Education in the Hampshire Countryside

Add a sense of wonder to the learning experience

Hampshire's countryside makes a fabulous outdoor classroom. 

Our dedicated and experienced staff will work closely with teachers in the planning stage of a visit. They can make suggestions for the day’s programme of work, supplying excellent tailor-made information to meet learning objectives. We can help support both guided and self-guided groups from early years to university age.

A pre-visit is strongly recommended so teachers can familiarise themselves with location, facilities and safety considerations.

Outdoor education

  • develops key skills 
  • promotes health and fitness 
  • raises achievement 
  • improves social skills 
  • develops independence 
  • makes learning more relevant 
  • stimulates, inspires and motivates
  • improves attitude to learning 
  • encourages responsibility 
  • supports a wide range of curriculum areas 

Basingstoke Canal

Bring your group to the Canal Centre for the day where a package of activities is tailored to your requirements covering the history, wildlife and maintenance of the canal. 

Suitable for early years, KS1 and KS2.

Lepe Country Park

There is plenty of historical interest at Lepe Country Park with the remains of a major D-Day launching point on site.

Ranger led and self-led groups, activity packs and equipment available for hire. 

Suitable for all age groups.

Manor Farm

Living history activities at Manor Farm give children hands-on experience of Victorian life in the farmyard, cottage or school room whilst the varied landscape provides opportunities for field studies. 

Suitable for early years, KS1 and KS2.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

A wide range of educational opportunities are available at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Activities are available to suit all age groups include 'minibeasts' through to conservation and countryside management.

Royal Victoria Country Park

Royal Victoria Country Park was once the site of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital and includes parkland, woodland, seashore and ponds.

The Park offers a wide range of environmental education activities and also Victorian social history.

Suitable for KS1 and KS2.

Staunton Country Park

The Education Service at Staunton Country Park provides a programme of guided sessions and independent packages from early years to adult education courses on a variety of topics.

Continued Professional Development days for teaching staff are also available.

Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve

At Titchfield Haven a programme of self-guided activities linked to the curriculum is available.

Suitable for all age groups.


Rights of way

The Access Team manage nearly 3000 miles of Rights of Way across Hampshire. 

These paths can offer access to your local area and the countryside beyond, providing a valuable resource for learning, recreation and sustainable transport.

Local sites

Many Hampshire schools are making use of their local area as a context for learning or as a learning focus.

Local exploration enables children to widen their knowledge of familiar and unfamiliar places. By engaging with their own locality children will hopefully develop a sense of responsibility for it.

Find a local site near you