Our staff and volunteers are experts in making outdoor learning fun and memorable. Staff are also highly experienced outdoor educators and are First Aid and Forest School trained.

Blashford Lakes Birthday Parties

Wild birthdays

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Blashford Lakes is a partnership project with the New Forest District Council, Bournemouth Water and Wessex Water.

Schools & Groups at Blashford Lakes

An attractive 360 acre nature reserve, these former gravel pits encompass lake, pond, river, woodland and grassland habitats. Find out more about Blashford Lakes in Nature Reserves.

Activities at Blashford Lakes

Blashford Lakes provides Quality Badge Learning Outside the Classroom day visits for schools, pre-schools and further education groups. There are a variety of activities available that can be completely suited to your needs - please contact us to find out more information on our full range. Here are a few examples of just some of the activities that we can carry out:

There is also further information on what to expect from your visit to Blashford Lakes in our Pre-Visit Pack


  • Classroom with capacity for 75 people
  • Toilets, including an accessible toilet 
  • Picnic tables
  • Coach parking
  • Accessible footpaths around the reserve
  • Undercover outdoor teaching area
  • Campfire site
  • Six bird hides
  • Live video feeds from the reserve viewable in the centre and online


Two miles north of Ringwood on the A338, turn right (east) onto Ellingham Drove, the entrance to the Education Centre is on the right after 500 yards. The Education Centre is at SU151079, postcode BH24 3PJ. Parking information can be found here.

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Booking & Contact Details

To book your visit to Blashford Lakes, or for further information, please contact the Education team on blashfordlakes@hiwwt.org.uk or 01425 472760. Alternative you can fill out an enquiry form and one of our Education team will get in touch with you.