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St Michael's

St Michael’s Centre is located in the heart of the Peak District National Park and has been welcoming school groups for over 30 years. In 2019 the centre became the first Peak District National Park Ambassador Centre.

School groups benefit from exclusive use and work with a small team of dedicated and professional staff. The centre offers exceptional opportunities to enhance the school curriculum with a range of activities, all designed to take advantage of the landscape surrounding the centre with its rich history and geography.

Private groups are welcome to hire the centre on weekends and school holidays and take advantage of its special location and facilities.

Watch our activity videos to get a taste of action!

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"Wonderful, thank-you so much for providing such a rich and exciting opportunity for the kids and for looking after us so well." Teacher. Jesse Gray Primary School, March 2019
“A fantastic place/centre with welcoming, knowledgeable and supportive staff. It remains one of the best residential experiences I have had in 16 years." Headteacher, Stathern Primary School, Feb 2019
Type of visit:
  • Residential
Suitable for:
Key stage 1 and 2 school groups
38 people
  • Situated in Hathersage, Derbyshire (Peak District) 
    • 2 miles from Stanage Edge
    • 6 miles from Eyam and Castleton
  • Sheffield 12 miles
  • Mansfield 26 miles
  • Nottingham 40 miles
  • 38 beds in 7 dormitories
  • 2 x 2 bed (teacher rooms), 1 x 4 bed, 2 x 6 bed, 1 x 8 bed and 1 x 10 bed dormitories
  • Cottage with, twin, double and sofa bed
  • Boys and girls bathrooms
  • Two single adult bathrooms
  • Choose from a selection of Adventure walks, and discover local history and geography: 
    • Stanage Edge
    • Padley Chapel
    • Bole Hill Quarry
    • Eyam
    • Castleton 
    • Hope 
  • Or enjoy a shorter local walk, a favourite is a visit to Thorpe Farm to try the local ice cream!
  • Environmental studies: (adapted to suit age group)
    • Minibeasting
    • Stream study
    • Fauna and flora investigations
  • Conservation activities:
    • Dry stone walling
    • Help the Peak District National Park rangers on a local project
  • Weather study during adventure walks
  • Orienteering and map reading
  • Boat building
  • Village studies
  • Team building / problem solving
  • Swimming in our local heated outdoor pool
  • Bat detectors

A full list of activities with detailed descriptions can be found in the 'School Visit Information' document, located in the document section. 

Main centre:

  • large dining room/group room
  • games area
  • TV/DVD
  • Classroom
  • Table tennis and table top football
  • Small library
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • showers and toilets
  • drying room
  • Parking for 5 cars
  • All bedding, including duvets, sheets and pillowcases

Prices start from £57.20 per pupil for 2 nights 3 days stay self-catered

Prices start from £82.20 per pupil for 2 nights 3 days catered

Cottage from £60 per night.

Please note prices may vary, contact the centre for a bespoke quote. 

Contact us

St Michael's Environmental Education Centre
Main Road
Hope Valley
S32 1BB


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