UK School Trips June e-Newsletter 2021
News from www.ukschooltrips.co.uk
16 June 2021
Dear Educational Visits Co-ordinator,
We want to thank all of the teachers and educators who use UK School Trips to plan trips and workshops, there were 29,009 of you in May which is so exciting to see. It is vitally important to support venues and workshop providers in getting back on their feet and recovering after all the lockdowns so are able to welcome our children and bring learning to life for many years to come. We are incredibly grateful for your help in doing this.
We would also like to thank everyone at the amazing #saveoutdoored campaign for tirelessly working to support the school trips industry in reopening and recovering. My heart goes out to our friends in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are still unable to fully operate residential school trips.
Here we have the latest on the #saveoutdoored campaign from Eve Shrimpton:
As we come towards the end of the school year children in England have been back out on successful and safe outdoor residentials. We’re loving seeing the pictures of all those happy faces back out and enjoying the benefits the outdoors can bring! Not such great news for outdoor centres and schools in the rest of the UK though. 15 months on Scotland residentials can still only take place on a single occupancy basis, and there is still a total ban on Welsh and Northern Irish schools taking their pupils on overnights. This is incredibly frustrating for centres, schools and children alike, particularly while trips are going ahead so successfully in England. In Wales centres are raising a legal challenge against the decision to maintain the ban on residential school trips while other aspects of the economy are reopened, we hope to have more information on that soon. We all know how important school trips are to children, what amazing development can take place in only a few days away and how this can benefit children’s mental and physical health. We really appreciate all the support that you’ve given to our campaign over the last 11 months, but it’s not over yet, please keep following the campaign and helping us to #SaveOutdoorEd for the future of residential outdoor learning all over the UK.
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Below we would like to welcome a selection of new school trip providers to join us but first:
WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR CHOSEN VENUE OF THE MONTH!
YHA – School Trips in England and Wales
Create your own unique adventure at our Venue of the month YHA. They are passionate about providing incredible, genuine school trip experiences in the epic landscapes of England and Wales. From self-led residentials to activity packages to day stays, everything they do can be tailored to the needs of your group to support their development and learning journey. With over 80 LOtC accredited sites, more than any other residential provider in the UK, they offer diverse residentials in inspiring surroundings with prices on packages fixed until February 2023. YHA are committed to making residentials as affordable as possible with winter stays starting from just £10 + vat per person per night.
Book with confidence with their Covid-19: Flexibility Guarantee
If you need inspiration, explore the latest YHA: School Trips Brochure
MENADUE RESIDENTIAL ACTIVITY CENTRE – North Cornwall
Set in an elevated position overlooking the dramatic coast and sandy beaches. Here educational groups can take part in a number of adventurous outdoor pursuits in a fantastic coastal countryside setting. They offer accommodation for school groups, camps, retreats and families. They cater for everyone in the wonderful surroundings and have 3 types of accommodation on site to suit all needs. You can pre-book the whole site to yourselves.
THE BIOASIS – Located at a surprise location in The South West in the year 2074!
Climate change has thrown our world into crisis. Your mission? Assemble your team and journey to The Bioasis. Reconnect with nature and prepare for an educational adventure like no other. This is the future of residential school trips. Mission teams are tasked with rewilding planet earth, reconnecting with nature, and learning to live an adventurous yet sustainable life. Two missions. Two levels of adventure. Two amazing school trips – either 6 or 10 days in length - both of which are perfect for biology and geography field studies trips, hands-on environmental science trips, as well as pure outdoor education and adventure.
COHORT HOSTEL – St Ives, Cornwall
Cohort St Ives, combines multi-award winning, school trip accommodation with reliable, friendly support to help you plan an inspirational trip to Cornwall. Famous for its Art, Heritage, Eco-innovation, Mining, Unique geographical landscapes and Sustainability St Ives is the ultimate school trip destination and you can visit Cohort's online itinerary planner to see the breadth of activities on offer:
With the mental health of our children high on the agenda you can combine a large dose of Blue Health with an engaging and unique itinerary:
St Ives is not just for summer, it's great all year round with some of the warmest winter weather in Europe:
It's also the perfect base to explore SW Cornwall:
One of London's premiere off-West End theatres, presenting a year-round programme of high-quality performance. Every season is guaranteed to have a mix of curriculum texts, new writing and cross-artform performance, all presented by some of the country's finest touring theatre companies. A visit to the theatre will always include a full theatrical performance, often the only chance to see a particular show in London, and may also include Q and A sessions with actors, talks from theatre professionals, practical drama workshops and theatre tours.
WORLD RUGBY MUSEUM & TWICKENHAM STADIUM TOURS
The World Rugby Museum achieved the Sandford Award in 2020. This follows the museum’s success as Best Sporting Venue at the 2018/19 School Travel Awards and successful online School of Ruck initiative which supported thousands of home learners and families during spring 2020. A school visit typically includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Twickenham Stadium, access to the highly interactive World Rugby Museum and a free, hands-on educational session from their learning programme.
WARPED SPORTS PAINTBALL & ACTIVITY CENTRE – Shropshire
Here students are engaged and stimulated through a range of adventurous activities that promote a wide range of skills and help to build confidence. Activities can be booked individually, or combined to create your own custom multi-activity package. An activity session with their expert staff offers an excellent opportunity to stimulate and engage young minds, promotes a wide range of skills, and builds confidence.
EDUCATION WORKSHOPS MARY ARDEN’S FARM – Stratford Upon Avon
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has reopened Mary Arden’s Farm as a dedicated outdoor education facility with special access for local and regional primary schools this year, offering pupils an authentic Tudor learning experience in a safe and secure environment. The children participate in a range of hands-on activities delivered within Covid-compliant guidelines. They included making wattle and daub, designing individual wall hangings, churning butter by hand, playing games, gardening and learning to jig Tudor–style. They also perform extracts from Macbeth, explore the grounds and meet some of the rare-breed animals.
UNIVERSITY OF YORK ACCOMMODATION
Offering outstanding value for overnight accommodation in the city of York, at their green, picturesque campus which is great environment to ensure a comfortable stay. They provide high quality rooms, which come with views of the stunning lakeside campus and there are world class sports & academic facilities on site. As if this wasn't enough, this school trip accommodation is also in short distance from York's medieval city centre.