Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Gordon Brown Outdoor Education Centre, Ridge Lane, Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9AT

Contact: 01256 762824



The GBC Outdoor Education Centre based at the heart of the Hampshire. Delivering quality educational experiences to young people from Reception YR upwards. Located in the beautiful village of Rotherwick just of junction 5 of the M3.  At the GBC we passionately believe that young people benefit hugely from positive experiences outside the classroom, learning essential life skills shaping them as individuals.

Our activities are designed to present personal challenge physical and mental challenges, help develop confidence, improve team working, communication and further develop problem solving skills. In a fun and caring environment set in 25 acres of conservation land and woodland.

Group day visits provide an outdoor learning experience for children. We have a range of themed activities covering six subject areas or we can work with you to provide an activity tailored to your requirements.
We have been providing day visits to schools, nurseries and groups for over 20 years, delivering unique learning experiences. On offer are a range of activities based around music, history, environment, geography, science, art and physical activities.

We have transportation available on request and can transport a maximum of 28 plus 4 teachers in 2 minibuses. For more information and a quote send us a booking request.

Set within 25 acers of countryside we have an exciting range of challenging activities and also our family of animals including Goats, Pigs, Chickens, Rabbits and Donkeys. With access to a range of onsite and offsite activities to fit your groups needs.

We also provide accommodation onsite if you want to extend your stay for more than one day. Staying in our camping village or one of our dormitories.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Over the last 40 years our history has seen children return as our head teacher, supported by his teaching staff, bring to life their own experiences from childhood and embrace the passion for the impact it has had on their life. This ethos has reinforced the fact that we are “more than just an outdoor centre”.

What does a typical educational visit include?

We providing tailored experiences from our program of activity subjects working with the visiting school or group. Sessions will be designed around your needs and for groups of any size from Year R to Year 6 and beyond.

What group sizes do you cater for?

From 30 to 200 children

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

Full range of information is provided dependent on the activity choices made.

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

Photos are restricted please contact the centre for further information.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessment available for all activities on request.

Please click link for: Day Visits Enquiry Form

Does your venue have an education officer?

Yes the Head of Teaching Mark Williams

Please click link for: Day Visits Enquiry Form

What is the cost of the visit?

Price on application, discounts available for multiple books, adults go FREE

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

Groups are required to dress for the weather, in wet weather bring an extra set of clothes.

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


What are your disabled facilities?

Limited facilities on site contact the centre for more details.

What are your opening days and hours?

Centre open 51 weeks of the year 7 days a week. The office opening hours are Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm.

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

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for your hard work and enthusiasm shown during our stay there. You guys make it so enjoyable for them and it’s all they talk about for weeks afterwards. You go the ‘extra mile’ and it is clear to see that you thoroughly enjoy what you do and have the children’s interests at heart –
Y5 Teachers St. Robert Southwell

The Gordon Brown Centre offers a unique experience to other outdoor centre providers, as its fun, inspirational, provides a broad and balanced curriculum, and is very good value for money.'
Paul New - Head Teacher @ Princes Risborough Primary School 

Thanks all for another great week, really enjoyed himself every day See you in the summer . Activity Day parent

Hi guys, fabulous afternoon doing laser village. Thank you so much for more great memories. We hope you all have an amazing Christmas and New Year, and will be in touch soon. Activity Day Parent

The superb staff are always prepared for everything. They will always answer your challenging questions and are always up for a laugh, and when they work together they are like one big family. Even if things aren’t their job, they come and lend a hand. They are fun and entertaining and work so hard. Y6 Student

The staff at Gordon Brown are friendly and try to make your trips as enjoyable as possible, they cook for you and spend hours of their day to ensure your day is perfect. Y5 Student

Over more years that I care to recall I have been taking children to this highly respected corner of Hampshire. Each year children take away an experience of the countryside that stays with them for the rest of their lives. Myself a senior teacher who has been coming to the centre for over 20 years think only the best for the family atmosphere, enthusiasm and genuine love that flows out the staff both new and old. Larry O’Regan, Stonebridge School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

A range of discount available for day visits and residential stays.

Map of Gordon Brown Outdoor centre

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Bushcraft Climbing Environment Centres High Ropes Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Paintball & Laser Tag Residential School Trips SEN Team Building Walking Tours Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Food & Nutrition Geography History Mathematics PE

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

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