School Visits

Guildford can provide a wealth of experiences for school groups covering many aspects in the curriculum. A trip from 10am to 2pm will cost a maximum of £1 to £3 per child and - depending on the places you wish to visit - could be completely free!

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School Groups

Guided Walks in Guildford Town Centre

  • Free guided walks around town with the Guildford Town Guides on their History of Guildford walk.  Walks can be tailored to specific subjects on request.

  • Free entry to Guildford Museum with its displays on Victorian childhood; Romans and Saxons.  Loan boxes are also available.  Objects can be made available to handle.  Worksheets available.
  • Free entry to Guildford House Gallery - this 17th century Grade I Listed town house has a constantly changing programme of temporary exhibitions covering a range of subjects and genre - enquire about the exhibitions at time of booking.
  • Free entry to The Guildhall.  Guided tour of this Elizabethan courthouse and chance to see the Civic plates.
  • Free entry to the Castle Grounds with its stunning floral displays in the summer - the perfect picnic area on a sunny day.
  • Entry to the Castle Keep is £2 per child.  This medieval keep includes a model of how it originally looked, and displays on its history.  Talks by museum staff available on request.

If you are unfortunate enough to come on a rainy day, we can provide somewhere indoors for the group to eat their picnic lunch and advise on toilet facilities around the town. 

How to book  Email tic@guildford.gov.uk with details of your requirements, or simply download pdf icon the booking forms [35kb] and return them to the Tourist Information Centre.  You will need one form for guided walks, and another if you wish to visit any of the pdf icon town centre heritage attractions. [23kb] 

School Visits to Guildford Heritage sites 

  • Victorian Schoolroom Experience; Victorian Playroom: School Loan Boxes; Museum displays and exhibitions;  
  • Guildford Museum offers exciting hands-on, fun learning experiences bringing history to life for schools.
  • The Victorian Schoolroom, Playroom and Museum galleries provide ideal venues for learning outside the classroom.
  • Loans boxes containing historic objects that can be handled are also available to hire. Themes and contents  include Stone age Axes, Roman coins, Victorian toys and WW2 gas masks.
  • Guildford Heritage cater for all Key Stages, including research facilities for further education.  Maximum Group size is 35.  Their facilities include:- Self guided tours; loan boxes; Education pack; and worksheets. By prior arrangement it is possible that rooms can be made available for rainy day picnics.  Coaches can drop off in Quarry Street right outside the Museum.

How to Book:  Contact Guildford Museum  Telephone 01483 444 751 heritageservices@guildford.gov.uk  More information on the Guildford Museum web pages

School Visits to Loseley Park

An Elizabethan manor house built in 1562, walled garden and grounds.  Loseley Park has something very relevant to offer students studying the Tudors particularly in conjunction with a visit to the ruins at Waverley Abbey beforehand; the two visits very graphically illustrate the transfer of power from the monastic orders to the new landed elite who supported Henry VIII and the Reformation.  As Loseley Park was on her summer "Progress" itinerary, an educational visit when studying Queen Elizabeth I would also be appropriate.

  • House built of stone from Waverley Abbey
  • Portrait of Anne Boleyn (one of only 22)
  • Links with the metaphysical poet and Dean of St Paul's, John Donne, who married Ann More in 1601
  • Much of the Tudor building remains unchanged
  • Wood panelling from Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace
  • Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides who will facilitate the students' learning.
  • Group size : Minimum 10 - Maximum 50

Facilities: All Key Stages catered for; self guided tours of the garden and grounds; Outdoor picnic facilities; coach parking and drop off;  Typical visit allow 2-4 hours

How to Book: Call the Groups Administrator on 01483 405112 or email groups@loseleypark.co.uk

School Visits to Dapdune Wharf

school children visiting Dapdune Wharf 

The National Trust at Dapdune Wharf provides unique learning opportunities with 20 miles of river, an 18th century water mill and well equipped visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf.

Workshops : Their multi-disciplinary workshops make the most of their location and resources and are tailored, through discussion with the Learning Officer, to create a bespoke itinerary for your group. A preliminary visit is offered to teachers to enable them to explore the site and decide on the best programme for their students.  Themed workshops are available for

children at Dapdune Wharf

  • Historical Enquiry,
  • History site tour,
  • Geography site tour,
  • River Studies,
  • Invertebrate study
  • Mini beast study
  • Boat trip

An education visit costs £1.75 per child.  Entry is free to those with Education Group membership. Each workshop costs an additional £1.75 per child.  For further information or to arrange a visit, please email us or call 01483 561389

See our website for more detail: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/riverwey

Ideal for: Pre-school and Key Stages 1 & 2.  maximum capacity of 60 if boat trip included - otherwise negotiable.
Facilities: Guided tours; self-guided tours;education pack; worksheets; demonstrations; lunch facilities; indoor and outdoor picnic area; coach parking; toilet facilities.  Typical visit allow half a day.
How to Book: Telephone Learning Officer on 01483 561389

School Visits to Abbot's Hospital

A Jacobean building, built as a 'hospital' or home for the poor, and still a home for the elderly today.  Caters for all Key Stages - with guided tours.  Maximum tour size 30.  Teachers go free.  Education pack provided.  Possible indoor and outdoor picnic space available by arrangement. 

How to book: Contact the Master by email on master@abbotshospital.org 

School Visits to Guildford Cathedral

Guildford Cathedral, the People's Cathedral - a place of welcome, worship, inspiration and engagement for people of all ages. They aim to provide inspiring learning experiences for all people of any age, enabling you to engage with the Cathedral and its significance in ways appropriate to you.  They offer a selection of trails and workshops covering a diverse curriculum including Literacy, Mathematics, Art and Design, History and R.E. Their activities are aligned to both the National Curriculum and Diocese approved Curriculum. They can tailor a visit to meet your needs, for example, if you would like to combine different topics they can arrange a day for you based on your preferences. They also hold special events such as study days, God and the Big Bang and Easter and Advent workshops. Special Educational Needs Schools and Non-UK Schools are also catered for with programmes designed specifically to match your needs.

Ideal for: All Key Stages. Accessible toilet and ramps to access buildings. Guided tours and self-guided tours available. Loan boxes and worksheets also available. Free teacher passes. Lunch facilities in the Refectory and space for indoor or outdoor picnics - plenty of coach parking too. Allow 4 hours for a full visit.
How to Book: Telephone 01483 547880 or email charlottep@guildford-cathedral.org or complete the booking form on Cathedral website (see Cathedral Page).

School Visits to Birdworld

Feeding Penguins at Birdworld for School Groups

Your Great Day Out at Birdworld Includes:-

  • A chance to get close to and learn about our colourful and diverse birds from around the world- one of the UK's largest collections.
  • Jenny Wren Farm has everything from cuddly guinea pigs and rabbits to woolly sheep and loveable pigs.
  • Underwater World with fresh water and marine fish, amphibians and even crocodiles!
  • A visit includes either a Discovery Theatre workshop or an educational tour which cover many different key stage topics.

Facilities: suitable for all key stages.  Disabled facilities and SEN.  Guided or self-guided tours; Work sheets; demonstrations; free teacher passes; lunch facilities available and outdoor picnic area; coach parking; toilet facilities. 
Visit duration: 3-4 hours - max group size 90.
How to Book: Call  on 01420 22992

School Visits to Bocketts Farm

Baby lambs at Bocketts Farm

Enjoy an educational and fun school visit in the Surrey countryside with a jam packed day of activities. The day will include: a farm team leader per class, an animal handling session, a goat milking demonstration, a tour of the farm including a visit to the kitchen garden, a tractor and trailer ride, cheering on the pigs in the pig race and an opportunity for free time and play.

CEVAS accredited. Teacher resources available.  Early booking advised. £7.80 per child.
Suitable for all Key Stages.  Max 30 per single group.  Bocketts Farm can take 3-8 groups per day.  Facilities for disabled visitors and SEN.  Guided tours, education pack; worksheets; demonstrations;
Free teacher passes (1 per 8 children).  Lunch facilities (tea Room) and indoor and outdoor picnic areas.  Coach parking.  Duration of typical visit 10am to 2pm
Booking: By phone 01372 363764

School Visits to Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Education at Watts Gallery

Watts with school groups

Founded in 1904 as the only gallery in the UK devoted to a single artist, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village offers a unique insight into the life and work of 'England's Michelangelo' G F Watts and his wife, the designer and artist Mary Watts.

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village provides an inspirational backdrop for students to explore a range of subjects linked to the national curriculum and post-14 exam courses. Explore woodlands and heritage buildings, discover hundreds of Victorian paintings, sculptures, and contemporary art and visit the Grade I listed Arts & Crafts Chapel. Take a free self-guided tour or inspire students with brilliant activities led by our creative learning team.

Download the current schools program from http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/en-gb/learn/  for inspiring tours, workshops, courses, study days and projects. Activities are differentiated for all key stages and to support specific themes and learning outcomes.

Facilities: Suitable for KS1 upwards, including further education groups.  Facilities for disabled and SEN.  Guided Tours; Self-Guided tours; education pack; worksheets; Free teacher passes (must be pre-booked); lunch facilities; outdoor picnic area; coach parking and toilet facilities. 
Booking: contact Watts Gallery Learning Team on 01483 901805 or email schools@wattsgallery.org.uk 

 

 

 

School Visits to Wey and Arun Canal

Wey and Arun have education visits for pond dipping, flora and fauna and how transport changed from the canal to the railways in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Facilities: Suitable for all key stages: Maximum group size 35 but must have correct number of teachers for health and safety compliance'; There is a ramp for disabled users and accessibility is currently being improved.  Facilities for SEN with tailor made worksheets.  Self-Guided tours; Teacher twilight visits; free teacher passes; Outdoor picnic area; coach parking; toilet facilities; typical visit duration is half a day.
Booking: call 01483 894606 or email margaret_darvill@weyandarun.co.uk 

School Visits to Painshill

SCHOOL CHILDREN AT PAINSHILL

PAINSHILL SCHOOL CHILDREN 2

Painshill offers a broad range of activities suitable for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculums. These include Fairytale Story Walks, Minibeast Safari's, Plant Explorers, Den Building, Dragon Quests, Wild Art Workshops and many more exciting outdoor led activities. Combined with educational and fun self-led trails, ranging from Pirate Treasure Hunts to Geo-Orienteering, schools will have a great day at Painshill!

The experienced Education Team can also offer bespoke outdoor learning activities for Higher and Further Education and groups with a range of Special Educational Needs.

With 158 acres of natural and historic landscape, magical follies and a crystal Grotto, Painshill offers you the chance to discover, explore and learn in an inspiring and safe environment. With a well-equipped Education Centre and woodland picnic area, Painshill provides outdoor learning for single classes and whole year groups all year round.  Painshill is conveniently located near the A3 and M25.

Facilities: Capacity for 120 pupils per day; Wheelchair accessible Education Centre and accessible route through Painshill.  Learning programme can be adapted for SEN.  Guided tours; self-guided tours; Free teacher passes; indoor and outdoor lunch spaces - outdoor woodland picnic area; 2 indoor classrooms; coach parking; toilet facilities; typical whole day visits but can also offer half day visits.
Booking: By emailing The Education Team at education@painshill.co.uk, or by telephoning them on 01932 88113

 

 

 

School Visits to Mayfield Lavender

Mayfield Lavender - Rosemary Beetle

Combine learning about nature and history during a visit to Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead. The 25 acre organic lavender farm is a haven for wildlife and minibeasts (including the infamous rosemary beetle) and also has its own beehives on site. Banstead and the surrounding area was famed for lavender growing in the 18th and 19th centuries and this area produced most of the world's lavender oil demand until the 1930's when the industry disappeared.  Mayfield Lavender owners Brendan and Lorna Maye revived the growing just over a decade ago.  During our schools trips pupils will go on a mini beast hunt as well as a guided tour of the farm on our tractor. Here we teach them about the lavender's history and why it is such an important plant that they can all recognise.  The cost is just £2 per child. Bookings available from 1 July to 15 September 2017 when the lavender is in bloom.

Facilities: Suitable for Pre-School, KS1 and KS2.  No maximum group size; Natural terrain with some areas wheelchair accessible.  Guided tours: Self-guided tours; Worksheets - Demonstrations available at extra charge.  Free teacher passes.  Lunch facilities and outdoor picnic area.  Coach parking.  Duration of typical visit 2+ hours.
Booking: Call 07503 877707

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