The Springhead Trust, Shaftesbury, Dorset for Youth and Schools

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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.


Large and fully equipped professional kitchen.
Dining Room seats 40 but the Mill Room can accommodate 50 seated for a meal and 60 for a conference.
2 reception rooms including comfortable wicker chair seating in Garden Room.
None available.
Public telephone and WiFi.
There is no games room.
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.
Disabled access and toilets.
Children's games available.
7 acres of grounds including lakeside gardens, orchard and picnic tables. Barbecue and camp fire areas available.
There is no pool.
Secluded car park for 40 cars.
No smoking please.
By arrangement - please enquire.


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

Booking Information

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

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Leader Rooms
Risk Assessment
Educational Focus
Presentation Aids
Outdoor Activities
Disabled Facilities

Getting here

Fontmell Magna
United Kingdom
Gillingham approx 6 miles, takes 25 minutes.
0.5 mile.
Bournemouth International approx 25 miles, takes 1 hour.

Rental Rates

Catered from £33 per pupil per night. Self-catered from £19 per pupil per night. Free staff places given on the basis of 1 free place per 10 pupils.

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The Springhead Trust, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Linda Gawler

Joined us: 2008
+44 (0)1747 811 853
Fontmell Magna
United Kingdom