Hooke Park is open for all tutors and their students to use. Bookings are made online by tutors on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to approval by the Director of the School and the Director of Hooke Park. Students wishing to use Hooke Park for educational purposes outside the scope of unit work must first get their proposal approved through their tutors and make the booking through them.
The dormitory, Westminster Lodge, accommodates 16 people in eight rooms each with two single beds, a toilet, shower and wash basin. A further eight fold-out camp beds are available for short visits. There is a large communal room with a wood burning stove. Basic tutor accommodation is also available in the hut adjacent to the workshop, where there is a room with two beds and a shower room. B&B and hotel accommodation is available in Hooke village, Beaminster and other local towns. Meals are provided in the Hooke Park refectory. See the booking form for further details.
The intended use of the workshop should be described on the booking form, and approved and arranged with the workshop technician before the visit. The workshop is supervised for machine-tool use between 9:00 and 17:00, with lunch break 13:00–14:00.
The workshop is fully equipped with woodworking hand-tools, and power tools as listed below:
Workshop machinery: 3-axis CNC router 1220mm x 2440mm bed, tilting arbour saws, wood lathes, metal lathe, band saws, morticer, planer thicknesser, bench grinder, bench drills, horizontal borer, bench mounting disc sander, belt linisher, panel saw. Spindle moulder and four sided planer (only operated by workshop staff).
Portable electric tools: Jigsaws, cordless drills, palm sander, belt sander, router, grinder, heat gun, pistol drills, plaster board driver, fret saw. Electric plane, biscuit jointer, circular saw, gas nail gun (under instruction only).
The Hooke Park estate comprises approximately 140 hectares of woodland, consisting mainly of spruce and beech trees planted in the 1950s. There are also stands of western red cedar, douglas fir and corsican pine, and of combined oak and spruce. In addition to the densely planted forest, there is a rich variety of woodland landscape, including recently felled clearings, hidden river valleys, an ancient willow coppice and a broadleaf coppice of ash, hazel, alder and poplar.
As Hooke Park is a working woodland, any activity that requires access to the forest or may otherwise affect the forest or the forestry activities should be indicated on the booking form so that access can be coordinated with the forester.