There are over 25 Field Studies Council Accommodation Centres across the UK, with many of them also part of the Independent Hostels network. Often in spectacular buildings and always in stunning environments, the centres are perfect for schools, clubs and groups of all sizes. They provide catered accommodation (self catering is often possible with sole use) and offer a variety of outdoor activities. The Field Study Council runs the centres with the aim of creating a world where everyone feels connected to the environment so they can enjoy the benefits it gives and make choices that help protect it.
Field Study Council Centres
Blease Road, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria. CA12 4SG
Beautifully situated 300m up on the south facing slopes of Blencathra just 1 mile out of the Lakeland village of Threlkeld, Lonscale is a new hostel offering group accommodation at the FSC Blencathra Centre. Groups of 14-26 can have sole use of this award winning eco-friendly accommodation in the heart of the Lake District.
There are also 4 self catering cottages and a 110 bed educational centre on this site.
Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6QT
Located between the coast of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District National Park, FSC Castle Head is an impressive Georgian house which sits in 20 hectares of private grounds.
A fantastic base for exploring the Lake District, the centre sleeps up to 157 across 33 rooms.
All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, families & larger groups.
The Drapers Field Centre, Betws-y-coed, Conwy. LL24 0HB
Snowdonia’s glaciated valleys, cascading rivers & wooded hillsides provide a rugged backdrop for this historic Georgian country house.
The estate includes woodland, a bodiversity garden, football pitch, campfire, streams and ponds. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, families and larger groups.
Outdoor activities can be provided & Zip World Fforest is nearby.
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. SA62 3RD
FSC Dale Fort is a Field Studies Council centre on the Pembrokeshire Coast, within walking distance of beaches & the Wales Coastal Path.
Built in 1856 it now accommodates individuals, families & extended family groups. There are 3 accommodation blocks with single, twin, family & dormitory rooms (many en suite).
Outside there are several games areas.
Isle of Cumbrae, North Ayrshire, KA28 0EG
Situated on the magical island of Cumbrae, just off the western shore of mainland Scotland, FSC Millport is just 1.5 hours from Glasgow. Recently refurbished to a high standard it sleeps 39 across 64 rooms. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, families & larger groups. Self-catering is only possible for sole use bookings.
Old London Rd, Mickleham,Surrey. RH5 6DA
FSC Juniper Hall is a superb country house dating back from the 17th century situated in an unspoilt area of the chalk North Downs at the edge of Box Hill, Surrey. Many amazing rivers, woodlands & chalk grassland can be found on the doorstep. Easily accessible from London and the M25, yet peaceful and secluded. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families & larger groups.
Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2QP
FSC Start Bay is a field studies centre overlooking the South Devon coast. It offers 4* accommodation to groups of 20-40. Facilities include a well equipped self catering kitchen and a large dining room and adjoining sitting room with interactive whiteboard, both of which can easily seat a group of 40. Enjoy the panoramic views of the coastline from the BBQ area, fire pit and low ropes course. Perfect for schools, clubs and gatherings of friends and families. The centre gives a wonderful sense of remoteness, yet has the village of Slapton nearby with its shop and pubs.
Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY4 1DX
FSC Preston Montford is situated in the heart of Shropshire on the banks of the River Severn. Set in a 12-hectare estate it has orienteering courses, a small 5-a-side football area and a sensory garden. It is easily accessible from the motorway network, yet private and secluded. The centre has 131 beds across 3 blocks. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, families and larger groups. Self-catering is possible for sole use.
East Bergholt, Colchester, CO7 6UL
FSC Flatford Mill sits in Constable Country, amidst the quintessentially English countryside of Suffolk’s Dedham Vale on the banks of the River Stour. Stay in one of the historical buildings; either Willy Lotts’ House, made famous by John Constable’s ‘Haywain’ painting, Valley Farm, a medieval great hall built in the 1450’s or the Mill itself that was owned by the Constable family in the 1700’s. Everyone is welcome including singles, couples, groups and families.
Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon. TQ7 2QP
FSC Slapton Ley is located on the South Devon coast next to Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve that includes the 4km long Slapton Sands beach.
All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, families and larger groups.
The South West Coast Path and NCN 28 are close by.
Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PU
FSC Malham Tarn, offers quality accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Sleeping up to 105 across 29 bedrooms and 3 buildings, all types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and larger groups. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates. Outside you will find a courtyard, veranda and picnic benches, a lawn and walled garden.
The Field Study Council aims to create a world where everyone feels connected to the environment so they can enjoy the benefits it gives and make choices that help protect it. They do this through the FSC centres which provide accommodation in an environment that encourages children, families and everyone else out into the countryside to explore, learn, enjoy new experiences and relax.