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.
HAMSTERLEY IN 2019
NEW Zog Trail
Zog 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 Zog 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.
NEW Halkstone Falconry at Hamsterley ForestPlease click here to see the promotional leaflet on this exciting new offer
Environmental Art and Crafts
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 the story 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
Look at the flow, function and features of the river Bedburn
Experience the sights and sounds of the forest
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org who will book your visit in with the Forestry Commission. 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 Forestry Commision's wide learning activity feedback survey below: