The Swanage Centre Residential Education Facility

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Ben Hodder – Residential Manager

01929 475081

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South West

Harrow Drive Swanage, , Dorset, BH19 1PE

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5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

The Swanage Centre, a residential educational facility situated on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Bunkhouses | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

We offer high quality full-board accommodation for a variety of educational and recreational purposes from September to June and occupies an elevated position at the heart of Swanage.  We focus on Residential visits aimed at geography field studies, sports and activities, adventure sports, natural history, environmental art and the Jurassic Coast.

What makes us a great choice?

Our centre is surrounded by 7 acres of private land and protected with a comprehensive network of security cameras; in addition all bedrooms have individual keypads and sleep between 2 and 6. We can offer 21 state of the art classrooms with interactive whiteboards, a lecture hall and computer suites with Wi-Fi access. The on-site sports facilities are numerous with include own sports dome, heated indoor swimming pool, outdoor Astroturf pitches, perfect for teambuilding and our own fitness centre. We can cater for all your needs with our own on-site restaurant and shop.

What is typically included?

Indoor sports dome and swimming pool Astroturf pitches Five-a-side football Team building zone Basketball, tennis, badminton, squash & volleyball courts Dance & yoga studio Aeroball zone Mini golf course American pool Table tennis

Group Sizes Catered For

Groups up to 300.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Teachers and leaders can freely photograph or film their own students whilst on their stay, both on and off site.

Risk Assessment Details

Risk assessments can be provided upon request.

Pricing Information

Pricing starts from £44+VAT per student per night. One free teacher for every ten students that are booked. An evening option will be free of charge for any group booking over three nights.

First Aid Information

The Swanage Centre is committed to, and prides itself on, the high level of welfare we offer, an area where our inspections demonstrate we both exceed expectations and which has long been one of our core strengths. Our permanent residential staff, who are clearly identified by their uniform and name badges, are available for 24 hour support. We also have a Matron and welfare team to ensure your stay is as safe and comfortable as possible. Students’ health and happiness is our number one priority at all times. Our staff are fully trained in welfare and safeguarding.

Available Facilities

21 Classrooms with interactive whiteboards & internet access Assembly hall Lecture hall/cinema Teachers Lounge 2 computer suites Cafeteria and shop Free Wi-Fi Self service laundry Satellite TV Medical room

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Yes, we have accessible rooms and bathrooms.

Opening Hours & Information

We are open from September to June.


“The staff were very friendly and helpful. They helped up all the time and were always available and cooperative” “Great centre with a range of activities to do. The children and staff have loved the week.” “Thank you for another wonderful residential experience for our year 6 pupils and staff. Lovely organization, beautiful location and supportive staff.”

Location Information

The Swanage Centre is located in the Isle of Purbeck rated as one of the UK’s top resorts for natural beauty and is a short walk from the Blue Flag beach which is a perfect setting for both geography studies and water sports activities. The site is situated on Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This unique stretch of coastline has joined the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world. The coast is famous for its fossil discoveries, its unparalleled range of beautiful sandy beaches and its many historic towns and villages. For those with a love of the outdoors there are many popular sightseeing destinations within easy reach of The Swanage Centre. These include Durlston Country Park, Dancing Ledge, Winspit, Chapmans Pool, Poole Harbour, Wareham and Kimmeridge. The Tank Museum and Monkey World at Bovington are also popular with visitors to the area so is Lulworth Castle. Year round the Isle of Purbeck does have a lot offer.

Room Sizes and Facilities

Our bedrooms are all in a central accommodation building. Most doors are operated on a pincode system rather than using keys for security. They are spacious, clean, comfortable dormitories which sleep 2 to 6. The rooms are attractively furnished and provide plenty of storage and hanging space as well as lockers for personal items.  Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided and beds are made up prior to arrival. Shower and bathroom facilities are located close to each dorm, towels and soap are not provided. Boys and girls can be accommodated in separate sleeping areas with separate bathroom and shower facilities. Teachers and group leaders will be provided with rooms close to their students for convenience. Single and twin en-suite rooms are also available at additional cost, subject to availability. 

Booking information

Ben Hodder – Residential Manager Telephone: 01929 475081 Email: info@theswanagecentre.co.uk

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