Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Carey Road Wareham, , Dorset BH20 7PB

Contact: 01929 552 265



Carey Outdoor Education Centre is located in the heart of the Dorset countryside providing a fantastic venue for learning and living in the outdoors throughout the year.


The centre is set amongst private woodlands and provides accommodation options both under canvas and indoors, in addition to a range of activities which can be tailored to the needs of the group or curriculum. Groups are welcome residentially and for day visits. Carey can provide full catering facilities, or groups can self cater.



Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?


Activities: visiting groups can benefit from a bespoke programme delivered by our experienced team, a shared delivery using your own staff and Carey staff as required or the group can be entirely self-staffed.


We regularly review our activity provision and have a number of new activities on offer both on and off site.


New activities:


•    Mountain biking, on site skills and confidence building sessions or hit the trails and develop technique and fitness.

•    Rock climbing, either on the climbing wall or venture out onto the Swanage cliffs.

•    Kayaking and raft building on sheltered lakes or head out onto the harbour, river or sea.

•    Archery on our woodland range




•    Team building and problem solving

•    Natural shelter building, sleep out and cook own meal

•    Hammocks and Tarps overnight experience with hot drinks made on the Kelly kettles

•    Orienteering using our on site facilities or in the local forest

•    Low ropes challenge course

•    Traversing wall

•    Environmental and wildlife activities

•    Woodland crafts and art

•    Practical river studies

•    Sleeping in heavy weight, light weight and bunk house style accommodation


Camping at Carey Outdoor Education Centre really allows children and young people to connect with their natural environment.  They can see and hear birds and animals that they may never have seen or heard before.


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?


Visits can be tailored specifically to meet a range of outcomes.



This venue has the following accreditation:


Carey operates under the Dorset Outdoor Education Service AALS Licence



What size groups do they cater for?


Up to 130.



What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?


We can supply teachers’ resource packs for a range of self staffed options.



Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?


Yes, if agreed by parents/guardians.



How do you arrange a risk assessment?


We provide risk assessments for the teachers.



What are the contact details for their education officer?


Contact: Paul Burrows


01929 552265


What does it cost?


Groups tend to stay either three days/two nights at approximately £60 per person or five days/four night £120 full board and accommodation. Teachers are free on a ratio of 1:10



Is specific clothing required?


Yes, advice is given.



Do you have first aid on site?


All centre staff are First Aid trained.



What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?


We have picnic areas and a shop which sells souvenirs.



Are there disabled facilities?


Carey has disabled access to all classrooms and dining hall and specific shower and toilet facilities.



What are your opening days and hours?


24/7 all year round.



Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?


“A wonderful week, education in the environment – fully practical in all sessions – excellent for those who learn by doing.”


“The children loved every moment.  Safety was paramount.”

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

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Cycling Climbing Duke of Edinburgh Award Environment Centres Field Studies Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Residential School Trips SEN Sports Team Building Walking Tours Water Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism PE PSHE

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