Cumulus Outdoors Swanage
Region: South WestDisabled Facilities: No
Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips
Address: The Springfield Grange Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5AL
Contact: 01929 555111
An action-packed programme of bushcraft, coasteering, waterpark, kayaking, mackerel fishing, crabbing, rock-climbing & abseiling, a Cumulus Coast adventure is the perfect choice for a school trip or leavers’ camp. Fun and educational, with links to the National Curriculum, the 3, 4 or 5 day programmes encourage students to enjoy and explore the great outdoors.
Set in a secluded camp on the edge of Poole Harbour, with 24 hour on-site pastoral care, each programme combines traditional bushcraft workshops with adventurous activities, from coasteering to kayaking and abseiling down sea cliffs. As a partner to the Jurassic Coast Trust we are now also able to offer bespoke educational sessions to incorporate added depth to your programme of activities into your school’s programme.
- Camp-craft: Students will work through workshops scenarios which cover a range of Bushcraft skills. Tailored to meet the age and abilities of the group, these workshops are designed to enhance their skills.
- Kayaking: The students will have a lot of fun, learning how to control their kayaks and developing confidence in the water through basic paddle strokes and water safety techniques.
- Mackerel Fishing: Students will be taken along the coast to the best fishing spots with a friendly skipper who will show them the ropes and explain the fishing technique. Hopefully bringing back lots of Mackerel for the camp fire!
- Rock Climbing & Abseiling: The students will learn how to fit a climbing harness, tie basic climbing knots and enjoy sea cliff climbing.
- Coasteering: An action-packed adventure along the world famous Jurassic Coastline, coasteering takes students on an exploration of caves, rock pools and cliffs. The activity includes swimming, scrambling and cliff jumping.
- Dorset Waterpark: Dorset Waterpark is a huge Woodland Waterpark spread over two lakes overlooking Corfe Castle. Each lake features different challenges for you to tackle.
- In-camp entertainment: The students will work in their teams to compete in a series of fun challenges, putting their problem-solving skills to the test
Food & Accommodation
Our coastal camp is set in the heart of stunning woodland next to Poole Harbour, where traditional tipis provide beautiful yet practical accommodation for our students and teachers. All of our meals are cooked at camp, using plenty of fresh ingredients. The campsite also boasts a large communual tipi with a central fire pit, a fully equipped kitchen with a generator for charging phones and laptops, plus we will take the students off your hands with our 24 hour on-site pastoral care.
Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Exclusive site in fabulous setting with all food cooked freshly on-site, offering 24 hour pastoral care and the ideal location for linking with Geography and History KS2 and KS3. Bespoke residential adventure programmes are delivered by highly qualified and experienced staff. Cumulus Outdoors provides the highest standards of safety and quality instruction from fully qualified, experienced and mature guides.
Educational sessions: With our partner The Jurassic Coast Trust, we can also offer bespoke educational sessions (see below).
Swanage and Purbeck lie on the south coast of Dorset and have stunning landscapes in all seasons.
The area is the eastern gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site – walk along the South West Coast Path and pass the magnificent Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Being surrounded on three sides by sea water, coastal Purbeck boasts some of the best sea views and spectacular scenery along the whole of the south coast.
Due to the outstanding geology and palaeontology, the Dorset (and East Devon) coastline has been listed as a Natural World Heritage Site and Jurassic Coastline. Above Swanage to the south lies Durlston Country Park, 263 acres of beautiful countryside overlooking Purbeck's Marine Research Area and from where you can walk round The Lighthouse and further along the South West Coast Path to Dancing Ledge, Winspit, Seacombe and St Aldhems Head. All of these have footpath routes back inland to Langton Matravers, Worth Matravers and Kingston.
Standing in the heart of Purbeck is the picturesque village of Corfe with its dramatic ruins of a medieval castle that commands the strategic gap in the Purbeck Ridge. Now run by the National Trust, the castle, once the most fortified in all England, was systematically destroyed after the Civil War. From this vantage point, you can enjoy stunning views across the Purbeck landscape to the sea.
What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?
A programme based on the preferences of the particular group will be created. This can vary from a simple selection of one or more activities to a more ambitious programme involving overnight stays in modern hammocks at our private bushcraft site. An example of a more involved programme had the pupils split into four groups who, over five days, enjoyed: Coasteering, climbing & abseiling, full day kayaking expedition with overnight stay on Brownsea Island in hammocks, foot expedition with overnight stay in our bushcraft site, mountain biking, raft building, independent journey into Swanage rounded off with all groups together for high ropes We would be happy to tailor the programme to the ages of the pupils, your expectations and your budget.
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AALA, Duke of Edinburgh Approved Activity Provider, Member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.
All staff are CRB Enhanced checked and First Aid qualified. All activity staff are fully qualified in their disciplines (eg kayaking, climbing etc)
Member NCC – National Coasteering Charter
What size groups do they cater for?
Up to 130 students
What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?
With our partner The Jurassic Coast Trust, we can also offer bespoke educational sessions to incorporate added depth to your programme of activities into your school’s programme of activities, provided by the Jurassic Coast Trust team of specialist ambassadors. These can be used to enhance and enrich the curriculum KS1 and KS2 Geography requirements on coastal landforms and procession of erosion.
These sessions can be tailored to link with specific sessions/activities and to the particular age group to add further content and detail.
Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?
Yes, no copyright restrictions.
How do you arrange a risk assessment?
We provide risk assessments for the teachers.
What are the contact details for their education officer?
Sam Thompson Tel: 01929 555111 Mob: 07551 808888
What does it cost?
Single activity, half day @ £22.00
Full day, two activities @ £31.00
A typical 5 day, 4 night Residential Week, with all activities included @ £330.00
One teacher per 10 included free in all cases.
Prices subject to VAT.
Is specific clothing required?
A kit list will be provided.
Do you have first aid on site?
Yes we have First Aid on-site, all staff are first aid trained.
What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?
We provide all activity and safety equipment, camping and cooking facilities and transportation if necessary, With our partner The Jurassic Coast Trust, we can offer bespoke educational sessions to incorporate added depth to your programme of activities into your school’s programme of activities, provided by the Jurassic Coast Trust team of specialist ambassadors. The central tipi (with fire pit) enables group sessions, meals and evening activities.
Are there disabled facilities?
Day activities are not suitable for wheelchair users. Overnight residential stays at campsite are not suitable for wheelchair users.
What are your opening days and hours?
Any reasonable times. Also, night activities are available, including overnight stays at our bushcraft site. Residential stays can be during the week or over weekends.
Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?
“Once again, thanks so much for last week, the pupils and staff had a superb time. Indeed, all the staff who have been involved in previous residential trips agree that this was by far the best they have been involved in. Our school has just become an academy and is going through major changes in the leadership. It is only because of this that, at the present time, I am unable to book for next year.
Thanks again for everything and I have my fingers crossed for next year (please feel free to use me as a reference for other schools).”
“We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and greatly appreciated the time that you and the rest of the team took in organising such a fantastic weekend. I was impressed with the coasteering, in particular the professionalism of the staff and their ability to control and care for the boys in some rather challenging conditions. The ratios used were ideal; the use of the send and receive strategy to coordinate the boys entering into the water was reassuring and, I thought, delivered exceptionally well by the staff team. I would not want to run a coasteering trip for this age group of boys in the future if you did not insist on this supervision strategy. I was also impressed with the manner that your staff engaged with our boys to create a fun, challenging and supportive environment.”
“Cumulus Outdoors ran a week long canoe and camp expedition along the River Wye for us last year and will be doing the same this year. The organisation and equipment was second to none and the group were in the very capable hands of the two professional guides. I would have no hesitation in recommending them, we’re now planning an additional Mountain Expedition and a Coastal Programme with Cumulus.”
“Thanks for a brilliant week with Cumulus, the group were great, the activity instructors were brilliant and the activities were awesome! So thank you very much.”
“Really great week, every activity was well organised and a combination of encouragement and proper instruction gives you the confidence to really push your own boundaries. The wide range of activities were all very well equipped and were run by professional instructors. The enthusiasm and commitment from the instructors also makes the trip much more enjoyable and fulfilling.”
“Thank you so much for providing us with such a fantastic day! Russell and the team were brilliant and by the end of the day even the most entrenched ‘haters’ of outdoor activities actually admitted that it had been fun. It was so interesting watching the different ways in which the teams approached the tasks, the leadership and the teamwork (or not, on occasion!) and some brilliant challenges!”
Issy, Sherborne School
Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
- Clear and concise communication throughout whole enquiry/booking process,
- Exclusivity, seclusion and setting of the campsite
- Teachers encouraged to attend site visits
- On-site pastoral care 24/7
- Fresh food all prepared on-site
- Wide range of activities to choose from including mackerel fishing and waterpark
- Broad range of school and youth activities, from residential stays and one-day activities to Duke of Edinburgh organised expeditions and activities
- Programmes can be tailored to suit requirement and budget
- We encourage and act on feedback to continually improve and innovate
- Rigorous attention to detail before and during the programme
Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University
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