School visits to Hamsterley Forest

Uncover the secrets of Hamsterley Forest with your class

Hamsterley Forest is a delightful 2,000 hectare oasis in the heart of the Durham Dales. The forest offers fantastic learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

A classroom with no walls 

The living, breathing forest is a versatile learning space, with room to think and space to explore. 

Plan sensory exploration or wildlife and habitat spotting with younger children. Older children can see how ecosystems work, undertake field studies or explore the science behind the tree lifecycle.  

Learning in a forest is also a practical way to immerse your class in a range of subjects. Spark students' imagination by delivering a lesson on any topic, using the setting as inspiration.  

Discover sustainable forest management in action

We grow, shape and care for forests, managing landscapes for people, wildlife and timber production.

At Hamsterley, you'll see what sustainable forest management is, and why it's so important, through hands-on activities.

How to visit Hamsterley Forest as a class

Two children playing in a forest

Everything you need to organise a class trip to Hamsterley Forest.

Four boys sitting on a fallen tree trunk in the forest.

Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists (OASES) can deliver a range of engaging sessions for your class.

Sherwood Pines Forest Event Room Interior

Seating up to 35 children, hire your own space in the forest for £50 through OASES, our learning partner.