Cumulus Outdoor Adventure Activities Swanage

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Areas served:

South West

The Springfield Grange Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5AL

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday


8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

What we offer

Choose one or two adventure activities and build your dream adventure day out, our ‘Challenge by Choice’ ethos means you’ll only ever do something you’re comfortable with. Activities include Coasteering, Climbing & Abseiling, Bush Craft, Kayaking, Beach Safety, Ropes Course, Raft Building, Mountain Biking and Orienteering.  We also have accommodation options available including ‘back to basics’ at our dedicated bush craft site sleeping out in hammocks. Membership of the National Trust allowing visits to for example, Corfe Castle.

What makes us a great choice?

Cumulus Outdoors runs a broad range of school and youth activities, from residential stays and one-day activities to Duke of Edinburgh organised expeditions and activities. Russell Thompson, Founder of Cumulus Outdoors, is a highly experienced Development Trainer who specialises in both Activity Based Learning and Performance Coaching for individuals, their teams and their leaders.

Russell's motivational training utilises Activity Based Learning in conjunction with Accelerated Learning Techniques, this is the art of learning through stimulating and thought provoking challenges, benefiting a broad range of nationalities and cultures. Russell trained the England Badminton team for the Commonwealth Games, a gold medal winner, and has worked with young people in the top schools in the UK, including Harrow and Benenden School. In early 2012 he worked in Sweden in -40 degree C. temperatures to assist Sir Ranulph Fiennes in selecting a team for his Antarctica expedition.

The carefully selected Cumulus staff and instructors have many years of experience. In addition to their facilitation skills they hold relevant national governing body qualifications to run the more adventurous side of the training and activities such as Coasteering, where we always have two Coasteering guides in the water for your excitement and peace of mind.

  • Clear and concise communication throughout whole enquiry/booking process,
  • Teachers encouraged to attend site visits
  • 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

Accreditation and Awards

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 (e.g. kayaking, climbing etc)

Member NCC - National Coasteering Charter

What is typically included?

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 Bush craft site or on Brownsea Island.

We would be happy to tailor the programme to the ages of the pupils, your expectations and your budget.

Group Sizes Catered For

Up to 40 for day activities, up to 130 for residentials.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

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 contact and detail.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes , No restrictions.

Risk Assessment Details

We provide risk assessments for the teachers.

Education Officer Information

Sam Thompson Tel: 01929 555111 Mob: 07551 808888

Pricing Information

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.

Clothing Requirements

A kit list will be provided.

First Aid Information

Yes we have First Aid on site.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Not suitable for wheelchair users.

Opening Hours & Information

Any reasonable times. Also, night activities are available, including overnight stays at our Bush craft site.


“I have had dealings with this company providing bushcraft and camping facilities for young people in Dorset. It is always a worry about the care that is given to children away from home, and this is one company with proper family values. You get a real sense that you can trust them as they respond at a very human level, whilst maintaining a totally professional approach. Bravo Cumulus, I'm impressed!”

“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 particularly helped too, by the beautiful weather.   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!”   Sherborne School

 “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.”

Other Information

New! Instructor Training Programme

Are any of your students looking for a career in the great outdoors

Put them on the right track…our Fast Track Instructor Training Programme is their gateway to the great outdoors and a new career as an instructor or guide.

Join our 15 week Fast Track Programme from 2nd November 2018 to 1st March 2019

Call 01929 555111 or email russell@cumulusoutdoors.com  

Limited places for an optimum experience!

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