We are dedicated to engaging young minds with the great outdoors, expanding each pupil's appetite for learning and encouraging curiosity. Our residential trips help to enhance relationships between pupils and their teachers, whilst increasing motivation, self-confidence and engagement. 

Are you a teacher planning your trip to Mount Cook? Visit our Group Leader Resource page for risk assessments, sample itineraries, kit lists and more.


Primary Schools

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Educational school trips provide powerful learning opportunities for children and young people of all ages and abilities.


  • Improve attainment back in school

  • Foster enjoyment of learning

  • Enhance relationships with staff and peers

  • Create opportunities to develop leadership skills

I would like to mention the care of the instructors, as we had a child with us who is selectively mute and finds it hard to communicate verbally with others, especially when they are unfamiliar. Your instructor took the time and sensitivity to build up a rapport with this child and he was able to access the activities as any other.

- Turnditch Primary School, Derbyshire


Secondary Schools 

Whether you’re looking for a confidence building trip for your year 7’s, or an exam preparation retreat for your year 11’s, Mount Cook has the facilities to create your perfect trip. 

  • Exciting activities with an opportunity for review 

  • Classroom space for exam preparation

  • En-suite accommodation with maximum 4 to a room 

  • Full board catering with hearty meals


Fantastic Derbyshire location with so much to do!

Our centre is a short drive away from Carsington reservoir, where groups can raft build or canoe whilst taking in the wildlife. We’re also a 5-minute walk from Black Rocks, a famous climbing area where schools can learn new skills on a real rock face. Plus, we’re just up the road from Chatsworth House and Alton Towers, if you wanted to include an excursion within your trip. The options are endless!


Using interactive and hands-on activities, costumes, reconstructed artefacts and local historic features, we provide a unique educational experience which will inspire both pupils and teachers! Only available in the Autumn, Winter and Spring terms.




Immerse yourself in this fascinating time period by meeting a Roman solider and trying on his armour. Other activities include a roman military drill, archery, and land kart building.

Prehistoric Britain

We provide your pupils with an immersive experience as a Prehistoric tribesman by learning how to make fire using traditional methods, shelter construction, cave painting, archery and bush craft. 

The Vikings

Step into the Viking age between 700 - 1100 AD. Activities for schools include longboat building, craft/manufacturing, shelter construction and saga story telling. 

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Why not include our History packages as part of a residential for a learning experience they'll never forget.


How do I make a booking? 

If you would like to make a booking or check availability, either fill our the enquiry form below or call 01629 823 702 to speak to one of our friendly sales team.

We can provisionally hold dates for up to 2 weeks for you and will be available to help you with anything you would like to check.

We'll send you a booking form and an invoice to confirm your booking, then introduce you to your trip coordinator. Your coordinator will be on hand to help you with all the details and paperwork up until the point of your trip to make the process as smooth as possible.  

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"Even though there were restrictions due to Covid, our experience at Mount Cook was truly wonderful."
- St Anselms prep school, 2021 

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