Residential School Trips & Activity Packages

Combine activity, education, and fun with YHA

Want to challenge your primary school pupils with safe, on-site activities whilst enjoying the sights of the surrounding areas? We’ve got a range of UK-based residential school trips just for you.

Designed for Year 6 Pupils to support their transition from Primary to Secondary school, these adventure school trip packages will give them vital experiences away from home that will help them to bond, build their confidence, and support their wellbeing.

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Our residential trips

Tailor make your primary school residential trip to suit your needs and budget. Choose from 2 days to 5 days duration, specifying how many days you would like dedicated to the on-site activities and off-site excursions. You can even select from a wide range of activities, to choose what suits your students.

Choose from a number of school activity trip packages, see some of the most popular below, taking place at either one or both of the main locations: York and Chester.

On-site activity packages

All YHA in-house activities are delivered by trained, DBS checked staff who are skilled at leading engaging residentials that are tailored to meet the needs of your group.
Designed to support the curriculum of subjects such as PE, Geography, Literacy and PSHE, to name a few, the activities can support all your cross-curricular needs. Activities you can choose from include orienteering, archery, fire lighting, team challenges, shelter building, river dipping, get cooking, bushcraft and even gadget design.

Discovery Activity Package

Create your own package to choose activities that support the focus for your group. For example, team challenges, shelter building and orienteering can be built into your programme to support a focus on communication. Alternatively, archery, fire lighting, and a guided walk can support a focus on personal achievement. Take a look at the range of activities to choose from here.

History Package

Packed with opportunities to bring to life major historical eras from the KS2 National Curriculum and gain hands-on learning experiences in authentic historical settings. Our history packages are designed to deliver inspiration and immersion as pupils discover Britain through the ages. Find out more here.

Our Locations 


Take your pupils to stay at YHA York, where they will be ideally located for a unique mix of education and adventure. Choose from a range of on-site outdoor activities from our variety of packages before taking them into the historic city of York where they can learn about the Vikings at Jorvik, discover the Victorians at York Castle Museum, and be archaeologists at DIG.

More information on the accommodation in York here.

Peak District 

Choose from two Youth Hostels in the magnificent Peak District. 

Yorkshire Dales - May / June 2023

You can choose from the North Yorkshire Dales in Richmond or the South Dales in Skipton 

Herefordshire - June 2023

The YHA Wye Valley is where you can enjoy the amazing Alex Rider experience package

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