A group visit to The Hawthorns typically involves a full day of both centre-led and self-led activities however we run a flexible approach and aim to cater to the specific requirements of each group.

Master copies of educational materials can be provided free-of-charge (with further copies charged at cost price).

If you wish to bring a group independently there is no charge, however some facilities may not be available if in use by a booked-in group. Please contact the Hawthorns well in advance to discuss details for your visit and to avoid clashes.

The Education Officer is also available to visit Southampton schools for fieldwork, to give talks, to run or advise on activities or help with staff training. Please contact The Hawthorns with any enquiries.

For more information or to discuss dates or visit details and charges please complete the School group enquiry form.

School and group enquiry form

Schools national curriculum

Our outdoor learning environment gives ideal opportunities to deliver and enrich aspects of the following:-

KS1 – Sc2: 1a,b,c (Life processes), 2a,b,e,f,g (Humans and other animals), 3a,b,c (Green plants), 4 b (Variation and classification), 5a,b,c (Living things in their environment).
KS2 – Sc2: 1a,b,c (Life processes), 2 e (Humans and other animals), 3a,b,c,d (Green plants), 4a,b,c (Variation and classification), 5a,b,c,d,e,f (Living things in their environment).
KS3 – 3.3a,d,e (Organisms, behaviour and health), 3.4 c (The environment Earth and Universe).
KS4 – 2.1a,b (Organisms and health), 2.4a,b (Environment, Earth and Universe).

There are also many opportunities for hands-on inspirational activities in other subjects including geography, art, numeracy, literacy, history and citizenship, either as a specific focus or as an integrated cross-curricular link. We are happy to consider any new ideas that you may have.

The emphasis is on active learning towards agreed targets. Most sessions take place at the Hawthorns Centre and on Southampton Common, although staff are also able to visit schools and other open spaces in Southampton.

You can contact the Centre by email hawthorns@southampton.gov.uk or telephone 023 8067 1921. Staff are not always available to answer the telephone during the week and not at all at weekends, but if you leave a message we will get back to you as soon as possible.

For information about the Café please call 07872 429392