Region: South West Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Hooke, Nr Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3NX

Contact: 01308 862260



Hooke Court Field Study Centres in Dorset and South Wales offer fabulous learning experiences outside the classroom for children of all ages.  Our popular programmes are designed to enhance the national curriculum in subjects such as history, science, geography, English, etc. as well as team building and communication programmes.

With over 20 years experience, and an exemplary safety record, we have created two unique study centres in safe, tranquil settings.  Each group is treated individually and time is taken to assess their needs to provide a range of stimulating educational activities with comfortable accommodation.

The historical settings of both field study centres are truly inspirational; a 12th century Manor House provides the centrepiece for Hooke Court Dorset and the 18th century Georgian Manor House at Hooke Court Wales stands proudly above the sea in Carmarthenshire.  These historical characters are used to their full potential to enhance the expansive range of educational programmes that we offer.

With a wealth of experience from primary to GCSE level teaching staff, our qualified and knowledgeable tutors have enabled Hooke Court to develop a wide range of programmes that enhance and supplement the National Curriculum allowing children to access learning at their own level.  We pride ourselves on providing excellent opportunities for children to develop their team work, communication and negotiating skills through stimulating and fun activities.

Beyond our extensive landscaped grounds at Hooke Court Dorset, just 11 miles away, lies the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and some of West Dorset’s finest attractions, which provide yet more opportunities for fun and exciting ways to learn and grow.  In contrast just a short walk from Hooke Court Wales you will find the most beautiful estuary where you can wander for miles on sandy beaches, explore rock pools and enjoy magnificent views of Llansteffan Castle.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

All our tutors have appropriate qualifications with many being qualified teachers.  The surroundings at Hooke Court in both Dorset and Wales are tranquil safe settings in which the tutors bring learning to life and fun for the children.

Hooke Court can accommodate up to 240 children at any one time with the ability to keep each group separate to avoid any awkwardness that may arise in sharing with another school.  Our field study centre in Wales accommodates is smaller and accommodates just one group at a time.


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Each educational visit is different as we tailor our programmes to fit the needs of each group depending on what curriculum topics they wish to cover or at what level they are in the key stages.


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This venue has the following accreditation:

Hooke Court is LOTC accredited.


What size groups do they cater for?

Groups of 20 minimum up to 240 for exclusive use.


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We do not provide project packs for teachers.  Although, we recommend that teachers visit us before they arrive to plan their programme and familiarize themselves with Hooke Court.  On arrival teachers are given a welcome pack, which details the main areas of Hooke Court, first aid, 24 hour on-site assistance, etc.

Each group is catered for individually, which is why the pre-visit is so important.  This visit enables us to discover exactly what areas the teachers wish to cover during their time with us.

Our programmes are flexible enough to customize dependent on the educational needs of each group.  Any written materials are kept at the discretion of the visiting staff as they may task their children with writing a diary of their visit for instance.


Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

There are no copyright restrictions and we do allow groups to take photos, video and audio where appropriate but only of their own group.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

All of our staff are CRB checked and our risk assessment report can be provided to visiting teachers if required.  Most of our activities are low risk and are therefore regulated by our own internal Risk Assessments. These are regularly reviewed and updated as necessary.  Where necessary our tutors are also trained to work within the safety guidelines of the National Governing Body responsible for any particular activity.  All buildings have fire detection systems. We brief all group leaders on what to do in the event of a fire on arrival.


What are the contact details for their education officer?

Chris McConnell

Tel:  01308 862260



What does it cost?

Per head costs depend on the time of year.  These vary from £99.50 to £150.00 per head.  This per head cost includes all tutor based activities, accommodation and food (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner).


Is specific clothing required?

There is no specific clothing required for the trip. A list of essential clothing and footwear, such as wellies and waterproof coats, is provided in advance of the visit.


Do you have first aid on site?

All staff trained to operate within the Centre’s Health & Safety guidelines.  Many staff are qualified First Aiders, including all tutors. Groups will need to bring their own first aider.


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Meals are included in the per head price of the overall visit.  We have specific dining areas where children and staff are given breakfast and dinner with packed lunches for during the day.

Each accommodation unit has common areas with classrooms, common and staff rooms and their own play areas.  

Hooke Court Dorset also has two large teaching spaces; The Winchester and Aelfric Halls.

Other facilities include:

Low ropes course*

Adventure playground

Lake and Moat for pond dipping, rafting* and kayaking*

Vegetable gardens*

Animal pens - including chickens, geese, ducks, pigs and sheep

Anglo-Saxon hut*

Playing fields

Victorian and Tudor Rooms

Outdoor hard surface play area

* only used under the supervision of a Hooke Court tutor.

Hooke Court Wales caters for just 1 group at a time.  The accommodation is situated within the 18th century Georgian House and adjoining cottage.  The beach is just a short walk away and the onsite facilities include:

Bunk bed dormitories

Twin and single staff bedrooms


Common room

Staff room

Cloakroom area

A myriad of play areas within the grounds


Are there disabled facilities?

Some of the accommodation at Hooke Court Dorset has been designed to be accessible to wheelchair users. Additionally there is a mobile home which can be used by any child and/or their carer during their stay at Hooke Court Dorset.

Although Hooke Court Wales isn’t designed for wheelchair users we endeavour to provide all our guests with the same level of service irrespective of any disability they may have.  Prior to a visit we work to ensure that the individual needs of every member of the group are met.

What are your opening days and hours?

Hooke Court Dorset is open during term time throughout the academic year.

Hooke Court Wales is open from October throughout the academic year.


Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

Manor House School, Surrey,

All staff work very hard and are eager to please and make the stay enjoyable and educational. The children (& staff) learnt loads of fascinating facts about the Tudor way of life.

Bishopsgate School, Surrey

We were looked after brilliantly and had a fantastic stay.

Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Surrey

Once again we have enjoyed a fantastic 3 days at Hooke Court. A huge thank you to Suzanna for organising our Tudor day.

Pirbright School, Surrey

We have been coming on this trip for years and once again it has been fabulous! All the staff here have worked so hard to make our stay fantastic. All of us have loved it. Thank you.

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

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Crafts Field Studies Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Picnic Areas Residential School Trips Science & Technology SEN Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship Dance Design and Technology Drama English Environmental Studies Geography History Science

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

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