Minstead Study Centre

Information for Parents

We'll look after your children during their visit to Minstead.

Sleeping in our Eco - Dormitory

The Eco Dorm

Children sleep in our Eco - Dormitory, a beautiful timber framed building with solar heating and rainwater capture.

Bunk beds in the Eco Dorm

There are 2 dormitories, one for girls and one for boys. All the bedding is provided. There is under floor heating and modern washrooms.

Teacher bedrooms are closely linked to both dormitories.

Beanbag room

The 'bean bag' room is the place for relaxation in the evening

A unique interactive energy display shows how the building functions by displaying the childrens' daily energy and water use.



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We feed the children extremely well.

Day begins with a cooked breakfast, a choice of sandwiches, fruit and cake for lunch, a substantial evening meal and a pre-bed supper of milk and biscuits.

Please don't pack extra food in your child's luggage.

If your child has specific dietary requirements, please let us know as our cook is usually able to cater for most type of special diet, given advanced notice.

It is especially important that you let us know about any serious food allergies.

5 star rating

New Forest District Council have dopted the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) and have awarded us the highest possible rating.



Much of the time will be spent outdoors. Suitable clothing and footwear are essential.

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Please mark articles with you childs name. A kit list can help children remember all their belongings at the end of the week.

Kit List

  • Wellington boots are essential, clearly named preferably on the outside
  • Waterproof clothing, such as a kagoul and trousers (there are some waterproofs at the Centre that may be borrowed)
  • Warm coat or jacket
  • Gloves, hat, scarf, extra sweaters in the cold months
  • Sun hats in the summer
  • Night clothes and slippers
  • Enough socks and underclothing to last
  • Toilet things in a bag; toothbrush and paste, soap, brush etc
  • Towel, shower cap for girls with long hair
  • Large bag for dirty clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • A cuddly toy

Binoculars, cameras, watches and compasses are worth bringing, but children will be expected to care for their own property.

We prefer that children do not bring torches, mobile phones, electronic games, food and drink or any money on the trip.


Minstead T Shirt

Minstead T-Shirts whole class

Price £6

Your teachers can organise the purchase of these t shirts ready for your childs visit to us.

Size Available

Small 27" 6-7 yrs

Medium 31" 7-8 yrs

Large 33" 9-11 yrs

Extra Large 35" 12-14 yrs



Your child's teacher will give you a medical form to alert us to your child's needs.

Contacting your child

We do not recommend phoning your child unless it is an emergency or a very special occasion.

For emergencies only
tel 023 8081 3437