Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Hurst Lane, Owslebury, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1EZ

Contact: 01962 777547



Marwell Activity Centre is set in a rural secluded area 7 miles south of Winchester with ponds, streams, pastures, playing fields, oaks and conifers. The total area comprises some 65 acres giving scope for many outdoor pursuits such as camping, canoeing, shooting, archery, ropes courses, climbing, quads, dune buggies, and paintball.

One area of success has been the weekly Day Camps for children aged 8-15 years, which each year have seen the numbers, grow and grow. Our birthday party packages for 4-17 year olds have also been a great hit with both the parents and children alike.

The Centre is also able to offer facilities to many other groups including Schools, Scouts, Guides and Youth organisations as well as being able to host many corporate events for both large and small groups.

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

Our adventure courses and activity days are specifically designed to enhance and promote self development through a program of challenging and rewarding activities which will involve everyone in the group. Each activity day or adventure course is tailor-made to suit each group's individual requirements, making sure that the group achieves exactly what they set out to do. The courses and days run at the Centre are suitable for primary, secondary and sixth form groups, with specific activities and sessions being run for each.

Our aim at the Centre is to give young people an opportunity to enjoy a variety of challenging experiences in a safe environment.

What size groups do they cater for?

We cater for groups ranging from 6 to 500 people.

What can they provide you with to support you?

We provide teachers packs that include details about risk assessments, when teacher supervision is required and general site and activity information.

How do you book a risk assessment?

When a group booking is made you will be sent out an information pack which includes general site information, a generic risk assessment for the site and information/program regarding the activities which the group are going to be doing and anything that is required to be brought along with the group such as medical forms and change of clothes.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Our education officer is Mr. Digby Cooper and his contact number is 01962 777547.

What does it cost?

All our activities for schools are charged at £10.80 per person inc VAT per activity with the exception of Ariel Adventure, Laser Tag, and Quad Bikes that are charged at £16.80. We also offer Paintball at £20 per person in VAT for 14 years plus. These prices are based on a minimum of 10 children.

Supervising adults do not have to pay anything unless they are participating in the activities and then the cost would be at our normal session rate. However, you would be entitled to one free leader space, per 10 youths.

We also have Bunkhouse 2 which can sleep up to 34 children in 3 dorms, Willow, Ash and Oak with 3 separate bedrooms for leaders. This Bunkhouse does not have any kitchen facilities or day room but does have a shower and toilet facilities. The costs for these units on an exclusive basis are as follows: £165 inc VAT per night for Willow Lodge, £121 inc VAT per night for Ash and Oak.

Ages 14 and under
£270.00 (inc. VAT) per person per week (April - September)
£245.00 (inc. VAT) per person per week (October - March)

£132.00 (inc. VAT) per person per weekend (April - September)
£120.00 (inc. VAT) per person per weekend (October - March)

Aged over 14
£332.00 (inc. VAT) per person per week (April - September)
£292.00 (inc. VAT) per person per week (October - March)

£144.00 (inc. VAT) per person per weekend (April - September)
£132.00 (inc. VAT) per person per weekend (October - March)

* Residential courses are for 8-17 year olds only with a minimum of 10 persons.

A week course consists of 5 days & 4 nights, weekend courses consist of 2 days & 2 nights.

Please note: ONLY bed linen is provided, YOU ARE required to bring a sleeping bag with you. Clay Pigeon Shooting is not available with this package.
Evening entertainment activities are charged on top of the residential packages at £80 plus VAT per activity for up to 60 participants. Film night is still free of charge.

Is specific clothing required?

Anyone participating in the activities will need to wear long trousers and a long sleeved top, especially if doing quads, buggies or ropes courses. Wellington boots are also a good idea. A change of clothing is also imperative for every participant.

Do you have first aid on site?

All of our instructors are fully trained in first aid and we also have other members of staff on site that are also fully trained in both adult and child first aid.

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

On site we have a bistro where food, chocolate, crisps and drinks can be purchased as well as having various vending machines situated around the Centre. There are also various open air and covered dining areas where people can sit to have their packed lunch or just a drink. With regards to pocket money there is not a limit that we impose here at the Centre but once on site if they have a packed lunch with them then there is really no need for them to have any more than a couple of pounds with them.

Are there disabled facilities?

Our Centre is suitable for disabled persons and so are the activities depending on the type of disability. Before booking we can discuss any special requirements and needs to make sure that they are catered for to the best of our ability.

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

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

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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