Information for schools and groups

We offer a range of residential and day visit programmes for primary and secondary schools, and groups such as scouts and guides. Programmes can be tailored to the individual needs of schools and groups. We also offer revision programmes.

Our residential programmes

Primary schools

Each of the following programmes are set over three days.

Crate stacking

Cooperation and teamwork

Gain an understanding of the learning cycle, experience the building blocks of team formation and understand the benefits of a supportive team. Young people will have the opportunity to develop a range of communication skills both verbal and non-verbal. These activities include: communication and trust exercises, canoe, climbing or crate stacking and team build challenges.

Children playing with sticks and leaves

Wildlife and conservation

Gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the natural world through scientific investigations and hands-on engagement. Young people learn about their impact on the environment and how they can become better citizens. These activities include: canoe-canal conservation or woodland study, pond and wetlands, developing habitats and helping nature and the John Muir Trail.

Cliffe House grounds

Living landscapes

An opportunity to be immersed in the changing landscapes around our rural area. Young people will see and experience human impacts on the living landscape whilst exploring new locations. These activities include: a river walk, reservoirs or quarry climb, abseil, natural art or nightline challenge.

Rock climbing

Adventure programme

Engage in new and challenging experiences stretching comfort zones and developing confidence and self-belief. Throughout the residential, young people will increase their levels of resilience, independence and cooperation. These activities include: water activities, climbing, abseiling, bushcraft, archery and orienteering.

Secondary schools

Our work with secondary schools can include some of the following:

  • Geography field trip support for example river studies, limestone and karst landscapes
  • Environmental work and experiences working towards gaining the John Muir Award
  • Team building activities developing confidence, class cohesion, resilience and communication skills

Revision programmes

While providing your students a place to study we will add adventurous activities into their day. These will provide a mental rest and enable them to let off steam, helping them to positively re-engage with their learning throughout the day.

The activities on offer range from team and problem solving challenges to climbing and archery. This provides an opportunity to engage with as many students as possible.

Residential experiences have been proven to help develop students' engagement, focus and motivation within school and education. By embedding adventurous activities within the programme it allows for the development of key transferable skills such as, teamwork, communication and problem solving. These activities include: bushcraft - cooking, friction fire and woodland tools, crate climbing, archery and orienteering.

Day visits

Each day visit can be tailored to suit the needs of pupils and visitors please contact for more information and to discuss your requirements.


Self-led day visits

Prices start from £160.00 for a self-led day visit. Access to classroom, equipment such as pond dipping nets etc, facilities and adventure playground. These activities include:

  • Pond and wetland studies
  • Woodland studies
  • Woodland trails
  • Orienteering
  • Adventure playground
  • Environmental art
Children cooking marshmellows over a fire pit

Instructor-led day activities

Please note the price for instructor-led activities will change from 1 September to £200.

Led activities by Cliffe House staff from £190.00 per instructor. These activities include:

  • Climbing wall
  • Archery
  • Crate stacking
  • Bushcraft - woodland tools, cooking and fire lighting

Off-site examples:

  • Canoeing
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Climbing and abseiling
  • Caving


In addition to the programmes run at Cliffe House, we can also come to you to deliver activities such as bushcraft and archery.

We also offer and run day trips for secondary schools to support subjects such as geography and geology. This can involve activities such as caving, walking, climbing, canoeing and river walking. We also provide support to schools running Duke of Edinburgh awards especially around the expedition modules.

Away from Cliffe House the team also support residential trips up and down the country. These are generally for small group numbers and for a specific purpose such as a school topic or aim, for example walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Most recently trips have taken place in Scotland, the Yorkshire Dales and North Wales.

Courses and CPD training

Cliffe House runs numerous courses in outdoor learning such as, fundamental bush-craft skill days, archery GB instructor and British orienteering accredited courses. These run periodically throughout the year at the centre but can also be run on demand.

Schools can also buy into our services to enable pupils to gain accreditation in disciplines such as British canoeing awards, NICAS climbing awards and NNAS navigation.

Our staff will also come out to schools to give advice and assist in the development of outdoor learning within the school setting.

Environmental programmes

Our site and location enables us to run environmental and conservation programmes which can be run alongside a residential or a series of day trips to work towards the John Muir award.

The John Muir award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. It is open to all and suitable for upper Key Stage 2 and above. It provides a flexible framework where activities identified by your school, college, or youth organisation can be tailored to meet the needs of the group, the wild place(s) chosen, and the curriculum. It is achieved at an individual level, and can be used with class groups, whole year groups, small groups of learners, individuals and families.

For further information on outreach, courses and CPD training and environmental programmes please get in touch.