The site has plenty of historical interest with the remains of a huge Victorian hospital on site which was home to Britain’s first purpose built military hospital of the day, opened in 1863 and demolished in 1966.
There are extensive areas of shingle shoreline, parkland and mature woodland as well as wildflower areas and a community orchard which together provide a valuable outdoor learning resource for schools and other groups.
We offer a range of exciting environmental activities for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils during term time and activities for community groups which are led by the rangers of Royal Victoria Country Park or self led. Group leaders and helpers are encouraged to become involved in all the activities.
All schools and children’s clubs are welcome to take part in our education activities. All activities can be adapted to suit your curriculum focus, key stage and ability of the group.
Planning your visit
Our education pack contains details on the domestic arrangements; arrival and departure, location of toilets, picnic areas as well as background information on the Park.
If you are planning a self-guided visit and require further specific information please contact the Park’s Education Officer.
Marine Plastic Awareness Sessions for schools
New for the Spring term, Plastic Awareness sessions at Royal Victoria Country Park. Join Michele, the Heritage and Community Engagement Officer in an outdoor workshop investigating the amount, types and affect of plastics on the marine environment. In the setting of Royal Victoria on the edge of Southampton Water discover first hand the impact of plastics on our coastal environment. The workshop will include a litter pick, a plastics timeline and an investigation into animals living in the intertidal zone. For older students we will survey the flora and fauna along the shoreline. A 2 hour workshop - cost £6.50 per student.
A visit to our café for tea and cake and a short stroll to the chapel is an ideal short day out.
Contact us to book ahead.
We can cater for large groups or organisations wanting to visit for a fun day out. Take a look at our self guided activities which can be adapted to suit your groups.
Why not make a day of it and book one of our BBQ sites.