Open to the public

We offer a range of excellent facilities that are open to members of the public.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, please note that some of our services might be closed to the public. For more information, please contact each of these sites directly or refer to our Covid-19 statement.

At Merrist Wood, we have various facilities open to the public such as our Equine Arena, Dog Day Care Centre and Dog Grooming Centre. We were awarded a zoo license in 2018, which makes it possible for the public to also visit our Animal Management Centre and experience a range of Animal Encounter Activities

Many of the facilities that operate on our campuses are 'learning companies', businesses that are operated by a team of experienced staff, with assistance from students in some areas. That means you will enjoy first-class services at very reasonable prices and help students gain invaluable practical experience.

Our learning companies are at the heart of the Activate Learning colleges. They are real businesses, so our learners can put their new skills into practise. This model helps students gain a better understanding of the expertise and attitudes that employers value in their staff, and how to exceed customers' expectations.

Being part of a learning company helps students boost their confidence, knowledge and employability skills, giving them a headstart in their career.

Our on-campus shop is run by our LLD/D students (learners with learning difficulties and/ or disabilities), developing their customer service and employability, skills while selling snacks and stationery to members of the public.  

Contact us to check our operating schedule under Covid-19 restrictions.  

Open to the public

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