Activities & enrichment week school trips

Our activities & enrichment week school trips are designed to give your pupils the opportunity to try something new or develop their skills in an activity or subject area in which they have an existing interest. 

Activities week is a unique and positive time for all your pupils involved, offering a valuable educational experience through an unbeatable range of activities, your pupils will be engaged, inspired and challenged.

Our trips offer the best possible value, making learning outside the classroom more accessible and more affordable for more families.

Learn more about our activity week trips

STEM week - London

Your pupils will have a week of learning about science, technology, engineering, and maths! With many intriguing visits and hands-on workshops, this four-day trip to London will be both practical and fun.

Learn more about our London trips here.

Photography week - London

Photography week - London

Take your budding photographers out for a fun-filled four days in London, experiencing different types of shots. Combine this with one-day back at school with a lesson on photo manipulation, followed by a presentation from your students of their pictures and what they've learnt during the week.

Learn more sbout our London trips here.

Theatre week - London

Theatre week - London

Unlock your pupils inner thespian by taking them on an exciting trip through the world of theatre with four days in London - combine this with a day of in-school activity such as writing and performing their own small-scale show!

Learn more about our London trips here.

Entrepreneur week - London

Entrepreneur week - London

Have your pupils got what it takes to become successful in business? London is home to over half of the UK's top 100 listed companies and offers fantastic opportunities for your budding entrepreneurs. Combine this with a 'pitch your idea' challenge back in school for the best business start-up ideas.

Learn more about our London trips here.

Film week - London

Film week - London

Who decides whether a film gets an '18' or a 'U' rating? Your pupils will get to meet the people who decide the ratings of films, DVDs and games on this exciting four days of film fuelled activities.

Learn more about our London trips here.

Theme park week - Paris

Theme park week - Paris

Theme parks provide a safe, memorable environment for your pupils to work together, bond as a class and challenge their personal boundaries, and of course the main theme being fun!

Learn more about our Paris trips here.

Creative week - Paris

Creative week - Paris

Why not inspire the 'creative' in your pupils and take them on an exciting four-day tour of this vibrant French city. Paris has inspired many creatives over the centuries - and it continues to do so today. It's the global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy, and culture. Combine this with a day back in school where your pupils could create a storyboard of their trip, what they've seen, learnt and what inspired them.

Learn more about our Paris trips here.

Culture week - Barcelona

Culture week - Barcelona

Take your culture vultures to this fabulous seaside city which is steeped in history, with amazing art and architecture. This is jam-packed full-on four-day trip! Whether your pupils want to look around the colossal Nou Camp Stadium or marvel at the magnificent Sagrada Família, there is something for everyone in Barcelona.

Learn more about our Barcelona trips here.

Food Lovers week - Northern France

Food Lovers week - Northern France

The Opal Coast is a fantastic location to get a real taste of France. On this four-day fun-filled food fest, your pupils will have the opportunity to experience traditional dishes, go shopping at the local markets, and put their cooking skills to the test! You’ll also have your own Group Co-ordinator organising fun evening activities to keep everyone entertained.

Learn more our Opal Coast trips here  and view more about Château d'Ebblinghem here.

French week - Northern France

French week - Northern France

Challenge, inspire and engage your pupils with a four-day French Language trip to Northern France. Your pupils will participate in traditional French activities and enjoy an array of cultural visits on the Opal Coast, where they’ll have the opportunity to interact with native speakers and practise their language skills. Challenge them to keep a diary of their experiences in French - using our FREE exclusive Go Explore journal.

Learn more about our Opal Coast trips here  and learn more about Château d'Ebblinghem here.

Not wanting to take a residential trip?

Mix and match day trips are a perfect choice for keeping to a lower budget, but with no loss of fun or educational content. All the visits within these destinations can be tailored and themed to your group's requirements.

Day trips

Theme parks

Theme parks

For an adrenalin fun-filled day, why not take your group to one of these amazing theme parks, all of which also offer educational talks and workshops, which are extremely popular! Alton Towers Resort, THORPE PARK Resort or Chessington World of Adventures Resort.

Learn more about our theme park day trips here.

London

London

Visits include: A Blue Badge guided tour, take part in a West End workshop, watch a West End show, take a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye and view the sights on a Thames River cruise.

Learn more about our day trips to London here.

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon

Visits include: Take a half-day RSC workshop, a guided visit of up to five of Shakespeare's properties and meander round the streets on an award winning Stratford ghost walk.

Learn more about our day trips to Stratford-upon-Avon here.

Liverpool

Liverpool

Visits include: The Beatles Story, The British Music Experience, Liverpool One Shopping Complex, Mersey River Explorer and Anfield Stadium tour.

Learn more about our day trips to Liverpool here.


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Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process.

 

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information:

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals


You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

FREE school trip promotion pack

FREE school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete
  • A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip


For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.  If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.  Our helpful guide covers the following: 

  • Choosing your destination 
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head 
  • Promoting your tour in school 
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment) 
  • Quick reference timeline 
  • Pre-tour checklist 


View our essential guide to a successful school trip here

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you. 

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too. 

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go. 

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom! 

Take a look at our downloadable posters here

Speak to one of our school travel experts

Our team of school travel experts have unrivalled destination knowledge and experience so they can help to bring your tour ideas to life and might even suggest options you hadn’t already thought of too! So get in touch today and we'll help to create a bespoke, budget-friendly tour itinerary to meet your specific learning requirements.

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • Free group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  

 

Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

 

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.