Information for Group Leaders Arranging Residential Visits

Group leaders are responsible, before booking a visit, for making reasonable checks that any venue/accommodation/activity provider that they intend to use is safe and suitable for the group.

List of Local Educational Venues and Providers of Accommodation and Activities in the North of England (including reviews by previous users)

This list has been specifically compiled to enable East Riding teachers and youth leaders to:

  • search for addresses and information (including reviews and contact details of previous users) about educational visit venues (e.g. museums, visitor attractions), and accommodation (e.g. hotels, hostels, residential centres, and campsites) or service providers (e.g. adventure activity providers) in the North of England;
  • and share relevant feedback (e.g. personal impressions), information (e.g. venue specific risk assessments or photos), and guidance (e.g. recommendations and cautions) regarding venue/accommodation/service providers that have been visited recently, and that other leaders might find valuable.

Please note: The list is not comprehensive and is continually being updated.

The providers listed have in no way been 'approved' as safe and suitable.

To access this list of providers and/or provide feedback, please click on the following link:


Log in to this site with the username 'visit' and the password 'feedback'.

Then click on the link 'ILS Courses' and then 'Educational Visits feedback'. 

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Useful Websites

The following links may provide assistance for group leaders:

British Activity Providers Association


The British Activity Providers Association is the trade association for private sector providers of activity holidays and courses in the UK. Member centres have all agreed to abide by the BAPA Code of Practice and are committed to high standards of safety, value for money and customer service.

Association of Christian Centres

www.cci.org.uk (external website)

CCI is an association of Christian centres, organisations and individuals involved in camps, holidays, conference  and outdoor activity ministries.

www.trips4schools.com (external website)

School travel ideas, including a detailed guide to curriculum-oriented travel.

Links for school visit ideas and information:

www.childsafeschooltrips.co.uk (external website)

Details of over 7,000 venues and attractions in the UK.

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Forestry Commission Education Services

Forestry Commission website

The Forestry Commission site, Sherwood Pines near Mansfield, North Nottinghamshire is keen to generate interest within schools in striking distance of their facilities, to hopefully encourage a wider range of schools to visit.

Below is a link to the flyer that the Forestry Commission have been distributing, but more information is available on request.

Forestry Commission Education Services     Adobe Acrobat PDF1.8MB     Relevant to Educational Visits Managers

If you would like to visit to view the site, talk to staff and obtain copies of risk assessments, please feel free to contact:

Lindsey Brown, Education Ranger,
The Education Team
Forestry Commission
Sherwood and Lincolnshire Forest District
NG21 9JL

Tel: 01623 822447


For more general information about educational visits please contact:


Taff Bowles, Educational Visits and Outdoor Learning officer
Email: taff.bowles@eastriding.gov.uk
Tel: (01482) 392417

Improvement and Learning Service,
Room FT44,
County Hall,
HU17 9BA.

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