UK Active Wellbeing College Day Trips & Tours
A recent study by mental health charity Mind has shown that more than two-thirds (68%) of young people have indicated that during lockdown their mental health worsened.
This stark figure demonstrates just how much lockdown and other restrictions continue to have a damaging effect on our young people.
However, it’s important to look towards the future and explore ways your college can support your students’ mental health and wellbeing both now and throughout 2021. Numerous studies have shown that being in the outdoors can improve mood, reduce stress, and build resilience – all key factors in improving mental health.
A day trip to an outdoor activity centre is a great value option and is in line with the Department for Education’s advice around educational trips for the spring term. It enables your students to challenge themselves, get to know their peers and develop their responses to challenging situations – all while having fun!
|1||Morning departure from college to centre. Take part in two outdoor adventure activities.||Lunch served at centre, followed by two outdoor adventure activities.||Depart on coach back to college|
|Morning||Morning departure from college to centre. Take part in two outdoor adventure activities.|
|Afternoon||Lunch served at centre, followed by two outdoor adventure activities.|
|Evening||Depart on coach back to college|
Price Shown includes
- Return executive coach transportation
- 4 x outdoor adventure activities
- On-site support from your dedicated 'Groupie'
- Experienced activity instructors on-site
- 1 in 8 free place ratio
Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points in March 2021 and is subject to availability
Additional on-tour support:
- Dedicated Support - Your group will be assigned a dedicated 'Groupie' who will be on hand throughout the day to provide support to you and your students.
- Activity Instructors - All activity instructors are specifically trained for our programmes to ensure the delivery of safe and rewarding sessions.
Activity centre activities
Got a head for heights? This exhilarating activity allows you to scale down the side of our purpose-built towers leaving you with a great sense of achievement!
A cross between trampolining and volleyball! Use the bounce from the trampoline to stop your opponents scoring goals whilst trying to score some yourself. Not as easy as it sounds!
A test of courage, communication and teamwork. Can you and your team all manage to get up the telegraph pole and balance on the tiny platform at the top? A tough challenge and you’ll need to help each other, or you won’t succeed but if you do there’s a great view from the top!
Swimming ability and water confidence are important life skills. Aquafun is about ensuring your pupils safely enjoy the experience of being in the water. It takes the form of games and team activities in our centre swimming pools, under the constant supervision of our qualified lifeguards. The actual activities will depend upon individual level – whether it’s developing water confidence, improving swimming skills or working on personal survival and life-saving skills.
Do you see yourself as a bit of a Robin Hood or Maid Marion? Archery is about technique rather than strength, so everyone has the chance to excel. A bow and arrows can be tricky to manage but your instructor will teach you how to use them safely and help you hit the bullseye!
An opportunity to see some of the amazing sights in the natural environment close to our centres. Take a walk along the beach or coastal path close to your centre and take part in the challenges and activities created by our staff.
Introducing ‘Buggy Build’! Our fantastic new activity that relies on teamwork, skill and determination to build your moving ‘buggy’ using only the materials provided. In a much dryer version of our most loved ‘raft build’, compete against the opposing team in a series of challenges and obstacle courses, how long will your buggy survive?
Unlike a kayak, canoes are open topped, and many take more than one person. Whether it’s your first time in a boat on one of our lakes or you are a more experienced paddler, canoeing is always exciting, challenging, fun – and occasionally very wet!
The Challenge Course is legendary - it’s a well-loved and popular activity with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved; it can even get quite competitive sometimes! As your pupils negotiate the various obstacles that lie ahead, it’s an experience that will promote teamwork, lateral thinking, problem solving and decision-making - as well as being physically challenging too.
Climbing may look easy but if you’ve never tried it before you’ll find it needs a surprising amount of strength and agility – it’s a sport you can easily become hooked on! Some centres have indoor walls, some have outdoor climbing towers or some use actual rock crags. Wherever you're climbing you'll always have our top-quality equipment and trained staff to keep you safe. There’s masses to learn – even before you leave the ground you will be shown how to identify and control risk and you’ll have an introduction to the basic skills and techniques of climbing. Once you’re on the wall it’s your determination, clear thinking and adrenaline that will help get you to the top!
A hugely popular water sport that has spread across the globe from Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands where these boats are traditionally found. Dragon Boating requires strength and determination but most importantly teamwork. Your instructor will helm (steer) the boat but success in the race depends on the ability of your team (up to 24 people) to work together to paddle rhythmically and effectively throughout. Make no mistake, the team in the other boat will be equally determined to win but no matter who wins there’s always lots of fun, laughter, splashing and shouts of encouragement throughout.
This Olympic sport is both physically and mentally demanding. It will help you develop good hand to eye co-ordination and lightening quick reflexes and has been described as being a bit like playing chess at 150 miles per hour! Fencing is great fun for any beginner playing at a basic level but also offers plenty of opportunity for development. So, let our qualified instructors teach you the basic principles and safety procedures - and get stuck in!
How high will you go? You’ll be harnessed into a two-seater swing before the rest of your group start hauling you up to 10m high. It’s up to you and your partner to decide how high you want to go before pulling the release cord to send you hurtling down towards the ground before swinging up towards the sky. Nothing like the swings you find at your local park this breath-taking activity is so popular we’ve now introduced it to even more of our centres.
High Ropes Course
When you are 10m off the ground even the simplest task can be a challenge and there is nothing simple about our High Ropes courses. Sometimes described as a challenge course in the sky, you will need all the determination and balance you can summon to get round to the end, not to mention the cheers of support from the rest of the group as you overcome each of the obstacles.
This giant size ladder may seem insurmountable, however with a little help from your friends you’ll be amazed at how high you’ll get. Anything goes – you can push each other up, pull each other up or stand on each others shoulders, just ask first! It’s a great way to really get to know the rest of the group and use communication, teamwork and leadership skills together to have fun and scramble to the top of the ladder.
A great way to explore our centres. Your instructor will introduce you to some practical map reading skills and then working in small groups you will use these to locate control points around the centre grounds. The idea is to locate them all before the other team so not only will you need to interpret your map and judge the distances covered you will also have to communicate well and make decisions to ensure you find all the points as quickly as possible.
Build a raft that will float (and hopefully steer) using the barrels, ropes and wood provided. Once built you will need to test it out on the water – will you end up in the water or will you stay dry? It all depends on how well you and your team work together.
Lightweight air-rifles are used to develop your concentration, steady breathing and accuracy. Will you hit the target?
Follow the rope and see what surprises await you. You’ll be blindfolded so you will need to rely on all your other senses to tell you what’s happening.
Find out if you have what it takes to survive and learn some skills to help you keep warm and dry when all you have is what you can find. You and your team mates will have to build a shelter in a wilderness environment on centre. You’ll need to plan your camp taking into account the prevailing weather and then share out the tasks to get the shelter built before time runs out...
Each stage of the trapeze is a challenge in itself. First there’s the climb to the top of the 6 metre pole, then you have to get into kneeling position on the small platform at the top. From kneeling position you’ll need every ounce of balance you can find to stand up and then finally make that leap for the trapeze. It’s totally exhilarating and you’ll feel an amazing sense of achievement when you succeed at each step.
The best way to really appreciate the size of our beautiful trees is by getting in amongst them and the easiest way to do that is to learn to climb them. Our qualified instructors will help you to recognise and control the risks and then teach you the basic skills and techniques you will need to complete your tree climb!
Navigate and explore a series of underground tunnels of different shapes and sizes whilst solving problems and carrying out tasks.
As the name suggests this activity offers many of the same challenges as our traditional challenge courses but with added height. Secured to a safety rope and belayed by one of your teammates you’ll make your way, up through and over the various challenges which could include anything from cargo nets and climbing walls to crates and ropes.
Travelling at high speed, maybe even through a forest or over a lake, suspended and harnessed from an overhead cable isn't something forgotten easily! A truly exhilarating activity you’ll want to try again and again.
Our UK activity centres
All centres have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and have COVID-secure policies in place covering social distancing, enhanced hygiene measures and reduced contact with other groups, for your peace of mind.