What to expect on your visit
Our day courses are quite similar to a day at school but most of the time will be spent outdoors.
Each day of the visit will be long, with activities from the morning right up until 8.00pm so lots of energy will be required but it will be rewarding and hopefully enjoyable. Students will have free time after 8.00pm.
Each Centre has well equipped classroom, a staff sitting room and recreational areas for students. Accommodation consists of a mixture of single, twin and dormitory rooms sleeping up to eight people. Bathrooms will be close by if the rooms are not en-suite.
Breakfast is usually served sometime between 8.00am and 9.00am. Before or after breakfast students will be able to make their packed lunch. The evening meal will usually be served sometime between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. Centres cater for special dietary requirements and hot/cold drinks will be available throughout the stay.
Inside the Centre
Each Centre is unique, so a virtual tour has been created of each Centre to show you what the accommodation, classrooms and recreational areas are like. They are located on the Centre’s web pages.
Examples of courses
Films have been produced to demonstrate what happens on some of our commonly taught courses. They can be found on our YouTube site.
What to Bring
To ensure you and your class are ready for their outdoor education trip, you can read and download our Kit List
Frequently Asked Questions
If you can’t find the answer to your question below please contact us.
Who are the FSC?
The Field Studies Council (FSC) is an environmental education charity dedicated to helping people of all ages to experience the environment at first hand; to discover, explore and be inspired by the natural world. As part of its mission FSC welcomes over 2,500 schools to courses in its 17 Field Centres every year. They provide residential and day fieldtrips for all key stages primarily in geography and science subjects. The FSC also run a programme of leisure courses for adults and reach many others through publications and community-based programmes.
What are the Centres like?
Each Centre has its own unique character and many are in historic buildings. They have been chosen for their location and surroundings. See inside the Centres with our online virtual tours of each Centre.
Residential Centres have comfortable accommodation in a mixture of twin and shared bedrooms or small dormitories. They also have a dining room, drying room and places for relaxation and recreation, both in and out of doors. Friendly, trained staff are on hand 24 hours a day.
What is the food like?
All residential Centres have fully equipped kitchens and dining rooms which serve plenty of good food. All day Centres have allocated eating areas. Visitors will be asked to complete a dietary preference sheet so that suitable options are available during their stay; vegetarian and special dietary requirements will always be catered for. We will also ask for information about allergies. Our own inspection team makes sure that we comply with all food and hygiene requirements.
What do visitors need to bring?
We try to go out in most weathers so adequate clothing and footwear is important. All of our Centres will provide a list of recommended items and a minimum of at least one spare set of warm clothing is usually suggested. Waterproofs and boots are available from Centres and our residential Centres have drying rooms.
How do I keep in contact?
All of the Centres have public telephones and email access to maintain contact. Mobile phones will not work in some of our more remote Centres and we do try to discourage the use of mobiles unless there is an emergency.
Please see the Centre pages for more information about each Centre and its location.