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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.
Price has been listed as the number 1 priority when schools are selecting a school trip provider in a recent School Travel Forum survey, involving 60 schools. We are delighted to announce that 90% of Acorn's schools and groups voted us `Great value for money` in 2017.
Every year, we seek feedback from teachers and pupils to find out how we are doing, so we can keep on meeting expectations and be the best we can be. We work hard to keep our prices low and our programmes rich in content, so it's great to hear that we have got it right for so many of our customers this year.
Acorn's aim is for every young person to experience an overnight adventure and so we offer a range of destinations, durations, accommodation options and prices that allow every school to offer an affordable outdoor adventure residential to their pupils.
We are repeatedly told that price is the main reason teachers select us initially. Schools continue to travel with us because we are incredible value for money. Our prices are low and yet we offer quality adventure programmes with the best technical activities, in the most popular school trip locations in the UK and Europe. On top of this, Acorn has small, friendly centres that provide each school with their own accommodation and dining areas. More and more schools are tiring of large centres, filled with lots of school groups and are preferring the smaller, personal setting that Acorn Adventure centres offer.
Price is key, yes. But value for money is so much more important. With Acorn you can enjoy the full outdoor adventure experience, in your own exclusive accommodation area, at prices your pupils can afford. There is no need to compromise on your next school adventure residential.
As part of the big `Learning Away` campaign for #brilliant residentials, sixty schools have been asked what makes a brilliant residential? Over 35 years, Acorn has been working closely with teachers to ensure we are always delivering #brilliantresidentials and we get some amazing feedback every year. Here’s how we deliver on what these sixty schools tell us makes a #brilliantresidential:
1.Fully integrated with the school curriculum and ethos
Teachers regularly tell us that our trips exceed expectations when it comes to enhancing the school curriculum and their objectives of the trip, which are closely aligned with the school curriculum and ethos. Some of these have included: confidence building, team-building, end of year reward, outdoor activities experience, fun (together to enhance relationships and improve pupil/teacher interaction in the classroom).
2.Designed and led by teachers, and where appropriate, students.
There are many small trips that schools can do in-house and we think it’s great for teacher and students to do this. Where we come in is to help teachers and students seeking a specialist trip, with qualified instructors delivering activities and experiences that can’t be done by teachers and students. Booking with us also comes with the benefit of our transport expertise- we have a long list of excellent coach suppliers that all conform to stringent STF audit guidelines. With so much choice on offer, teachers and students are still very much leading the process when they book with us and our trips are often adapted to meet school and student objectives.
3.Inclusive and affordable for students
Why do many teachers choose Acorn initially? Because our prices are amazing and very competitive, especially when you consider the content rich programmes on offer. Why do they return? Because we are such good value. It’s not just about the very affordable prices, but about what we deliver. And we often exceed expectations and therefore see a huge number of teachers returning year after year.