Putney Base

South Kensington Base

Our Location

Our base camp and work spaces are located on Werter Road in Putney and on Sydney Street in Chelsea.

Phone: 0203 651 7870
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  • Appreciate your surroundings

    Unique holiday courses for children based in southwest London

  • Reconnecting children with the environment

  • Explore and expand

    your creative side

  • Inspiring children


    first hand experiences

  • Learn by


  • "Thanks! He loves it and said he can't wait for the next holidays!"
    - Emilie M
  • " My kids really enjoyed going to the market and to the farm yesterday, they tried things which I had given up on... So thank you!! "
    - Francine M
  • " They seemed to love the experience more each time, which is great news and I'm sure it will be a formative part of their childhood "
    - Christine K
  • Upcoming Courses
    Upcoming Courses

    Our next courses will take place over the Easter holidays from our bases in South Kensington. Join us as we celebrate the arrival of Spring, with trips to Richmond Park, Kew Gardens, Battersea Park, and more! The dates are as follows:

    Week 1 (April 7-10) – The Hall of Remembrance SW3 5SY

    Week 2 (April 13-17) – St Luke’s Hall SW3 3RP

    We are now accepting bookings and urge you to get in touch soon as places are limited!

  • Our Philosophy
    Our Philosophy

    : coming directly from actually experiencing or seeing something
    At First Hand Education we believe that the best way to learn something is by doing it!

    Our experienced, enthusiastic, and passionate educators use first-hand experiences as an exciting platform from which to inspire and channel creative responses from your child.

    Courses follow seasonal themes, connecting children with the world around them and encouraging them to investigate life’s big questions.
    We aim to develop a child’s sense of adventure and discovery by teaching them about their environment, enabling them to relate to it, learn from it, respect it, but most importantly enjoy it!

    At First Hand we want to give every child an experience they will cherish and remember fondly for years to come.
  • Hours and Pricing
    Hours and Pricing

    The daily program runs from 8:30am-4:30pm. Children are dropped off and picked up from the base at the these times. Occasionally we provide a collection service to and from the base for larger groups.

    A week-long course is £240 per child. All activities, transport and food is included in this price. We also offer a daily rate of £65 per child. If you are registering siblings, our rates are £375 for two and £475 for three. Contact for our daily rates for siblings. Also, if you are a busy, working parent ask about our 'garderie' service for early drop-offs and late pick-ups.

    Note: To ensure quality we limit enrolment in our courses to 20 children per group (4-7 years and 8-11 years) so book early to avoid disappointment!

  • What’s new at First Hand?
    First Hand News

    A big thanks to all of you who participated in our Autumn courses this year. They were a tremendous success and a fantastic time was had by all! We hope to see you all again some time. Photos can found on our Facebook page here and you can have a look at one of the daily blogs here.

    Don’t forget we also run after-school clubs and our timetable for the January 2015 term is now available and can be found here. This time round we’ll offer music, drama, cricket, handball, rock-climbing, yoga and more!

    Also don’t forget our new gardening club Grow Cook Eat is set to resume this Spring. It takes place within the walled garden at Fulham Palace each Saturday morning from 10am-12pm. For more information on how to register, get in touch with us here.