Hamsterley Forest

OASES holds the learning licence for Hamsterley Forest, a delightful 2000 hectare oasis of mixed woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys, following the path of the Bedburn Beck. 

Nestled within a sheltered valley, Hamsterley Forest contains a vast array of habitats (woodland, grassland, aquatic) facilitating an exciting range of learning opportunities for all phases.

As well as providing a beautiful backdrop in which to learn, rest and play Hamsterley Forest also boasts toilet facilities, two forest classrooms, a tea room, an extensive selection of play structures and an outdoor lunch area. Schools visiting the forest can expect a wonderful day whether studying the forest itself, walking the various trails, playing on the equipment or getting wet doing river studies.

You can chose the curriculum content of your visit by selecting from our extensive range of sessions to Engage Pupils or have a visit tailor-made to your own requirements.


EYFS – Highway Rat

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Hamsterley. The trail has panels to follow with activities to interact with the forest as you head on a journey with The Highway Rat and all the characters from the story!  OASES can organise a led visit around the trail and provide linked activies bringing the story to life.

Contact OASES to book your trip today

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Alternatively, if you're feeling confident, and wish to complete a self-led visit please fill in the attached Self Led Booking Form and email it to: bookings@oasesnortheast.org.uk.  Please note that the Forest Classroom is free for OASES groups but costs £50/day to hire.  Normal Forestry Commission parking charges apply to ALL visits.

Directions to Hamsterley Forest.

If you have visted Hamsterley Forest we would be grateful if you could complete the Forrestry Commision's wide learning activity feedback survey below:  



Outdoor and Sustainability Education Service
The EWE Centre,
Esh Winning Primary School
The Wynds, Esh Winning,
Durham, DH7 9BE