Summer Holiday Residential camp activities for all ages from 8-13 year olds in the UK Bournemouth

Canford School - Dorset

Canford School dining hall

Amazing facilities

Canford School - Residential


Canford School, Canford Magna, Wimborne BH21 3AD

50.789843388652, -1.9535965382366

About Canford School

Canford School residential camp is for boys and girls aged 8-13 years only

The Ultimate Summer Residential Camp takes place at Canford School, ‘Independent Boarding School of the Year’ (2018) and ‘Tatler Public School of the Year’ (2019). The idyllic grounds and impressive facilities offer modern school facilities combined with beautiful historic buildings and grounds. Their first-class indoor and outdoor facilities are ideal for running our exciting programme of activities and events.

Facilities include:

  • Modern boarding facilities (doubles and triples)
  • 300 acres of grounds
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Large sports hall
  • Astroturf pitches
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Woodland

Visit Canford School website for more information about the school and open days.

What’s included in the price?

  • Six-night stay in comfortable accommodation from Sunday night to Friday night 
  • Three meals per day
  • Full activity programme plus evening activities
  • Beach Trip
  • USC T-Shirt

Dates and rates:

  • Sun 31st July to Sat 6th August or 
  • Sun 7th July to Sat 13th August

£895 until 24th May 2022 (standard rate £1,095)

Summer Residential FAQ's

Is transport to and from Canford School included?

Parents are welcome to drop off children at Canford School on Sunday between 2:30 and 5:30 and collect on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 12:30.
Alternatively we offer a return coach and Welcome Club service from South West London (exact location TBC) and near Newbury which costs £45 return. Drop off/return from South West London or Hilton Hotel Chieveley (Newbury RG20 8XY) at 2pm on Sunday and return by 12pm the following Saturday. Our Welcome Club staff will make sure children are happy from the moment you drop them off and will ensure they arrive on camp safely.

What is the accommodation like at Canford School?

Canford School has twin rooms and some 4-bed dorms in separate boys and girls accommodation blocks. We always room children with someone of a similar age and same gender. We will do our best to meet any specific accommodation requests (e.g. sharing a room with a friend) - contact us to discuss this. Rooms are of a high standard and are cleaned on a daily basis - we will encourage the children to keep a tidy room so belongings don't get mislaid!!

Are staff available during the night?

Our friendly and supportive pastoral staff team are available 24 hours per day to support campers. We pride ourselves on offering the best possible care to children, and Summer Boarding Courses (our sister company delivering these camps) achieved British Council area of strength in ‘care of students’ and ‘safeguarding under 18s’.

How many staff are on camp?

We have an extremely high ratio of staff to students, with a Welfare Co-Ordinator, who oversees the welfare and safety of the campers who handles any pastoral issues. We also have several House Parents/Mentors, who are responsible for the day-to-day care of the campers and are the first point of contact if any camper feel as though they were upset in any way. Alongside these members of staff, all employees are trained in Child Safeguarding and many of the staff are trained in giving Paediatric First Aid. There will also be an Admissions Manager, who will be the main point of contact for families with any issues or concerns.

Our friendly and supportive staff team are available 24 hours per day to support students.

What Covid measures are in place?

We will follow all current guidance in place at the time of running camp and will inform parents in advance if there are any measures that may affect the children’s experience or enjoyment of camp. We expect there to be no or very minimal measures for summer 2022. if there are any measures that may affect the children’s experience or enjoyment of camp

What to bring?

As you know, one can never predict what will happen when it comes to British weather! Please ensure your child packs clothing suitable for both warm and cool weather and that all clothing, towels and swimwear are clearly marked with your child’s name.

Below is a suggested packing list for campers:
• Toiletries (including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothbrush and toothpaste)
• Towels x 2 (please note that we provide all bed linen, but we do not provide towels)
• Hairdryer if needed (please note that hairdryers are not supplied, so students wishing to use one during their stay should bring their own)
• Small backpack or small travel bag, for afternoon trip to the beach
• Sun protection, such as sunglasses, sun hat and sun protection cream
• Several T-shirts
• One waterproof jacket
• 2-3 jumpers or sweaters
• 2-3 pairs of casual trousers / jeans
• 2-3 pairs of shorts
• 1-2 pairs of tracksuit pants
• Disco clothes (party wear)
• Non-marking indoor sports shoes (NO BLACK SOLES)
• Summer sandals / flip flops
• Swimming suit / trunks
• Outdoor sports shoes

Valuable Items
We recommend that children bring as few valuable items as possible as the bedrooms do not have locks on the doors. Please note that devices such as mobile phones, iPods, MP3 players or PSPs will not be allowed during activities. Should your child choose to bring any of these devices to an activity, a member of staff will take the device to the summer school office where it will be stored in the safe until the end of the course. Personal laptops, iPads or electronic notebooks are not allowed. This is for reasons of safety and security.