Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: New Forest Activities Booking Centre, The Old Forge, High Street, Beaulieu, Hampshire SO42 7YA

Contact: 01590 612377



New Forest Activities are the experts in delivering outdoor activities in this wonderful National Park. Our vision is to draw the areas best experiences into one place, making it easy for you to make the most of your time in The New Forest.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Taking part in Outdoor Activities have many proven benefits for children and young people.  Developing communication skills, increased physical health and enhanced personal awareness, are just some of the key ways in which outdoor experiences enrich lives.  New Forest Activities will work with you to develop activities programme which fulfill your aims.  As an AALA and Hampshire approved centre, your students will be kept safe, whilst we allow them to explore themselves.  Careful instruction and constant feedback re-enforces any incidental learning, whilst the stunning backdrop of The New Forest National Park instills that sense of awe and wonder.  Whilst we don't have our own accommodation, we do work closely with local partners to run residential experiences, alongside the more common day trip activity programmes.  

Activities available include:

-  Canoeing and Canoe Rafting

-  Kayaking with a large range of craft, from sit-on-tops to full spec Sea Kayaks

-  Battlefield LIVE.  Digital combat where you learn to play your role.

-  Bush craft and woodland education experiences

-  Extensive Low Ropes, Team Challenges & Problem Solving Tasks

-  High Ropes including Crate Build and a Cow's Tail Course

-  Target Archery and Archery Tag

-  Mountain Biking

-  Raft-Building (Summer only)

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

The New Forest and The Beaulieu Estate where we largely operate are easy to get to and as exclusive as they are beautiful.  Our team of instructors understand that they are delivering developmental experiences, so whilst having fun, groups and individuals learn throughout.  The range of activities on offer is unmatched in the local area and your aims are always built into the delivery structure.  Staff are trained to a standard well above the required and as a small centre we can offer flexibility that many others can't.  Please call to arrange a site visit or attend an open day to see for yourself first hand

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

AALA Licence holder L12679/R1228

Members of the Institute for Outdoor Learning

What does a typical educational visit include?

Welcomes and introductions to the team and plan of the day.  The group is then given relevant safety briefings and the specialist clothing / equipment they need.  Activities will then begin, normally with a training element, building the group up before the core mission is realised.  After activities we review the experiences with the group, relating them back to their everyday lives and the core aims of the visit.   

What group sizes do you cater for?

Minimum of 8 participants right up to groups of 100+

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We are currently working to develop this aspect or our service.  Meanwhile we can tailor our deliver to your learning outcomes.  We fully understand the integration between best practice and accreditation.  We run in-house apprentice programmes for our staff and one of the Directors is a certified NVQ trainer & assessor 

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Providing this fits within the visiting schools policies this is welcomed so long is the core programme objectives are not compromised

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We have risk assessments for all of our activities and copies can be provided on request. We are also more than happy to conduct site tours as required.

Does your venue have an education officer?

What is their name and contact details and if no education officer who is it best to ask for.

Hayley Payne – Office Manager and Corporate & Educational Enquires

Sam Sutton – Company Director and Educational Enquiries

What is the cost of the visit?

Programmes are largely delivered as bespoke projects, tailored to the group/s involved.  We work with schools & colleges long term and understand how important value for money is.  Prices for training programmes, college residential etc are quoted on application.

The following can be considered a guide for day visits only: 

Half Day Experience £20+VATpp (1 leader/teacher free per 10 young people)

Full Day Experience £40+VATpp (1 leader/teacher free per 10 young people)

The above includes refreshments including squash and snacks

Optional extras; Lunch delivered to site from £5 per person

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

A kit list will be provided on booking advising on what to wear and what to bring.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All Instructors are first aid qualified and so are some members of the Office team

Please list facilities available.

All sites have a picnic area with benches, access to toilets and some sites have changing facilities (no showers).

What are your disabled facilities?

We have an all terrain wheel chair and limited number of adaptable seats for canoes. Unfortunately, not all toilets are wheel chair accessible and some of the activities would not be suitable.  We work with you to make any activity as accessible as possible, whilst being honest with the implications.

What are your opening days and hours?

Office Hours are:  Monday to Sunday 09.00 – 17.00 (weekend closing maybe earlier than stated in the winter)  Activities outside of these times by arrangement

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?             

Please leave your review of New Forest Activities

               Instructors were inspirational, as ever. As a teacher, I always come away with new ideas about instructional technique.

How likely is it that you would recommend New Forest Activities to a friend or colleague?

               10 - extremely likely

Please rate your overall experience with New Forest Activities:

               5 - Excellent

Please leave your review of New Forest Activities

               A really enjoyable and less painful alternative to paintballing. The fact that everyone knows they're not going to get bruised, combined with the electronic controls that stop people cheating (you can't pretend you've not been hit) enables the players to participate more freely, rather than spending 20 minutes hiding under a bush. The organisers were friendly and informative. A great couple of hours for kids and adults alike.

How likely is it that you would recommend New Forest Activities to a friend or colleague?

               10 - extremely likely

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Cycling Duke of Edinburgh Award High Ropes Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Paintball & Laser Tag Residential School Trips Team Building Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism PE

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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