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Acorn is one of the most well established school and group adventure trip providers in the UK, with 2017 marking our 35th anniversary! We have a choice of ten exciting Adventure destinations in six countries and have built up an excellent reputation for delivering safe, quality and fun adventure trips that are excellent value for money. We are passionate about the great outdoors and our activities, camp locations and accommodation options have all been carefully planned to offer you the best possible real outdoor experience at affordable prices.
All of our Adventure Camps in France, Italy, Spain, UK and India, have been selected with their locations in mind. From National Parks to the Mediterranean Sea, we are perfectly placed to offer you the best choice of activity programmes. From sailing and paddle boarding to climbing and caving, we have a trip to suit every school and group!
We believe that a true adventure is more than just the activities we offer. It’s about the whole experience. With this in mind, all of our accommodation options are designed to heighten the overall experience; bringing groups together and teaching life skills. From the traditional tented village to rustic log cabins, our Adventure Camps are set up to celebrate the outdoors whether it be sleeping under canvas or toasting marshmallows on the campfire.
From the Norman invasion of England in 1066 to the D-Day landings of 1944, Normandy has played an important role in European history. With its spectacular monastery, Mont St-Michel; the Bayeux Tapestry, D-Day beaches, war memorials, magnificent rugged coastline and cultural charm, it's clear to see why many UK schools travel to Normandy every year.
Our well-established, private Acorn Adventure centre is located in Hauteville-sur-Mer, in the Manche, Normandy region in Northern France. Set in a traditional seaside town, minutes away from a long sandy beach, we are just 67km from Mont St Michel and 78km from Bayeux and so are ideally located for school residential trips in this area. Our market-leading 4-6 night Normandy residential programmes combine the most popular adventurous activities (rock-climbing, kayaking, high ropes & more) with all the popular school visits such as Mont St Michel, Bayeux Tapestry, Goats Cheese Farm, Arromanches 360 cinema and D Day Landing Beaches.
Acorn values it's membership of the LOtC, which actively promotes, encourages and supports the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning. School trips are a great way to achieve this and there are lots of other ways too. The LOtC website is a useful platform to gain ideas to help you with this and they have also produced some interesting information about Ofsted's views about LOtC, which you may find interesting:
Ofsted has produced a range of documents and case studies to demonstrate the importance of LOtC, and to support schools to develop LOtC opportunities for their pupils. A key document is the 2008 report Learning outside the classroom: How far should you go? This is a survey of a range of schools and educational establishments which examines LOtC in practice, and highlights what schools are doing well and where there is room for improvement. Key findings of the report include: