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The Springhead Trust, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Sleeps 2 - 44 11 Bedrooms 50 Dining

Venue for youth and school residential trips with on site outdoor and curriculum-based activities, by Cranborne Chase

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. The Springhead Trust, Shaftesbury, Dorset, sleeps 2 - 44 in 11 bedrooms.

Springhead’s 7-acre estate attracts schools and colleges countrywide due to its vibrant, inspirational position in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its neighbouring Site of Special Scientific Interest: a chalk downland with over 90 species of flowers and grasses and a stunning collection of butterflies.
The Centre itself is rich in flora and fauna and boasts fresh water springs, a lake and stream; supporting a wide range of subjects and cross-curricular themes within the National Curriculum. Students find it an exciting and enriching place to visit, both as a resource for learning and for play. Many find it a life changing experience: on an individual basis youngsters widen their horizons and develop important life skills and as a group they bond together with their peers and leaders.
Among the many activities are hill walking, map work, pond dipping, river studies, night animal safaris, small mammal studies, shelter-building, bird-watching and camp fire sing–a-longs. A walk round the village of Fontmell Magna is often included on the primary school itinerary, where pupils look at the similarities and differences compared to where they live and go to school, while older students find the peace and tranquillity of the place excellent for study and revision trips. Additionally, the Centre can arrange for creative workshops run by professionals.
Both staff and tutors are DBS checked. Health and safety is of prime importance with risk assessments completed on all activities.
The Centre offers large indoor work areas and full board or self-catered accommodation with dormitory, twin and single rooms in the grounds and an en-suite twin bedroom in the Mill Building with disabled access and facilities.
Renowned for its friendly staff and informal atmosphere, schools return again and again to experience the warm hospitality and delicious food. Special dietary menus are available upon request.

Available for your youth group

Leader Rooms Risk Assessments Presentation Aids Outdoor Activities Educational Focus



Public telephone and WiFi.

Disabled Facilities

Disabled access and toilets.

Dog Friendly

By arrangement - please enquire.


Large and fully equipped professional kitchen.

Dining Room

Dining Room seats 40 but the Mill Room can accommodate 50 seated for a meal and 60 for a conference.

Sitting Room

2 reception rooms including comfortable wicker chair seating in Garden Room.

TV and Music Facilities

None available.

Games Room

There is no games room.

Heating and Open Fires

Night storage heating and wood burner.


Centre: 5 bunk bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms, 1 single. Historic house has 6 doubles + 3 sofa beds.


Linen is provided.


Accommodation blocks have 6 modern shower rooms and toilets. Mill Building has 3 wash-rooms (including 1 disabled toilet) plus an en suite bedroom.

Children's Facilities

Children's games available.


7 acres of grounds including lakeside gardens, orchard and picnic tables. Barbecue and camp fire areas available.

Swimming Pool

There is no pool.


Secluded car park for 40 cars.


No smoking please.

Booking Information

Prices on request – from £20 per person per night. Late availability discounts offered.

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Springhead Trust, Dorset

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Springhead is located in the quintessential Dorset village of Fontmell Magna, approximately 4 miles south of the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury.

  • 0.5 mile.
  • Gillingham approx 6 miles, takes 25 minutes.
  • 4 miles Shaftesbury.
  • 0.5 mile to local shop, 4 miles to supermarket, nearest organic farm shop 3 miles.
  • Nearest Bistro Pub - The Fontmell, Fontmell Magna 0.5 mile.Nearest Family Pub The Cricketers, Iwerne Courtney 3 miles.
  • Bournemouth International approx 25 miles, takes 1 hour.

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Planning an Event?

This venue is available for Weddings


Springhead's stunning setting can be booked exclusively for a wedding of up to 50-100 guests. Licensed for civil marriages and partnerships ceremonies. 3 reception rooms and accommodation.

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Please contact the owner for availability dates.

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