About Us

Who we are

The Medina Valley Centre for Outdoor and Environmental Education is an independent, non-profit organisation with charitable status. Our Christian roots and ethos are central to who we are and what we do.

We are a group of people who are passionate about the difference a residential and outdoor experience can make to a person’s life. Most of us would say our drive to serve guests and give them an excellent experience comes from our Christian faith. We seek to provide a safe, nurturing environment where any individual feels welcomed and valued and has the opportunity to experience life in all its fullness!

What we do

Outdoor activities at the CentreWe are a residential Centre who primarily cater for 6 – 18 year olds but welcome groups of any age. What we offer broadly fits into two categories: Field Studies and Outdoor Pursuits. You will find full details of the range of these services in the relevant sections on this site or feel free to call us to chat about how we can tailor a programme to meet your needs.

Field studies courses range from one day river studies for primary children to full week-long A-Level Geography courses. Our geography, biology and environmental studies tutors are highly qualified and passionate about their subjects leading to consistently excellent feedback from groups of all ages.

medina-194-StudentsbankfullmeasurementsRCaulBourne3KMarstonMulti activities can be booked as group taster sessions or a full week residential activity programme. Activities include raft building, archery, rifle shooting, night-line, sailing, canoeing and mountain biking, to name but a few. We also offer RYA sail training and BCU kayak and canoe training for those who want to take steps towards perfecting a particular discipline.

Christian Ethos

The Centre maintains a Christian ethos; and the quality of the care for the individual is appreciated by those who profess no faith, or come from other faith backgrounds. A brief ‘thought for the day’ before breakfast stimulates reflection and contributes to a calm start to the day!

Our resident ‘host‘ offers a unique service to visiting groups; providing a welcome, practical advise and assistance, pastoral support and a point of contact for each individual throughout their time at the Centre. This service comes free to visiting groups as their position is funded by the Dodnor Fellowship, a group of supporters of the Centre.