Hamsterley Forest


OASES holds the learning licence for Hamsterley Forest, a delightful 2000 hectare oasis of 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 (woodand, 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 Class Rooms, 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.

When we are able to visit Hamsterley Forest again you can visit on a led or self led basis.  Below you will find the details of the led visits that OASES can deliver on your behalf and details of how to organise and book a self led visit to Hamsterley Forest.


  • Due to Covid-19 the maximum number of children within a group is limited to 30 in total (this number does not include staff). 
  • The number of groups on site is currently limited to two.  OASES will advise you if the date you intend to visit is available depending on the number of schools already booked in.
  • Schools MUST book visits in advance.



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

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