January 2015 Newsletter

Welcome in the New Year with Educational Visits UK

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Now the new term is well under way why not take a few moments to look for some inspiration for your next school trip or day out. This newsletter contains information from our advertisers across the country of up and coming events and special activiites available to schools and youth groups.

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Free school trips in 2015 at South Lakes Safari Zoo

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Here at safari zoo we’re passionate about education so passionate for 2015 we are giving schools the chance to come Explore the animal kingdom with us for free. Whether you’re early years, primary, secondary Explore: Discover: Adventure you’ll have a fantastic day immersed with some of the rarest wildest animals on the planet.

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NEW Stone Age Day at Celtic Harmony Camp, Iron Age Settlement

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Launching a NEW Stone Age Day for 2015 academic year, your pupils can now become Neolithic Hunter Gatherers, learning primitive skills in our natural woodlands. At our award winning Celtic Harmony Camp, your pupils will experience a range of exciting activities in various stimulating settings

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Dreaming of blue skies and sunshine? English Heritage can help you with your school’s summer plans.

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It’s the New Year and we’re all dreaming of blue skies and sunshine. Now’s the time to organise your school’s summer residential holiday or day trip and at English Heritage we have over 400 properties across England for you to choose from.

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Get closer than ever before at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary

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Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through 12 themed zones. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. Every step will reveal something new, from a face to face encounter with sharks to a hands-on rockpool experience. Don't miss our outdoor exhibits - penguins, seals and otters!

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Skipton Castle Celebrates Magna Carta

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Skipton Castle celebrates 800 years since the Magna Carta when the Castle owner William de Forz and 24 barons confronted the evil King John at Runnymede. The king agreed to the baron’s demands by signing a document with his royal seal. This was known as the Magna Carta – Latin for ‘Great Charter’

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NATIONAL SCOUT ACTIVITY CENTRES: Brilliant Residentials

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Following consultation with a wide range of professionals in education and engagement with Learning Outside the Classroom and Learning Away*, we’ve created a range of brilliant residential adventure experiences that provide extremely powerful learning opportunities for young people of all ages and abilities, as well as having an impact on teachers and schools as a whole.

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A day in the life of an Education Officer

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Nicolette Craig talks about her job as an Education Officer at the Cotswold Wildlife Park - I had worked as a zoo educator for a number of years before I had children and had been desperate to return. I was delighted when I was given my dream job in March 2014.

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Home of Shropshire’s Big Cats

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A fun, unique and educational day out for adults and children alike. At Hoo Farm, Shropshires first licensed zoo, we endeavor to make sure that every child gets the most out of their visit and leaves with a true passion for animals and the environment.

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Make Learning Come Alive at Girlguiding’s nationally-owned Activity Centres

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Outdoor learning has the power to overcome some of the toughest learning challenges. It can bring about personal breakthroughs for people with learning difficulties, motivate struggling learners and help everyone become more skilled, rounded and versatile.

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Learn Something New at Beaulieu

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Enjoy 800 years of history and heritage in one day at Beaulieu – one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions. Offering a range of curriculum-linked workshops and activities, a visit to Beaulieu is the perfect way to bring history to life and admission includes entry to many attractions.

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‘It’s a Rubbish Adventure’ Workshop at Magna!

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‘It's a Rubbish Adventure’ Workshop at Magna is a brand new workshop for 2014/15 all about rubbish. The workshop focuses on the science and engineering used to sort, separate and recycle all the useful stuff we throw into the black bin.

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Brand New Maths activity packs at Oxford Castle

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Oxford Castle Unlocked is adding another string to its bow in the Spring term by launching a self-led maths activity pack, combining medieval history with Key Stage 2 mathematical skills to extend an engaging day out at the 1000 year old castle prison. Teachers will be able to add on the maths packs for no extra cost when booking a tour and workshop at the visitor attraction, enabling pupils to enjoy a whole day out of the classroom.

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More News & Events

Conservation Event Fabulous Froggies!

A first for The National SEA LIFE Centre, we are having a Fabulous Froggy Week! Did you know we look after some of the most critically endangered frogs in the World – Golden Mantellas?!

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First World War in the Air Exhibition

Located in North West London, the Royal Air Force Museum recently opened a brand new exhibition dedicated to the pioneering men, women and aircraft that protected our skies during the First World War. The compelling story of the First World War in the Air is now available for members of the public to view.

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The Observatory Science Centre

Enjoy an exciting range of interactive science based activities and exhibits amidst the historic domes and telescopes of a former world famous observatory. With over 100 interactive science exhibits on offer, as well as Workshops, Science Shows, Telescope Tours, a large outdoor Discovery Park, and Team Challenges, you can plan a truly inspirational visit.

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An Introduction to Safestay York

Safestay York, the second hostel launched by the award-winning luxury hostel brand Safestay, very much embodies the spirit of the great historical city it stands in. Like York itself, the hostel is an interesting mix of tradition and modernity.

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Explore Wetlands with WWT

Dip into WWT at one of the six centres across England and Wales - get up close to amazing animals and learn about habitats, life cycles, food chains and much, much more. See our main article for information on the centres and what they have to offer for school visits.

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York Racecourse Centre - Four Star Hostel

York Racecourse Centre is currently the only four star rated group hostel in York, an accolade confirmed by Visit England following their recent assessment. Specialising in quality, affordable group accommodation we have over twenty years’ experience of hosting school and student tours from the UK and overseas.

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New furry faces at the Cotswold Farm Park this spring

The new year brings new beginnings to the Cotswold Farm Park with lambing season kicking off on the 14th February, set to continue until mid-April. This magical time of year sees the farm open the doors to its maternity ward (the Demonstration Barn) and take visitors through the commercial lambing process.

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Fun, fresh air and learning at Greenlands Farm!

A must for the school calendar whatever the season Put your children at the heart of our farm where they can meet and feed our animals, encounter the countryside and explore the links between the food they eat and our beautiful surroundings.

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Step into Spring 2015 with Severn Valley Railway Education Department

Now is the time to start considering and booking your 2015 school activities. Our visits are very popular, reasonably priced and start in May through to September. Our WWII and Journeys packages have become firm favourites in recent years.

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New Developments at World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tours

The World Rugby Museum (Twickenham Stadium) is pleased to announce several new additions to its award-winning educational services.

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Live it! at Ripon Workhouse Museum

During February half-term drop into Ripon Museums to experience what life was like for the Victorian poor. Meet our costumed volunteers demonstrating Victorian chores and crafts, then have a go at doing tasks like the laundry or making a rug yourself. Fun and informative for all the family. Please check the website for times.

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Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum - Events

National Storytelling Week - Saturday 31 January – Saturday 7 February

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Best value self-catering accommodation in Wensleydale

The Jonas Centre is uniquely positioned to provide all that is needed for schools and groups, seeking relaxation, to enjoy all that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. We have twelve self-catering log cabins and a converted Granary Barn with reception and shop, our main hall along with a kitchen and two lounges. The Jonas Centre can accommodate up to 84 people.

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Escape the cold this half term with a family trip to Coral Reef, Bracknell’s Waterworld

What could be better on a cold February day than heading to a leisure pool with a tropical 30 degree temperature? Coral Reef offers three giant Snake River water slides, thrilling water rapids, an erupting volcano, geysers, toddler pools, interactive water features and a Pirate Ship for all ages.

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Learning at Dalby, the Great Yorkshire Forest

With miles of trails, several car parks, a fantastic play area, and endless variety of habitats, trees and wildlife, Dalby Forest, in the North York Moors National Park, is a great place for a school visit at any time of the year.

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Vindolanda Excavations Resume

After a thrilling 2014 season the archaeologists aided by volunteers from around the world will be back in the trenches on the 30th March.

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Spring into Learning at Fountains Abbey

As the days lengthen and the coldness of winter melts away, it is a perfect time to get Outdoors and Closer to nature. Our ponds will be full of frog, toad and even newt spawn along with a myriad of other creatures – making a Pond Dipping workshop hugely rewarding. Classes could also try Den Building or test their nature identification skills with our popular Trees Trail.

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New WWI workshops at Thackray Medical Museum

Housed in a former Victorian workhouse, Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds provides hands-on exhibitions that appeal to both primary and secondary students. Walk down a recreated Victorian street to experience the grim reality of life in the 19th century, discover surgery before anaesthetics and antibiotics and explore scientific advances in medicine. A range of workshops and talks are available for all ages including, Victorians, Life at the Workhouse (both great Local History Studies), Florence Nightingale, Tudors and Florence Nightingale Outreach.

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Beamish Museum – Responding to Primary Curriculum Changes

In addition to the well loved activities which Beamish has always offered to primary schools, a range of new activities have been developed in response to the changing curriculum.

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The Yorkshire Coast’s best kept secret

With the rugged Jurassic Coastline and the North Yorkshire Moors on its doorstep, the Scarborough Campus is an inspirational place to visit.

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NEW bespoke D & T activities at Making it!

It’s all go this year for Making it! with new bespoke Design and Technology themed programmes now available to suit your class project. Learn about how things are made, the materials used, how products are invented, designed and sold.

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York’s CHOCOLATE Story

York’s CHOCOLATE Story’s educational programme can bring the new National Curriculum to life in ways that you might not expect. As accredited Quality Badge holders and winners of a British Youth Travel Award, why not leave your school trip in our capable hands?

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Fintastic Fun at The Deep!

Let your students enjoy a unique and memorable experience as you travel from the beginning of time and into the future. Dive into exciting exhibits including our breath-taking coral reef at the Lagoon of Light, interesting creatures in our Slime exhibit, some of our biggest sharks in Endless Oceans and creatures of the Amazon in the Flooded Forest.

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Cadbury World introduces new Educational Talk

Cadbury World has extended its already sizeable educational programme for the start of this academic year, with a brand new talk on the Maya. This new offering will provide a wealth of information designed specifically for Key Stage 2 learners, and arrives following the addition of the Maya as a new study option in this year’s KS2 Ancient Civilisations curriculum.

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