Outdoor Education

Our Outdoor Education offer for schools, youth clubs and groups

Our Offer for Schools and Groups

We offer bespoke, high-quality day and residential outdoor education programmes for schools, clubs and groups (including youth groups). We can offer exclusive access to Oxenwood or Linkenholt Centres for your day or residential group. You can choose from a variety of exciting adventure activities, team-building exercises or curriculum enrichment with a historical, literacy or other theme.

Our programmes are bespoke and designed to meet your individual needs, with qualified and experienced instructors who are focused on delivering exciting, engaging and safe activities. All of the activities delivered at Oxenwood and Linkenholt are centred around teamwork, effective communication and confidence building, allowing you to set measurable goals and celebrate your achievements.

Oxenwood Centre

Our team of Outdoor Education Instructors can bring learning and adventure to life for your school, youth club or group.

Adventure Activities

Taking part in adventure activities in a safe, engaging and structured environment is a fantastic way for young people to develop independence, self-confidence, teamwork and trust. Some of our most popular adventure activities include:

Other Activities

Alongside adventure activities, we also offer a variety of opportunities for team building and outdoor learning (including environmental studies and woodland activities), organised group walking, navigation and orienteering:

Organised local walks (day and night walking)


Photo search

Navigation and map reading

Night navigation exercises

Journeying and basic expedition

Problem-solving (outdoor and indoor)

Shelter building

Mini beast hunting

Stream survey and stream dipping

Tree identification

Bird identification

Woodland art and sculpture

Mountain days and rock climbing (offsite)

Curriculum Enrichment Days

Need help with a topic? We can offer a range of Curriculum Enrichment Days covering themes including literacy and history.

We bring history and literacy to life with themed enrichment days, where we meet our ancestors (or literary characters and stories) close up, and through a range of interactive and action-oriented workshops. We cover most periods, from our Stone Age ancestors through to the present day. Topics we have previously covered include Celts and Romans, King Arthur, Beowulf, The Vikings and 1066: The Year of Battles.

For more information about historical/literacy theme days at Oxenwood, please see Curriculum Enrichment Days.

School and Group Residentials

School and group residential trips are a great way for young people to engage positively with learning outside the classroom. Being away from home also helps young people to develop essential life skills like decision-making, problem-solving, confidence and personal responsibility. For many young people, a structured and well-organised residential can be a life-changing experience. 

We can organise self-catered, part-catered and fully-catered residentials for schools, clubs and groups with a range of activities to choose from. Oxenwood Outdoor Education Centre has a 38-bed capacity plus additional beds for 6-8 group leaders. The Centre is ideal for schools and youth groups such as Scouts, Brownies and Duke of Edinburgh.

Example Programmes

One Night Residential (Key Stage 1)

Day One

  • Arrive at Centre. Introductions, Safety talk and tour of the building – bags to rooms and fire drill
  • Walk to owl barn (1/2 mile) – learn about owls and owl pellets
  • Woodland activities – shelter building, mini beast hunting, woodland art
  • Evening meal and tidy up
  • Evening nature walk
  • Bed

Day Two

  • Breakfast and tidy up, pack bags and clear rooms
  • Botley Drove daytime nature walk
  • Lunch
  • Photo search (if time)
  • Departure

Dawn to Dusk Day

Day Programme

  • Arrive at the Centre
  • Introductions
  • Full day of adventure activities
  • Barbeque
  • Night hike
  • Departure

Bookings and Enquiries

01380 732806


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