around the house, noting where they see the family of cuddlies hiding away. A different bear will be hiding in each room, and it is the young visitors’ job to find them! Completed forms are entered into a weekly draw, so there is also chance to win a prize!
Inside the Hall, there are no roped off areas and children are encouraged to touch and really get involved.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a Living History Museum. The 17th century servants are always thrilled to show off their fine house and have a good gossip. History is brought to life, ordinary people who lived in extraordinary times explain and talk about the folklore and superstition, which ruled their lives.

Plas Dolau

Plas Dolau Country House Hostel is an old mansion house situated in 25 acres of land in the rural countryside, 3 miles from Aberystwyth. The house provides warm and comfortable accommodation for groups up to 45 people. The coastal countryside location of Plas Dolau means that within short distances you can visit the seaside in one direction and the Snowdonian mountain ranges in another. This makes Plas Dolau ideal for school groups/trips of any age. There are wide ranges of local attractions from the 12 miles of the Rheidol River, which can be explored from source to sea, to the sand dune habitats of Ynyslas, the National Library of Wales to the Centre of Alternative Technology.

Benefit from their off peak prices early in the academic year. At Carlton Lodge Activity Centre, they have availability from 1 November to 31 March for day and residential programmes of adventurous activities. A 3 day inclusive package costs only £140 for all food, accommodation, 10 x 1 ½  hour activities including two on the first and second evenings. A 3 day off-site package is £175per person and a 5 day off-site package is £280 per person. Teachers are free. For more details or to book please contact Mark Faulkner on 01845 522145 or at Mark also mentioned that if the price is too much for some, they have a Bursary Fund, and look forward to hearing from you.