When it comes to fostering personal growth, team building, and creating unforgettable memories, few experiences can rival that of a school outdoor residential activity trip. And while there are many factors to consider, choosing the right centre, in the right location is a key factor to ensuring a magical experience for your young people.


Having the opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural environment is one of the primary reasons why outdoor residential trips are so effective at bringing individuals closer together and enforcing a real appreciation of the environment we live in.

At Rockley, our Buddens Activity Centre is surrounded by natural forests and beautiful green fields, while a stay at our Rockley Point centre on the shores of Poole Harbour will connect you to the water. Whichever activity centre you choose they will become your very own, magical playground.


Learning does not need to be restricted to the classroom – in fact many individuals thrive off a hands-on, visual approach to learning subjects such as geography and science. Rockley’s centres are the ideal base for offering a range of geography and natural field self-led study residentials. The Jurassic stretch of coastline with its 185 million years of geological history makes it a popular location for geography fieldwork. Add to this the opportunity to sleep under the stars – then you create many memorable experiences.


Rockley’s outdoor residential centres are a world away from the everyday norm of social media and technology. We replace screens and the constant connectivity to technology with a focus on connecting with each other, strengthening relationships and appreciating the here and now.

Environmental Commitment

As a team and a Company, we are all committed to doing our best to share these amazing natural spaces with others whilst also preserving them for future generations. We hope that by spending time at our activity centres, surrounded by the green of the forests and the blue of the water, other people will also appreciate the need to look after our natural environment.


Ask any young person who has been on a residential trip and more often than not, it will spark fond memories of an amazing experience with great friends. With over 47 years of being in operation, Rockley is blessed to have parents and their children experience a Rockley trip, all be it years apart! Or young people who have enjoyed a school trip with us either now joining our college course or indeed working for us. We have a great connection with the young people who come to our activity centres which often stays within families for generations. Long may this continue!

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Rockley’s activity centres are a beautiful escape from the ordinary. They are a place for personal growth and adventure, a place to challenge yourself and strengthen relationships. They provide an opportunity to reconnect with nature, develop essential life skills, and create lasting memories.

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