Venue hire

Hire Minstead Study Centre for your next group event

With 7 acres of diverse and tranquil grounds, Minstead Study Centre can provide a flexible and unique setting for your next event.

While we regularly provide a venue for primary school residential visits, we also accommodate various groups, events and courses throughout the year. These include:

  • yoga retreats
  • craft groups
  • spiritual and religious groups, who can make the most of our unique location within the New Forest
  • extended families
  • friend groups

The New Forest

Minstead Study Centre is located in the heart of the New Forest National Park.

The New Forest is popular for its vast areas of open access woodland and heath, providing a diverse array of habitats for a variety of wildlife, including the famous New Forest ponies.

The area is a popular destination for outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, and wildlife watching, and the Centre can serve as a base for your exploration of the New Forest.

Minstead is a nearby village with a pub, medieval church and a small village store.

Just again to reiterate what an incredible time we had. We are all pinching ourselves at what a surreally perfect weekend we had.
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Photo of a single bed room at Minstead Study Centre
Photograph of Minstead Study Centre
Photo of the social room at Minstead Study Centre

Residential hire

The timber-built bunkhouse, constructed in 2005, has residential capacity for 40 people in total. Facilities available here include:

  • underfloor heating
  • two large dorms with bunkbeds, adjoining showers and toilets, sleeping 18 each
  • two en-suite twin rooms
  • boot rooms
  • social space with comfy seating
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • log-burning stove with a supply of firewood sourced from our site
  • small kitchenette

The original Victorian school building, located alongside the bunkhouse, is also available. This includes two extra twin bedrooms, a dining room, a professionally equipped kitchen and a large classroom.

The available classroom is adaptable and can be used as an extra dining area or as a presentation/performance area.

For more information on residential hire see the Minstead Study Centre listing on

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Non-residential hire

Various groups hire parts of Minstead Study Centre for their courses, activities or events on a day-rate basis.

Areas of the Centre that can be hired include the grounds, classroom (adaptable for different uses) and iron-age roundhouse.

Stag/hen parties

Due to our rural location and proximity to local residents, we are not suitable for stag/hen parties or noisy events.

We couldn't really fault it as the centre gave us all the space we needed, was modern and very clean and tidy.

The commercial kitchen was the best we've ever used with a really good oven and more than enough pans/crockery etc (and we've stayed in a lot of large group stay accommodations to compare).
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Photograph of bunkbeds in dorm at Minstead Study Centre
Building at Minstead Study Centre

Catering facilities

Our professionally equipped kitchen is available for you during your stay.

The kitchen includes a large oven (and hobs), along with plenty of countertop space for food preparation. A fridge and freezer are also available.

Directly alongside the kitchen is our dining room area, able to seat up to 40 people.


The playground area has enough space for 10 vehicles, with an additional 15 spaces available outside of the Centre's gates. Our sheep field can accommodate up to 10 additional vehicles for groups exceeding this number. Note that parking numbers are approximate.

Groups planning events larger than this should arrange alternative parking or transport arrangements.

For parking queries, contact the Minstead Study Centre team.

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Photograph of the dining area at Minstead Study Centre
Photograph of the Roundhouse at Minstead Study Centre

Contact details

Contact the Minstead Study Centre office team to check for available dates and relevant pricing, or for any further information:

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If you do wish to make a booking, our office staff will be happy to take a provisional booking over the phone.