Fun School Residential Visits and Outdoor Learning Ideas

How Stean Gorge offers an exciting mix of activities for school residential visits, helping pupils get the most of the curriculum in a fun, action-packed way in the great outdoors! Residential trips are perfect for groups who want to:

  • Embrace new challengesresidential-visits-activity
  • Develop teamwork and relational skills
  • Build resilience and conquer fears
  • Spend time together in a new setting

The majority of outdoor activities take place on-site where we have the very best facilities and equipment. Minimal transport is needed once here, maximising the value that staff and pupils can get at How Stean Gorge. These onsite activities include:

Offsite activities are just minutes away via our site minibus and include:

  • Canoeing
  • Offsite caving.

Please see our residential visits activities page for more information on what each of these activities includes. Our schools brochure is also available to view here Schools Brochure October 2021 – Sept 2022

Accommodation and Facilities

school residential visitsAfter your students have spent the day stretching themselves physically and mentally, time to relax is key! We offer two school trip accommodation options with additional facilities for BBQs and campfires. We can pitch up to 22 tents or offer eight new 10-man tents available for hire, set and up and ready to use! Our campsite is perfect for 3 or 5-day residential visits with its campfire where groups can hone their bushcraft skills or toast marshmallows in the evening. Please see our school trips accommodation page for more information.


Our minibuses are also available for transport to and from the campsite, as well as any other trips that you may need during your time with us.

We had a fantastic time at How Stean in July. The activities were fun, challenging and in a natural setting which we all thoroughly enjoyed. The staff were organised, very well trained and extremely helpful / accommodating. They recorded amazing footage of our trip which the pupils loved watching back and parents enjoyed seeing the challenges their children overcame and the fun they had! We look forward to our next visit to How Stean! Thank you!!
Rachel Hall – Seaham School

Further Information

Risk assessments are available for all activities. If you’d prefer to complete your own risk assessments, please contact us.

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