Schools & Youth

Residentials for Key Stage 2

Unforgettable outdoor experiences for young people

We recognise that Residential experiences for key stage 2 children are often the first time staying away from home and can be a mix of excitement and trepidation. Our staff team ensure both staff and children are warmly welcomed and looked after, setting a foundation of good hospitality as the basis for a positive time.

We believe that the residential experience itself is as important as the individual activities we offer and so focus on offering wholesome food and a comfortable nights sleep. Our coordinators are with you throughout the week to support the teachers and ensure that your group has the best time possible.

Tailor the perfect programme for your group

Our residentials are tailored to your programme aims and requirements, ensuring we achieve the right balance, level of activity and challenge for your group.

The residential experience offers children an environment to build independence and resilience, while experiencing new activities with friends can develop confidence and interpersonal skills.  Whatever the specific aims you wish to achieve for your group we will work with you to design the ideal programme.

We run our activities out in the landscape to immerse children in nature

This means we need to be flexible with our programmes taking into account weather conditions and tides. We believe that connecting children to the natural environment whilst participating in activities leads to a richer experience, aiming to develop within them a lifelong desire to enjoy, engage with and protect natural environments and the flora and fauna within them.

During a residential stay, young people will be introduced to the Leave No Trace principles and Countryside Code along with interesting facts and information about the landscape they are operating within. Creating a greater understanding and respect for the places we visit and enjoy.

Building close connections with you and your group

We understand the challenge of bringing a group of children away and want to make your stay with us as easy as possible.

Each group has a course coordinator who will be with you for the duration of your stay, making sure that the programme is working smoothly and acting as a point of contact for anything you need.

In addition there is a duty instructor on call overnight and of course a friendly face in reception during the day.

Tea, coffee and a comfy place to rest will always be available to you. The centre is a short drive away from local towns and amenities, far enough to feel remote yet close enough for teachers to pop out for something if need be.

We aim to keep the instructors the same all week building close connections with you and your group.

Experienced & pragmatic

The team at Brenscombe have experience with supporting children with additional needs and disabilities onto our programmes and for designing programmes that can be inclusive. We are not a specialist SEND provider but have an experienced and pragmatic approach, working in partnership with visiting staff to support a wide range of children. Early conversations are essential to ensure supported and integrated programmes.

Example of a KS2
4 night programme


Arrive at Centre
Introductions and welcome
Settle in & safety procedures


T.E.A.M Tasks

‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ is a collection of fast-paced problem-solving tasks spread around the centre. This activity can include an element of competition with points and a winning team.


Night walk

An evening stroll along the Purbeck Ridge with views over the beautiful Poole Harbour and Corfe Castle.


Watersports at Cleavel Point

A day at Cleavel Point can include a mix of kayaking, canoeing, raft building, aqua races or journeying in our 13-person Big Canoes, a perfect way to explore the harbour.


Murder Mystery Challenge

In small teams, the young people work together to collect information and decipher the facts required to solve the mystery.


Coastal Exploration and Rock Climbing

An opportunity to take in the fantastic Jurassic Coast via the Southwest Coast Path from Durlston Country Park to Dancing Ledge for an afternoon of rock climbing and abseiling on the sea cliffs.


Sports Evening

Our team will run an evening of wide games and sports.


High and Low Ropes at Burnbake

Working on team and personal challenges while being suspended from the trees or nestled on our low ropes on the forest floor.



Rounding off the week with a social campfire with games and possibly songs.


Strip beds & clear rooms

Archery, Air Rifle Shooting and Catapult Challenge

A rotation of activities which includes building a giant catapult and firing it.


Certificates, Farewells and Departure

All of our party had a great time and the adaptability, helpfulness and support of the staff has been outstanding. The range of activities have challenged our children.

Kay - Dorchester Primary

The canoeing day was a wonderful experience for all. We loved being able to walk to many events. The location is sensational.

Lizzie - Holy Cross Prep

Brenscombe provides the opportunity for children to grow and develop into confident, independent young people.

Kate - Shottermill

Feel welcomed & looked after

We are more than great activities. We also provide good food, comfortable beds, indoor group meeting rooms and outside space for letting off a bit more steam. This is all part and parcel of the Brenscombe experience.

We know that for the children the experience is as much about the activities as it is about communal living with friends so it’s important to us that the food and facilities underpin the whole programme.

Sleep inside or out

Our overnight indoor accommodation is spread between our traditional stone farmhouse and four other converted farm buildings of varying capacities, all with attractive, warm and comfortable bedrooms. Rooms generally sleep between 3 and 6 young people with a few larger rooms available.

A fully catered camping option for up to 60 people is available using our canvas tipis. Our camping group barn provides a large undercover shelter for the whole group to gather and to use as their dining space.

For a truly unforgettable experience, talk to us about camping at our private waterside spit of  land at Cleavel Point.

Everything you’ll need

  • Galleried dining room, able to seat up to 70 visitors in one sitting.
  • Conference Room with a capacity for up to 60 people. Equipped with a small stage area it can double as a function venue.
  • Tea making station and space to unwind for visiting staff in the evening.
  • Drying facilities.
  • Two fields with space to let off steam.
  • A camp fire area.
  • A warden for overnight liaison.
  • Wi-Fi

Fuel your adventure

We provide good quality, wholesome meals suitable for fuelling full days in the outdoors and providing comfort away from home.

A typical day’s menu will include a cooked breakfast with a choice of cereal, packed lunch and two course evening meal, providing a varied and nutritious menu. Sandwich fillings are chosen in advance.

Cooked lunches, BBQs and additional meals or snacks can be added and sample menus  are available upon request.

Our kitchen team regularly caters for special diets and we are happy to discuss any specific needs.

For small groups (up to 16) there is the option of self-catering.

Activities for Key Stage 2

An action-packed programme

We believe in the value of rich engaging outdoor experiences and so take time to enjoy the activities as well the natural spaces they are in.

The Big Canoe
Raft Building, Big Canoeing, Kayaking and Canadian Canoeing from Cleavel Point, our private spit of land on the south side of Poole Harbour.
High Ropes at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre
High & Low Ropes Course
Students can face their fears, with the help of their friends and our highly qualified instructors.
DofE at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre
Climbing & Coastal Walk
Students and staff alike can test their strength, balance and nerve as they climb only a stones throw from the sea.
Archery at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre
Archery, Air Rifle Shooting & Catapult Challenge
A brilliant trio of activities based at the Brenscombe Outdoor Centre site.
Bushcraft at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre
Create fires, build shelters and learn how to use the forest sustainably.
Team Building at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre
Team & Problem-Solving Tasks
Bringing students together, developing fundamental interpersonal skills and creating bonds to last a lifetime.
Orienteering at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre
Orienteering & Night Walk
Explore the stunning Purbeck Ridge with views over Corfe Castle, whilst learning to interpret a map and use a compass.
Evening Activities
Finish off the day with some activities around the Brenscombe site.
Durdle Door
Local places to explore
Supplement your programme by visiting other places of interest

Get in touch

Please get in touch to tell us about your group and we can design your perfect Key Stage 2 Residential.

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