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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  (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, crate stacking and archery.

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    “Our Autumn residential has strengthened relationships amongst the whole school community.  That helps us to work as a team to support the children through the rest of the year”.  Launcelot Primary, Year 6


    The Learning Away Foundation’s campaign aimed 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.

    “To any school thinking of a residential trip in the Autumn term, I would say this.  It’s definitely worth doing!  Holding our residential now, means we can reap the benefits for the rest of Year 6.  Facing challenges has taught the children that fear is a natural reaction to new/unknown situations but that we don’t need to let that stop us.  This is invaluable as they move towards preparing for SATs and the transition to secondary school” Launcelot Primary, Year 6

    Flexible and comfortable all-weather accommodation

    Both our Hertfordshire and Surrey outdoor adventure centres offer flexible accommodation options to suit the season, providing 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.

    • "A fantastic experience for both pupils and teachers. It's been fantastic to see the children grow with such amazing support around them""
      Markyate Primary School

    • "A perfect mix of adventurous and nature-based activities, delivered by wonderful staff in a lovely setting!""
      Fircroft Primary School

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

    • "Provided the children with the independence we needed. It also created an experience they will never forget""
      Loose Primary School

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

    • "Engaging, challenging, nurturing, taking all of us out of our comfort zones, connecting to the environment""
      Streatham and Clapham Prep

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