Learning opportunities in the Peak District
The Moorland Discovery Centre is set in the grounds of the beautiful Longshaw Estate surrounded by some of the most spectacular areas of the Peak District National Park.
Longshaw and the surrounding area is a fantastic location for learning. The Moorland Discovery Centre is a custom-built base for groups of all ages and abilities and our friendly team of Learning Officers would love to welcome you.
Moorland Discovery Centre
The Moorland Discovery Center is an outdoor education classroom. The center delivers curriculum-based environmental education, as well as family and community events. It can also be booked by groups who want to run their own meetings or courses. The Moorland Discovery Centre is run in partnership between the National Trust and the Peak District National Park.
Take a look at our learning programs and how to book a session for your school or education group.
Independent school visits
Many schools and groups visit independently and enjoy what the estate has to offer. Coach/minibus parking is limited (including pick up and drop off) and must be pre booked before your visit. Coach/mini bus parking is £10, payable at the Longshaw café or the Moorland Discovery Centre.
The estate is made up of large areas of moorland, woodland, farmland, streams and ponds. It’s home to Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special protection Areas (SPA) and Special Areas for Conservation (SAC). Thank you for your sensitivity to the special nature of the site and for following the countryside code.
For more information and to book parking please contact 01433 631757 or 01433 637907
• Large classroom (60 children) with coach parking
• Toilets (1 girls, 1 boys and 1 disabled)
• Hand washing
• Private grounds
• Access to Longshaw Estate and Burbage Valley
• Bespoke programmes available
School visits take place between 10am to 2.30pm; this is flexible and the centre is open all year round.
What we offer
We offer a wide range of outdoor education across all key stages. We can also develop bespoke programmes that meet your learner’s needs.
We provide a detailed outline of all our programmes and hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
For detailed, up to date information on programmes for Early Years, Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 school visits, please click here.
Family and community work
We run many programmes from the centre that meet the varied needs of community and family groups. We aim to develop lifelong learning opportunities that encourage groups of all ages to experience and enjoy the Peak District National Park. Please contact us if you and your group would like to organise an educational fun day out at the Longshaw Estate.
Contact and booking information
Moorland Discovery Centre
Telephone: 01433 637907
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- 'A fantastic day that was relevant to our topic. The children loved every minute. Well planned, well thought out activities that were so appropriate to our age group.' Oughtibridge Primary
- 'Both children and parents absolutely loved it. Very impressed with the facilities and the organisation.' Nether Green Infants
- 'A fantastic resource that we will make very good use of this year. We will be back but with children next time!' Wybourn Primary