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Groundwork South at Alice Holt Forest

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What does Groundwork South do at Alice Holt Forest?

Groundwork South is the lead provider of educational activities at Alice Holt, a royal forest on the border of Hampshire and Surrey.

The key focus of this project is the delivery of curriculum-linked visits for schools and community groups. So, working in partnership with Forestry Commission England (who manage the site), Groundwork South have developed a selection of exciting and hands-on programmes. These address everything from fundamental school topics such as; geography, history, biology and art, to practical life skills like team working.

Our bespoke sessions are led by forest experts and incorporate active games and experiments to help each participant learn through real-life, practical experience outdoors in the forest.

What’s on offer for schools?

We have 12 programmes currently available. We can also offer full custom sessions tailored to your exact requirements – simply get in touch at We are keen to ensure that our programmes are accessible to all, so content and delivery is always adapted to meet the specific needs and interests of each group. This flexible approach has enabled us to deliver sessions for all manner of groups such as; specialist SEN schools, deaf youths and young adults, boarding schools, those with physical disabilities, and adoption outreach projects. Please see our brochure for further details on each of our available programmes, as well as additional information regarding pricing and session lengths.

Schools Programme 2018

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What’s on offer to the public?

As well as out school sessions, we also run lots of exciting activities for the wider community during school holidays and on weekends. We run a holiday club for children aged 5 to 12, which is continually gaining in popularity, with many children returning again and again! Our ‘Fantastic Forests’ craft club sessions last a full day and combine guided outdoor exploration and games around the forest with indoor seasonal craft sessions using gathered natural materials. See the poster for our 2018 dates. We also run Christmas Wreath workshops for adults (and older children) during the festive period. These are very competitively priced at just £20 per person, including all resources and free festive

Craft Clubs in 2018

How do I make a booking?

Whether you want to book a school visit, book a child onto a holiday club session, or enquire about Christmas wreath workshops, we’re always happy to hear from you. 

Please address all enquiries to or 07736 132 692.

What people are saying about us…

“The children loved it…It was educational, fitted with our topic, well organised, engaging and pitched perfectly.” (Teacher, Frimley C of E Primary)

“Thank you SO much for the wonderful educational visit today.  Rockets class all came back so thrilled with the day, with one of our pupils who finds learning challenging at times said "we must go again, and bring all of the Primary".” (Teacher, Clarendon School)

“I loved the way you showed us things. Not only did you show us things, you explained them too so everyone of us knew what to do. Not to mention how fun, friendly, and interesting our guide was… #best school trip ever” (Child, Preston Candover School)

“I would be very happy to sign both girls up for another day!  They have enjoyed themselves immensely and Annabelle said "I think this is the best club I've ever been to!"” (Parent of craft club attendees)

“Ben and Annabel had a lovely day! I was impressed with how much they remembered …Best of all they are exhausted now so time for an early night!!” (Parent of craft club attendees)

“Excellent value for money, heaps of materials to choose from and a delightful way to set the tone for the festive season. I will definitely be looking to book up next year.” (Wreath workshop attendee)

Contact Us at Alice Holt Forest, Outdoor-Learning-Department, Groundwork South Trust, Energy Youth Centre, 79 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DQ

Tel: 07736 132 692  e-mail:

Click the links below to find out more about the different activities and programmes we offer:

Craft Club at Alice Holt

Holiday Craft Clubs run all year at Alice Holt. Find out prices and start dates here.

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Educational Opportunities at Alice Holt Forest

Groundwork South delivers a variety of environmental education programmes for children and young people.

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How to find us

Visitor information and contact details for Groundwork South at Alice Holt Forest.

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