We are immensely proud in our ability to work with some of the UK’s best and most trusted outdoor education and accommodation providers. Many of our partnerships and close working links date back many years, each of us delivering our services to the very highest standards.

Our own hugely experienced team work seamlessly day to day with each of our partner providers to bring together probably the most cost effective, highest quality, and industry leading school trip packages available anywhere in the UK.   

We work with many, many partners and attractions across the UK, too many to mention here, but let’s introduce some of our principle partners….. each are incredible!


Youth Hostels Association (YHA)

YHA believes in the power of travel and adventure. To connect people to each other, to nature and the outdoors, to culture and to heritage. Hostelling makes travel and adventure accessible to everyone, everywhere.

YHA are a leading social enterprise and a 90-year-old movement. A charity on a mission to enrich the lives of all, but especially young people, and improve physical health, mental wellbeing and life skills through the experiences we create.

Due to our fabulous partnership with YHA, First Education and School Travel can provide a wide range of fully flexible residential packages across the majority of the 150 YHA sites, located across England & Wales. Each of the sites are ideal for school groups of all ages, sizes and abilities and each of our school trip packages can be delivered all year round. Ideal for Key Stage 2/3 themes include Geography, History, Discovery, Team Building, Drama and Team Challenges.

Accommodation is hugely diverse in many different types of building each with comfortable, well maintained bedrooms, well-proportioned dining rooms and fabulous common rooms and grounds.



For over 35 years, Kingwood’s transformative trips have encouraged both adults and young people to build confidence and resilience by taking on fun challenges. With nine activity centres across the UK, plus a Château in France, our partnership with Kingswood enables us to offer some unbeatable life changing experiences for everyone, all provided as part of a fully inclusive package. 

With the new school year in full swing, and with robust COVID-safe protocols in place, residential trips are once again providing a much needed breath of fresh air and rush of adrenaline for young people. Our outdoor adventure packages, using any of the nine Kingswood venues we work with, offer fabulous value for money, high octane adventure and opportunities for real and tangible

We provide incredible all-inclusive outdoor adventure and environmental adventure packages at each of the nine UK venues. Accommodation is either in residential centres, purpose built lodges or cabins.   

Learn by Design

Learn By Design

Learn by Design are a dynamic and committed team with a business and educational background. Learn By Design work on behalf of schools, corporate and public sector clients to provide quality, value for money, educational products and services to inspire future generations.

​Working to the highest educational standards; complementing existing learning in schools across the UK every year, their interactive and engaging workshops range from individual activity days to enterprise education and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) curriculum areas.

​One of the many benefits to our partnership with Learn By Design is that we are able to work with them at over 100 accommodation venues across the UK. Due to the adaptability and flexibility in the programme delivery, we can accommodate your group in many incredibly diverse locations, from a 12th Century Norman castle, or a grand Yorkshire hunting lodge, to a lakeside country house or even a purpose built City based venue.   

STEM residentials are available all year round all across the UK.   

Essex outdoors

Essex Outdoors

For over a decade, we have worked closely with Essex Outdoors to provide a real high-quality, high octane outdoor adventure package, located across four venues in the East and South East of England. We work predominantly with Bradwell, Danbury and Mersea each with more than 40 challenging and exciting outdoor activities spanning the alphabet, from Archery to Zipwire, the selection is sure to engage and inspire school group visitors.

All activities are delivered by qualified and experienced instructors and working closely with you we can facilitate a plan to combine the activity sessions into a bespoke programme to meet exactly the objectives and learning outcomes you wish to gain from your visit.

Essex Outdoors activities support the social, moral and spiritual growth of young people. They encourage the development of their communication and concentration skills, whilst re-engaging their commitment to learning. Pupils will also develop skills of application, comprehension, evaluation, and analysis.

Accommodation is provided either in a residential centre, wooden cabins or as camping.


Field Studies Council

Another longstanding principle partner, the Field Studies Council, is the only environmental education charity dedicated solely to providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, be inspired by, and understand the natural environment.

Established in 1943, FSC has become internationally respected for its national network of learning locations, international outreach training projects, research programmes, information and publication services, and wide range of professional training and leisure courses.

Aims: We want to create a world where everyone feels connected to the environment so they can enjoy the benefits it gives and make choices that help protect it.

We work in partnership with a number of FSC locations, from Millport on the beautiful Isle of Cumbrae to a number of locations in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales to the wonderful Juniper Hall in Surrey.

Accommodation is in a range of high-quality residential centres

Theatre Workout

Theatre Workout

In partnership with Theatre Workout we are proud to offer a range of all-inclusive day visit or residential visits focussing on drama and performing arts. We have a fabulous London based package where the group will stay at one of partner accommodation venues will include your accommodation, meals, travel and a fully bespoke Drama itinerary. Plus, you also get to experience a live West End show.

Theatre Workout’s West End workshops are all about creative learning through drama and performance, and are designed around your students to:

  • Maximise their theatre experience,
  • Enhance the creative curriculum,
  • Engage and inspire students,
  • Achieve Artsmark and Arts Award goals,
  • Support school productions and coursework projects.

Bespoke, performance-based workshops

Their most popular workshops and masterclasses cover all aspects of theatre and performance technique, including Acting, Shakespeare, Musical Theatre and much more...

We also work with Theatre Workout to deliver outstanding Drama packages at other locations across the UK including Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and many more..

Contact FEST

First Education & School Travel
Unit 5 Petre Court, Petre Road, Clayton Business Park, Clayton Le Moors, Accrington BB5 5HY

Tel: 0203 467 2002

Email: school.travel@firstbus.co.uk