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Telephone and Fax 023 8040 4844

QE2 Activity Centre, Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, Bursledon, Hampshire, SO31 1BH

The Centre is only a mile from Junction 8 of the M27 motorway, which links to the M3, and A27 and A3, enabling easy access from London, the Midlands and North.

Exit at Junction 8 and follow the brown Tourist Information signs for the Manor Farm Country Park.  Once in the Country Park the QE2 Activity Centre is clearly marked.

Bursledon Station, on the Southampton-Portsmouth line is two miles away, Eastleigh Parkway four miles away and Southampton Station approximately six miles away.  Southampton Airport is four miles away.

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre is a registered charity (no 275066)



2016 - impact statement

What a busy and exciting year it has been for the Centre. Plenty of activity and I would like to thank all the staff for the fantastic hard work they put in.

Fund raising has been very successful this year and we are confident that we will raise the funds required to start on the new day service building.

I must say that this is a very exciting time to be chair. As we face 2017 we have much to look forward to and I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.

Best Wishes

Wayne Irish

Chair of Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre management committee

 QE2 Activity Centre provides activity opportunities for people with additional needs in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving conditions of life.

QE2 Activity Centre provides activity sessions, day services and holiday opportunities for people with disabilities and their families and carers. 

QE2 Activity Centre is a registered charity

Day service provision

During the year QE2 Activity Centre provided almost 4000 day service places for adults with learning disabilities from Southampton and Hampshire. 

This included 1500 days for adults with more complex needs as part of our Gold day service provision and 2500 days in our GreenHouse and Team Q provision.

Five dedicated day service staff, supplemented by activity staff, provide this service enabling up to eighty people per week to attend.  GreenHouse concentrates on helping its members develop independent living skills and work skills, while Gold day service takes a more therapeutic approach. 

All of our day services have common aims: to be stimulating, challenging and fun, a place to meet others and  make new friends, a place to learn new skills that will help every day, a place to have the opportunity to try new things, a place to spend time enjoying the countryside, an environment that is safe and a place to take part in activities that contribute to life long learning and good health.

During the course of the year day service members learned about cooking, gardening and woodwork as well as food hygiene, first aid and fire safety, some took part in a 5k run, participated in a football tournament, had an activity holiday in Wales, visited Beaulieu, Marwell and Bournemouth, went canoeing, climbing, geocaching and orienteering, manned the stall at Manor Farm, did coppice work, ran an allotment, joined QE2 Camera Club, wrote a blog and much, much more.

During 2017 everyone will be taking part in a QE2 Challenge – setting new goals and reaching new targets.

Activity provision

In 2016 QE2 Activity Centre provided just under eight thousand adventure activity experiences for day visitors.  

Between January and December QE2 Activity Centre provided 7,932 activity experiences. Each week there are an average of 165 individual participants for activities.  This figure does not include users of our day services or residential visitors.

It includes weekly visits from adult residents of 20 local community homes, three local special schools who visit each week, as well as other individuals with learning disabilities.  The majority of regular day visitors come from Southampton, Eastleigh, Portsmouth and Southern Hampshire although some come from as far afield as Wimborne in Dorset and Guilford in Surrey. 

It includes one-off visits from groups like Blind Veterans UK and Kids. 

An additional one thousand activity experiences were provided for residential visitors.  Most residential visitors are from the Southern counties of the UK but this year included disability groups from Germany and Manchester.

Visitors took part in a variety of activities: 

v Motorboat trips, canoeing and kayaking on the Hamble River. 

v Orienteering, geocaching and nature study in the Manor Farm Country Park

v Zipwire, ropes course and team problem solving

v Climbing and archery in the Centre’s sports hall


Community is important to QE2 Activity Centre, we like to get involved and we like to involve others! 

A highlight this year was the team from QE2 Activity Centre that took part in Gung Ho!, a 5 kilometre race, and raised over £3000 for Southampton’s Neonatal Unit. 

The Centre was featured on the Channel 4 tv programme Born to be Different during the summer.

Visitors to the Centre included our local MP Mims Davies and Sunny Crouch OBE.

Local companies supported the Centre through volunteering days, including Zurich Insurance from Whitely and Southampton Airport at Eastleigh.   

We have been working with Locks Heath petanque club to help get people into the sport of petanque.  Volunteers from the club come in once a month and work with the Gold day service.

A number of courses take place throughout the year, open to the public including first aid courses.

We were both impressed and humbled by the breadth of facilities on offer, and the patience, care and commitment shown by you and your staff to all those in your care. They were clearly fully engaged and absorbed in all the activities we saw and thoroughly enjoying them.                     Sunny Crouch OBE, DBA Hon

Future actions 2017

New Gold day service building

QE2 Activity Centre has embarked on a large scale fundraising programme to enable us to replace the Gold Day Service building.  The success and popularity of Gold means that we need more space and improved facilities.  A number of significant pledges have already been made but we’re still fundraising – so if you can help, please do!

Sensory Room

An exciting new development for 2017 will be the opening of a new sensory room.  This has been made possible by a number of generous donations and will be available for hire by local groups and families as well as forming part of the provision of the day service.

 James Male wheelyboat

Thanks to the support of the family of James Male and of the Wheelyboat Trust QE2 Activity Centre now has a new motorboat – a 20’ wheelchair accessible vessel which will give our users a new experience on the water.

 Rifle shooting

In 2017 QE2 Activity Centre will be offering a new activity – Rifle shooting. 


During 2017 the Charitable Incorporated Organisation QE2 Activity Centre will be established, replacing the existing unincorporated charity Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre


The QE2 Activity Centre staff team comprises

Phil Oates (manager),

Caroline Oates (secretary),

Kerry Lees (senior instructor),

Nick Cann (facilities manager),

Martin Philps, Jess Cann (instructors),

Marie Poore (Gold day service co-ordinator),

Caroline Southgate (GreenHouse day service co-ordinator),

Tracy Puttock, Stuart Blakeledge, Jackie Swann and . (day service co-workers)


·        thanks to all the staff who work so hard to make every day special

·        thanks to all the volunteers and committee members who give their time, effort and energy

·        thanks to all the local companies who have made donations or given their time to support QE2 Activity Centre

·        thanks to Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council and Eastleigh Borough Council for their help and support

·        thanks to all the parents, carers and care workers who support our visitors

·        most of all, thanks to everyone who has visited QE2 Activity Centre this year to take part in activities, holidays and day services

QE2 Activity Centre

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre

Manor Farm Country Park

Pylands Lane



SO31 1BH

Registered charity no 275066

Telephone 023 8040 4844