School and Youth Groups Residentials

Our school and youth groups residentials are available to all schools and youth groups and offer an action packed, fully catered multi activity residential experience in Wareham Forest and on Brownsea Island.You are welcome to bring your school or youth group here for just about any purpose.

Our prices are especially competitive during the week and we are pleased to offer a fully flexible package designed around your needs.We understand the requirements of teachers and pupils can vary greatly between educational establishments. At our training centre we are able to respond to these demands and can offer certificated courses to nationally recognised levels to suit any particular curriculum. The very best training is imparted by highly qualified and experienced instructors who are sensitive to the needs of individuals. A wide range of curriculum based activity sessions are available which, although educational, are also fun.

Our centre is fully insured registered with AALA and is also LoTC registered.

Please phone to speak to Chris or Tony for more details or alternatively please fill in the form and one of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements.


Why is this venue great for school trips and educational visits?

Harbour Challenge offers a real adventure service camping in the forest with highly qualified, professional, friendly staff, with years of experience.

We run our sessions with a learner centred approach. By this we mean that your group will not be led through activities with a ‘Follow me and do as I say’ approach, Instead the young people are inspired to be the explorers and adventurers themselves.

They will be encouraged to make independent decisions about safety, party management, navigation and risk assessment without a prescriptive dictum being given by the instructor.


Our staff will always be on hand to oversee these decisions and do not jeopardize the safety of the young people, but equally will allow the group to make mistakes, review and apply learning to achieve successful journeys and adventures.

We feel that this modern style of coaching is key to our success and why our clients find our service stands out way above others within our industry.

100% of schools that have booked a youth groups residential’s with Harbour Challenge have re-booked with us year after year.


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Our residential courses can be totally bespoke. If you have any specific learning outcomes you hope to achieve on your visit simply tell us and our team will be able to create and deliver a package to best meet your learning needs. However, from our experience of working with schools and groups, we have put together some tailored packages that include all the activities that your group could need.

Our team of staff is very creative and they are always coming up with new, innovative and unique ways of teaching a range of academic subjects using the outdoors as the classroom

We have also taught trigonometry for a maths class using a ‘hide and seek’ type game which required the group to use compasses and bearings, measure distances and use triangulation (a relocation technique used by mountaineers and sailors) to reach their goal.


Our staff team are highly qualified, both in the outdoor activities we provide and academically because of this level of expertise and experience, we can offer an educational package that significantly surpasses other adventure activity providers. At Harbour Challenge we pride ourselves on managing that the quality of our service is always the provision of excellence and strive to be the best within our industry.


Your youth groups residential could include some or all of the activities including sailing, bushcraft, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, raft-building, powerboating, archery, low-ropes, climbing,(indoor and outdoor), abseiling, tunnelling, rifle shooting, coasteering (additional costs may apply)

What size groups do we cater for?

We can offer schools and youth group residential courses for up to 150 people and day events for up to 200 Please contact us for your exact requirements.

What does it cost?

Costs will depend on the exact requirements and duration of the activity or residential trip and start at £25 per person for a half day activity session, Action packed fully catered residential week start from £199 per person (bronze package), Half week start from as little as £139 (bronze package per person and large groups requiring a mid-week swap from £145 per person. We offer 1 free staff place per 10 students or part thereof. For your own personalised quote, please contact us using the form on the right of this page.
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We recommend that you take out insurance to cover the cost of your residential in the event of cancelation


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