What makes Minstead special

Minstead is a magical place where we hope that children develop confidence, independence and positive relationships with their classmates and their staff

Activities are varied and cover subjects across the curriculum, developing a connection with nature and the outdoors, and nurturing positive attitudes towards protecting and improving our precious planet.

Minstead Study Centre leaflet


The Centre has beds for 36 children and up to 6 adults. Most of the accommodation is in our beautiful timber framed dormitory block, with two staff bedrooms contained in the original Victorian schoolhouse. All visitors to the Centre have sole residential occupancy, giving a real sense of safety and security, and meaning that the children develop a sense of ownership and belonging in the short time that they stay with us, creating memories that can last a lifetime.

Accommodation - sleeping area

Teaching and Learning

For KS1 and KS2 groups, our teaching team – all experienced educators with extensive school and Centre-based experience, offer a completely flexible and non-prescriptive partnership, tailoring a programme for your group with your staff. From the planning of a timetable, preparation of resources beforehand, and throughout the visit itself, our team will ensure everything possible is done to help every child make the most from their stay.

Linked up learning – around a central story

We continually develop new, innovative and interesting activities covering many areas of the National Curriculum. Our sessions primarily focus on developing a love of the outdoors, and a fascination about the wonderful world around us. Whatever the intended theme of the visit, or what topics or areas of study are chosen, groups who stay with us find that their pupils show increased confidence, independence, and decision-making ability following the visit, helping create more motivated learners, and raising standards.

Wonderful grounds and big walks through the New Forest

Our site you might meet woolly sheep and clucking chickens. You can visit the Iron Age roundhouse, vegetable gardens, coppiced woodland and a Mizmaze. It’s a magical site with lots of space to explore and investigate. We are visited by a huge range of wildlife and the famous New Forest ponies, donkeys and cows often wander past our gates.

Out in the forest, walk into a world of babbling brooks, deep dank bogs, purple heathlands, and towering wild woods.

Children feeding a sheep