Things to do
Learn about the weird things that end up in our sewers
Find out how the living micro-organisms are used to clean sewage
Discover how we turn sludge into renewable energy
Holdenhurst water recycling centre (sewage treatment works) receives all the waste water from the residents and
businesses based in Bournemouth plus the large number of tourists in the summer months.
We think it's an intriguing and thought-provoking site to visit.
If you visit, you'll discover how water companies fit into the natural water cycle and understand the challenged
posted by climate change to both water supply and sewage treatment.
You'll also get an insight into how we help to protect the local harbour and beaches
And you'll find out what happens when non-biodegradable items, fats and oils end up down our pipes - you won't be
surprised to learn that it has an impact on both our site and the environment.
Using a powerful microscope and projector, you can view and learn about the living micro-organisms used in sewage
treatment while a trip to our nearby Berry Hill site will show you how we can convert sludge into biogas that can
used to create renewable energy.
Holdenhurst offers a range of activities for key stage 2 pupils through to A-level students as well as being popular
with university and college students studying geography or environmental courses.
How to book a visit
A visit to Holdenhurst is free to schools.
Visits to Holdenhurst are suitable for pupils in year four and above. If it's not possible to arrange a site visit, Tim or one of our education advisers could visit your school. Find out how to book a school visit.
Book a visit
Facilities at Holdenhurst
A fully equipped classroom seating up to 40 pupils
Informative displays covering water facts and the treatment process
Literature to use during the visit, such as worksheets
Equipment to take part in a variety of scientific investigations
Microscope linked to a large screen projector
Television, video and internet access
Water recycling centre
How to find Holdenhurst
Holdenhurst water recycling centre, Riverside Avenue, Castle Lane, East Bournemouth
Sat nav: BH7 7ES
Directions: The works is situated on the east side of the A338. Exit the A338 at the Cooper-Deane flyover, following signs for the hospital. Pass the hospital on the left and continue straight on at the main traffic lights. Move into the left hand lane and turn left past Tesco. Follow the lane past the nurses’ home and continue to the end. On entering the treatment works, pass the licensed disposal centre on the right. The education centre is within the office block on the right hand side.