What makes us different?

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What makes us different?

Mention “outdoor learning centre” and most people immediately think of facilities such as those operated by companies such as PGL and Kingswood. We’d like to introduce you instead to our outdoor learning centres with a big difference – somewhere you can stay and do your own thing rather than sticking to a prescribed programme – in small centres hosting a maximum of 200 people.

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Ian Bell, Business Development Manager at Allnatt Outdoors explains what makes Allnatt Swanage and Allnatt East Dene different from the more widely-known operators.

In many ways we are exactly the same – a residential centre for kids with lots of experiential outdoor learning, great instructors, fun stuff and all the safety systems in place to make for a successful residential trip.

And in so many ways we are miles apart – we are firmly focused on our outdoor learning NOT whizz bang adventure activities. You can book a ‘Winter Warmer’ in February or even a School Camp for Year 2’s in the summer term. We pride ourselves on our personable approach where people, rather than systems, are at the heart of what we do.

We are all about experiences that inspire and educate rather than a production line of taster activity sessions. In a nutshell our educational programmes flow with themes to meet your core learning objectives. Our teaching team specialise in fieldwork and outdoor adventurous activity that work in harmony with the seashore, coast & woodlands.

We’re relaxed about you doing your own thing with us. We have experienced staff and excellent facilities in Swanage that provide a safe base for a seaside visit to Dorset. With Durdle Door, Studland Sand Dunes and busy Bournemouth only a short trip away. Our schools and groups typically use East Dene as an accommodation base for their Isle of Wight itinerary, taking advantage of the wide range of on – site activities as “fillers” for off-site visits to Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle and The Needles.

We like knowing our schools and don’t use reference numbers, just names. That probably sums up our ethos in a Nutshell…

Many of our children had never experienced anything like it and were in awe of the painted ceilings and carpets! East Dene was very accommodating and the staff could not have been friendlier or more helpful. Despite the children being seven years old, everyone spoke to them like genuine guests and I saw their confidence really grow. They were provided with space and an opportunity to really be themselves. The food was fantastic. I have never seen them eat so much. It was genuinely delicious. There was always enough choice and the portions were incredibly generous. The cooks were brilliant! They spoke to the children in such a friendly jolly way that some who were feeling a bit nervous really started to look more at home.– Amy King, Lower KS2 Teacher

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