We asked specialist residential centres, school tour operators and attractions what their hopes are for the future as the UK emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
We went along to meet some of the Milton Keynes Theatre pantomime cast of Jack and the Beanstalk, including some of the Diversity clan, to discover what they can remember from their school days.
Let’s face it, 2020-2021 has been a hard time for residentials, for schools and residential centres. The good news is that many teachers are looking ahead to 2022-2023 and planning fantastic trips for their students.
A week away from home on a residential stay during the summer holidays could help children feel more confident about the prospect of transitioning from primary to secondary school in the autumn, says outdoor education provider Kingswood.
Schools will be able to try out new activities at Green Park Centre in Buckinghamshire which has been added to the Inspiring Learning portfolio.
A selection of ideas to instil positive mental health and wellbeing among your students at a time when they may need it the most.
Outdoor adventure specialists, Inspiring Learning, are encouraging more children to engage in outdoor activities as a way of helping to reduce the nation’s rising stress levels.
School groups can book to experience a new outside adventure game concept being launched this spring by The Escape Games Company in association with English Heritage.
In the letter sent to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, outdoor education experts, celebrities and others highlight the serious impact of the pandemic on the industry.
British explorer Ed Stafford has spoken about why it is vital that children experience adventure outdoors and reflects on his own school trips as a youngster.
Overnight UK trips should be able to resume after Easter and international travel should follow in the 2021/22 school year - that’s the message from the outdoor education and school travel sector.
Activity providers, like Cumulus Outdoors and many others, have had to adapt to changing government advice at short notice. Director of the provider, Tom Campbell-Hill, shares their approach and plans for this year.
Weardale Adventure Centre in Cumbria has created a video to show how the outdoor education sector has been affected by the pandemic.
The CEO of the UK Sailing Academy (UKSA), Ben Willows, writes about the impact of the ban on residentials and why it’s crucial there is a plan for reopening.
The Field Studies Council (FSC) has said that thousands of students could become part of a lost generation of learners unless England and Wales follow Scotland’s lead in financially supporting outdoor learning centres.
Kingswood is welcoming schools back to its residential centres for day trips, meaning pupils can still get all the benefits of an overnighter in one day.
An online petition is calling for teachers and school trip providers’ support to put pressure on the Government to allow residentials to restart.
Anita Kerwin-Nye, head of strategy and engagement at the YHA, has said she wants more children back outside learning, as the charity prepares to reopen five sites later this year.
Essex Outdoors has been offering pupils an activity-fuelled escape from the classroom for more than 50 years, remaining popular with teachers across the UK. Here’s how the team can offer you an exhilarating school trip.
BeVenturesome, a company based in Swanage that strives to get children learning outside the classroom, has launched its #AdventureAtHome campaign to keep children active and engaged while indoors.
An award-winning adventure hub in North Wales where getting stuck into new activities and challenges helps students to develop essential life skills.
Pupils can now enter Go Ape’s annual Adventure Stories Competition, which encourages children to get creative and put their skills to the test in a writing and drawing contest, with prizes up for grabs.
The attraction, inspired by the children’s books of the same name, is planning to open its gates on 18th July in south Cheshire, offering pupils an ‘imaginative and adventurous’ day out.
Children and teachers can escape the classroom and bring lessons outside with the launch of Zip World’s ‘Gravity in Geography’.
Welcoming both day visitors and residential guests, Weardale Adventure Centre in the North Pennines offers a personal service from the moment a teacher first makes contact, to arriving at the centre.
George Peters, outdoor education and Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) coordinator at Bohunt School Wokingham reports back on the Bronze expedition.
STO’s Harry Rogers speaks to mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE about his work with the YHA and how taking children away from the classroom can have such a positive impact on their wellbeing.
Workshops, surf lessons and activities are now available to book at The Wave attraction soon opening in Bristol.
Pupils from Lyndhurst Primary School in Camberwell were gifted an adventure-packed day out at Go Ape after one of its teachers met a Go Ape director at last year’s School Travel Awards.
Essex Outdoors prides itself on making sure that all its school groups have amazing experiences and develop life-long memories whilst staying at its centres.
Gledhow Primary School staff and classmates at the presentation of Rory’s prize for Go Ape’s Let’s Get Creative competition.
School pupils are now able to take part in The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience, putting their mental and physical skills to the test.
Progressive and multiple trips have the biggest effect on children’s learning and development, charity leader Anita Kerwin-Nye told educational visit coordinators at the event.
David Czerwinski, schools programmes team leader at outdoor residential and activity provider, Kingswood on how to ease the pressure with residentials.
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 in Wales was officially opened by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.
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.
The Department for Education has revealed further details of its Activities Passport.
Here are a selection of camping residential trips that you could take your class on in the UK.
We hear from Wyche CE Primary School on their trip to Herefordshire residential centre, Oaker Wood.
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.
We look at 5 school expeditions that will leave a lasting impression on your students.
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 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.
Wicksteed Park in Kettering is launching a new climbing venue
Pupils from a school in eastern England enjoyed new experiences in the outdoors thanks to a grant from the ‘#itsgreatoutthere’ initiative.
We look at five school trip ideas to teach children about computers, technology, and cyber safety.
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.
Northern outdoor attractions Treetop Trek and Treetop Nets are celebrating a bumper year for schools.
Find out who the finalists are for this year’s School Travel Awards, ahead of the ceremony in November.
Teachers booking a trip with STA Travel Education can enter a competition to win £10,000 for their next excursion.
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.
A new resource to help teachers plan learning outside the classroom has been revealed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).
Go Ape has just opened a new adventure course, Nets Kingdom, at its Sherwood attraction which can be experienced on an educational visit.
With International Literacy Day coming up on 8th September, we look at a selection of locations and attractions offering English and Literature links.
The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction is launching a new workshop to coincide with its education day this autumn.
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.
School groups visiting Scotland can now enjoy a trail which includes an array of fairy-tale and storybook features, tying in with Literacy studies.
We round up a selection of school trips to music themed attractions that offer educational benefits to visiting students.
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.
We focus on school trips, from Drayton Manor Park to Zip World, that are guaranteed to give your students a fun day out.
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.
We asked a number of celebrities to tell us about their most memorable school trip experiences, from looking for toads, to Scottish adventures.
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.
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.
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.
We take a look at new school workshops, launches and trips to get you in the planning mood for September.
STO’s Laura Sexton reviews Blue Bell Hill Primary School’s trip to the London Bridge Experience & London Tombs.
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.
We round up school trip ideas to enjoy the summer term and beautiful weather, both in the UK and abroad.
Rock UK’s Summit Centre has welcomed the first residential group to its redeveloped activity centre in the South Wales valleys.
Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey has revealed its latest resource, which takes pupils on an exploration trail around the attraction.
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.
We round up some day trip attractions that are guaranteed to give your students a fun day out.
Wild Wookey is a new physical adventure experience, suitable for school groups at Wookey Hole Caves.
Jon Clarke, shadow headteacher at Walsall Academy in Bloxwich, on Everest, Ethiopia and breaking down barriers.
We round up some trip ideas linking to creative subjects and look at why they are so crucial for education.
Those planning ahead to September can take advantage of KidZania’s offering, with details of its upcoming events already announced.
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.
A new report by Project Dirt has revealed that outdoor learning is being cut back due to the pressures of testing and academic studies.
Last Thursday was Outdoor Classroom Day, which saw more than 1.7 million children playing and learning outdoors worldwide.
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.
We look at ways to develop spoken and written English in Primary aged pupils through learning outside the classroom.
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.
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.
The ‘indoor city run by kids’ Kidzania in London has launched several new activities including a library and a deli food activity.
The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) has a variety of hostels across the UK and provides different packages for outdoor learning experiences.
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.
The treetop climbing and activity organisation offers plenty for school groups including forest school learning packs and curriculum linked resources.
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.
A new learning centre is now under construction in London’s East End which aims to encourage schools to enter careers in Science.
Residential organisation, Kingswood, has revealed its £1million investment in Grosvenor Hall adventure centre in Ashford, Kent.
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.
The National Marine Aquarium has announced it will be offering educational boat trips to explore the Plymouth Sound from this month.
The Merlin attraction has now opened its doors to its new turtle rescue zone which allows visitors to learn about conservation.
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.
The ride, based on the film by the same name, has now opened at the Staffordshire theme park.
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.
The outdoor education provider has partnered with the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) as part of its ongoing commitment to water safety.
Nine schools have secured a place on Jet2holidays’ Ultimate School Trip to Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Majorca, after winning the nationwide competition.
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.
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.
School Travel Organiser looks at different ways to get pupils interested in Physical Education, from specialist museums to sporting tours.
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.
Meeting Berber people and hiking were on the agenda for Bridgwater & Taunton College’s visit to Morocco.
A large group of high-flying youngsters enjoyed an unforgettable trip that gave them a birds’ eye view of their home city.
Three new features, each linked to various curriculum subjects, have opened at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
Once the centre piece at London’s Natural History Museum, Dippy, a huge diplodocus skeleton, is currently visiting venues across the UK.
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.
The National Railway Museum in York has revealed its plans to ignite young minds through the creation of an interactive engineering gallery called Wonderlab.
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.
With World Book Day edging closer, we suggest some school trip ideas to get pupils enthusiastic about reading and writing.
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, 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.
KidZania has partnered with the Little Tiger Group to deliver a celebration of reading, writing and books, coinciding with World Book Day.
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.
Merlin Entertainments has revealed details of two new features to launch at Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, this year.
A survey commissioned by the Bohunt Education Trust (BET) has revealed that people want a greater focus on outdoor learning for schoolchildren.
Bridge the gap between unacquainted students by taking your new Year Sevens on a long or short term teambuilding trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 in London has revealed a new facility for its young visitors in partnership with Middlesex Cricket, called ‘Lord’s Cricket Ground at KidZania’.
A round-up of school trips to get Key Stage 2 to 5 pupils inspired by engineering.
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.
The Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre in London will be offering schools a new music workshop from January 2018.
A selection of locations for school trips suitable for the adventurous, courageous and the brave.
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.
Earlier this year, The Blackpool Tower extended its schools programme, with more workshops and interactive sessions now available.
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.
The newly relocated World Rugby Museum at Twickenham Stadium, in London, will open in February 2018 with a new educational offering.
Select School Travel offers some advice to teachers and organisers planning their first school ski trip.
A number of English Heritage properties now offer expert-led school visits linked with the curriculum.
The theme park, Adventure Wonderland, near Bournemouth will be introducing two new workshops to its educational programme next year.
The Natural History Museum in London has recently launched a new workshop for Key Stage 2 and redeveloped another.
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.
Pupils visiting Cadbury World, in Birmingham, will see traditional chocolate making demonstrations on a self-guided tour of the Cadbury World attraction.
Following a successful judging day held in London, five finalists have been selected for this year’s ‘My Best School Trip’ Award.
YHA’s brand new flagship Youth Hostel in Northumberland National Park is now taking bookings.
A recent study, carried out by Learning Away, has revealed that far too many children are missing out on potentially life-changing residential experiences.
Campaigning group, Learning Away, has launched its new campaign, #WinterResidentials, which will encourage more life-changing experiences for young people.
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.
New tour operator, Glo-Ed, based in Oxford, launched earlier this year and offers schools itineraries around the world.
We focus on some top trip ideas to help prepare pupils for later life including college, university and careers.
Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth is introducing a new workshop for visiting schools, which ties in with Science.
At-Bristol has announced that it will be undergoing a refurbishment and relaunching as ‘We The Curious’.
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 is opening two new residential centres, PGL Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk and PGL Newby Wiske Hall in North Yorkshire.
One trip, multiple subjects; where to go for a truly cross-curricular educational experience, from theme parks to museums.
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.”
STO takes a look at some school trip ideas for teachers to take their class on a PSHE trip.
Two schools have recently been recognised by Learning Away for providing their pupils with ‘Brilliant Residential’ experiences highlighting the importance of LOtC.
The series of new workshops and activities will tie in with the curriculum for the 2017/2018 academic year.
The National Science and Media Museum has launched a new exhibition which features astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft.
With the new whale skeleton taking over at the Natural History Museum, the diplodocus skeleton, is off on tour.
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.
STO looks at cross-curricular school trips that teach children about money and budgeting.
STO finds out about Bishop's Blue Coat CoE High School's annual trip to Battlefield Live in Knutsford.
Legoland Windsor has announced details of its newest school workshop which is expected to be available from next year.
STO looks into research that suggests that the UK’s leading schools place value on learning outside the classroom.
A new treetop adventure park at Heaton Park, Manchester, is now complete and ready to open to the public.
A new display is now open at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle, which looks at dinosaur bones.
STO looks at county shows around the country and what they offer visiting schools.
The York Dungeon has launched a new workshop which ties in with the Drama curriculum.
An element of play can help to deepen pupils’ learning. So, why is it important and where can you take a school group to?
Manchester’s Christmas attraction, Winter Wonderland, will return again this year and will be offering special rates for schools.
There are several school trips available across the UK that are designed to bring politics to life.
STO talks to Willie White, education officer for East Ayrshire Council (EAC) to find out why learning outside of the classroom is so important.
Tour operator, Rayburn Tours, is introducing new school trips to Iceland.
The Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth is refreshing its educational offering with three new resources.
Merlin Entertainments has announced that a new Legoland Discovery Centre will be constructed at Birmingham Barclaycard Arena.
Activity company, Manor Adventure, has added a new sports centre to its list with the Norfolk Lakes Adventure Centre.
A look at the work Forensic Outreach does with schools.
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.
STO unearths some school trips that allow pupils to really get hands on with Science.
Fidget spinners are the latest school bag must-have. STO looks into what school trip planners could learn from the craze.
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, taking place at ExCel London, will encourage pupils to get involved in the world of Science.
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.
School visits to The London Bridge Experience can now be accompanied by educational packs.
Ways in which schools can prepare themselves for a crisis, even if it means thinking about the unthinkable.
As headlines roll out about the negative effects sats are having, we suggest a few feel-good school trips.
Madame Tussauds, Shrek’s Adventure! London and The London Dungeon have launched school workshops that link to the curriculum.
The V&A’s new DesignLabNation project will provide opportunities for school trips. We decided to find out more.
Is the UK really one of the worst countries for pupil happiness? Here are some trips that will put a smile on students’ faces.
The English Heritage site, Stonehenge, is even more school friendly now that a new coach park has been opened.
We look at the concept of Wild Beach and how it can inform LOtC practice in schools that are miles away from the seaside.
STO rounds up the research to look at the ways in which school trips can have a positive impact on teachers.
Record numbers of children are now developing short sightedness; teachers have got more reason than ever before to get their pupils outside.
Over the weekend of 1st and 2nd April, 50 teachers from across the country visited the Isle of Wight.