What will students see and do?

Austerfield Study Centre is an outdoor education centre and community hub set seven miles south of Doncaster, in the quiet village of Austerfield, which was the home of historic pilgrim William Bradford.

The centre is adjacent to a 100-acre nature reserve made up of woodland and heathland that is managed by The Mosaic Trust, so the varied habitats can be protected for future generations to enjoy. It offers a superb, safe area to study the natural environment and take part in outdoor activities.

The centre aims to give children a hands-on, ‘minds-on’ learning experience to enrich both their academic and social development.

Activities include handling Austerfield’s animals and reptiles while investigating their adaptations and classifications; collecting natural materials to build fairy houses; examining local habitats and animal tracks; studying Austerfield’s history with the 1600s Mayflower Pilgrims, following the steps of William Bradford across the village to the historical Church of St Helena; practising mindfulness with a sensory walk, meditation, focused natural artwork and mindful eating; catching pond critters; investigating the features of a river from source to mouth; identifying three different varieties of rock; and mastering survival skills like shelter building, fire making, cooking and foraging for food.

Teaching resources provided

Contact Austerfield Study Centre to discuss your curriculum objectives and the sorts of learning resources they may be able to provide.

Minimum and maximum group size

Austerfield Study Centre charges for a minimum of 20 pupils.

Details of risk assessment

Links to Austerfield Study Centre’s risk assessments and health and safety policy are available on their website.


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Facilities on-site

Visitors can enjoy two fully equipped classrooms, each seating up to 35 children; one animal classroom housing a selection of insects, reptiles and amphibians; a fenced field with a small trim trail play area, a bird hide, a covered traverse wall and a good selection of outdoor play equipment; two bookable astronomy observatories; a hireable barbeque; a pond for supervised pond dipping; and access onto a 100-acre nature reserve.

In the Jarratt Building accommodation, there are two heated dormitories sleeping a total of 42 pupils and five adults in two separate rooms.

Camping facilities comprise nine teepees, each sleeping six or seven people, as well as optional pop-up tents for staff or adults.

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 8.30am-5.30pm



Day trip: £8
Residential with camping: £12
Residential in dormitories: £12
Full three meals: £12

Travel arrangements

Austerfield Study Centre is situated in Austerfield, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Take exit 3 from the M18.

The centre is a 10-minute walk from the village centre.


Austerfield Study Centre
The Old Primary School
High Street
DN10 6RG

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