Sports & recreation groups

If you’re thinking rural ideals, seaside retreats or city hideaways, somewhere safe to keep your bike, hang up your climbing gear, or to kick off your walking boots, meeting room space to call your own, gorgeous surroundings to gaze over whilst enjoying a drink from our café bar, or a base for a good night’s sleep after a busy day of adventures, you’re looking in the right place.

Based in amazing locations throughout England and Wales and offering great facilities, we are experienced in providing groups of all shapes and sizes flexible breaks that are perfectly tailored to their needs and budget.

Whether you select a self-led break or take YHA-led activities, opt to self-cater or choose for YHA to provide breakfast, picnic lunches and evening meals for you, our experienced Group Activity Advisors are here to help you plan your ideal residential in a hostel that will meet your requirements.

Thanks to our unique bursary scheme Breaks for Kids no young person needs to be left behind. We can offer up to 50% funding to cover the cost of YHA accommodation and food for children from low income households.

In order to ensure your residential is just right we recommend that you talk through the options available with an experienced advisor who can arrange a free hostel pre-visit or a phone call at a time to suit you. Contact us today to find out more.

Why YHA?

  • Low cost accommodation and low cost food
  • Accessible and remote rural accommodation
  • Self-led breaks available
  • The option to bolt on exhilarating adventurous activities with our expert adventure partners or engaging team building activities with us
  • Hostels can provide activities or are near to activity providers
  • Dorms for younger members and private rooms for leaders
  • Funding is available for young people from low-income households through our Breaks for Kids bursary
  • Safeguarding children is our priority and we work closely with the DBS and the NSPCC to ensure that our child safeguarding practises are over and above those required by law
  • Free young person’s group membership
  • Pre-visits including optional overnight stays

Key facilities

  • Self-catering kitchens and dining rooms
  • Meals available
  • Packed lunches available
  • Low cost dorm rooms
  • Private rooms for group leaders
  • Classrooms/breakout areas
  • Drying rooms
Discovery Package

Designed to enable group leaders to create their own stay, our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the needs of your group.

Multi Activity Package

Full of challenges for the brain and body, our multi-activity packages are designed to engage participants through practical PE based activity.

History Package

Packed with opportunities to gain hands-on learning experiences in authentic historical settings, our history packages are designed to deliver inspiration and immersion as you discover Britain through the ages..

Geography Package

There’s no better way to learn about geography than to experience it up close! Our hostels can be found on riversides, moorland, coasts and forests, and make the perfect bases for learning about the forces that shape the natural world.

Alex Rider Packages

Ignite imaginations, enjoy adventures in the great outdoors and spark a love of reading with our two YHA Alex Rider packages: Alex Rider Spy Academy and Alex Rider Mission Briefing.

Action Adventure Package

Amazing adventures in the great outdoors don’t come much better than this. Our Action Adventure package is designed to make the most of the natural world around us and as a result really takes the challenges up a level.

Bolt-ons

Perfect for groups looking to fill free time, our bolt-on activities can easily be added on to your YHA stay. Available as half-day and full-day options, we offer an exciting range of activities that are designed to entertain and engage all ages and abilities.

Group friendly facilities

All of our group hostels provide the facilities you need plus a few extras you probably wouldn’t anticipate.

Self-led accommodation

Perfect for groups wanting the flexibility to do their own thing, our self-led breaks give you the freedom you want but with the advantage of YHA accommodation, meals and facilities.

Food and drink

To keep energy levels high we offer a delicious groups menu of breakfasts, packed lunches for you to take with you and tasty evening meals.