Ashford education centre

Ashford education centre

Somerset

If you are visiting Ashford, you can expect to get your hands dirty! You’ll need your wellies if you want to get into one of the three rivers on site or you might need a net to go pond dipping.

Things to do

  • Explore the natural world
  • Go pond dipping
  • Build a den

If you are visiting Ashford, you can expect to get your hands dirty! 

You’ll need your wellies if you want to get into one of the three rivers on site or you might need a net to go pond dipping. 

Afterwards you’ll head back to our education centre to investigate what you’ve found in the river or pond - this is the science bit! 

You might take a walk around our reservoir and explore the natural beauty of the site, looking at habitats and how animals adapt to suit their environments. 

You and your classmates could be building your own habitat - our den building activity encourages team building, problem solving skills and is a great excuse for some exercise too! 

A visit to our Ashford site is also a good opportunity to tour our water treatment works. 

How to book a visit

A visit to Ashford is free to schools.

Visits to Ashford are suitable for pupils in year four and above. If its not possible to arrange a site visit, Sue or one of our education advisers could visit your school.

Book a visit

Facilities available at Ashford

  • A fully equipped classroom seating up to 60 pupils
  • Disabled access and accessible toilet (please ask for further details)
  • Extensive exhibition area
  • Television and video
  • Literature and field study equipment to use during the visit
  • Water treatment works
  • Outdoor study benches
  • Pond dipping
  • Three streams running through the site
  • Den building
  • Reservoir
  • Toilets

How to find Ashford

Ashford water treatment works, Mill Farm Hill, Nr Cannington, Somerset

Sat nav: TA5 2NQ

Directions: From Bridgwater take A39 to Minehead through Cannington and towards Williton. After the Cannington roundabout take the second left signposted Charlinch. The water treatment works and education centre are on your left. Entrance is through the second gate.