Teacher information for your visit
We place great importance on the safety and enjoyment during your visit to the Country Park. To help with your visit preparation please read the following information on the Park in conjunction with all guidelines from your LEA and Governing body.
Booking and Visitor Centre Facilities
Please contact the Park Office or Education Officer to make a booking for either guided or self-guided activity. The Visitor Centre facilities include toilets, coach parking, walking routes, information desk, shop, café etc.
Parking charges apply for self-guided activities
- ·£1.50 for 1 hour
- ·£3 per day
- ·£12.50 for coaches or minibus (16 seat + over)
Arrival procedure for guided activities
On your arrival the teacher / group leader must report to the information desk in the Visitor Centre with the booking form to collect the parking permit (if applicable) and pay for the visit.
Supervision and pupil/leader ratios
The teacher / group leader is responsible for the discipline and overall control of the group at all times and for ensuring that all helpers are briefed on their responsibilities during the activities. Please follow the guidelines on pupil/leader ratios as specified by your LEA.
Park staff are qualified first aiders and carry radios. If you require medical attention, or in the case of an accident, please report immediately to a member of Park staff.
Medical Conditions/Special Needs
Please ensure that all leaders are aware of the requirements of any pupils with a medical condition or special needs and that one leader is a first aider with a first aid kit.
Infectious Disease/Dangerous Plants or Animals
As with any countryside site, care needs to be taken if handling certain plants, materials or animals. The Education Officer has more detailed information if required.
Lunch Boxes and general belongings
With prior negotiation and at the owner’s risk, lunch boxes etc can be left in the Visitor Centre.
Within the Country Park there are some steep slopes which can become slippery during wet weather. Stout footwear, a knowledge of the area you will be working in and firm discipline are advisable. For self guided groups a mobile phone is recommended.
Part of the downland trail that crosses Butser Hill is classed as Open Country Walk. An Open Country Leaders Award is required of the leader.
Please ensure that all pupils and helpers are briefed prior to the visit regarding appropriate clothing. Weather conditions can change rapidly. Stout footwear, warm and waterproof clothing are essential at all times of year. Summer protective items include suncream and sunhat.
The Education Officer can advise on risk assessments but they should be used in conjunction with your own risk assessments and are not intended to stand alone.
Download our risk assessment document 74kb pdf
Hampshire County Council insures itself and will deal with any claim made against it through established procedure.
Use of shop
If you would like your group to use the shop, it is advisable to pre-arrange a time with the reception staff before the day of your visit. The shop also has a ‘Goody Bag’ system where the items are pre-packed in paper bags for each pupil for a specified amount discussed with reception staff before your visit.