Fun School Residential and Outdoor Learning Ideas



How Stean Gorge offers an exciting mix of activities for school residential trips, helping pupils get the most of the curriculum in a fun, action-packed way in the great outdoors.

The majority of outdoor activities take place on site where we have the very best facilities and equipment. This means that there’s minimal transport needed once here, maximising the value that staff and pupils can get at How Stean Gorge.


The pupils and staff from The Priory Centre had a truly memorable day. The How Stean staff were first class with their instruction and their attitude to the pupils. It turned out to be a terrific experience and one we will be repeating in the near future. Thanks to all!Peter Whyley, The Priory Centre



There’s accommodation in the form of our campsite with pre-erected tents, or in the Scar House Bunk Barn up the road. We have on-site showers, changing facilities, a cafe and much more. See the main facilities 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.


From an organisation point of view, How Stean Gorge is brilliant. A pre-visit and detailed discussion with Tony, the Head of Education, ensured every box was ticked. Safety is clearly paramount. The centre is perfectly set up for residentials. A large toilet and shower block, a lovely grassy field for camping and a wonderful range of meals served in the cafe.
Claire Pearson, Leyburn Primary School


Further Information

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

Please take a look at our New 2019 Schools Brochure for example schedules, sample prices, testimonials and further information.


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


We have so much to offer

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