January 2014 Newsletter

Happy New Year from Educational Visits UK

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Welcome to our first newsletter of 2014, here you will find information on new events and happenings throughout the Country as well as information on competition prizes we have on offer from some of our advertisers.

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Red Panda’s Arrive at Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire

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Flamingo Land is proud to announce that our two Red Pandas are now on display to visitors. The male is called Bai Jiao and the female Tai Jang and they are both 18 months old. They form part of our international breeding programmes, and we look forward to them having babies in the future.

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Fun at Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park

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Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park is thrilled to celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2014 with a significant investment of over £1million, including five new rides and attractions. The Lost World of Atlantis is a brand new underwater themed indoor heated play barn for Pre-school children. With three brand new rides including the eagerly awaiting second rollercoaster. The new Ocean Cove café is also the perfect location to watch little one’s play happily in sight.

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Win a free visit to a real courtroom for your class!

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Enter this new competition where pupils become ‘Law Changers’! First prize is a FREE visit for your class to either the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham or Royal Courts of Justice in London to take part in an interactive courtroom workshop where pupils take on the roles of judge, jury, barrister and defendant.

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Celebrate National Science & Engineering Week At-Bristol

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Visiting At-Bristol science centre is the ideal way to celebrate National Science & Engineering Week 2014 with your pupils.

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Start planning an exciting residential at Derwentwater Independent Hostel

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Start planning for the new academic year: inspire your students with team-building educational adventures in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

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10% Discount at Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre, Hampshire

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Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest, Avon Tyrrell is a 65 acre Outdoor Activity Centre offering outdoor education through an extensive range of adventure and field study activities. Our sessions are linked to the National Curriculum and are quality assured by Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC), the Adventure Activities Licensing Authorities (AALA), the British Canoe Union (BCU) and Hampshire County Council. With full board accommodation in our Grade 1 listed house or part-board and self-catering accommodation in our lodges, we have the facilities to tailor your stay for you and your group.

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New Workshops at York’s CHOCOLATE Story

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What a year 2013 has been for educational visits at York’s CHOCOLATE Story! Just before Christmas we were delighted to receive a national award for our school programme from the British Educational Travel Association. The new year and new school term has brought with it a whole host of exciting developments and new features, including planning our Spring exhibition ‘WWI: A Taste of Home’, the launch of our new 'Chocolate at War' school workshop sessions and the chance for all guests to create their very own chocolate bar at our hands-on stations! There has never been a better time to return with your class or visit us for the first time.

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More News & Events

Vacancies at Carlton Lodge Outdoor Centre, Thirsk

As the New Year dawns teachers may be thinking about how to add variety to their classroom work. We still have some vacancies in the summer and autumn. Also in the half terms and holidays we run activity days for children aged 8 to 14.

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Book & Win at Proactive Adventure, Conwy

Pro-Active Adventure is an established and respected provider of outdoor education across Wales and Europe. Established in 2002 Pro-Active Adventure has a reputation of delivering “Real” adventurous activities that challenge and inspire young people. Activity programmes are designed to promote confidence, leadership and self esteem.

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Digglerland Reopens February 15th!

Diggerland is the UK’s ultimate adventure park where children of all ages can ride and drive REAL full size diggers. With over 18 digger themed attractions, it’s the most unique school trip you will have all year! Drive dumper trucks, challenge your friends to digger skittle, race each other in Go-Karts and experience the thrills of Spin Dizzy – with so many rides and drives there is something for everyone, even the teacher!

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Book Early for Severn Valley Railway!

Now is the time to start considering and booking your 2014 school activities. Last year we had a vast waiting list of schools that tried to book our very popular events, but were just that little bit too late.

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The underwater world is closer than you think at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary!

At Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, you can take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths through 12 themed zones. Don’t miss our outdoor exhibits – penguins, seals and otters!

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Spring at Skipton Castle

Spring is just around the corner and whether you are five or 50 it is always exciting to try to imagine who the people were who lived in a castle and why did they build such enormous buildings. Pupils today are already studying Castle’s for their topic as part of the school curriculum and what better way to encourage them and stimulate their minds than to investigate Skipton’s remarkable, fully roofed and complete castle where everything can be explained to them.

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Family Activity Days at Lodge Hill, West Sussex

Set in the heart of the South Downs National Park, and on 32 acres, we can offer you a family day out with a difference. Take the opportunity to experience exciting activities on your door step in a unique location. Choose two activities ranging from archery, rifle shooting, climbing tower, crate stack challenge, tunnelling, high zip line, abseiling, high ropes, orienteering, low zip line.

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What’s On Offer at Web Adventure Park, York

The Web Adventure Park is located less than two miles north of York City Centre, so it is an ideal location for a day or half day trip. The park appeals to all ages from babies through to adults and is a very attractive offering for schools and group visits.

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Brand New at Hilltop Outdoor Centre, Norfolk

The Sea-view House and the Woodland Lodge Centres at Hilltop Outdoor Centre are being transformed into amazing themed centres to inspire children’s imaginations while they partake in the array adventure and team building activities we have to offer.

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Free Pre-Trip Inspection at Barefoot Adventures Activity Centre, Cornwall

Free Pre-Trip Inspection To Cornwall For All Teachers. At Barefoot Adventures Activity Centre, the staff are busy waxing their surf boards in preparation for their busy season ahead. Located right on the beach in the beautiful sea side town of Newquay, Barefoot Adventures Activity Centre offers a range of educational activities suitable for all subjects and key stages.

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What’s New at Making It! Discovery Centre

Open all year round for School visits, Making it! Discovery Centre provides you with an innovative activity programme that meets the criteria set out under the National Curriculum.

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Opening 3rd March 2014: Gentoo Penguins at The Deep, Hull

On 3rd March 2014, our VIP residents..... that’s Very Important Penguins will be settling in to their new home in the The Kingdom of Ice. This colony of Gentoo penguins will the only Antarctic display in the North of England, and to coincide with this we have launched some brand new workshops!

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Outreach Programme 2014 at Eureka!

Eureka! is designed for children aged 0 – 11. All exhibits and workshops are hands-on, sparking creativity and active enquiry - encouraging learning through play. A visit to Eureka! provides children (and adults) with many enjoyable and memorable experiences which would otherwise be challenging to achieve in a classroom environment. The curriculum focused galleries and programmes also enable children to experience a range of social and enrichment opportunities and above all, to have great fun as they explore, play and learn.

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Poppies & Peace Workshops (KS2) at Wakefield Cathedral

This year to mark the 100th year anniversary of the start of the Great War, we will be offering special workshops in our beautiful Cathedral to explore the Big Questions surrounding war and peace.

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Explore, Enjoy & Discover at Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, including inspirational play areas for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, adrenalin activities for thrill seekers and way-marked walking and cycling trails for all abilities.

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Bring Learning to Life at Beamish Museum

Bring learning to life with a visit to Beamish, the Living Museum of the North. Children can experience everyday life in the past, from riding on an early steam engine to the taste of baking in the 1940s Farm. The Museum offers a wide range of activities that give hands-on experiences that children never forget. From Nursery and Early Years through to University and lifelong learning groups, there really is something for everyone.

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