Outdoor Education at Durham Cathedral

Written by: Elmtree Press

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Explore the great outdoors with Education at Durham Cathedral. The Cathedral’s heritage woodlands and riverbanks provide the perfect setting for outdoor learning, and the Education team has developed a series of outdoor education sessions suitable for children from early years to Key Stage 3.

Early years love getting messy with ‘Muddy Monsters’, a half-day session designed to introduce young children to the concept of geological science through play with mud.

Discover the plants, animals and habitats on the Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks with ‘Science Surveys’, ‘Terrific Trees’, ‘Environmental Art’ and ‘Outdoor Experience’, a seasonal sensory trail to discover more about this environmental haven in the centre of Durham City. Children studying towards Key Stage 2 will even have the opportunity to plant trees on the woodlands and riverbanks, contributing to the conservation of this natural haven at the heart of Durham City.

‘Historic Durham’ will teach children about the heritage of this fascinating city, steeped in history whilst ‘Outdoor Geography’ encourages children to get to grips with the geographical landscape of Durham, including key landmarks.

And if you’re feeling really adventurous, why not embark on an orienteering course around the woodlands and riverbanks? Suitable for families, groups and schools and a great team-building activity!

To complete Durham Cathedral’s outstanding outdoor education offer, the Education team now delivers Forest Schools in the city centre woodlands. Contact for more information.