Spring & Summer Newsletter 2018

Written by: Elmtree Press

Welcome to the Spring and Summer edition of our newsletter - now we are all back in the swing of things after Easter and getting ready for another half-term why not take a look at what's happening over the break and into the next few months in the run up to, and during the Summer holidays.  Many of our advertisers have included details of special events for half-term or information on what's available for school visits so you're sure to find something that will be of interest.

Now is also a great time to think about your annual school trip for 2019 as accommodation gets booked up so far in advance, so get in touch and we can put together a bespoke school trip to your requirements to take the pressure off.  See our tailor made school trips website for some inspiration.

You should have received a copy of our Educational Visits Guide a few months ago but  if you didn't receive a copy or would like more, please get in touch with us here and we'll happily post some out to you.


With interactive workshops just for schools, 2000 years of history, and the best possible price; The York Dungeon ticks all the boxes for the perfect school trip. Plus there’s resources and extras to make Teachers’ visits that little bit easier (including free tickets)! ... read more

Experience the best of London aboard The Original Tour's famous red open-top buses. London's most popular sightseeing tour offers its guests the ultimate introduction to the capital and includes entertaining English-speaking guides, an unrivalled fleet of superb modern buses ... read more

Built on the very site where archaeologists discovered over 40,000 Viking-age objects, JORVIK Viking Centre is an immersive experience for you and your class to explore, where you can see, smell, hear and even touch the past ... read more

Plastic in the ocean, disposable packaging, recycling – sustainability is the hot topic on TV, in the news, in Parliament, in schools and now – in the Museum of Brands. Show your students innovative brands which are leading the way for sustainable packaging and challenge them to get creative in response! ... read more

This Spring, as well as the range of free education sessions on offer from R to KS5, there are a whole host of new activities, exhibits and keeper encounters for school groups to see and do at Colchester Zoo ... read more

Join the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a summer of relaxation, culture, discovery and fun! There will be something for everyone so come and see for yourself! ... read more

Treat your pupils to the ultimate day out with a difference! Let them enjoy one hour Climbing on the indoor 12m wall, enter the Snow Park on an hour’s pass to experience tobogganing, snow tubing and sledging and finish the day with the special treat of a Ski or Snowboard Taster Lesson. Just £25pp for 3 hours of activities at Chill Factore ... read more

Skipton Castle is one of the best- preserved medieval castles in England and is open every day. Watch the expression on the children’s faces as they walk through the gateway and see this magnificent, complete castle – now they will understand what you have been telling them about ... read more

Celebrate the Arts and develop creativity in your school with an inspiring residential visit. The Conway Centres Anglesey and Tattenhall can help you deliver a comprehensive approach to the Creative and Performing Arts by providing residential courses that excite and engage children, contribute to raising attainment and meets National Curriculum objectives ... read more

Carlton Lodge - The new academic year will be on us before we know it and it is a good time to think about your plans for day or residential periods of Outdoor Education to reinforce and supplement the learning in school ... read more

Conkers can offer activities that focus on developing skills in communication, leadership, trust and decision making and are designed for groups of children 8+yrs  (A minimum group booking of 20 applies) ... read more

On Wednesday 11 July, schools from across the counties will travel to the National Memorial Arboretum to remember, celebrate and understand some of the legacies left by the WWI generation. This free youth festival will combine a series of self-led and facilitated workshops, covering a range of subjects from Humanities to PE ... read more

The Tropical Butterfly House is open at New Forest Wildlife Park and new mouflon lambs have been born, confirming that spring has arrived. The giant otters have also been getting very vocal, as family members celebrate being together in the New Forest ... read more

May half-term from 26 May - 3 June is all about Adventure, Animation and Land Rovers at the British Motor Museum. 2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of Land Rover and the award winning Museum is celebrating with some fantastic themed activities for families to enjoy ... read more

Go Ape branches out in the North (excuse the pun), by adding two new adventures to the local area. Go Ape, Normanby Hall in Scunthorpe opened on 24th March and Go Ape, Temple Newsam opens its forest doors in mid-May ... read more

Discover colourful and charismatic species at Marwell Zoo’s biggest ever exhibit, a new Tropical House – now open! Plus, don’t miss out on booking an exciting, rainforest-themed workshop for the summer term ... read more

From 21 July to 2 September discover the fun hobbies and pastimes that entertained folk from the Victorian times to the 1930s at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley! ... read more

The summer term is a fantastic time to visit WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, with ducklings and goslings hatching out, noisy bird breeding colonies, flirting flamingos, brightly-coloured butterflies and ponds teeming with minibeasts!... read more

Situated in the heart of the Midlands, a fantastic group experience is guaranteed at Drayton Manor Park, which has more than 100 rides and attractions, an immersive 4D cinema and a 15-acre zoo to explore ... read more

NEW! Stratford Butterfly Farm has teamed up with three local attractions, Shakespeares Schoolroom & Guildhall, Avon Boating and the MAD Museum, to offer fantastic, value for money combination tickets, only available to schools during term time ... read more

Explore the Bank of England Museum and solve a puzzling case this summer with the help of a mysterious map. The year is 1836. The Bank’s Directors have received a mysterious map with details of London’s sewer system, claiming that one of the drains leads straight into our gold vaults! But which drain was it, and who made this bizarre claim? ... read more

New at Beaulieu for 2018 – learn about the magical mechanisms of the motor car! Using the vehicles in the National Motor Museum’s collection, look at how simple machines such as the lever, wedge, wheel and axle work together to make up the complex mechanisms of the motor car ... read more

If you are a teacher who is considering bringing a group to Wild Place Project, you can now enjoy a free planning visit on us!  Why not make the most of your favourite destination too with the new seasonal visit offer – simply visit twice within 12 months and enjoy 10% off! ... read more

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 ... read more

A visit to the National Coal Mining Museum will give your pupils a powerful learning experience they will never forget. The historic buildings, interactive galleries, inspiring workshops and the chance to go underground in a real coal mine create an immersive learning environment ... read more

If you are a teacher who is considering bringing a group to Bristol Zoo, you can now enjoy a free planning visit! Why not make the most of your favourite zoo too with the new seasonal visit offer – simply visit twice within 12 months and enjoy 20% off your second visit! ... read more

Spring into summer at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre. The summer migrants are arriving and nesting, giving voice and flaunting their plumage to attract a mate. The buds are bursting and the leaves are pushing through. It’s a great time to learn about new life and to see lots of baby birds ... read more

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

Summer is a great time to come and visit WWT Arundel Wetland Centre. The reserve is bursting with wetland wildlife just ready to be explored. Whether you are looking for hands on enquiry led activities, or just a fun introduction to the natural world, our team can tailor each session to your needs ... read more

Get up close to rare and exotic birds, mammals and the largest collection of amphibians in the UK, set in the tranquil surroundings of WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Summer is a fantastic time to visit, currently there are a plethora of birds visiting the site including cuckoos, breeding avocets, lapwings and oystercatchers ... read more

Book a Summer adventure and bring your school to WWT Washington Wetland Centre for a curriculum-linked learning experience in our blooming great habitats ... read more

At Leighton Hall, they understand how difficult it is to organise a successful school trip where pupils have fun, encounter experiences that are not available to them in the classroom and perhaps, most importantly are risk assessed for your peace of mind.  All their school visits are carried out with the highest regard for the health, safety and welfare of the children taking part in them ... read more

New for 2018, a fully interactive team-based learning experience is now available at the National Memorial Arboretum. Using our Landscapes of Life Exhibition, pupils will work in small teams and embark upon tasks designed to promote self-discovery and an awareness of other beliefs with specific reference to Remembrance ... read more