Minstead Study Centre
What we do...
Minstead Study Centre is a beautiful and inspirational learning environment, located in the heart of the New Forest. Our primary purpose is to engage primary school children in learning about how we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, adopt more sustainable lifestyles and be guardians of the planet’s future.
The Centre has been running successfully for nearly 50 years and until 2008 received funding from Hampshire County Council, which has now been withdrawn. Primary schools from all over the south of England send classes from years 2 to year 6 on short residential courses, accompanied by school staff. The families pay a modest sum for their children to attend and we endeavour to keep costs to a minimum in order that prices are affordable to families across the whole social spectrum.
Our programmes provide a core of science and geography studies, delivered in an exciting and innovative manner, reaching into art, drama, music, religion and history; all activities are linked to curriculum needs. We have a 7 acre site which provides a wonderful environment for many of our activities and we also take the children out into the New Forest to provide a wider backdrop to their learning.
The Centre also hosts a wide variety of courses for the local community. Our community programme includes workshops on organic gardening, fruit pruning, keeping chickens, willow working, bread making and printmaking to name but a few!
For more information about Minstead Study Centre and its programmes for schools and community, please visit their website here: