Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Old Hollow West Malvern West Midlands, , WR14 4NR

Contact: 01684 574 546



We run bespoke courses for primary & secondary school children, in a safe and adventurous environment in which children of all ages and abilities can experience:

Exciting outdoor adventure activities

Meeting personal challenges along with developing an awareness of the needs of others;

Gaining a wider appreciation of the natural environments

Fully catered residential courses for weekend, 3 or 5 day courses throughout the year

Day courses, activities sessions, camping and tailored courses along with Curriculum based courses

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

At Malvern Outdoor Elements our aim is to ensure that all young people, regardless of ability, are given the opportunity to experience quality outdoor education in a safe environment.  We think of the Centre as our outdoor class room, no walls, no desk but plenty of opportunity to learn new skills, learn about yourself and have fun in the process; Our qualified staff work alongside you to plan and deliver a quality course whether curriculum based outdoor and fieldwork opportunities catering from national curriculum key stages up to university or adult groups.


This venue has the following accreditation:

The Centre is checked rigourously by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) our license no: L4962/R0207;) including the requirement for the level of qualifications of staff leading activities, appropriate risk assessments, health & Safety monitoring and standards of equipment.  The Centre is regularly inspected by Activity National Governing bodies, the ~Centre is covered by Public Liability Insurance through Activities Insurance Mutual;

We also offer bronze Duke of Edningburh camping facilities and Gold Duke of Edinburgh residential courses.

What size groups do they cater for?

Malvern Outdoor Elements is perfect venue for school groups, we have 9 acres of grassland & woodland with direct access to the Malvern Hills; we have 3 separate accommodation blocks:  
South block which sleeps 48 children and 6 staff; dormitory for children and 2 x 2bedded staff room & 4 single rooms with classroom, 2 common rooms, TV/dvd and kitchen area for making hot drinks

North Block which sleeps 42 children & 4 staff in smaller dormitories with 2 single en-suite staff room &  2 bedded room; north block has a separate common room with bowling alley, TV room with small kitchen area for making drinks;

Chalet accommodation sleeps 14 children & 2 staff in self-contained blocks; can be used for on a self-catering basis

We also have a campsite that can accommodate up to 20 with a fully equipped kitchen; showers; toilets & a fire pit;

All food is homemade and cakes are provided for each group for packed lunches and supper


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

Group leaders are encouraged to have a look around the Centre prior to the visit and bring any children that may have special needs or are nervous of overnight visit;  We arrange for one of our senior staff to visit the school – with a power point presentation, some equipment such as harnesses helmets ropes etc. to familiarize the children with the equipment;  We also have a parent sheet – see attached; When the children are here thy do a diary of their visit along with classroom sessions and reviews of each activity.

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

Teachers often film & photograph their groups on activities; we also request consent from parents to photograph children; Mobile phones tend not to work on and around the site.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We have a generic risk assessment statement that we send to all the school when they book; Staff are invited to view our extensive risk assessments at the Centre at a time convenient to them.


What are the contact details for their education officer?

Our Education officer is Mr. Nick Hands, email:; Tel 01684 574546


What does it cost?

Costs for trips to Malvern are very competitive, we have 3 scales of seasonal charges and incentives for larger groups; Prices range from £105 per pupil for 3 day visit; £210 for 5 day stay £80 for weekend for winter period (January/February); to £156 per pupil for 3 day stay peak season; £272 for 5 day stay & £142 for weekend course – 1st April to 31st October; We do not charge for accompanying staff to a ratio of 1:10

Bedding can be provided (duvet cover/pillow case) at £5 pupil or alternatively they can bring their own.  

Is specific clothing required?

Any specialist activity equipment is provided along with water proof, walking boots & wellies; a kit list is sent as norm to all schools.


Do you have first aid on site?

All our staff are qualified at First Aid at Work with continual training and up dating.


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

The Centre provides all meals, cooked breakfast along with cereals, yoghurt, toast & fruit; We provide the children with cold cuts and sandwich fillings for making their own packed lunches at breakfast, along with homemade cakes, fruit & yoghurt; Each block is provided with squash, tea/coffee & hot chocolate for use throughout the day, with homemade cakes provided at supper; we do not have facilities for buying sweets, drinks etc. Breakfast & lunch are eaten in dining room; packed lunches are eaten in the blocks or outside on a nice day

We have a small gift shop in site with things such as balls, Frisbee, drinks cups, torches etc. we usually suggest pupils bring £3 to £5

Are there disabled facilities?

With regard to disabilities we try and encourage a site visit so that the teacher and pupil can assess what is practical for individual needs; we have good access in the chalet with a disabled toilet and shower; we also have a ramp that can be used for access to dining room; We encourage inclusion in all activities where practicable including high ropes course, but would emphasis every child’s disability is individual and strongly recommend a site visit.


What are your opening days and hours?

Malvern Outdoor Elements is open all year for residential school trips and private hire;  early booking is recommended as the Centre tends to book up at least 12 months in advance; For activity sessions we offer 9.30 to 12.30 pm; 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm throughout the week depending on how many residential groups are on site.


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

Excellent provision – as always – very impressed by staff’s communication skills & ability to adopt to different children’s needs;   Very pleased with the support given to SEN child who was able to engage with activities and benefited well

Fairfield First School

My sincere thanks for all your hard work & for making our visit to Malvern so enjoyable.  The whole group had a great time and found your staff to be so positive and supportive.  Many of the children were away from home for the first time and this has been a positive stage of their development.

Cokethorpe School

All pupils and staff had a fantastic time, the support from Centre staff was outstanding and was maintained throughout the week;   thank you for all your efforts and making it such a memorable experience

Parkside Middle School

On behalf of the children & staff … I would like to express our thanks  for a wonderful three days, The children haven’t stopped talking about the experiences and are proud to say they have conquered fears, particularly heights, thank you once again for giving the children experiences which they will remember for a long time …

Abbeywood First School

… I also wanted to say a personal thank you for a really enjoyable few days.  The children really enjoyed themselves and are still talking about it now.

Kings Hawford School

I just wanted to write & thank you for giving us the  opportunity to bring KS1 pond dipping at the Malvern Hills Outdoor Centre – we were extremely lucky with the weather and the children were able to see a great deal of interesting fauna & flora – the children showed a huge amount of enthusiasm.

St James CE Primary School West Malvern

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

The Malvern Outdoor Elements is a not for profit organisaitiion enabling us to offer high quality adventure activities at a competitive rate without reducing the existing high standard provision of outdoor education courses along with improving facilities and future development, by continual investment in the site.





Information for parents/children

Day 1

School as normal, remember to bring luggage/packed lunch

    Leave to arrive at Centre for 10.30 am

    Met by Centre staff – introductions

    Unpack, make beds, equipment update,  packed lunch

    Fire Drill

    1.30 pm First activity – split into your group

    3.00 pm second activity

    4.30 pm finish activities – classroom to review the day

    5.15 or 6.00 pm – evening meal

    Kitchen duties for pupils

    7.00 pm evening activities

Day 2

    Early morning call – Breakfast – 7.30 am or 8.15 am;

    Make up packed lunches

    Kitchen duties

    9.00 am – Dorm inspections

    9.30 am – morning activities begin

    12.30 pm to 1.30 pm packed lunch

    1.30 pm afternoon activities begin

    4.30 pm activities finish – classroom session

    5.15 pm or 6.00 pm – evening meal

    Kitchen duties

    7.00 pm evening activities

Day 3

    Early morning breakfast call

    Strip beds, pack suitcases – take to designated area

    Breakfast Make up packed lunches

    Kitchen duties

    Dorm inspection

    9.30 am – morning activities

    Course debrief – certificates etc

    Lunch, shop

    1.30 pm – 2.00 pm depart

     Return to school by 3.30 pm


    Every activity run and led by fully qualified, insured Centre staff

    All children will be encouraged to have a go

    No one will be forced into doing something they don’t want to

    About personal challenges and team work

    Centre staff on 24 hour duties – each staff member fully trained first aider

    School staff will be available 24 hours and will have a nominated first aider, who will be in     charge of any medications

   The Centre caters for special diets including gluten free, lactose intolerant & nut allergies,  please  inform the school of any special dietary requirements in advance of your visit


    Duvet cover & pillowcase

    Medication in a clear plastic bag clearly labelled and with instructions on dosage etc.

    Packed lunch for first day

    Lunch box

    Plenty of old clothes

    Wellies/walking boots

    Slippers/indoor shoes

    Waterproof & Wellies – these can be provided by the Centre

    Small rucksack


    Empty plastic bag for dirty washing

    Night clothes

    Pocket money – usually £5 is enough as there is only a small gift shop on site

    NO MOBILE PHONES – no signal.  Visiting staff will have all emergency contact details with   them, they have access to land lines if anything arises

    GOODIES – this is up to the parent and school policy – the Centre provides evening cakes for  supper.


 Please visit our website for full details of the courses we have on offer

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

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

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies History Leisure & Tourism PE PSHE Science

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