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Countryside Discovery Residentials

2-4 night stays discovering how the British countryside is connected to all our lives including the food we eat

We organise countryside residential visits in Sussex, Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. 

These 2-4 night visits give children the chance to be fully immersed in the wonders of the countryside, exploring farms, woodland, rivers and the beach.

These visits enable children to experience the countryside in all its wonderful diversity. Every trip is filled with a mix of wild adventures like pony trekking, a boat ride or den building; and simple pleasures like sitting around a campfire, tasting fresh produce straight from the field, running through long grass or seeing the night sky in all its glory. 

Hannah Jones Mcvey - Countryside Discovery Residentials Manager 

How our Countryside Discovery Residential programme supports teachers and their pupils:

✔ We organise everything, the coach, the accommodation, the activities and then send you everything you need to know in an easy-to-access teachers pack. 

✔ We fundraise to subsidise 25% of the cost of the total residential and our longstanding relationships with our partners ensure that we can keep our costs as low as possible.

✔ Country Trust Coordinator support, in the lead-up and on select days during your residential to help deliver sessions and make sure the whole experience goes smoothly.   

✔ Additional support to help you communicate with parents and make the most of the experience before and after your visit. 



The Country Trust is a charity dedicated to supporting the most persistently ;disadvantaged children. Schools and groups that meet our eligibility below, qualify for our support.

1. School is above 25.5% Free School Meals (EVER6)

Click here to check your schools current EVER6 percentage

2. Schools which don't meet the EVER6 criteria but are one of the following.

3. Non-school groups supporting:

  • How much does a residential cost?

    Our prices include everything (accommodation, food, travel, activities and all our support) and include a 25% subsidy thanks to generous funding. Costs will vary depending on the number of children, location of residential and nights away. We only charge per pupil. Any adult charges are absorbed within these prices. 

    Prices range from: £100 - £280 per pupil. Please enquire for more accurate costs:

  • Who organises the residential?

    We organise everything, the coach, the accommodation, the activities and then send you everything you need to know in an easy-to-access teachers pack. 

  • What do the children get from a Countryside Discovery Residential?

    Most of them will do something they have never done before. 

    We design and deliver the activities to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed and grow in confidence. 

    We have nearly 30 years experience and a genuine commitment to making this a residential they will never forget. 

  • Where are the residential locations?


    The residential is based at Halton Gill Bunk Barn in Littondale. Our Yorkshire residentials are 2 nights long.  

    The residential includes a visit to a stunning hill farm, a walk from Litton Falls and Pony Trekking. It also includes visits to Kilnsey Trout Farm, Wensleydale Creamery and White Scar Caves as well as a stunning train journey through the Ribble Valley.