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 stages.

As well as providing a beautiful backdrop in which to learn, rest and play Hamsterley Forest also boasts two forest classrooms, a tea room, an extensive selection of play structures, an outdoor lunch area and toilet facilities. 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 choose 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. 


NEW at Hamsterley

The Shaun the Sheep Glow Trail is proving very popular. The trail is interactive and is open until the end of March 2020.   
Halkstone Falconry at Hamsterley Forest

Please click here to see the promotional leaflet on this exciting new offer

Den Building

Can you make a waterproof shelter for you and your friends?

Environmental Art and Crafts
Use the natural environment to create sculptures and pictures

Fairies in the Forest
Can you find evidence of Fairies in the Forest?

Homes and Habitats
Who lives where, who eats who and how are they adapted to survive in different environments?

Julia Donaldson Discovery
Immerse yourself in one of the stories of Stickman, Superworm or the Gruffalo/Gruffalo’s Child

Minibeasts and Wildlife
Come and find the minibeasts in the Forest and explore the wildlife of Hamsterley

Learn map skills and test your knowledge to follow the Orienteering Course!

Rainforest Survival Day
Learn about the layers of the rainforest and develop your survival skills

River Studies
Look at the flow, function and features of the river Bedburn

Sensory Exploration
Experience the sights and sounds of the forest

Survival Skills
What do we need to survive? Can you work together to keep your team alive?

Team Building Challenges
Can your class work together to solve the Hamsterley team challenges?

Trails and Tales
Map work, setting and following trails in the forest to reveal a story

Tree and Plant Identification
Can you identify different trees and plants throughout the Forest?

Woodland Maths and English Challenges
Apply your subject knowledge to solve problems in the Forest

Woodland Myths and Legends
Story telling and exploration of the Forest looking at associated myths and legends

Contact OASES to book your trip today

Contact OASES

Alternatively, if you're feeling confident, and wish to undertake a self-led visit please ensure you complete a Self Led Booking Form and email it to: bookings@oasesnortheast.org.uk and we will book your visit with Forestry England.  Please note that the Forest Classroom is free for OASES groups but costs £50/day to hire.  Normal Forestry England access charges apply to ALL visits.

For directions to Hamsterley Forest click the following link Directions to Hamsterley Forest.



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