Expedition Workshops

Engaging workshops that help young people develop key skills and encourage them to consider joining adventures in the future.

“Working with British Exploring Society has given our pupils access to opportunities they did not know existed. Through the workshops, we saw students highly engaged and interested in learning more about the World outside of their community."

Location: School classroom or organisation’s space.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Cost: Free

Team size: 20 to 30 young people per British Exploring Society facilitator

Register interest: send us an email to book a workshop for your school or organisation via the button below

Potential to be life-changing: Unlimited

Often, young people feel that the outdoors is not for them. Expedition Workshops were developed to break down some of the barriers of accessibility in the outdoors, to give young people the opportunity to make a more informed choice as to whether they would like to join an expedition and to learn about the transferable skills that they can apply to different aspects of their life on their return.

It has become even more important to offer these opportunities to our schools and partners. In 2022, 478 young people participated and benefitted from an Expedition Workshop from schools and youth organisations in our focus areas of Scotland, North-East England, North-West England, the Midlands, and London.

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We understand that joining us on an expedition programme is often a big step for many young people.

We deliver content-rich Expedition Workshops in schools to kick start the conversation, trust, and initial relationship to foster confidence in young people so that they might consider further adventure and enrichment options, including potentially an expedition programme with us.

Our Expedition Workshops are delivered in schools and youth organisations around the UK. These stand-alone, fun and engaging sessions benefit from our 90 years of experience in delivering adventurous learning to help young people develop skills and gain a greater understanding of what going on an expedition would really be like.


Our aims for the Expedition Workshops are:

  • To provide valued content for our partner schools and organisations and stand-alone learning for participants
  • To develop experience in decision-making under pressure and support strategies for positive well-being for young people
  • To present new and relatable adult role models to young people
  • To dispel myths about the outdoors – about fitness, money, suitability, and the purpose of modern adventure and exploration
  • To have fun and show learning in a new, exciting context, treating our audience as adults, as we do on all our programmes.

workshop feedback

In the words of our Partners...

“Working with British Exploring Society has given our pupils access to opportunities they did not know existed. Through the workshops, we saw students highly engaged and interested in learning more about the World outside of their community.” – Gary Trewitt, Deputy Head Teacher, Whitehaven Academy


“As a charity, we are super excited to be working with the British Exploring Society and we are looking forward to supporting our young people to take part in their upcoming life changing expeditions. We would like to thank them for running a fantastic workshop for our young people.” – Ryan Jones, The Change Foundation Disability Programmes Manager


“We are incredibly grateful to the charity for coming in and opening up these possibilities for students. It’s the kind of relationship we are extremely keen on developing as it gives our young people amazing opportunities to grow and experience life. The programme embraces our philosophy here at Whitehaven of wanting to empower young people and enable them to explore the outdoors.” – Nigel Youngman, Head Teacher Whitehaven Academy


In the words of Participants...

“I liked that it was interactive not just a PowerPoint. I learnt that an expedition involves lots of preparation but is attainable” –  Anonymous Participant, The Prendergast School


“I have learnt to take away from my experiences living in the wilderness; how to take care of yourself, what you need to take with you. I enjoyed doing the workshop.” – Anonymous Participant, The Change Foundation


“I’ve always loved nature and the freedom it brings, what truly caught my eye though was the Amazon – I’ve always been a fan of South America and its culture. I learnt that without communication the tasks don’t go how you intend them to” – Anonymous Participant, The Prendergast School


“I loved the view, it looks like a dream, and seems even better at night – which is what I want to witness during my life. I found out how boring England is. I would change my life in a way and go out more on these types of adventures before I die” – Anonymous Participant, The Long Eaton School