outdoor adventure at its best!

As a leading provider of school and group trips (established back in the early 80's), we are delighted to be busy planning summer 2021 and 2022 at our Adventure Centres in France, Spain, Malta, Italy and the UK. 2020 was the first year in our history that we were unable to deliver programmes to our schools, groups and families and it's been an unprecedented time for us all. Wow, what a year! We thank you for your patience, understanding and support. We know it's not been easy and are grateful to the many who have thanked us and shared stories of the wonderful times you've had with us over the years. We can't wait to open our centres next summer and see all the pupils enjoying our trips again.

Explore our school & group adventure residential trips in FranceSpain, Malta, Italy and UK, which have been carefully selected for their locations so that we can offer the best adventure & cultural experiences for young people. 

Our aim is to provide you with educational, character building outdoor experiences at affordable prices. We believe passionately that every child should experience a journey of adventure throughout their school life.

Our range of school trips have been created to help young people develop a good sense of adventure & discovery and grow from a little acorn into a majestic oak. That's why it all began in 1982...and why we are still here today.

Browse our Adventure trips...

Adventure & Culture France

French Adventure Trips

France is a really popular choice for schools and groups wanting to give young people a cultural experience as well as a great adventure. Choose from 4 exciting French trips including our Ardeche Adventure, South of France, Dordogne Adventure and Opal Coast Adventure, just 30 minutes from Calais...

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Let us help your pupils get the best grades in their GCSE PE courses. Our expert team will take you through your syllable requirements and provide practical and theory assessments.

Mediterranean watersports

Watersports on the Med

Choose from two exciting water sports trips in the Spanish Costa Brava where you'll enjoy a host of water sports, waterpark & culture. Or our Maltese Adventure where you'll experience an action packed mixture of water sport and adrenaline fuelled land based activities...the choice is yours!


Alpine Adventure Italy

This magnificent alpine setting in the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy, is the perfect location for mountain, lake and river adventures. From white water rafting to rock climbing, this programme is guaranteed to stimulate a real love of the great outdoors!

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Outdoor Education UK

Enjoy an adventure in the Brecon Beacons, where you'll get 12-13 activities over a 4 night stay in camping pods, tipis or tents with magnificent scenery at every turn! Or, stay in a woodland tipi village in the Wyre Forest, West Midlands where you'll enjoy forest activities and a trip to the Safari Park!


Himalayan Adventure

We've been organising school & group trips to India for many years and our with expert `in country` knowledge and local connections, we've created a fantastic 10 day programme that perfectly combines adventure & culture in this truly remarkable part of the world. A trip no-one ever forgets.

#The Acorn Way

Acorn has been popular with schools and groups for nearly 40 years because of these five reasons:

  1. Location, location, location. Our adventure centres are located in beautiful outdoor settings close to beaches, rivers, lakes, mountains and forests to give you the best outdoor experience
  2. Small and friendly centres with plenty of outdoor space. All of our centres offer you exclusive use of your own private village or accommodation area with private dining, providing a really relaxed, personal and safe environment. We also have plenty of outdoor space for free time, maximising the outdoor experience and opportunities to bring everyone together, something we know is highly valued by our guests.
  3. High quality activity programme in the great outdoors. We deliver a huge variety of activities at all of our centres to make sure every pupil can achieve and enjoy the activity programme. Our aim is to inspire a love of the outdoors in young people.
  4. Teacher owned, teacher led. Owned by a former teacher, we understand, we care and we work hard to make your experience easier.
  5. Excellent value for money. 90% of schools tell us we are great value for money because our prices are often the best and what we deliver for the money is exceptional.

What teachers say...

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Nearly 40 Years Experience

With nearly 40 years of organising trips for schools, groups and families, we've built up an excellent reputation.

Andrew Gardiner is still the proud owner and Chairman of the company and we remain a privately owned, family business that continues to put customers and staff at the heart of our company.

We provide Adventure Trips for Schools, Uniform groups through Acorn Adventure, Family Holidays through our sister site Acorn Family Holidays, and Educational Trips for schools and youth groups via The School Travel Company.

What Makes a Brilliant Residential?

90% of schools tell us we are great value for money

We are proud to offer the best adventure programmes in natural locations for affordable prices. Want to know more? Request a quotation today.

01384 398 870


Acorn Adventure

22 Worcester Street,


West Midlands DY8 1AN

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