Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Bransgore, Christchurch, Hampshire BH23 8EE

Contact: 01425 672347



Located in the New Forest National Park, Avon Tyrrell, the UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre is an established site offering outdoor learning opportunities through an extensive range of adventure and field studies activities that are linked to the National Curriculum and are independently quality assured.

Our Grade I listed calendar house offers full board accommodation and combines historic charm with modern facilities such as key coded locks and Wi-Fi. Sleeping 12-110, bedrooms vary in size, but are all spacious and separate teachers’ rooms with TV and tea and coffee making facilities are available. Rooms are split across 3 floors and are each separated and accessed by key codes. We have an on call person available at all times throughout your stay with us

We have 7 wooden lodges at Avon Tyrrell, all in the same area, sleeping a total of 62 people and each contain a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom(s) and a TV lounge area. Lodges are available on a self-catering, part board or full board basis.

We care about the quality of the food that we serve and our chefs are committed to offering high quality and choice at every meal. Should you have any special dietary requirements we can cater for you and discuss additional menus prior to your visit.

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What size groups do they cater for?

Our grade I listed house can accommodate up to 110, and our    lodges, ranging from 6-14 berth can accommodate up to 62 people. Each booking is dealt with individually, and we can provide for all age groups and budgets.

Please provide location information?

Avon Tyrrell is located in Bransgore in the New Forest National Park making it the ideal centre for learning outside the classroom. With local towns and villages and a landscape of forest, Avon Tyrrell is a great base to explore and to study in line with topics linked to the National Curriculum.

For details on how to get to the centre, please visit our website.

why you are great for educational visits?

Whether you enjoy our adventure, environmental activities or a mixture of both, all our sessions are carefully reviewed by trained staff to ensure that individuals experience outdoor learning and can take something away from their visit, as well as have a brilliant session/stay. With different package options individually tailored to meet the demands of your group, our outdoor learning opportunities contribute significantly to raising standards and improving student’s personal, social and emotional development.

To help support your visit you are also able to take part in our Inspiration Award scheme or New Forest School Programme.

Our onsite Inspiration Award offers young people the chance to recognize their achievements and receive a certificate on completion of their stay.  This award scheme is free of charge and details of this can be found on our website

We also have staff trained to offer Forest School programmes.  These sessions encourage young people to develop life skills through outdoor learning.  It gives them freedom to experience and enjoy the outdoors by doing an amazing selection of activities, including:  fire lighting, forest jewellery, tool work, cooking and shelter building.

Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?

Our onsite Inspiration Award offers young people the chance to recognize their achievements and receive a certificate on completion of their stay.  This award scheme is free of charge and details of this can be found on our website

We also have staff trained to offer Forest School programmes.  These sessions encourage young people to develop life skills through outdoor learning.  It gives them freedom to experience and enjoy the outdoors by doing an amazing selection of activities, including:  fire lighting, forest jewellery, tool work, cooking and shelter building.

In addition to the Inspiration Award and the Junior Achievement Award we are happy to provide tailored worksheets for any of our instructed activities.  If our existing worksheets do not match your requirements then, with enough notice, we are happy to design bespoke sheets modified to meet them.

Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

In the main house, rooms are very spacious and sleep 2-10 people each in twin beds and bunk beds. Rooms have shared bathrooms on each floor and each have key coded locks. Group leaders will get their own room with TV, DVD and Coffee making facilities.

Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?

Yes, we would encourage guests to record their experiences, but would ask that any pictures, video or audio be taken of their own group or the site.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Details of our risk assessments and insurance certificates can be found on our website in our downloads and links page, but if you require any additional information or paperwork please let us know as our staff are always on hand to help and support you during the planning phase of your residential.

If there are any self-led activities within your residential package and you would like help in completing your risk assessment then please arrange a suitable time to meet with our bookings team.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Via our website we offer an Outdoor Advisory Service to groups looking to find out more about how they can use the centre to meet their groups’ aims and objectives or find out more about how outdoor learning can help meet their needs.  

In addition to this we have a range of staff available to help with any queries relating to your trip.  Once received, any enquiries will then be forwarded to the most appropriate person to deal with.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

As an independent site and a non-profit organization we aim to keep our prices as competitive as possible with a personalized service and value for money.

Each aspect of your stay is priced individually, so you can choose to take part in a full programme of activities, use us purely as a base to explore the local area, or a little or both.  Just let us know your requirements when you book and we can design a programme of activities to match your needs.

We offer peak, off peak and super off peak pricing to reflect demand, and subsequently offer a range of great winter deals and Christmas packages to groups who are able to visit outside the summer months.
Full board, part board and self-catering options are available in our Scandinavian style log cabins.

These self-contained lodges are fully equipped with their own kitchen and bathrooms and range in size from 6 to 14 berth. We provide duvets and pillows and you can either hire bedding at £5.00 a set, which need to be arranged with our Bookings team prior to arrival or you can bring your own.

Please list facilities available?

We have a range of facilities and service available on site to ensure you have a great stay with us. Depending on your accommodation choice, we have different availability in the main house, with a dining area, large hall, library and drawing room. We can provide part board, full board or self-catering accommodation (dependent on package.) alternatively we do have the facilities for you to eat a packed lunch. We have our training room and strawbale classroom available as an additional meeting area and a large marquee for teaching and socializing. If you are staying in the main house, we do offer FREE Wi-Fi for internet access.

There is a small shop in the reception area so children can get snacks and small gifts to take home with them. We also provide Avon Tyrrell T-shirts & Hoodies which we can provide as part of a package deal should you wish to order them in bulk.

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

All of our activity staff and a large proportion of our office based staff are first aid qualified so there will always be someone on site to deal with any first aid incidents. We also have an on call person available at any time throughout your stay. Should you wish to take part in any self-led activities, or will be doing any off site visits or trips, we would advise that you bring a first aid qualified leader with you.

Are there disabled facilities?

Avon Tyrrell is a fully accessible site with adapted facilities and specialised equipment, to ensure all guests have the same opportunities. The main house has wide access doors, wheelchair ramps and a lift and we have additional equipment including shower trolleys and hoists.

An accessible pathway leads down to the lake where our Boathouse holds a disabled wet room and toilet facility. Hoists can be fitted at the lake and swimming pool and extra harnessing equipment is available for the ‘at height’ activities. We also have a range of all-terrain wheelchairs and inclusion bikes for easy access around the site.

For a full list of our current access equipment, please visit or speak to our customer services team for more information.

Having run a number of weekends specifically for the disability community, we have the knowledge and expertise to work with a variety of disabilities and give everyone the same opportunities to experience, learn and develop.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited your Accommodation?

“Thank you so much for our recent visit with the year 6 pupils. The children have been very chatty and seemed to have all enjoyed varied and different aspects of our visit. Our aim was to work on teamwork and listening and we have noticed how with the help of your staff, the children’s confidence has grown.

“Thank you – we thoroughly enjoyed the week and the girls learnt so much about Science, teamwork and personal challenge. The week was perfectly balanced and I am very grateful for all of your time spent organising beforehand. All of the instructors were great and pitched the activities just right; educationally it was spot-on.”

“The house was huge and there was even a pool table, football and ping pong. Also the climbing and high ropes, Joe you helped me very much because I am really nervous of heights. It was so much fun on the night walk and I loved the magic with the sugar cubes and the envelope.”

“I would like to say thank you for the incredible stay we had at the Avon Tyrrell house. Previously our School has gone to the Isle of Wight, so it was nice to have somewhere closer to home! We are incredibly grateful for all the delicious food you served us.”

“The house and grounds still continue to improve and they are such a blessing to us and the other schools that use the facilities. We feel so blessed to be able to continue to use Avon Tyrell in this way and hope we can continue to do so in the future. As always all credit to your staff they were simply wonderful and a credit to UK Youth”

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Avon Tyrrell is a unique centre in a stunning location. Our high quality educational visits provide students with the best opportunities so…Experience Avon Tyrrell - Learn from your time with us - Develop your potential.

Age of Children / Pupils: 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