Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Wide Horizons - Townsend Centre Cobblers Lane, Swanage , Dorset BH19 2PX

Contact: 01929 4224488



Wide Horizons Townsend Centre overlooks the charming landscapes of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast in Swanage. We welcome you with a superb location, jaw-dropping views and a comprehensive range of adventure activities covering all subjects.

At Wide Horizons Townsend Centre we can take any curriculum subject and use the outdoors to create an engaging hands-on experience for your pupils.

As an example, working as a team to understand forces, friction and flotation whilst raft building will really develop children's learning. The question and fun is: will the raft float when it comes to paddling in it?

We are proud of our long experience at building and delivering advanced learning experiences for children of all ages and backgrounds. Our residential programmes have a deep connection with the national curriculum's subjects and reflect our mission to deliver the most advanced learning experiences through fun and adventure.

The personal and interpersonal growth of the children who visit us is at the heart of our work and beliefs. 

We build partnerships with schools that go way beyond the transactional nature of a residential booking to jointly plan and deliver high quality Adventure Learning experiences, embedding the school curriculum from reception to year 7, 8 and 9.

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Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any accreditation such as Tourist Board, or AALA?
We have AALA License.

What group sizes do you cater for?
The Wide Horizons Townsend Centre can accommodate up to 126 people

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
We have dormitory areas that can accommodate up to 114 people and a bungalow that can accommodate a further 12 people.

What is the cost of the accommodation?
We have pre-agreed pricing which incorporates a discount dependent on upon the school percentage of Free School Meals. We also operate a Winter discount which allows for a 20% reduction of price between 1 November and 28 February.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We have Risk Assessments available and fire alarms / emergency light tested quarterly.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Scott Johnson, Adventure Learning Manager

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All our Tutors are First Aid trained. Even when they are not on site, we operate a duty phone system with local staff members on duty just a few minutes away.

Please list facilities available.
This beautiful centre has several classroom areas, many communal areas, a BBQ area, wet weather gear and much more.

What are your disabled facilities?
We have wheelchairs accessibility across the whole site. In addition we have two rooms with hoist, wet room/shower facilities, toilets, ground floor dormitories with direct access to landscaped grounds.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open all year round.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
‘Swanage is a magical adventure for kids of all ages. The trip includes fun like the team challenge, solving mysteries, walks into the forest and so much more.’

Callum, Year 6, Cardwell Primary School

‘My favourite things about my stay were being in the countryside, being with the animals, fishing for crabs, the beach and my lovely dormitory.’

Tayla , Year 6, South Rise Primary School

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres