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The Holly Lodge Centre
A special place for learning in Richmond Park

About us

The Holly Lodge Centre provides an opportunity for groups of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn from a series of hands-on experiences focusing on the rich natural environment in the unique setting of Richmond Park. These activities range from art, gardening and photography to environmental and historical interpretation programmes that are linked to the National Curriculum for schools. All kinds of groups are catered for and have included special schools, day centres, mainstream schools, holiday clubs, hospitals and many other kinds of organisations. Activities are adapted to help visitors gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from the Park.

In addition to outdoor activities, groups can also experience and learn about life and society in Victorian times by visiting 'Mrs Sawyer's Kitchen' - an old farm building that has been transformed to provide an authentic glimpse of the Victorian age. There is also a kitchen garden planted with old varieties of vegetables, and our replica Victorian Pharmacy.

Organised activities are designed to stimulate the senses and through the use of hands-on experience to encourage the exploration of the surrounding environment. Learning at the Holly Lodge Centre is fun for all ages and the activities for children are linked to the National Curriculum.

All sessions are for two hours and activities are particularly adapted for people with special needs.

Trained volunteers, some of whom are former teachers, act as facilitators to help visitors get the maximum benefit.

Activities include:

The natural history of the Park
Care of the environment
Wildlife and history walks and trails in the Park
Learning about the Park (including the work of the Police), the gamekeepers and carpenters
An introduction to the archaeological/historical landscape of the Park
An insight into Victorian life in Mrs Sawyer's kitchen
An insight into the work of a Victorian Pharmacy in our replica pharmacy
Reserved access to an area of woodland set aside and managed especially for the centre adjacent to Pen Ponds which also includes a wheelchair-accessible path and bird hide
Beginners' photography courses for people with special needs
Walks in the Isabella Plantation and Pembroke Lodge Gardens.
Self-guided trails are available.
Photography walks (particularly for people with learning difficulties).
A variety of art and craft activities.
A general introduction to Richmond Park and life behind the scenes at Holly Lodge.
Drug Awareness education in our Victorian Pharmacy for year 6 and 7 students.
Riding for the Disabled

Adults' groups are also very welcome to come and vist. To book visit

Please note the Holly Lodge Centre does not cater for individual visitors and works only with groups.


Finding Us

The Holly Lodge Centre
Richmond Park
TW10 5HS

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