Learning in Alice Holt Forest and South England District

What the Forestry Commission offers at Alice Holt Forest and in other forests in the District


Whether you choose to lead your own visit or take part in a guided visit programme, there are plenty of opportunities for learning at Alice Holt for all ages.

Guided visit programmes are listed under key stage (see left hand menu)and involve lively, hands-on activities for all ages which support curriculum and exam course learning. We also offer training in outdoor learning for education professionals. 

Schools and groups are welcome to come for self-guide visits, too, and there are resources available to help you make the most of your visit (see 'Self-guide Educational Visits' below).

Whichever kind of visit you choose it would really help us to have your opinions after the visit and you can let us know about it by completing our questionnaire online


Information about all the opportunities and the practicalities of visits to the forest are set out below and in the menu pages.


Guided visits

At Alice Holt Forest 

We plan our education programmes to meet teachers' specified learning objectives. We assess student progress throughout the visit, adapting delivery and content to suit the audience. Details of the educational programmes available are organised by age group:

For further information please get in touch using the contact information opposite.  

Self-guide educational visits

These are a great alternative to our guided programmes and there's also the option to run a self-guided afternoon after a guided morning session. If you are planning a self-guided visit please get in touch beforehand so we can help you get the most out of your visit, give you the opportunity to benefit from reduced coach parking charges and make you aware of any other activities in the forest which may affect your visit.

We are steadily adding to our suite of downloadable learning resources to help you get the most from your own visits. To find them please click on Resources in the left hand menu. There's also a link there to more resources on our FC England national learning pages. They include resources for teachers planning a visit to use the Sky Rainforest Trail (see below).

Learning feedback

Monitoring and evaluation is important to help us maintain our high standards and to meet both our own objectives and those of the groups with whom we work.

We evaluate our own performance after each visit and we value feedback from teachers and group leaders. We have two primary channels for providing feedback, our online survey and local site questionnaires for primary and secondary school visits. Teachers and group leaders are invited to discuss all aspects of their visit, including assessment and evaluation before they bring their groups.

Sky Rainforest Trail

The Sky Rainforest Trail  at Alice Holt Forest looks at the problems facing the Amazon Rainforest and compares it with the sustainably managed forests in this country. We have produced detailed primary school and secondary school resources for teachers to help them make effective use of the Rainforest Discovery Trail to support curriculum-based work. They include practical activities, questions and information.

Other locations

If you are interested in learning opportunities in other forests in the district (Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Dorset, Wiltshire and Isle of Wight), please email:

Please note that guided visits are currently only available at Alice Holt Forest, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Queen Elizabeth Country Park and in the New Forest (please contact the New Forest National Park for these). 

If you would like to make use of a site over a period of time to run your own programme of activities e.g. Forest School, you will normally need a permit to do so. Please contact us to discuss your plans.

Parking at Alice Holt Forest

Parking is free of charge for visits led by Alice Holt staff but parking charges apply to self-guided educational visits. If you book in advance you will be charged at reduced rates.

Partnership opportunities

We are always keen to work with educational partners to offer learning opportunities to a wider audience at Alice Holt Forest and other Forestry Commission woodlands. If you are an environmental education business or organisation, including volunteer organisations, wishing to expand your educational work and operate from new sites we would like to hear from you.

Teachers, early years professionals and student teachers

Do you want to do more outdoor teaching and make better use of your school grounds but don’t know where to start? We can help.

The Alice Holt education team runs CPD for teachers, school support staff and early years practitioners and training days for student teachers. We run courses for early years practitioners and primary school staff which include hands on experience of a range of activities with cross-curricular application, discussion of the benefits of outdoor learning and a look at risk assessment. For secondary schools we offer training for geography fieldwork and aspects of citizenship, particularly appropriate for NQTs and non-specialist teachers. We can provide a course especially for your school or setting staff (or for staff from a group of schools or settings)  at Alice Holt Forest or a Forestry Commission woodland near you. 

Alternative educational setting placements are also available to student teachers. For more information and booking please ring 01420 23666 or email Helen Wallace.

For further information on CPD and on student teacher placements see: continuing professional development and training for student teachers .

The South England Learning Team offers a wide range of educational activities for schools and other groups at Alice Holt Forest throughout the year. We also provide resources and ideas for self-guided visits. 


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Postcode: GU10 4LS

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