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Guided Learning and Providers

Whether it is an educational school visit, a Brownie outing or a birthday party there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and explore the forests with our learning partners.


Alice Holt Forest near Farnham

Alice Holt Forest is a great place to explore and play for school groups and families.

Groundwork South Trust – offer formal and informal, curriculum-linked learning opportunities for those from reception age to adults, communities and families. They also run a unique multidisciplinary course targeting home educated children - Alice Holt at Home in the Forest Courses. For further information please contact  or call 023 8060 2227

Wild Learning  - offer adventure camps in the school holidays, for children aged 5 years and above.

Alice Holt Events Page - Click here to view 'What's On' at Alice Holt

Wilderness Watch - offer birthday parties in outdoor survival, den building and camp fires. For details and prices contact Nigel on 01420 476808 / 07989 652757 or email

Running Your Own Party at Alice Holt - click here to find out about running your own party at Alice Holt.

Go Ape - The Tree Top junior course is ideal for parties for younger children aged 4+.  For the older children (aged 10+) the Tree Top Adventure combines breathtaking scenery, tree-top wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires for an action packed party.

Cycle Centre  – as well as bike hire the centre offers birthday parties and school sessions, which can be tailored to suit your requirements from fun, games and challenges to maintenance skills.

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 New Forest

Forestry Commission events -to find out 'What's On' in the New Forest click here

Wild Heritage  - offers exciting learning and discovery experiences to schools, colleges, groups, families and visitors to the New Forest.  For more information please, email or telephone 07799 517739.

New Forest National Park - discover what makes the New Forest so special. For information on learning opportunities in the forest please visit 

New Forest Centre  – educational led sessions available at the museum, out in the forest or experience a visit to the Verderers Court in Lyndhurst.  The museum also houses a comprehensive reference library on the New Forest .  For more information contact the education officer on: Tel 023 8028 6153,  email:

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 East Hampshire

Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield - offers educational visits and family events run by Hampshire County Council.  

The Brand Adventure at Creech Wood near Fareham, offers bushcraft activities for schools, informal groups and families.  For more information contact Ellis Bird  

South Downs National Park Authority - lots of great activity ideas, downloadable resources and interactive map for educational providers within the South Downs National Park.

Leaping Deer Forest School and Wilderness Skills – based at Creech Wood near Fareham offers outdoor learning opportunities for schools.  For more details email Lee Sprake  

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West Hampshire

My Little Explorers   – run holiday activity camps, forest parties and Forest School sessions at Ampfield Wood near Winchester.  For more details email 

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 Isle of Wight

Wood Learn Forest School - run Forest and Beach Schools and 'bushcraft’ skills for families, schools and uniformed groups.  For more information please contact: or telephone 01983 246986 or 07710 324868.

 The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust  – based at Bouldner Forest on the Isle of Wight offer a wide range of educational activities.  For more information contact

Gps Counselling and Play Therapy    - provides therapeutic intervention sessions offering counselling, play therapy and outdoor counselling support for children, adults and families.  Contact Les Seager on  


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Moors Valley Country Park - near Ringwood, for lots of family events and school visit options.  Contact for more details; telephone 01425 470721.

You can also find out about their bike hire  and Go Ape   adventure courses and segways.

Wareham Forest

Woodlands Reconnect - offer a variety of outdoor nature and educational based events, including Forest School experiences, birthday parties and bespoke days for corporates.  Sessions are inspiring and fun and aimed at all ages and will be tailor-made for your requirements.  For more information please contact Caroline:  or call 07912646483.


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Last updated: 30th June 2018

What's of interest

Preparing for a visit

If you are a school or group visiting one of our woods we have a number of activities, including an introductory slide show, lesson plans and a sample risk assessment, to help you plan your visit.   For further information on preparing for a visit please click here

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