Countryside Education Trust - Field Studies School Trips
Countryside Education Trust
The Countryside Education Trust has been operating for 40 years, connecting people with the countryside. We work with a wide range of ages and groups to meet curricular and co-curricular needs, both for residential and non-residential trips. The experience of staying on a farm is very special for many, especially those from more urban backgrounds, as visitors collect their own eggs and vegetables, help with the animals and develop independence. Equally special is the ability to be outdoors in our private woodland, where it is safe to try everything from shelter building and bushcraft to field archery and pond-dipping.
Why are Countryside Education Trust great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
We must be doing something right as we have many repeat visitors! Our staff are specialists and can support you in working with children or adults in unusual environments. We are very happy to spend time with staff planning their trips and always offer a pre-trip visit. The options are very broad, thanks to our wonderful location, as we can conduct stream-surveys, look at a highly rural high street, study woodland, heath, river, stream, or sea habitats, explore the local history of the Beaulieu estate (covering the National Motor Museum, Palace House, an Abbey and a historic shipyard) and enjoy being outdoors with wild play, archery, and team-building activities - top and tailed by animal feeding, gardening or egg collecting.
What activities are available during group visits?
Our most popular activities is a stream study, walking down the Hartford Stream and conducting a range of experiments. We lunch at our wonderful treehouse classrooms and then pond dip. Another great day is based around bushcraft and orienteering. All residential groups spend time feeding and caring for our farm animals.
What size groups do you cater for?
Our usual group size is 32-34, but we can cater for much larger groups.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Yes, we have classroom facilities on both sites.
Is there first aid on site?
We have trained first aiders and carry equipment when we are not at our own sites.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Yes we do.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Yes, we do.
Feel free to call for a chat, we have accommodated a wide range of groups and needs over the last 41 years, and will be pleased to talk things through, even if you are at a very early planning stage.
We also offer half week hires, from Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday, and the centre is available for self-catering for groups.
Need more inspiration?
We are bursting with ideas on places that deliver first class teaching both outside the classroom and as in-school workshops. Here are a few similar suggestions, or head to our tailor-made trip form and let us know how we can help you!