This page contains free resources and materials to provide you with practical tips and inspiration for winter residentials. It includes activity ideas and links to useful websites* to help you provide winter residentials at your school.

On the web

  • ‘Outdoor lessons in Winter’  – Don’t let snowy and wintry conditions put you off outdoor learning. Snow, rain and frost can offer the perfect settings for inspiring and outstanding lessons, writes Jo Ling for the Guardian. 
  • 6 outdoor activities for wintry weather – Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors! Bundle up and get everyone outside to enjoy these fun learning activities, perfect for chilly temperatures and snowy weather by
  • Outdoor Learning: Winter – Wrap up warm and head outside to make the most of the wintry weather, says national school grounds charity, Learning through Landscapes writing in Teach Early Years
  • Winter Olympics – Ellis Coles has organised a huge number of activities for 5-11 year olds which you can incorporate into a set of themed ‘Winter Olympics’ on your winter residential from
  • Stargazing live: Star Guide for Key Stage 1 & 2 and Key Stage 3 & 4 – These beginner’s guides from the BBC and The Open University will help you navigate around the night sky. It includes star maps and exciting facts about our stars, planets and the wider observable Universe.
  • Stargazing live: Moon Guide for Key Stage 1 & 2 and Key Stage 3 & 4 – Explore our nearest neighbour in space. Learn about the Moon’s surface, its phases and other moons in our Solar System from the BBC and The Open University.


If you have ideas and top tips you can share please send them to or tweet them to @LearningAway using the hashtag #WinterResidentials

Call for case studies

Are you from a school that provides winter residentials? Or perhaps you know a school that does? We’d love to hear from you and feature your case study on our website. Please get in touch

Call for Champion Schools

We want to recognise schools who provide highly effective ‘Brilliant Residentials’ for their pupils. Especially winter residentals. Find out more about our Champion School Scheme here.

Click here to see the #WinterResdentials infographic
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