Kingswood

An adventure to remember

An adventure to remember, a taste of independence, a rush of adrenaline, a breath of fresh air, a sense of achievement and making memories that last a lifetime. That’s what we’re here for.

We are raising the bar to provide the very best outdoor learning experiences. A Kingswood adventure utilises experiential education and non-academic ways of learning to provide a taste of independence, the chance to make lifelong memories and gain a sense of achievement. The experience equips pupils with skills for their future and broadens their horizons to the opportunities available to them.

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Who we are

We are one of the most experienced providers of outdoor education in the UK. We were founded over 30 years ago and run over 1.2 million activity sessions each year. We now welcome over 165,000 young people from more than 75 countries around the world annually.

What we do

By taking pupils out of a formal classroom environment and into fun and exhilarating experiences focused on challenge and adventure, we encourage whole classes to bond and be captivated, the shyest to shine as leaders and the unmotivated to become the most enthusiastic about developing a new skill.

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Where we do it

With nine inspiring centres across the UK, plus a Château in France, we provide unbeatable learning experiences outside the classroom. Some of our locations have a friendly campus feel, with spacious buildings sprawling a large area, while others are smaller with all facilities close by, ideal for younger groups. From Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to nearby Sites of Special Scientific Interest, an array of learning environments are available at Kingswood. 

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Why we do it

We believe that a brilliant residential should be seen as a fundamental part of a well-rounded education. We know that our support in helping schools create life changing experiences that have a measurable impact back in school influences the futures of thousands of young people every year.

We are absolutely committed to helping you get the most out of your learning outside the classroom experience.

We know that successful outdoor residential experiences provide challenge, build confidence, promote independence, forge life-long friendships and also increase student engagement and attainment back at school. But don't just take our word for it...

Brilliant Residentials is a five year study by Learning Away of over 60 schools into the benefits of residential school trips.

 

Find out more about Brilliant Residentials

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How we do it

With a wide range of challenging, high-adrenaline and skill-based indoor and outdoor activity sessions, we’ll keep your pupils active throughout their stay. We strive to make our experiences as impactful as possible and continually improve every aspect of our adventures and add new activity sessions. We are always looking for new ways to develop and are supported by an advisory group including experts from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and Learning Away amongst others.

Who is Kingswood for?

We welcome young people from primary schools, secondary schools and a variety of groups. During the holidays we also offer kids only camps and family adventures.

Primary schools

Primary school residentials create life changing experiences that have a measurable impact back in school. 

Secondary schools

Our range of life skills and specific curriculum linked programmes are combined with your objectives to create a truly unique learning opportunity for secondary schools.

Non-school groups

We welcome a variety of non-school groups all year round, for day visits, great value weekend breaks and longer adventures.

NCS

Each year we welcome around 15,000 young people from to our centres to complete the residential element of their NCS programme.

Cubs and Scouts

We love welcoming Scouts to our centres because their ethos inspires us; and now Cubs and Scouts can work towards their Adventure Challenge Awards  .

International visitors

Each year over 165,000 young people visit Kingswood from 75 countries around the world to our immersive English language and adventure programmes.

Awards and accreditations

We are founding members of the British Activity Providers Association (BAPA) who regulate our industry and are accredited by other agencies such as the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), Adventuremark and the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, plus many activity National Governing Bodies.

Awards

Our residential programmes were awarded Best Educational Product 2016 at the British Education Travel Association's British Youth Travel Awards - find out more

We were awarded Best Residential Experience at the School Travel Awards - find out more

Peak Venture has been awarded the Gold Standard Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge by the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC) - find out more

Our apprenticeship programme has been awarded Gold in the Apprenticeship Employer Awards - find out more