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A wealth of opportunities for learning outside the classroom in Hampshire

Written by: Elmtree Press


Most school trips need to be within 1-2 hours’ drive of the school.  Often visits can only last a few hours and planned so that the group returns before the school day ends in order coach companies tailor the hire to ensure that they still have availability to undertake the daily school run.  This keeps the hire of the coach competitive as many teachers and attractions tell us that the it is the transport costs that can determine whether a trip is affordable or not.

This week we are featuring the county of Hampshire and highlighting the wealth of attractions to visit as the more we can show you there is to do on your doorstep the better, though there are some excellent outward bound centres should you wish to stay for longer. 

One of the most popular places to take your pupils is Beaulieu who has an award winning team of education specialists offer a range of curriculum linked and made-to-measure programmes to suit the needs of your group. With a 13th century abbey, a Victorian styled stately home, a world famous motor museum and a unique wartime narrative - plus the nearby historic shipbuilding village of Buckler's Hard - there is an enviable range of learning opportunities on offer for KS 1 - 4 and SEN groups.

Passionate about wildlife and conservation, the New Forest Wildlife Park want to encourage young people to learn more about conservation and the environment. Many of their animals, such as the giant otter, are on the IUCN endangered species Red List and they are doing their utmost to help breed and conserve them for the future.  They were the first park in the UK to send a captive-bred giant otter to an international breeding programme abroad. Katuma, a young giant otter born at their sister park the Chestnut Centre in Derbyshire, was sent a captive-bred giant otter to an international breeding partner, Emperor Valley Zoo in Port of Spain. 

Go Ape’s Tree Top Challenge,  based at the Moors Valley Centre is  a day of blood-pumping high rope activities that are sure to test your students nerves.  Enjoy a tree climbing adventure like no other. If you’re a little nervous, or new to the Tarzan-inspired world of tree top climbing, rest assured that our friendly Tribe are at hand to fully prepare you and spur you on – go for it!

Marwell Zoo near Winchester is home to over 1,200 animals.  Their education team has put together a wide range of free resources for students of all abilities covering early years to post 16.  Many link to the educational workshops that they offer as well as being able to be enjoyed on self -guided visits around the zoo.  Workshops range from maths, learning about conservation of the animals, the environment and design, plus much more.

For an end of term treat and fun day out for both teachers and pupils then venture down to Paultons Park for a day of relaxation and fun.  The award winning home of Peppa Pig World and Lost Kingdom is a family owned and run theme park which opened in 1983 originally as a country park. Today they are the No 1 Family Theme Park in the UK welcoming around 1 million visitors a year.

For a day like no other, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre landmark observation tower in Portsmouth, England, UK. It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour where a visit to this iconic tower will teach your pupils about its construction, gravity and if health and safety allows abseiling down the owner!


 If your aim is to study science another great educational visits is to the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium in the South of England. They provide excellent STEM learning experiences for schools and groups both at the Science Centre or at your own school or venue through their outreach programme. Their experienced team welcome over 40,000 students each year from KS1 through to KS4. We also welcome sleepovers, uniformed groups and home educators.

Should you be able to take your class away for a few days the New Forest is a superb location with two excellent outdoor centres we can recommend. It is so important for young people to try out new skills and learn about teamwork and realise that there is more to life than staring at a screen on their phone!

At  Foxlease  your students can totally immerse themselves in the forest and nature and learn new skills such as abseiling, orienteering and climbing.  The centre has a swimming pool and you can either camp or stay in their Georgian Mansion.

Another popular outdoor centre is Avon Tyrell.  Situated in a private 65 acre estate the centre offers flexible and affordable accommodation and course throughout the year to encourage all attending to experience new skills and give them the opportunity to learn and develop.  There is a Grade 1 listed house which combines historic charm with modern facilities or if you want to give older students more independence there are lodges available in the grounds.

These are just a few of the top attractions that Hampshire has to offer to check out more please visit educationalvisitsuk.com