Situated in the Isle of Purbeck, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the village of Worth Matravers is particularly picturesque. The David Donald Field Studies Base is a self-catering, self-programming unit of accommodation for 24 people: 20 split between 2 dormitories and 2 separate double rooms. In addition to the 24 beds the Centre's capacity can be extended by tents in the grounds (for which a small extra charge is made) which enables groups of up to 30 to use the Centre, giving visitors the chance of also sleeping under canvas but with full catering, toilet and shower facilities.
The Centre, a mile and a half from the South West Coast Path and the Jurassic Coast , a World Heritage Site, is ideally situated for small groups or families to enjoy a relaxing break, reunion, walking and outdoor activities and other social events. For students the Centre offers an ideal base for field studies, social education programmes, appreciation of living and learning skills.
This is an outstanding area for environmental studies within a SSSI and having close at hand Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door with their unusual geological features and the near by fossil forest, The Arne Nature Reserve, Purbeck Marine Reserve, Studland Heath Studies Centre, Poole Harbour, Ballard Down, Durlston Country Park, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, Portland and many more.
Groups may also be interested in walking the South West Coast Path, the Wareham Forest Way, the Purbeck Hills and other scenic footpaths, cycling the Purbeck Cycleway (bring your own bicycle), painting, horse-riding (available locally) and the environment, which is also rich in archaeological, geological and fossil formations and a varied and interesting history.
Other activities to be organised locally can include swimming, sailing, diving, windsurfing and fishing.
Apart from enjoying the natural beauty of the area there are numerous places of interest to visit nearby including Monkey World, the Bovington Tank Museum, Lulworth Castle, Tyneham Village, Athelhampton House and Gardens, the Swanage Railway, Corfe Castle and the beaches at Swanage and Studland.
Groups using the Base are advised to have a definite programme to suit their particular needs and to carefully plan the catering arrangements, bringing provisions with them, as local shopping, apart from milk etc., can be expensive, although there are supermarkets in nearby Swanage. There is a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, microwave, deep freeze, and crockery and cutlery for 24 people. Arrangements can be made for a pre-booking visit.