With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show just finishing for another year gardening and the outdoors has been in the focus of many of our minds and the Duchess of Cambridge again successfully championed about the wellbeing and health of our children by involving them in outdoor pursuits. Too many young people are not encouraged to play outdoors nor have no contact or know how to interact with animals.
Here are some recommendations of places that will help teach your children about the wonders of our natural world to visit throughout the England either as a family of for a school trip.
1. Alnwick Castle, home of Harry Potter is full of history and drama. You can join their resident wizarding professors and take part in one of our world-famous broomstick training sessions, on the very spot where Harry had his first flying lesson in the film production of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
flyers of any age are welcomed with open arms to this daily activity, which is free with admission to Alnwick Castle. This is an unforgettable, fun-filled event for the whole family or your students to enjoy! Daily lessons are assigned by time slots which are allocated on a first come, first served basis or pre-booking for schools. Don’t forget to bring your camera and capture evidence of you and your levitating broomstick to amaze your family and friends back home!
2. Compliment your trip to the castle with a visit to Alnwick Gardens where your student can discover the hidden treasures that lie in the Woodland Walk. There are plenty of opportunities to run, play, create and go wild in a “as natural as it comes” environment. They can become an adventurer and explorer and unleash your themselves, learn den building talents by using tall trees, logs, undergrowth and natural materials with only tarpaulins and string to assist you.
3. Enthral and mesmerise your children with a trip to Amazona Zoo. Set in secluded grounds in Cromer on the north Norfolk Coast it is home to over 200 animals from tropical South America, including jaguars, monkeys, peccaries, otters, owls, macaws, parrots, capuchins, spiders, snakes, flamingos, rheas, guinea pigs, iguanas, caimans, pumas and tapirs.
4. Staying on the coast if you live or are visiting Cornwall we recommend that an interesting and relaxing break away from the beach is a visit to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a must to see how they save and treat injured seal pups, before releasing them back into the wild. Owned by The SEA LIFE Trust, the centre is on the banks of the Helford River in Cornwall, England, UK, next to the village of Gweek.
5. Monkey World is a 65-acre ape and monkey sanctuary and rescue centre near Wool, Dorset, England that has been saving monkeys since Jim Cronin founded the sanctuary in 1987. It is internationally recognised as having saved hundreds of primates throughout the world since then, over 250 now live at the centre.
6. Noah's Ark Zoo Farm at Bristol is a multi-award winning zoo and home of the Big Zoo animals. They offer a fantastic environment to learn about nature and a great opportunity to bring the curriculum to life. With over 100 animal species to see (from chicks to elephants!) they are an amazing location for you to visit.
7. The West Midland Safari Park is based at Bewdley, Worcestershire. One of the most popular attractions is the herd of southern white rhino, the mission is to protect endangered animals whilst educating future generations.
8. Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside offers animal experiences so that you can become a zoo keeper for a day! If you’ve ever dreamed of getting up close to a rhino or fancied feeding a lion it’s breakfast, then their Animal Experiences are just the adventure you’re looking for!
An interesting exhibition called the “Illustrated Garden” is running at Masham Gallery until 1st July and brings together an eclectic mix of printmakers from across the country. Partly inspired and influenced by the Mascot Media book of the same name, it is available to purchase alongside the exhibition.