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Discover the benefits of outdoor learning all year round

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Whatever the weather, time spent outdoors offers unique learning opportunities that directly benefits learning and behaviour back in the classroom. With this in mind, more and more schools are choosing to offer residential trips in the Autumn or Spring terms, giving more time for learning to be embedded back in the classroom.


We love to embrace the opportunity provided by the shorter days and bracing weather to enjoy activities that simply don’t work in the longer, hotter days of the Summer term.  Our Autumn/Winter residential school trips are available from September through to the end of April, making an Outdoor Adventure possible at any time of year. This is just a flavour of what your pupils can expect on their Autumn/Winter residential:

  • Dormitory-style accommodation in our cosy woodland lodges. (Option to camp still available Sept/Oct).
  • Evenings spent telling stories and toasting marshmallows around the camp fire.
  • Night walks
  • Astronomy and star gazing
  • Outdoor bushcraft activities
  • Year-round outdoor adventurous activities such as abseiling, climbing and archery

Cosy indoor woodland lodge accommodation

Situated in natural woodlands, at easily accessible outdoor centres close to the M1 and M25.


Adventure activities tailored for all seasons

Bushcraft and Outdoor activities that are designed to inspire a love of adventure.


Why brilliant residentials are not just for summer

The Brilliant Residentials campaign highlights the benefits of taking a school trip outside of summer.


Autumn/Winter residential trips from only £99.00

Affordable trips include accommodation, meals and outdoor activities delivered by Wildchild instructors



The Learning Away Foundation recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of the many benefits to schools and pupils of choosing a Winter residential. These are just a few of the reasons why schools shouldn’t discount the quieter Autumn / Winter months when planning their pupils’ next residential:

  • Greater flexibility on dates and trip duration during off peak months
  • Pupils can enjoy new outdoor learning opportunities and develop an appreciation of the great outdoors whatever the weather.
  • Teachers have the rest of the school year to benefit from the strong relationships forged, lessons learned and improvements in behaviour that are developed during the trip.
  • The added challenge and opportunity for team bonding when taking on activities and enjoying the outdoors in colder months.

For more information and to check availability for your Autumn/Winter or Spring school residential trip, feel free to get in touch… Call us on 0845 3717099 click here or email

  • "Thank you so much for a phenomenal trip – we couldn’t have asked for anything more. All children and staff have not stopped sharing stories about our experience. We’re definitely coming back next year!"

  • "We had a brilliant three days – a real highlight of the year for children and adults! One teacher summed it up as “the highlight of my career”. The children loved it and are already excited about the next trip"

  • "Just wanted to thank all the Wildchild team. We had such a great time! Everyone loved it. You have a great team. Everyone is so passionate and our kids felt at home, safe and looked after. They told me on the bus they did not even miss their parents. When you are having fun, time flies!"

  • "I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you for all the hard work you put in for us this weekend! We had such a good time and the children have been buzzing about it today, despite being very very tired!"

  • "A fantastic fun packed day with a lovely group of very enthusiastic instructors. Thank you to your team for making our outdoor adventure day such a positive experience."

  • "When we chose Wildchild to deliver our Year 7 transition residential the idea was for our new pupils to get to know each other, learn to work together and the importance of our natural environment. The trip did all of that and so much more – since returning to school we’ve noticed a real bond among pupils and teachers alike, and a big improvement in communication and teamwork. It was a fantastic experience and we look forward to doing it all again next year!"