Enjoy the seaside
Bournemouth is a seaside town on the English south coast and a popular destination for visitors. There are seven miles (over 11km) of beautiful beach in the bay as well as a bustling town, aquarium, adventure golf course and the Bournemouth Pier zip wire for the brave!
The Oceanarium, the Bournemouth aquarium, is great for all ages. There are amazing animals from all over the world to see, from otters to deep sea fish and sharks. It's a great place to wonder at the amazing animals we share our planet with and learn about preserving their habitats.
Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf is a fun optional activity for older pupils. The elaborate 18 holes mini golf course takes you back to Bournemouth’s history as a smugglers bay.
Pupils looking for even more excitement can try the Pier Zip. The zipline is 250m long and zooms over the famous Bournemouth Pier and the waves to the beach.
There's a great mix of shops in the pretty town. Pupils enjoying looking for souvenirs and treats in the shops along the beach front.
100% of pupils survey responses said the trip to Bournemouth was "good", "very good" or "excellent" in summer 2022!
Duration: full day
Lunch: pupils prepare a packed lunches after breakfast, including a sandwich, crisps, chocolate bar and fruit.
Travel: 1 hour coach ride
Cost: no additional cost
We are careful to balance freedom to explore, which helps our pupils build confidence and independence, with supervision and support to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone on our trips and excursions. All ECS trips are fully risk-assessed with a thorough 'what if' process to ensure we are prepared for every eventuality.
There are always at least two members of staff on each coach. Younger children are accompanied at all times with at least one member of staff with every six children. Older children (11+) can explore designated areas in small groups, with our staff nearby and always available to help. Pupils are advised to stay in pairs if they are away from the group, for example using the toilets.
As it is not easy to get to Bournemouth by public transport from Port Regis, we take a coach for this journey. Travelling together in one vehicle helps keep this excursion fuel-efficient. We always ask our providers about their green credentials.