What will students see and do?

Situated on the shores of the Plymouth Sound (an inlet of the English Channel), Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre is a great trip to help pupils embrace the outdoors and get out into nature.

When it comes to UK school trip ideas, there’s no shortage of adventure education at this Devon-based centre. Students will get the opportunity to take part in water sports and outdoor adventure activities, whether it’s kayaking, paddleboarding or a land activity such as rock climbing.

For older students, sports such as sailing, windsurfing or powerboating can be arranged. If you prefer activities on dry land, children can participate in orienteering, abseiling or beach walking.

Students can take part in a half day or full day of activities. There’s also the option for a full residential trip, with students staying at the activity centre overnight.

Adventure activities on offer at Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre include:

– Climbing, caving and abseiling
– Beach studies and seashore exploring
– Gorge walking
– Orienteering
– Problem Solving
– Archery
– Canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing
– Stand-up paddleboarding, keelboating and bellboating

You simply need to choose the activities you want students to participate in and how long you would like to stay at the centre.

Mount Batten prides itself on creating customised activity programmes depending on the age group and ability of students. You tell them what you want to get out of the day, and they organise it for your group.

So whether you want to test students’ brainpower with an orienteering challenge or get them to be a little more agile with some paddleboarding, it’s up to you.

Teaching resources provided

Teachers can attend a preview day at the activity centre before the trip to have a guided tour and assess the facilities. Qualified, senior staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

At a teacher preview day, the team will inform you of the curriculum relevance of each activity as well as brief you with all the safety information you need.

The centre can support the facilitation of learning at all levels and can help deliver educational programmes such as NVQs, BTECs and ASDAN. Discuss your learning objectives with the centre prior to your trip.

Mount Batten is accredited by several authorities, including the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, British Canoeing, Canoe England (who acknowledge them as a top centre) and the Royal Yachting Association.

Minimum and maximum group size

For a Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre school trip that includes an overnight stay, the maximum number of pupils is 54.

For other activities, the minimum and maximum numbers depend on the activities you plan. You can get more information by enquiring with the centre directly on 01752 404 567.

Details of risk assessment

All on-site staff are highly trained, DBS checked and hold NGB certification for sailing, windsurfing and powerboating. Team members are also first-aid qualified and take regular refresher courses.

A full risk assessment pack and Kitemark certification will be sent to you before your visit. To request an information pack, get in touch with the centre.

The activity centre has the official ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation which shows it strictly adheres to the Government’s Covid-19 rules and regulations for hospitality businesses.


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Facilities On-Site

The activity centre is fully wheelchair accessible, and there are modified boats to allow access to the water for everyone.

All equipment, clothing and health and safety items such as lifejackets and helmets are provided by the centre.

For residential stays, twin rooms and rooms with bunk beds are available. Catering is also available, as are conference facilities for team building days.

There is also bike storage available on site.

Opening Times

Contact the team during office hours to discuss trip planning.



The price depends on the activity package you choose for your students. On average, a half-day adventure is approximately £29 per child.

For a full breakdown of prices per activity and prices per night for accommodation, send an enquiry to enquiries@mount-batten-centre.com.

Travel arrangements

If you arrive by road, the activity centre is a short distance from the A38, which you can access from the M5. Parking is available on-site.


70 Lawrence Road, Plymstock , Plymouth, Devon

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