April 2015 Newsletter

Here Comes Summer with Educational Visits UK!

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COMING SOON!! Look out for the new format Educational Visits UK website going live soon! Including more information and easier to navigate the new site will be the place to find everything you need for your next school trip.

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New at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

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The RAF Museum Cosford is home to over 70 historic aircraft, displayed in three wartime hangars and within the award winning National Cold War Exhibition. Aircraft on display include the world’s oldest Spitfire, the unique TSR2, the Experimental Aircraft Programme (EAP) technology demonstrator and the mighty Vulcan bomber to name but a few.

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Get Your Hands on World War One!! RAF Museum on Tour Coming to York!

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From the 4th to 7th June 2015 the Royal Air Force Museum in London will launch their National educational out reach project, the Collections Handling Tour, here at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, York.

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Up Close to Spiders at ZSL London Zoo

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Discover the fascinating world and webs of spiders in our new immersive exhibit. Bring your class along and experience Europe’s only spider walk through when it opens in May 2015.

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Delve into Dalby

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There’s loads to be really excited about at Dalby Forest this spring including the arrival of Superworm and the Tour de Yorkshire road cycle race. Why not join in the fun?

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WWI Explorer Days

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To commemorate the centenary of WWI the National Memorial Arboretum are offering fully immersive WWI Explorer Days that combine a number of popular activities; including a Poppy Activity, a 60 minute tour that covers a selection of the WWI memorials, an Act of Remembrance, which can be personalised by your group and a brand new key stage specific WWI activity.

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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! London - For School Trips Out of the Ordinary!

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With over 700 astonishing exhibits, galleries and interactive experiences, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London celebrates the wonderful and unusual in all its forms. With everything you can imagine (and plenty more you can’t), Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London is a school trip that’s definitely out of the ordinary.

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Investigating Nature at the Chestnut Centre

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Children can learn about the natural world first hand at the wonderful Chestnut Centre, set in the stunning surroundings of the Peak District National Park. With Nature Trails, quizzes, animal investigations and other wildlife activities, there’s a world of learning and adventure to be discovered by children on school visits.

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New Dates for Teachers’ Courses at Longleat

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Longleat in Wiltshire is a partner in the National Gallery’s Take One Project. The Take One Project starts with a training day in which teachers learn about an ‘object’. This object is used as a rich resource for investigative and creative learning. Teachers then return back to school with the Take One approach so they can then run their own Take One project.

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Bringing Learning to Life at Beamish

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Bring learning to life with a visit to Beamish Museum, the Living Museum of the North. Children 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 will give hands-on experiences that children will never forget. From Nursery and Early Years through to University and lifelong learning groups, there is something for everyone here.

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May Day, Let’s Get Sporty & Black Country Weekend

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The run up to Summer is set to be an exciting time at the Black Country Living Museum. Celebrate May Day on Monday 4th May and take part in Maypole dancing at the Museum’s very own Folkes’ Park.

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New Opportunities for Schools

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Authoritarian Abbots, Mortally wounded knights, plague ridden monks and a terrifying Henry VIII will bring the history of Fountains Abbey to life in our new Act the Facts workshop aimed at KS3 and KS2 pupils

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More News & Events

Experience New Perspectives at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Experience new perspectives with your students at Britain’s tallest sculpture – the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The distinctive red looping structure is the icon of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Standing taller than the Statue of Liberty, it gives visitors breathtaking views over the landmark 2012 sporting venues and 20 miles into the distance.

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Sea Labs open at The Deep

A £50,000 refurbishment is now complete at The Deep in Hull, with two of its education rooms being turned into interactive deep sea labs. These creatively themed rooms come complete with 84 inch interactive learning screens allowing pupils to get hands on with their studies, child friendly microscopes, infinity mirrors and multi-coloured sensory bubble tubes.

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Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum Events

There's lots going on at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museums over the coming months so see what takes your fancy!

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Small Bursaries Available at Sneaton Castle

If you are planning a school visit to the Centre and you have a student who will find it difficult to join your group because of financial difficulties, we may be able to help.

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An educational experience like no other!

Star in your very own Doctor Who adventure at the Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff. Join the Twelfth Doctor on a spectacular, interactive adventure through space and time. Beginning at the Gallifrey Museum embark on a journey with the Curator of the Gallifrey Museum to the heart of the TARDIS, battle with some of the Doctor’s scariest foes and help save the universe.

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Journey back to the 15th Century at Skipton Castle

A recreation of a medieval campsite within the castle grounds. See the garrison demonstrate their arms and armour.

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Spring at York’s Chocolate Story

York’s Chocolate Story’s educational programme can bring the National Curriculum to life in ways that you might not expect. The attraction located in the heart of historic York, is an accredited Quality Badge holder and winners of a British Youth Travel Award.

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New Butterfly House at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Spread your wings this spring and flutter by ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s amazing new butterfly house. Home to hundreds of colourful butterflies of all shapes and sizes, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a tropical environment.

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Summer Term at WWT London Wetland Centre

Summer term is the perfect time for a visit to WWT London Wetland Centre. Our urban oasis is in full bloom, with 105 acres of pristine nature, all just a bus or train ride away from the heart of London while feeling like a world away.

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Discover new life and nature blooming all around

Ducklings, dragonflies, damselflies, displaying flamingos and diving beetles – all part of our rich diversity. Investigate a range of life cycles; bird, mammal, and amphibians. Check out rare and protected species in our Duckery.

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Discover our new wetland wonders through our enquiry-based learning programme!

At WWT Martin Mere we offer primary schools a range of enquiry-based guided learning sessions. From the ever-popular pond dipping and mini-beast safaris, to KS2 sessions on sustainability and art, we bring children face to face with wetland habitats through hand-on, immersive experiences.

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Flap, splash and discover your way to an inspiring outdoor learning experience!

The summer term is a fantastic time to visit WWT Llanelli, with ducklings and goslings hatching all over the grounds, noisy bird breeding colonies, wildflowers in bloom, and brightly-coloured butterflies and dragonflies flying all around!

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Tiny, Webbed Feet and Noisy Eaters!

It’s that time of year again when the pitter-patter of tiny, webbed feet is heard around WWT Arundel. The summer is a great time to come and see ducklings and goslings around the reserve. Why not take our guided learning session ‘what are the differences between birds?’ to discover the adaptations that will help them survive.

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Discover Our Wetland Wonder!

Fluffy ducklings, rare geese, elegant flamingos, majestic swans and many different migrating visitors throughout the year; all these can be found at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, set against a backdrop of a managed collection and wild reserve.

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Stone Age Activities at Cheddar Gorge

People have used the caves in Cheddar Gorge for shelter for 40,000 years. A visit to Cheddar can help children increase their understanding of Britain’s past, by focusing on how these people would have lived.

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Holiday Fun at the Dales Countryside Museum

Lots to see and do at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes for kids! Holiday fun on the Outdoor Sculpture Trail with a willow den, mud kitchen, stepping stones, nature trail, bug hotel and pixie houses to find!

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Investigate Tudor Medicine at Thackray Medical Museum

This Summer, Key Stage 2 students can enjoy a workshop with a difference in an exploration of Tudor Medicine. Our Tudor Wise Woman will take students on the adventure of a lifetime to try to find a cure for the ailing Henry VIII.

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New Arrival at Flamingo Land!

Flamingo Land's zoo is proud to announce the birth of a Rothschild's giraffe on the 22nd March!

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New Comfortable Camping at Scout Activity Centres

Our new tented villages will be available from mid-May, providing the perfect summer camp for you and your School Group.

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Education Days Keystage 1 & 2 at Brogdale Farm

Brogdale Farm, in Faversham Kent, is home to the National Heritage Fruit Collection, made up of over 4,000 different varieties of temperate fruit.

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International Centre for Birds of Prey

Set in 10 acres of ancient oak woodland and rolling parkland is the largest collection of these wonderful birds in the north of England.

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From Workhouse to Wonderland

We have a packed summer programme ahead at the Workhouse Museum in Ripon with our popular Live It! family activities taking place over May half-term. Volunteer for work on Laundry duty or making rag rugs for the Workhouse.

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New Educational Programmes at Beaulieu

Code breaking and caching are just two of the exciting new interactive activities which have been added to Beaulieu’s already extensive education programme.

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Summer Holiday Activities for Children 8-14

During the summer holidays, 17 – 28 August, Carlton Lodge Activity Centre is offering 10 consecutive week days of adventurous activities. Parents/Guardians can drop children aged 8 – 14 off from 8 am to 6pm for a series of progressive activity days.

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Steam & Whistle Activity Club

During August we will be holding our annual Steam and Whistle activity club for children of any ages based at our education centre in Highley. Events operate Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, all the activities are free providing you purchase a freedom of the line ticket.

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Positive Reviews for Refurbished Mill

The new en-suite bedrooms at Cote Ghyll Mill have been a success with plenty of “wow” and “excellent” comments from guests. All the hard work during the winter has paid off with bookings up on last year.

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Helpful Keepers Make For a Great School Visit

School groups will find a warm welcome at New Forest Wildlife Park, where the enthusiastic and knowledgeable keepers will go out of their way to make every school visit special.

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Spectacular Science at the Observatory Science Centre

To find out, to touch and see what happens, to investigate, learn and have fun! Everyone can enjoy an exciting range of interactive hands-on science and discovery among the historic domes and telescopes of a world famous observatory.

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