Adventures & Activities

Go Ape Junior course

Win prizes for your school with Go Ape's writing competition

2019-03-18T12:04:00+00:00

Go Ape is encouraging schools to get creative in and outside the classroom by entering its writing and drawing competition.

Rock UK's Summit Centre

New Rock UK centre opened by Prince of Wales

2019-03-06T10:13:00+00:00

Rock UK’s Summit Centre in Wales was officially opened by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.

Two girls on a Field Studies Council Adventure at Castle Head in Cumbria

FSC to run new Adventure Residentials in 2019 for Primary schools

2019-02-20T08:00:00+00:00

Selected Field Studies Council (FSC) centres are offering Primary schools the chance to give their pupils a wild adventure, in real environments, this year on its new residential activity school trips.

Climbing trees

DfE launches Activities Passport to inspire pupils and boost resilience

2019-01-07T10:57:00+00:00

The Department for Education has revealed further details of its Activities Passport. 

Inspire outdoor learning on these camping residential trips

Inspire outdoor learning on these camping residential trips

2018-12-24T11:01:00+00:00

Here are a selection of camping residential trips that you could take your class on in the UK.

National Memorial Arboretum

10 of the most read articles of 2018

2018-12-19T11:06:00+00:00

The last 12 months have been an exciting time for school travel. We look back at the most popular news stories and features online in 2018.

One school’s adventures at Oaker Wood

Case Study: One school’s adventures at Oaker Wood

2018-12-19T11:00:00+00:00

We hear from Wyche CE Primary School on their trip to Herefordshire residential centre, Oaker Wood.

Our Lady’s Catholic High School water activity

Reaching their potential: Outward Bound Trust

2018-12-17T15:25:00+00:00

Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston sent a group of Year 9 pupils on a residential to the Outward Bound Trust’s outdoor education centre.

Marine Conservation Society

5 expeditions to take school groups on

2018-11-22T11:08:00+00:00

We look at 5 school expeditions that will leave a lasting impression on your students.

Government aims to get children more active

Government plans revealed to get more children outdoors

2018-11-22T10:26:00+00:00

The Department for Education’s plans to encourage more schools to get children more active hit the headlines today, with the i newspaper leading with the story on its front page.

The Adventure Effect

VIDEO: Campaign launched by YHA to inspire outdoor adventures among children

2018-11-13T10:37:00+00:00

The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) has revealed its new campaign, The Adventure Effect, which aims to get more young people experiencing the benefits of the outdoors.

Clip 'n Climb Wicksteed Park

Wicksteed Park encourages activeness with new climbing attraction

2018-11-06T10:41:00+00:00

Wicksteed Park in Kettering is launching a new climbing venue

Students enjoying water sports

Grant helps hundreds of children experience water sports

2018-10-30T10:39:00+00:00

Pupils from a school in eastern England enjoyed new experiences in the outdoors thanks to a grant from the ‘#itsgreatoutthere’ initiative.

Computing

5 ways to take computing outside the classroom

2018-10-25T14:01:00+01:00

We look at five school trip ideas to teach children about computers, technology, and cyber safety.

Stamford Welland Academy school trip to Aberdovey outdoor education centre

Leaps and Bounds: Outward Bound Trust

2018-10-18T16:05:00+01:00

A “wild camp”, cooking over fire, using axes to chop wood and a veto on mobile phones, enabled a group of students to connect with nature and each other.

Treetop Nets

Treetop Trek and Treetop Nets reach school visit milestone

2018-10-17T10:54:00+01:00

Northern outdoor attractions Treetop Trek and Treetop Nets are celebrating a bumper year for schools. 

STOAwards

School Travel Awards finalists revealed

2018-10-10T09:20:00+01:00

Find out who the finalists are for this year’s School Travel Awards, ahead of the ceremony in November.

Twickenham Rugby

Twickenham Rugby Club launches new package for schools

2018-09-26T12:05:00+01:00

The educational visits will see students explore Twickenham Stadium and experience a training session at the Harlequins.

STA Travel Competition

Win £10,000 on a school trip with STA Travel

2018-09-20T16:21:41+01:00

Teachers booking a trip with STA Travel Education can enter a competition to win £10,000 for their next excursion.

Water-based activity

How to organise a water-based trip

2018-09-12T16:04:00+01:00

Annie-May Roberts, director of First Wave Adventures, tells STO how beneficial water-based school trips are, and what you need to do to organise a good one.

WWT

WWT Wetland Centres launches resources for planning school trips

2018-08-31T09:37:00+01:00

A new resource to help teachers plan learning outside the classroom has been revealed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).

Go Ape Nets Kingdom

Students to experience new heights at Go Ape’s Sherwood Pines

2018-08-28T12:11:00+01:00

Go Ape has just opened a new adventure course, Nets Kingdom, at its Sherwood attraction which can be experienced on an educational visit.

Literacy linked trips

Embracing Literacy and Literature through school travel

2018-08-21T15:45:00+01:00

With International Literacy Day coming up on 8th September, we look at a selection of locations and attractions offering English and Literature links.

Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction

New Chaucer-themed workshop at Canterbury Tales attraction

2018-08-17T09:51:58+01:00

The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction is launching a new workshop to coincide with its education day this autumn.

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KidZania launches educational solar system gaming activity

2018-08-14T14:57:00+01:00

KidZania London will be launching a new Starlink Space Station gaming activity in partnership with technology company, Ubisoft, to help teach children in Key Stages 2 and 3 all about the solar system and space.

VisitScotland

VisitScotland reveals new literature linked trail

2018-08-13T10:05:00+01:00

School groups visiting Scotland can now enjoy a trail which includes an array of fairy-tale and storybook features, tying in with Literacy studies.

Royal Albert Hall

Primary ideas for taking Music outside the classroom

2018-08-07T14:26:58+01:00

We round up a selection of school trips to music themed attractions that offer educational benefits to visiting students.

St Cuthbert's CE Primary School

Case Study: Studfold Walks and Trails

2018-08-01T12:37:01+01:00

Counting rabbits, navigating a maze and building a den were all part of a day of fun, fresh air and adventure enjoyed by a group of pupils from North Yorkshire.

BeWilderwood

5 theme parks and fun days out for schools

2018-07-31T10:22:00+01:00

We focus on school trips, from Drayton Manor Park to Zip World, that are guaranteed to give your students a fun day out.

Beamish The Living Museum of the North

Beamish Museum opens new historical attraction

2018-07-30T10:56:24+01:00

The ‘Remaking Beamish’ project has seen the opening of its first attraction, Joe the Quilter’s cottage, at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North in County Durham, ready for school visits.

Inner Hebrides

Celebrities recall their school trips memories

2018-07-18T12:43:31+01:00

We asked a number of celebrities to tell us about their most memorable school trip experiences, from looking for toads, to Scottish adventures.

KidZania

KidZania teams up with Nintendo Labo for new play-based creative fun workshops

2018-07-16T12:32:15+01:00

The interactive indoor city ‘run by kids’ has teamed up with Nintendo to launch a new play-based educational activity using the Japanese company’s Labo platform.

Wooden Eskimo googles Credit Science Museum Group Collection

Science Museum to host educational exhibition about the Sun

2018-07-12T12:38:14+01:00

The new display, due to open in October, will invite pupils to learn about the power of the Sun and its role in the solar system.

Kentwell Hall

Tudor days and history events revealed for Kentwell Hall

2018-07-11T14:03:36+01:00

The stately home in Sudbury has announced a host of educational days in the new school year including a history re-creation and Tudor-specific events.

Science Museum

Openings to look forward to in the new school year

2018-07-04T11:02:00+01:00

We take a look at new school workshops, launches and trips to get you in the planning mood for September.

Blue Bell Hill Primary School

STO accompanies Primary school to The London Bridge Experience

2018-07-02T14:19:11+01:00

STO’s Laura Sexton reviews Blue Bell Hill Primary School’s trip to the London Bridge Experience & London Tombs.

Bakers Dolphin

Children experience wild day out with Bakers Dolphin

2018-06-27T10:40:16+01:00

Children from four Weston-Super-Mare schools recently boarded a Bakers Dolphin coach for a trip to Longleat Safari Park, courtesy of Rotary International and KidsOut.

Making the most of the weather

School trips to make the most of the weather

2018-06-26T14:01:13+01:00

We round up school trip ideas to enjoy the summer term and beautiful weather, both in the UK and abroad.

Rock UK

Rock UK opens the doors to its newest centre

2018-06-25T16:09:00+01:00

Rock UK’s Summit Centre has welcomed the first residential group to its redeveloped activity centre in the South Wales valleys.

Zoo Quest

Chessington launches new zoo trail for schools

2018-06-25T15:14:14+01:00

Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey has revealed its latest resource, which takes pupils on an exploration trail around the attraction.

Eden Project

Eden Project expeditions available with NST

2018-06-22T10:54:41+01:00

Teachers considering a school trip to the Eden Project in Cornwall might like to book with school travel provider NST, which runs special tribe and rainforest themed workshops.

The Real Mary Kings Close

8 fun days out for Key Stage 1 and 2

2018-06-22T10:10:46+01:00

We round up some day trip attractions that are guaranteed to give your students a fun day out.

Wookey Hole show cave

Caving experience added to Wookey Hole educational programme

2018-06-18T12:26:37+01:00

Wild Wookey is a new physical adventure experience, suitable for school groups at Wookey Hole Caves.

Outward Bound Trust

Teacher Talk: The World’s A Classroom

2018-06-05T17:09:00+01:00

Jon Clarke, shadow headteacher at Walsall Academy in Bloxwich, on Everest, Ethiopia and breaking down barriers. 

Creative arts

How the creative arts can be explored on a school trip

2018-06-05T13:57:00+01:00

We round up some trip ideas linking to creative subjects and look at why they are so crucial for education.

KidZania London

KidZania events announced for the next school year, plus early booking discounts

2018-06-01T09:03:02+01:00

Those planning ahead to September can take advantage of KidZania’s offering, with details of its upcoming events already announced.

YHA

Making the most of your school trip

2018-05-29T11:10:58+01:00

Jamie Walls, Product Development Manager of Youth Hostel Association (YHA) shares with us his top tips for getting the most out of your next school trip.

Outdoor learning

Exams put outdoor learning at risk, says Project Dirt

2018-05-23T14:01:29+01:00

A new report by Project Dirt has revealed that outdoor learning is being cut back due to the pressures of testing and academic studies.

Outdoor Classroom Day

School playtime expert urges teachers to look beyond classroom

2018-05-21T10:07:02+01:00

Last Thursday was Outdoor Classroom Day, which saw more than 1.7 million children playing and learning outdoors worldwide.

Archery session at Mount Cook

Experiencing Roman life: Mount Cook

2018-05-03T15:10:00+01:00

Pupils from Middleton Community Primary School, in Derbyshire, were transported 2,000 years into the past with an immersive Roman residential experience at Mount Cook Adventure Centre. 

Developing English language

Developing English language and communication in Primary school children

2018-05-03T10:41:21+01:00

We look at ways to develop spoken and written English in Primary aged pupils through learning outside the classroom.

Winchester Science Centre

Winchester Science Centre launches STEM school trips

2018-05-02T10:49:00+01:00

From September, school children are invited to embrace Science and take a guided ‘mission through space’ as part of Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium’s new STEM experience.

Pupil Ruby Edwards on the zip wire

Lessons in laughter: Yenworthy Lodge

2018-05-01T15:16:00+01:00

In Year 6, children from Harwell Primary School have a week’s residential stay at Yenworthy Lodge, an outdoor activities centre set in six acres of woodland within the Exmoor National Park in Devon.

Kidzania

Kidzania launches new library career activity

2018-05-01T11:55:00+01:00

The ‘indoor city run by kids’ Kidzania in London has launched several new activities including a library and a deli food activity.

Credit YHA

YHA offers selection of packages for schools

2018-04-25T10:54:00+01:00

The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) has a variety of hostels across the UK and provides different packages for outdoor learning experiences.

Circle of Rediscovery

Circle of Life Rediscovery offers outdoor learning sessions for teachers

2018-04-25T10:45:23+01:00

The outdoor learning organisation has a number of teacher and educational leader-based events coming up this year, which provide those with the skills to carry out good LOtC practise with their schools.

Go Ape

Go Ape offers free forest school learning resources

2018-04-24T10:32:00+01:00

The treetop climbing and activity organisation offers plenty for school groups including forest school learning packs and curriculum linked resources.

Rooftop Rider Zip Wire

Mount Cook to open new rooftop zip wire

2018-04-23T12:17:00+01:00

Mount Cook Adventure Centre, a centre for activity trips and residentials, has unveiled Derbyshire’s first rooftop zip wire which will officially open on 7th May.

Artist impression of Neuron Pod

Works begins on new Science learning centre in London

2018-04-20T12:10:00+01:00

A new learning centre is now under construction in London’s East End which aims to encourage schools to enter careers in Science.

Kingswood

Kingswood expands offering with improved centre

2018-04-16T11:32:00+01:00

Residential organisation, Kingswood, has revealed its £1million investment in Grosvenor Hall adventure centre in Ashford, Kent.

National Experience Week

Five valuable experiences gained from school trips

2018-04-10T14:13:00+01:00

To mark National Experience Week this week, we take a look at some of the most treasured experiences school pupils can take away from school travel.

National Marine Aquarium

New boat trips to allow pupils to explore Plymouth Sound

2018-04-09T11:26:00+01:00

The National Marine Aquarium has announced it will be offering educational boat trips to explore the Plymouth Sound from this month.

SEA LIFE Blackpool

SEA LIFE Blackpool launches turtle conservation area

2018-04-04T11:03:00+01:00

The Merlin attraction has now opened its doors to its new turtle rescue zone which allows visitors to learn about conservation.

Miniland

Q&A with LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

2018-04-04T10:14:16+01:00

STO talks to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort’s schools executive, Jamie Lawrence about what’s new and on offer for schools visiting the park this year.

Wicker Man

Wicker Man ride opens at Alton Towers Resort

2018-03-27T12:44:00+01:00

The ride, based on the film by the same name, has now opened at the Staffordshire theme park.

Autism Awareness Week

Five autism-friendly school trip ideas

2018-03-27T10:40:48+01:00

To mark Autism Awareness Week, we’ve rounded up some attractions which cater for children with autism to make your next trip inclusive for all.

Kingswood

Kingswood campaigns for water sports safety

2018-03-26T17:06:17+01:00

The outdoor education provider has partnered with the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) as part of its ongoing commitment to water safety.

Ultimate School Trip

Winning schools revealed for Jet2holidays’ Ultimate School Trip

2018-03-26T10:36:00+01:00

Nine schools have secured a place on Jet2holidays’ Ultimate School Trip to Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Majorca, after winning the nationwide competition.

Summit Centre

Rock UK opens new adventure centre in South Wales

2018-03-23T10:20:00+00:00

This summer, Rock UK Adventure Centres will open its brand new outdoor activity centre in Wales, taking its total number of centres up to four.

The Big Pedal

The Big Pedal to encourage outdoor travel

2018-03-20T11:52:00+00:00

More than 1,000 schools and 400,000 pupils are taking on the challenge of ‘Around the world in 10 days’, as part of the charity Sustrans’ Big Pedal 2018.

World Rugby Museum

Teaching Physical Education beyond the classroom

2018-03-20T11:09:00+00:00

School Travel Organiser looks at different ways to get pupils interested in Physical Education, from specialist museums to sporting tours.

Celtic Harmony

CLOtC and Celtic Harmony to provide LOtC course for teachers

2018-03-19T12:24:42+00:00

A new collaboration between educational charity Celtic Harmony and The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) has been announced and will provide a new course for teachers.

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Case Study: Morocco

2018-03-14T20:37:15+00:00

Meeting Berber people and hiking were on the agenda for Bridgwater & Taunton College’s visit to Morocco.

British Airways i360 school trip

Sky-high education: British Airways i360

2018-03-13T14:45:00+00:00

A large group of high-flying youngsters enjoyed an unforgettable trip that gave them a birds’ eye view of their home city.

Legoland Windsor

Newest LEGOLAND® Windsor attractions open to visitors

2018-03-13T09:44:06+00:00

Three new features, each linked to various curriculum subjects, have opened at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort.

The Deep

Five attractions where schools can celebrate Science Week

2018-03-07T09:54:00+00:00

To mark Science Week this year, why not take your school on an interactive school trip? We round up some of the best attractions offering workshops and activities with a Science theme.

Clip 'n Climb Leeds

Climbing attraction suitable for schools to opens in Leeds

2018-03-07T09:42:00+00:00

A year in the making, Clip ’n Climb Leeds will open on 26th May and will boast 32 individual climbs making it the biggest in the North.

Southern Transit

Bus company launches free travel campaign for schools

2018-03-06T14:27:00+00:00

A Sussex bus and coach business is offering schools the opportunity to win free transport for educational trips, in response to what’s described as the ‘county’s ongoing education funding crisis’.

Children in the snow

Headteacher encourages families to embrace snow days

2018-03-02T16:23:00+00:00

A leading headteacher is encouraging parents to keep their children at home for snow days – to build special memories that are ‘far more valuable’ than anything that can be learned at school.

Credit Conway Centres

School residential a success despite heavy snowfall

2018-03-02T14:44:27+00:00

Residential organisation, Conway Centres, has revealed images of a recent school trip which took place during the 'beast from the east' as it's becoming known.

Dippy at Dorset County Museum

Follow Dippy the Diplodocus as he tours the UK

2018-02-27T12:25:00+00:00

Once the centre piece at London’s Natural History Museum, Dippy, a huge diplodocus skeleton, is currently visiting venues across the UK.

Wild Learning Centre

Learning centre and zoo ‘walkshops’ new for Chessington

2018-02-19T11:24:03+00:00

Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey will open a new Wild Learning Centre this year, where pupils can experience hands-on activities supporting the national curriculum.

Artist impression of the transformation at NRM

Wonderlab to be opened at National Railway Museum

2018-02-15T12:21:00+00:00

The National Railway Museum in York has revealed its plans to ignite young minds through the creation of an interactive engineering gallery called Wonderlab.

Abi Elphinstone

World Book Day series: Q&A with Abi Elphinstone

2018-02-13T15:54:18+00:00

To continue the run up to World Book Day, we speak to author Abi Elphinstone about her experiences as a children’s author and her memories of school travel.

The World of Beatrix Potter

Top ten places inspired by Literature

2018-02-09T10:26:06+00:00

With World Book Day edging closer, we suggest some school trip ideas to get pupils enthusiastic about reading and writing.

Predators at Longleat

Longleat’s Predators exhibition suitable for all Key Stages

2018-02-08T10:16:00+00:00

This year, Longleat in Wiltshire will be hosting a display of animatronic predators, including sharks, crocodiles and bears, which can be used to support the Science curriculum.

Charlotte McNeela

Teacher Talk: Broaden their horizons

2018-02-07T16:59:00+00:00

Charlotte McNeela, who was a finalist for last year’s School Trip Champion Award, talks about why education outside the classroom helps with every aspect of education and development.  

Jonny Lambert

KidZania to celebrate World Book Day with activities and authors

2018-01-24T16:53:56+00:00

KidZania has partnered with the Little Tiger Group to deliver a celebration of reading, writing and books, coinciding with World Book Day.

Science Week

Science Week announced at the British Motor Museum

2018-01-24T10:53:46+00:00

Building on its education programme, the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire has announced the launch of a Science Week for schools during the spring term.

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

Merlin reveals new features at attractions in Manchester

2018-01-22T15:41:00+00:00

Merlin Entertainments has revealed details of two new features to launch at Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, this year.

Poll reveals importance of outdoor education

Bohunt Education Trust poll highlights importance of outdoor education

2018-01-17T10:27:00+00:00

A survey commissioned by the Bohunt Education Trust (BET) has revealed that people want a greater focus on outdoor learning for schoolchildren.

A girl on a Go Ape Junior course

7 team building trips for Year 7 pupils

2018-01-11T12:07:00+00:00

Bridge the gap between unacquainted students by taking your new Year Sevens on a long or short term teambuilding trip.

Outside Classroom Day

Details for Outdoor Classroom Day revealed

2018-01-10T12:34:00+00:00

Outdoor Classroom Day, run by campaigners Dirt is Good and Learning Through Landscapes, will once again celebrate Learning Outside the Classroom and the effects it has on education.

Cadbury World

Cadbury World offers historical talk

2018-01-03T17:07:17+00:00

Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 are invited to learn about the history of chocolate through a talk called ‘Chocolate Through the Ages’ at Cadbury World.

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Campaign launched to promote equal opportunities for school trips

2017-12-19T15:20:00+00:00

A new campaign called Every Child Should has been launched in the UK and aims to promote making school trips, residentials and travel accessible to all children.

Paultons Family Theme Park

School trips 2018: what’s new?

2017-12-13T10:34:00+00:00

2018 will see a range of new workshops, learning spaces and educational events open up to schools. The launches span the age groups and subjects range from Maths to English. Here’s a round-up of all the new things you can expect from the field of learning outside the classroom (LOtC) next year.

LEGOLAND Miniland

New Geography curriculum links given the green light at LEGOLAND

2017-12-12T13:59:46+00:00

In 2018 LEGOLAND Windsor Resort will be opening its doors to both expanded and new attractions, which will feature iconic landmarks made of LEGO and tie in with the Geography curriculum.

KidZania

KidZania announces details on January school careers event

2017-12-06T14:04:41+00:00

KidZania London has revealed the launch of the 2018 Careers Fair, a special three-day event for children where industry professionals will run a series of talks providing valuable insight into a whole host of different careers.

The Mail Rail

Q&A with The Postal Museum

2017-12-06T10:49:00+00:00

The Postal Museum in London opened earlier this year; we talk to Sally Sculthorpe, the learning manager, about the appeal for school trips and what is on offer.

KidZania

KidZania launches cricket ground for kids

2017-12-04T10:50:00+00:00

KidZania in London has revealed a new facility for its young visitors in partnership with Middlesex Cricket, called ‘Lord’s Cricket Ground at KidZania’.

Fleet Air Arm Museum

Trips to get pupils into engineering

2017-12-01T09:53:00+00:00

A round-up of school trips to get Key Stage 2 to 5 pupils inspired by engineering.

Dick and Dom

Jet2 launches ‘Ultimate School Trip’ competition

2017-11-29T09:44:07+00:00

Schools across the UK have the chance to win a place for an entire class of nine to 13-year olds on what is described as the ‘Ultimate School Trip’ with Jet2holidays.

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Southbank Centre to offer musical workshop next year

2017-11-27T11:42:00+00:00

The Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre in London will be offering schools a new music workshop from January 2018.

Tree Hoppers

Ten adventure experiences with educational benefits

2017-11-23T15:19:00+00:00

A selection of locations for school trips suitable for the adventurous, courageous and the brave.

Case Study: Rock UK, Frontier Centre, NorthamptonshireSchool: All Saints CE Primary School, Nuneaton, WarwickshireSubject: PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education)Number of pupils: 40

Case Study: Rock UK

2017-11-21T15:46:29+00:00

A night walk, bush craft, and trying new foods were all part of a trip to Rock UK for All Saints CE Primary School pupils.

The Blackpool Tower

Primary and Secondary education available at The Blackpool Tower

2017-11-16T10:10:00+00:00

Earlier this year, The Blackpool Tower extended its schools programme, with more workshops and interactive sessions now available.

Theo Paphitis

KidZania Challenge to put enterprise on the school agenda

2017-11-14T16:39:05+00:00

Following the launch this weekend of the UK’s first entrepreneur festival for children held at KidZania, the attraction is inviting children to take part in a new KidZania Challenge, for Global Entrepreneur Week.

Twickenham Stadium

New rugby museum at Twickenham to offer education

2017-11-06T10:13:00+00:00

The newly relocated World Rugby Museum at Twickenham Stadium, in London, will open in February 2018 with a new educational offering.

Ski-ing

Eight tips for booking your first ski trip

2017-11-02T15:54:07+00:00

Select School Travel offers some advice to teachers and organisers planning their first school ski trip.

Carlisle Castle

English Heritage properties offer expert-led school visits

2017-11-01T10:09:55+00:00

A number of English Heritage properties now offer expert-led school visits linked with the curriculum.

Adventure Wonderland educational show

Adventure Wonderland offers new workshops for 2018

2017-10-30T15:00:17+00:00

The theme park, Adventure Wonderland, near Bournemouth will be introducing two new workshops to its educational programme next year.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum offers new workshops for Key Stage 2

2017-10-24T08:59:09+01:00

The Natural History Museum in London has recently launched a new workshop for Key Stage 2 and redeveloped another.

Parliament Week

KidZania to take part in Parliament Week

2017-10-18T11:31:02+01:00

The ‘indoor city run by kids’ will be taking part in Parliament Week on 14th , 15th and 16th November, by inviting children to partake in Parliament related activities.

Cadbury World

Cadbury World unveils new curriculum-linked talks

2017-10-10T13:58:00+01:00

Pupils visiting Cadbury World, in Birmingham, will see traditional chocolate making demonstrations on a self-guided tour of the Cadbury World attraction.

My Best School Trip Award

My Best School Trip finalists revealed

2017-10-09T14:26:00+01:00

Following a successful judging day held in London, five finalists have been selected for this year’s ‘My Best School Trip’ Award.

Artist impression of The Sill

YHA opens a new youth hostel

2017-09-29T14:58:41+01:00

YHA’s brand new flagship Youth Hostel in Northumberland National Park is now taking bookings.

Learning Away

Study reveals too many children miss out on residentials

2017-09-29T10:21:00+01:00

A recent study, carried out by Learning Away, has revealed that far too many children are missing out on potentially life-changing residential experiences.

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Learning Away launches Winter Residentials campaign

2017-09-28T12:18:38+01:00

Campaigning group, Learning Away, has launched its new campaign, #WinterResidentials, which will encourage more life-changing experiences for young people.

The Rainforest Rangers Table

New underwater classroom opens at Sea Life Blackpool

2017-09-25T11:12:36+01:00

Sea Life Blackpool has unveiled a new underwater classroom, suitable for school visits, that provides students with the opportunity to learn about marine life first-hand.

Iceland

New tour operator offers teachers easy trip planning

2017-09-19T15:05:01+01:00

New tour operator, Glo-Ed, based in Oxford, launched earlier this year and offers schools itineraries around the world.

Preparing pupils for later life

Preparing pupils for later life

2017-09-15T09:57:27+01:00

We focus on some top trip ideas to help prepare pupils for later life including college, university and careers.

Drayton Manor Theme Park

Drayton Manor introduces new Key Stage 2 workshop

2017-09-11T14:45:05+01:00

Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth is introducing a new workshop for visiting schools, which ties in with Science.

At-Bristol

At-Bristol to relaunch as ‘We The Curious’

2017-09-05T16:50:00+01:00

At-Bristol has announced that it will be undergoing a refurbishment and relaunching as ‘We The Curious’.

Redfield Edge Primary School Dino Day

Exhibition to coincide with Dinosaur Takeover at Bristol museum

2017-08-22T15:07:47+01:00

An exhibition that opened in June at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is now offering school workshops to accompany it as well as a Dinosaur Takeover in November.

PGL Bawdsey Manor

PGL centres to open in Suffolk and Yorkshire

2017-08-18T12:55:00+01:00

PGL is opening two new residential centres, PGL Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk and PGL Newby Wiske Hall in North Yorkshire.

Alton Towers

10 of the Best Cross Curricular Trips

2017-08-18T12:07:00+01:00

One trip, multiple subjects; where to go for a truly cross-curricular educational experience, from theme parks to museums.

Shakespeare's New Place

Explore Shakespeare’s New Place via new virtual app

2017-07-24T11:42:00+01:00

Shakespeare’s New Place is one of 12 locations that can be seen through a new phone app called England’s Historic Cities, which is described as an ‘augmented reality product.”

School pupils at Kidzania

Tackling PSHE: top attraction ideas

2017-07-21T12:19:00+01:00

STO takes a look at some school trip ideas for teachers to take their class on a PSHE trip.

Kirk Ella Primary School

Learning Away awards schools for residential experience

2017-07-18T16:20:00+01:00

Two schools have recently been recognised by Learning Away for providing their pupils with ‘Brilliant Residential’ experiences highlighting the importance of LOtC.

British Motor Museum

British Motor Museum launches new schools programme

2017-07-17T12:06:00+01:00

The series of new workshops and activities will tie in with the curriculum for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Tim Peake

Space Days available for schools at National Science and Media Museum

2017-07-13T15:58:27+01:00

The National Science and Media Museum has launched a new exhibition which features astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft.

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Dippy the dinosaur goes on tour

2017-07-13T12:28:00+01:00

With the new whale skeleton taking over at the Natural History Museum, the diplodocus skeleton, is off on tour.

Mr Broad accepting Chateau du Baffy prize

Winner of Select School Travel residential trip revealed

2017-07-12T16:29:42+01:00

A school in Welwyn in Hertfordshire has been revealed as the winner of a free residential trip to Chateau du Baffy, Normandy, run by Select School Travel.

The Bank of England Museum

Teaching children about money

2017-07-10T14:14:00+01:00

STO looks at cross-curricular school trips that teach children about money and budgeting.

Battlefield Live

Case study: Battlefield Live

2017-07-03T09:48:20+01:00

STO finds out about Bishop's Blue Coat CoE High School's annual trip to Battlefield Live in Knutsford.

Legoland Windsor

Legoland Windsor reveals details of 2018 school workshop

2017-06-30T14:30:07+01:00

Legoland Windsor has announced details of its newest school workshop which is expected to be available from next year.

Work on the Wild Side

Research focus: The Work on The Wild Side report

2017-06-30T10:43:00+01:00

STO looks into research that suggests that the UK’s leading schools place value on learning outside the classroom.

Treetop Trek

Manchester launches new Treetop Trek

2017-06-28T12:03:00+01:00

A new treetop adventure park at Heaton Park, Manchester, is now complete and ready to open to the public.

Dino Jaws at Life Science Centre

Dino Jaws exhibition opens at Life Science Centre

2017-06-26T12:13:00+01:00

A new display is now open at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle, which looks at dinosaur bones.

The Great Yorkshire Show

School trips to county shows

2017-06-21T09:45:56+01:00

STO looks at county shows around the country and what they offer visiting schools.

The York Dungeon

New Viking workshop at The York Dungeon

2017-06-16T09:49:28+01:00

The York Dungeon has launched a new workshop which ties in with the Drama curriculum.

School children at the Pit Stop at Kidzania London

Trips that harness play to educate

2017-06-15T10:32:00+01:00

An element of play can help to deepen pupils’ learning. So, why is it important and where can you take a school group to?

Winter Wonderland

School discounts for Manchester Winter Wonderland

2017-06-13T16:46:00+01:00

Manchester’s Christmas attraction, Winter Wonderland, will return again this year and will be offering special rates for schools.

Beamish Suffragette activity

Teaching children about voting, elections and politics

2017-06-13T10:50:00+01:00

There are several school trips available across the UK that are designed to bring politics to life.

East Ayrshire Council

A Q&A with... The East Ayrshire Council

2017-06-13T10:35:00+01:00

STO talks to Willie White, education officer for East Ayrshire Council (EAC) to find out why learning outside of the classroom is so important.

Iceland

Rayburn Tours launches new Geography trips to Iceland

2017-06-08T16:36:28+01:00

Tour operator, Rayburn Tours, is introducing new school trips to Iceland.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Emirates Spinnaker Tower launches new educational resources

2017-06-07T15:43:35+01:00

The Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth is refreshing its educational offering with three new resources.

Legoland Discovery Centre

Birmingham to welcome new Legoland Discovery Centre

2017-06-07T15:37:02+01:00

Merlin Entertainments has announced that a new Legoland Discovery Centre will be constructed at Birmingham Barclaycard Arena.

Norfolk Lakes

Manor Adventure to open new Norfolk sports centre

2017-06-05T10:03:22+01:00

Activity company, Manor Adventure, has added a new sports centre to its list with the Norfolk Lakes Adventure Centre.

Forensic Outreach

Cross curricular learning through crime scene investigation

2017-06-01T09:20:02+01:00

A look at the work Forensic Outreach does with schools.

Camley Street Natural Park

Learning hub in development at Camley Street Natural Park

2017-05-31T13:00:06+01:00

The London Wildlife Trust has announced that Camley Street Natural Park will undergo a renovation, which will conclude in a new visitor centre and learning hub.

Eureka

Getting pupils hands-on during Science trips

2017-05-30T12:29:00+01:00

STO unearths some school trips that allow pupils to really get hands on with Science.

Circus skills and magic tricks

What have fidget spinners got to do with school trip planning?

2017-05-23T12:39:54+01:00

Fidget spinners are the latest school bag must-have. STO looks into what school trip planners could learn from the craze.

Rock Climbing

New research: outdoor learning and self efficacy

2017-05-23T11:09:58+01:00

A look at the interim results of the Outward Bound Trust's latest research study, which suggests that outdoor learning can have a lasting positive effect on pupil self esteem and self-efficacy.

New Scientist Live

New Scientist Live welcomes school visits

2017-05-23T11:01:00+01:00

New Scientist Live, taking place at ExCel London, will encourage pupils to get involved in the world of Science.

Cadbury World

How to make Maths fun again

2017-05-17T13:11:30+01:00

The TES recently reported that the Maths sats exams had reduced pupils to tears. Here are a few ideas for school trips that should bring the subject back to life for pupils.

The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience launches educational packs

2017-05-15T13:51:46+01:00

School visits to The London Bridge Experience can now be accompanied by educational packs.

No school wants to imagine that a crisis could happen on their own school trip. Unfortunately, once every dark day, accidents – which are unpreventable as far as school staff are concerned – happen.

The 5 Ps and school trip crisis control

2017-05-12T11:30:00+01:00

Ways in which schools can prepare themselves for a crisis, even if it means thinking about the unthinkable.

Rainbow Factory

Life after SATS week; school trips to de-stress

2017-05-10T17:10:41+01:00

As headlines roll out about the negative effects sats are having, we suggest a few feel-good school trips.

Shrek's Adventure!

Merlin introduces new workshops to three London attractions

2017-05-10T11:34:00+01:00

Madame Tussauds, Shrek’s Adventure! London and The London Dungeon have launched school workshops that link to the curriculum.

The V%26A Museum

How the V&A is championing design education

2017-05-08T15:47:50+01:00

The V&A’s new DesignLabNation project will provide opportunities for school trips. We decided to find out more.

In light of recent Pisa rankings that reveal the UK to be one of the worst countries for pupil happiness, STO picks out some curriculum-linked trips that will put a smile on students’ faces.

School trips and happiness

2017-04-26T09:21:00+01:00

Is the UK really one of the worst countries for pupil happiness? Here are some trips that will put a smile on students’ faces.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge now more accessible for school groups

2017-04-19T12:53:00+01:00

The English Heritage site, Stonehenge, is even more school friendly now that a new coach park has been opened.

Wild Beach

How wild beach sessions can connect children with the coast

2017-04-18T10:46:00+01:00

We look at the concept of Wild Beach and how it can inform LOtC practice in schools that are miles away from the seaside.

School trips benefit teachers

5 ways school trips can be beneficial for teachers

2017-04-13T13:44:20+01:00

STO rounds up the research to look at the ways in which school trips can have a positive impact on teachers.

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Short sightedness; another reason to get kids out of the classroom

2017-04-06T10:46:00+01:00

Record numbers of children are now developing short sightedness; teachers have got more reason than ever before to get their pupils outside.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Getting a taste of the Isle of Wight first-hand

2017-04-05T11:02:21+01:00

Over the weekend of 1st and 2nd April, 50 teachers from across the country visited the Isle of Wight.

James from Arthur Terry School

Pupil Perspective: How outdoor education has helped me

2017-04-04T14:36:35+01:00

STO talks to James, a Year 12 student, about the impact outdoor education has had on his life.

Shakespeare's London Tour.

Shakespeare Themed Bus Tours Launched For Schools

2017-03-31T09:33:02+01:00

A brand new bus tour called Shakespeare’s London is now available for schools and will allow pupils to explore Shakespearean London.

Dinosaurs in the Wild laboratory experience

Dinosaurs in the Wild to introduce educational experience

2017-03-29T10:41:30+01:00

The creators behind the live action show, Dinosaurs in the Wild will be introducing an educational experience for schools.

Ninjago at Legoland

New theme world set to open at Legoland

2017-03-20T09:50:00+00:00

Legoland in Windsor has announced that it will be launching a brand new theme world called Ninjago.

Forest Schools

The 5 elements of great LOtC

2017-02-23T14:16:31+00:00

Sarah Blackwell, chairman of the Archimedes group of companies that delivers Forest School training across the country reveals what she considers to be the five key elements that contribute to a successful LOtC experience.

Rock UK

Rock UK offers free taster days to schools

2017-02-13T14:43:00+00:00

Rock UK is offering schools the chance to trial its adventure centres for free by bringing students to one of its sites for a day of activities with lunch.

Lee Valley Regional Park

Anniversary competition offers free school trip to Lee Valley Regional Park

2017-02-09T15:01:22+00:00

To mark the 50th anniversary of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, the Youth and Schools service is calling pupils to enter a competition.

Learning Beyond the Classroom conference

Details revealed for Learning Beyond the Classroom conference

2017-01-30T15:42:38+00:00

It has been announced that a Learning Beyond the Classroom conference will take place on 21st April at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, in Surrey.

Alternative PE lessons.

Alternative PE lessons

2017-01-19T16:48:00+00:00

Obesity is said to be at an all-time high and a sedentary lifestyle for both children and adults is becoming more and more commonplace.

Conkers

Conkers introduces new educational visits for 2017

2017-01-17T10:58:05+00:00

Conkers, the visitor attraction in Leicestershire, has announced that it will be offering new educational visits this March.

Paintballing at Quex

Itinerary idea: Quex Activity Centre

2016-12-16T14:26:40+00:00

Here's how Key Stage 2 to 4 pupils can spend a day at Quex Activity Centre in Kent.

Obstacles at the Mersea centre

Essex Outdoors receives £2m investment for education

2016-12-14T11:46:57+00:00

Essex Outdoors has been awarded a £2million investment to improve the educational facilities across its visitor centres.

City of Caves

Science, History and Geography at the City of Caves

2016-11-23T14:30:09+00:00

The City of Caves in Nottingham provides educational experiences and workshops for Key Stages 1 to 3 that tie in with the History, Geography and Science curriculum.

Betteshanger Park

Outdoor education at Betteshanger Park

2016-11-09T15:29:00+00:00

Betteshanger Park in Kent offers a wide range of outdoor activities based around encouraging students to get involved, work as a team and build self-confidence.

Beamish The Living Museum of the North

History, travel and business for schools at Beamish museum

2016-10-19T11:58:00+01:00

Beamish The Living Museum of the North will be expanding its attractions. STO looks at what will become available.

Pond dipping at Carymoor

A day at the dump: education at Carymoor landfill site

2016-09-14T14:14:20+01:00

Rachel Bailey reports on why learning at a landfill site like Carymoor Environmental Education Centre has its perks.

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Educational rates launched at Vertigo Adventures Stanborough Park

2016-09-09T09:21:02+01:00

Vertigo Adventures Stanborough Park in Hertfordshire’s Welwyn Garden City has launched special rates for educational groups.

PGL's street dance workshops.

Street dance workshops from PGL

2016-07-29T10:25:33+01:00

Outdoor adventure provider, PGL, is offering street dance workshops to Secondary school pupils on selected dates throughout the 2016/2017 academic year.

Gorge walking%2C Oaklands

Focus on: Oaklands Outdoor Education Centre

2016-07-27T09:46:58+01:00

Located in the Conway Valley is Oaklands Outdoor Education Centre which provides outdoor learning for Years 5 to 7.

Learning on Brownsea Island

Squirrel safari and island life: learning on Brownsea Island

2016-07-21T09:55:00+01:00

National Trust-owned Brownsea Island has an extensive range of activities, both fun and educational, for students of all ages.

Students can learn to rock climb with Acorn Adventure.

Focus on: Acorn Adventure

2016-07-14T12:31:38+01:00

Through adventure camps and activities Acorn Adventure provides opportunities for pupils to enhance their personal development in terms of skills such as confidence, resilience and team work. School Travel Organiser takes a closer look.

Children

5 outdoor learning centres you might not know about

2016-06-23T09:29:00+01:00

The end of the summer term sees schools from all over the country heading out on residentials and outdoor learning trips. While big centres run by the likes of PGL and YHA always go down a storm, there are a variety of lesser-known options available to teachers. Here, STO focuses on five.

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African Adventures launches School Geography Challenge

2016-06-15T14:50:28+01:00

African Adventures has launched a School Geography Challenge, giving schools the opportunity to win a trip to Kenya.

The building of the Dragon's Lair

The Bishop’s Palace to open new interactive learning experience

2016-05-31T15:12:29+01:00

An educational natural play project called The Dragon’s Lair will open at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells this summer.

Mammoth bones at the centre

From minibeasts to mammoths: study in Shropshire

2016-05-25T09:32:15+01:00

A look at some top workshops available for Key Stage 1 and 2 at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Ringsfield Eco Activity Centre

Eco Therapy and Earth Education at Ringsfield

2016-05-11T14:52:00+01:00

Rachel Bailey spoke to Simon Paylor, the centre director at Ringsfield Eco Activity Centre, about outdoor learning.

The Benefits Of Outdoor Learning With Alex Staniforth

The benefits of outdoor learning with Alex Staniforth

2016-05-05T14:46:00+01:00

School Travel Organiser spoke to new YHA Ambassador Alex Staniforth about his experience of outdoor learning.

Sarah Duff in Kenya

Pupil review: my African adventure

2016-04-28T17:02:25+01:00

16 year old student Sarah Duff gives her view on a ten-day trip she took to Kenya with school expedition company Africa Adventures.

The John Muir Award For Schools

Happy birthday John Muir

2016-04-21T16:20:19+01:00

On the day that would have been adventurer John Muir’s birthday, School Travel Organiser takes a closer look at the John Muir Award and what it can mean for schools.

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Focus on: Cadbury World

2016-03-31T15:53:45+01:00

School Travel Organiser investigates the learning opportunities available at Cadbury World.

How to teach PE with Real Madrid and Manchester City FC

2016-03-30T16:08:28+01:00

Looking for a way to inspire your students in Physical Education? School Travel Organiser takes a look at the work sports travel company, inspiresport, does, in connecting pupils with elite sport teams.

When deputy head teacher John Lomas took a group of Key Stage 4 pupils to Kenya last year his goal was to help them become more globally aware, to give them a new appreciation of what they had, and to make a difference to schools in Kenya.

Case study: Seeing Kenya with African Adventures

2016-03-04T14:39:00+00:00

Last year 31 pupils from Springfield School travelled to Kenya on a School Expeditions trip with African Adventures.

Kingswood.

Residentials; what are the benefits beyond fun?

2016-01-27T11:33:21+00:00

School Travel Organiser takes a look at some of the benefits of residential trips and in particular Kingswood, a residential organisation located at ten different sites, which offers school groups a range of activities to support learning outside the classroom.