Winter Newsletter 2018 - Northern England

Written by: Elmtree Press

Welcome to the Winter edition of our newsletter - now we are all back in the swing of things after Christmas and getting ready for half-term why not take a look at what's happening over the break and into the next few months. 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!

Our new Educational Visits Guide was delivered to schools last month so if you didn't receive a copy or would like another, please get in touch with us here and we'll happily post some out to you.

Also remember that if you are thinking of your annual school trip for 2018 it's not too late, so get in touch and we can put together a bespoke school trip to your requirements to take the pressure off.  Quality accommodation does gets booked up well in advance however so it's worth taking the time to think about next year now too, visit our new dedicated school trips site for more information and inspiration.


Stableside York are offering 20% off January and February 2019 if booked by Easter. This offer is only open to group bookings. See their main page for more details on the centre ... read more

There are lots of exciting events happening at Let Loose! Yorkshire this year, including animal meet and greets, bird of prey shows, charity days and much more!... read more

If you are looking to study any aspect of medicine this year, then take a look at the range of visits on offer at Thackray Medical Museum.  With a recreated Victorian slum street, your class will be immersed in the sights, sounds and even smells of Victorian life in Leeds ... read more

Reward your pupils by escaping to Lightwater Valley in 2018 and let them discover the excitement of a day bursting with thrills, chills and adventure ... read more

Experience a new JORVIK, with updated galleries showcasing over 1,000 Viking Age artefacts discovered during the Coppergate excavation, as well as special interactive displays, helping you and your group to really bring the past to life! ... read more

Dalby, the Great Yorkshire forest covers over 8,000 acres – perfect for fun, exploration, learning and adventure! We have walking and cycling trails for all abilities, exciting play areas, Go Ape, bike hire, learning walks, our Highway Rat trail and an Enchanted Wood ... read more

Watch the expression on the children’s faces as they walk through the gateway at Skipton Castle and see this magnificent, complete castle – now they will understand what you have been telling them about ... read more

Changing seasons, plants detectives and mini-beasts safaris; give your class a wild adventure at RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve. Our dedicated learning team offer seasonal, outdoor learning experiences tailored for primary school groups ... read more

Looking to develop your students’ key skills and prepare them for the wider world? Go Ape have developed a range of ground-based challenges that help children heighten their communication, problem-solving and leadership skills ... read more

Teachers and their families are invited to this free information event in February, to find out all about The Sill and the outdoor learning opportunities that are available for schools to book in summer and autumn 2018 ... read more

Reward your students this summer with an exhilarating watersports school trip to Sheffield Cable Waterski! – have fun on our “Total Wipeout” style inflatable obstacle course (Aqua Park) or learn to kneeboard or wakeboard on the cable wake park ... read more

International artists and architects will be installing exciting temporary artworks in the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal gardens.  For schools there will be pupil trails and teachers booklets, all encouraging a positive and creative engagement with the art ... read more

This Easter, the armoured division of the ocean invades the tanks at Sea Life Scarborough in their new feature, Claws: Invasion! ... read more

It’s all change at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre. The whooper swans and pink-footed geese are getting ready to fly back to Iceland for the summer, whilst the resident birds are giving voice and flaunting their plumage to attract a mate ... read more

Wetlands are wonderful whatever the weather! Spring is a fantastic time to visit WWT Washington Wetland Centre with your class. Compare spring textures, sounds and smells to other seasons ... read more

Williamson Park in Lancaster are excited to welcome two common marmosets to the small animal zoo family in 2018 ... read more

Fancy transporting your pupils outside the classroom and taking them to a magical icy world of fun and adrenaline? Chill Factore is jam packed with sledging, slides, climbing, tunnels and the UK’s longest indoor real snow ski slopes to explore everything from the animals of the polar regions to the physics of movement and force on our frozen waterpark ... read more

It was reported recently by the National Press that children spend a little more than an hour outside a day according to official figures. Thorp Perrow, the 100acre Arboretum, located just outside Bedale wants to buck this trend this half-term with a great family day enjoying nature and the outdoors ... read more