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    Discover the benefits of outdoor learning all year round

    Autumn and Winter residential trips for schools


    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:

    • Accommodation in our fun and unique glamping pods, complete with underfloor heating or dormitory style woodland lodges.  (Camping still available Sept/Oct)
    • Evenings spent telling stories and toasting marshmallows around the camp fire.
    • Night walks
    • Astronomy and star gazing
    • Outdoor bushcraft and team-building activities
    • Year-round outdoor adventurous activities including abseiling, climbing, high-ropes, zipwire and archery.

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    “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 the next cohort are already excited about their trip”. Old Palace Primary School


    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.

    “An action-packed day and a half with every possible moment used to encourage confidence, independence and enjoyment of being outside”. St Winifred’s Primary School

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    Read more about the Brilliant Residentials campaign

    Flexible and comfortable all-weather accommodation

    Both our Hertfordshire and Surrey outdoor adventure centres offer flexible accommodation options to suit the season. Whether you opt for the stylish comfort of our underfloor heated glamping pods in Surrey or our cosy dormitory style woodland lodges in Hertfordshire, you’re guaranteed a warm and cosy place to unwind, relax and enjoy a good night’s sleep after a busy day of activities. Our camping village in both sites is open for bookings May-October, so you can still enjoy the authentic under canvas experience well into Autumn.

    To discuss a Wildchild Adventure for your school, click here or call us on 0845 3717099 now.

    • "Our children thoroughly enjoyed the variety of activities, which were run by fun-loving team members, who ensured all children were encouraged and safe. We, as a school, would recommend a visit by any school – we were so impressed we have booked again."
      De Havilland Primary School

    • "Our Year 3 pupils enjoyed a wonderful residential trip, thanks to Wildchild’s dedicated staff running great activities. It was a fantastic outdoor experience for our children, many of whom had never spent a night away from home. An exciting, fun-filled adventure led by a team who we really felt wanted us to get the most out of the experience!"
      Devonshire House Prep School

    • "It was the wholesome, outdoorsy experience these kids desperately need while growing up in London."
      Hugh Myddleton Primary School

    • "We switched to using Wildchild as our Year 4 residential trip recently and have been incredibly impressed with the service offered. Rebooking for this year and next year was a non-negotiable for us! I would not hesitate to recommend them and can’t wait to return!"
      Fairlands Primary School

    • "Wildchild’s ethos matches our own – teamwork, challenge and encouragement to face difficulties."
      Westfield Primary School

    • "Our Year 6 cohort had a fabulous time at Wildchild Adventure in 2019. The children were constantly entertained and challenged by the Wildchild Instructors who were also very dedicated and helpful! All transitions ran smoothly, and we were extremely impressed with the facilities!"
      George Tomlinson Primary School

    • "Kids loved it and we are returning next year. Fantastic outdoor experience and different from PGL."
      Allfarthing Primary School