Golden beaches and
carnival in Swanage

Swanage seaside town

Swanage is a small seaside town on the south coast of England. There's an old steam train, a Victorian pier and a golden, family-friendly beach. There are lots of little shops, small art galleries and cafes, as well as fun arcades to explore.

Each year at the end of July the town hosts a carnival with parades, music, dancing and spectacular fireworks, music and dancing. It's great fun for pupils on our English summer school and raises money for local charities.

We sometimes visit Swanage after seeing Corfe Castle, taking a steam train from the castle. Or we'll spend a whole day in Swanage when the Carnival is on.

Age: 7+

Duration: full day

Lunch: pupils prepare a packed lunches after breakfast, including a sandwich, crisps, chocolate bar and fruit.

Travel: 1 hour coach

Cost: no additional cost

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Taking care

We are careful to balance freedom to explore, which helps build confidence and independence, with supervision and support to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every pupil 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 least member of staff with six children. Older children (11+) can explore in small groups, with our staff nearby. Pupils are advised to stay in pairs if they are away from the group, for example using the toilets.

As there are no public transport connections from Port Regis to Stourhead, we take a coach for this journey. Travelling together in one vehicle, helps keep this excursion fuel-efficient, and reduces air pollution and carbon emissions. We always ask our providers about their green credentials.