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Calshot Activities Centre


The South's Premier Outdoor Centre

Description

The Calshot Experience is a unique mix of physical and academic activities, which, when combined with the friendly, professional approach of our staff, provides some of the best outdoor and environmental education in Britain today. The instructors at Calshot are able to challenge and enthuse students whatever their physical or academic abilities. The residential experience plays an important role in the development of interpersonal skills, as well as having a positive effect upon self-confidence, self-esteem and both academic and social success. The Calshot Experience aims to ensure that students will leave with a better understanding of themselves and others, along with personal experiences which they will value and remember long after they have left.
Our courses are tailored to your needs, We can offer:
Field Studies- rivers, the Solent, beach and coastline, New Forest, Tudors, A-Level geography and biology
Watersports-sailing, kayaking, windsurfing
Landsports-skiing, climbing, track cycling, archery, high/low ropes, orienteering


Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.8
42 reviews


Excellent
 
79%

Very Good
 
21%

Average
 
0%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

Fantastic trip, the centre provided excellent team building and challenging activities for us. Confusion over coach booking, led the trip to be curtailed by 1 hour which impacted our activities and feedback session. In future the return time should be the time we leave the venue and not the time we return to school. (September 2022 - Primary School)




(September 2022 - Secondary School)




Have been going to Calshot for years, I know exactly what experience the pupils are going to get. I ticks every box and is great for KS2, KS3 & KS4. Land and water activities. Recommended to all. (September 2022 - Secondary School)




(September 2022 - Secondary School)




(July 2022)




superb instructor who gave our more nervous students huge confidence, he was fantastic (July 2022 - Secondary School)




(July 2022 - Primary School)




(June 2022 - Primary School)




(June 2022 - Primary School)




(April 2022 - Primary School)




(February 2022)




The facilities were fantastic and the staff were incredibly helpful. The children had the best time. (November 2021 - Primary School)




The trip went well without a problem. The instructors were great and helped with medical needs when they arose. (November 2021 - Primary School)




Excellent facilities and the children had a great time! We were surprised to be sharing our accomodation block, and I feel that this could have been communicated better prior to our arrival. We also had lots of different instructors, where on previous residentials we have had one main instructor per group. Several of our children with SEND found this change of staff challenging. However, we had an incredible week, and the staff were really skilled at working with children, and challenged them all to do their best. (October 2021 - Primary School)




(October 2021 - Primary School)




(October 2021 - Primary School)




A very successful trips, no issues or incidents to report. (September 2021 - Primary School)




(September 2021 - Primary School)




(August 2021 - Primary School)




Calshot managed to provide a fantastic residential experience to our children, despite the additional challenges of the Covid restrictions. Once again, food was a little bit of a disappointment and the residence itself was too hot on the first night for children to settle. (June 2021 - Primary School)




What they were able to provide at such short notice was amazing. Whilst their instructions were fantastic, their senior leaders were even better. (June 2021 - Primary School)




As always trips to Calshot are so well run and organised that it makes leading a trip there easy. Clear arrangements to make the trip as Covid safe as possible had been put in place. (May 2021 - Primary School)




The centre was brilliant, engaging activities and the thing that helped it so much was the staff. All three instructors were outstanding with the kids. The only thing which was a downside was the cold inside the activity hangers, but this is beyond their control. Highly recommended. (March 2020 - Secondary School)




(March 2020 - Primary School)




Expensive but good (February 2020 - Secondary School)




Staff who work at Calshot in the field studies centre are fabulous. Activities staff are also good on the whole - happy to adapt sessions as needed. Children really enjoyed their week. Accommodation (in the newest block) is good. No one went hungry - the catering staff were superb. (December 2019 - Primary School)




Friendly, knowledgeable and patient staff. Accommodation was dated and shower facilities could be improved. Meals were fine, although not much variety, particularly with some fussy eaters. Also not many vegetables on offer! (October 2019 - Primary School)




(September 2019 - Primary School)




A terrific centre - the best residential site I have ever been to (better than PGL and Kingswood in my opinion). Once you visit, you will know. (September 2019 - Primary School)




Great support and understanding of needs presented. (May 2019 - Secondary School)




The staff at Calshot are fantastic and made our week purposeful and enjoyable. Facilities at the centre were brilliant and the food was lovely! (April 2019 - Primary School)




(April 2019 - Primary School)




Staff and facilities were excellent. Feedback from most pupils was very positive and overall it had been a very positive experience. Feedback from some pupils was negative about food options, food amounts and luke warm food. There were also comments about luke warm/cold showers in the morning, but this was not every morning. (December 2018 - Secondary School)




Calshot staff are fantastic: committed to giving their client schools the best experience possible. The week is very well planned and organised and easy to run when there! (November 2018 - Primary School)




(November 2018 - Primary School)




Well trained staff, very good facilities and everything organised well. A few changes to policies between our booking and visit which caused a few stresses leading up to the weekend. (November 2018 - Secondary School)




Excellent experience with highly qualified instructors who stay with the group throughout the visit so they can really get to know the children. Excellent organisation, equipment and facilities. (September 2018 - Primary School)




(July 2018 - Primary School)




A brilliant visit! The children had an amazing time and all the Calshot staff were fantastic. (July 2018 - Primary School)




Great at leading the activities but there was a lack of organisation and communication around break and lunch time which resulted in different groups being left for lunch in different areas that the class leader was not aware of. (May 2018 - Primary School)




(March 2018 - Primary School)




(February 2018 - Primary School & Secondary School)




The South's Premier Outdoor Centre

Description

The Calshot Experience is a unique mix of physical and academic activities, which, when combined with the friendly, professional approach of our staff, provides some of the best outdoor and environmental education in Britain today. The instructors at Calshot are able to challenge and enthuse students whatever their physical or academic abilities. The residential experience plays an important role in the development of interpersonal skills, as well as having a positive effect upon self-confidence, self-esteem and both academic and social success. The Calshot Experience aims to ensure that students will leave with a better understanding of themselves and others, along with personal experiences which they will value and remember long after they have left.
Our courses are tailored to your needs, We can offer:
Field Studies- rivers, the Solent, beach and coastline, New Forest, Tudors, A-Level geography and biology
Watersports-sailing, kayaking, windsurfing
Landsports-skiing, climbing, track cycling, archery, high/low ropes, orienteering

Pricing

poa

Opening Times

08.30 - 22.00 weekdays
08.30-21.00 Saturday
08.30-17.00 Sunday

Contact

Calshot Activities Centre
Calshot Spit
Fawley
Southampton
Hampshire
SO45 1BR
LOtC

Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.8
42 reviews


Excellent
 
79%

Very Good
 
21%

Average
 
0%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

September 2022 - Primary School
Fantastic trip, the centre provided excellent team building and challenging activities for us. Confusion over coach booking, led the trip to be curtailed by 1 hour which impacted our activities and feedback session. In future the return time should be the time we leave the venue and not the time we return to school.



September 2022 - Secondary School




September 2022 - Secondary School
Have been going to Calshot for years, I know exactly what experience the pupils are going to get. I ticks every box and is great for KS2, KS3 & KS4. Land and water activities. Recommended to all.



September 2022 - Secondary School




July 2022




July 2022 - Secondary School
superb instructor who gave our more nervous students huge confidence, he was fantastic



July 2022 - Primary School




June 2022 - Primary School




June 2022 - Primary School




April 2022 - Primary School




February 2022




November 2021 - Primary School
The facilities were fantastic and the staff were incredibly helpful. The children had the best time.



November 2021 - Primary School
The trip went well without a problem. The instructors were great and helped with medical needs when they arose.



October 2021 - Primary School
Excellent facilities and the children had a great time! We were surprised to be sharing our accomodation block, and I feel that this could have been communicated better prior to our arrival. We also had lots of different instructors, where on previous residentials we have had one main instructor per group. Several of our children with SEND found this change of staff challenging. However, we had an incredible week, and the staff were really skilled at working with children, and challenged them all to do their best.



October 2021 - Primary School




October 2021 - Primary School




September 2021 - Primary School
A very successful trips, no issues or incidents to report.



September 2021 - Primary School




August 2021 - Primary School




June 2021 - Primary School
Calshot managed to provide a fantastic residential experience to our children, despite the additional challenges of the Covid restrictions. Once again, food was a little bit of a disappointment and the residence itself was too hot on the first night for children to settle.



June 2021 - Primary School
What they were able to provide at such short notice was amazing. Whilst their instructions were fantastic, their senior leaders were even better.



May 2021 - Primary School
As always trips to Calshot are so well run and organised that it makes leading a trip there easy. Clear arrangements to make the trip as Covid safe as possible had been put in place.



March 2020 - Secondary School
The centre was brilliant, engaging activities and the thing that helped it so much was the staff. All three instructors were outstanding with the kids. The only thing which was a downside was the cold inside the activity hangers, but this is beyond their control. Highly recommended.



March 2020 - Primary School




February 2020 - Secondary School
Expensive but good



December 2019 - Primary School
Staff who work at Calshot in the field studies centre are fabulous. Activities staff are also good on the whole - happy to adapt sessions as needed. Children really enjoyed their week. Accommodation (in the newest block) is good. No one went hungry - the catering staff were superb.



October 2019 - Primary School
Friendly, knowledgeable and patient staff. Accommodation was dated and shower facilities could be improved. Meals were fine, although not much variety, particularly with some fussy eaters. Also not many vegetables on offer!



September 2019 - Primary School




September 2019 - Primary School
A terrific centre - the best residential site I have ever been to (better than PGL and Kingswood in my opinion). Once you visit, you will know.



May 2019 - Secondary School
Great support and understanding of needs presented.



April 2019 - Primary School
The staff at Calshot are fantastic and made our week purposeful and enjoyable. Facilities at the centre were brilliant and the food was lovely!



April 2019 - Primary School




December 2018 - Secondary School
Staff and facilities were excellent. Feedback from most pupils was very positive and overall it had been a very positive experience. Feedback from some pupils was negative about food options, food amounts and luke warm food. There were also comments about luke warm/cold showers in the morning, but this was not every morning.



November 2018 - Primary School
Calshot staff are fantastic: committed to giving their client schools the best experience possible. The week is very well planned and organised and easy to run when there!



November 2018 - Primary School




November 2018 - Secondary School
Well trained staff, very good facilities and everything organised well. A few changes to policies between our booking and visit which caused a few stresses leading up to the weekend.



September 2018 - Primary School
Excellent experience with highly qualified instructors who stay with the group throughout the visit so they can really get to know the children. Excellent organisation, equipment and facilities.



July 2018 - Primary School




July 2018 - Primary School
A brilliant visit! The children had an amazing time and all the Calshot staff were fantastic.



May 2018 - Primary School
Great at leading the activities but there was a lack of organisation and communication around break and lunch time which resulted in different groups being left for lunch in different areas that the class leader was not aware of.



March 2018 - Primary School




February 2018 - Primary School & Secondary School