The South Downs Experience
A truly varied program, the South Downs Experience is a 5-day stay for year 5 or 6 pupils, based at Wetherdown Lodge on our site.
The topics, which are all related to the South Downs, include habitats, nature conservation, farming and the iron age. There are many opportunities to cover areas of the National Curriculum and this stimulating package includes three one-day trips to the Butser Ancient Farm, the Queen Elizabeth Country Park and a safari to a local farm.
"Each day proved to be very different. The structure of the week certainly catered for the wide range of interests that primary age children have. I can't praise Janet and her team highly enough for their care and attention to detail. We had a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile week and have already booked again."
Head Teacher Rowledge School
Alternatively, Eco Explorers, is our home grown 5 day residential which gives pupils the opportunity to explore many aspects of sustainability and gives an holistic approach to their experience. Staying in our eco lodge within our 55 acre site, pupils have access to our grounds and the surrounding beautiful countryside. It is the perfect location to bring this subject alive!
The 5 day programme is designed with direct links to the curriculum covering topics on sustainable food and farming, FairTrade, wildlife, sustainability in building design, woodlands & forest skills, energy & resources, and team building.
The days are full of hands on activities that will provide excellent opportunities for team bonding and fun! It is suitable for Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils.
A colour pack, with photographs detailing both week's content, and all the information you need, is available in the
GSCE and A level trips
We can also arrange residential trips ideal for GSCE and A level students. We are currently working on a very exciting A level package with our local partners perfect for Geography students- Keep an eye on this page for more details!
Staying With Us
The Wetherdown Lodge is part of our site, and gives you the opportunity to stay over and get the best from The Sustainability Centre.
We provide full catering including buffet breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals. All meals are home made by our on site chef of the Beech Cafe with local organic ingredients- a favourite with teachers and children alike!
With the wealth of opportunities in our grounds, we can arrange activities ranging from night walks and bushcraft courses to camp fires.
The Lodge was once home to Royal Navy recruits. It has since been completely renovated and equipped with green energy technology that meets all the heating needs of the building. Pupils can monitor the output of the photovoltaic (solar energy) panels on the roof, and find out how much woodchip is needed to provide all the heat and hot water for their stay.
Pupils also recycle their lunch box waste, help to feed the chickens, use the low-flush option on toilets, and discover how hot the water can get thanks to those solar panels.