Portland Outdoor Centre School Trip Outdoor Residential Centre Jurassic Coast Dorset

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Portland Outdoor Centre Castle Town, Portland, DT5 1BD

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

Portland Outdoor Centre is based in an old Victorian Hotel overlooking Portland Harbour.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

Full of character, Portland Outdoor Centre provides the perfect fully catered residential base to explore Portland, the Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach. With miles of dramatic sea cliff coastline and quarries, along with the sheltered harbour Portland provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities such as climbing, coasteering and canoeing.

With accommodation for up to 70 people on the first and second floors and classroom, social and dining space on the ground floor Portland Outdoor Centre is set up as a base for both field studies and residential outdoor activity programmes.

Portland Outdoor Centre is now taking bookings for the 2018 season after great success last year. It has a sister centre Brenscombe Outdoor Centre near Swanage that has been successfully hosting residential school trips since 1992.

Accreditation and Awards

We are licensed through AALA to deliver adventurous outdoor activities.

Group Sizes Catered For

Maximum group size 70.

Risk Assessment Details

Our accommodation and outdoor activities are risk assessed. We welcome teachers to arrange a pre-visit to help them with their risk assessments.

First Aid Information

All our outdoor activity staff are first aid qualified.

Available Facilities

There is good communal space on the ground floor and some outside space too. The communal space is used flexibly depending on the needs of the group. within this we have:

Large dining room and servery
Classroom with whiteboard
Communal area 
Teachers lounge 
Ground floor male & female toilets
Tuck shop

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

A ground floor bedroom and accessible bathroom.

Opening Hours & Information

The centre is open all year round 7 days a week.

Other Information

Outdoor activities on offer include:
Climbing and abseiling on the sea cliffs and quarries of Portland
Canoeing, Big Canoeing (in 10m long canoes that can carry 12 people), Kayaking, Raft Building, Coasteering, Weaseling, Team games and problem solving.

Room Sizes and Facilities

The rooms are all large with high ceilings. Most of the rooms sleep six in three bunk beds. Some rooms are ensuite other share communal bathrooms.

Booking information

Please book initially through Portland Outdoor Centre. 01305 822255 or email 

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