Each session lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Pre-history at Chatsworth

Get hands-on exploring prehistory through a range of activities. Test your survivial skills in our Stone Age session or try building with wattle and daub in our Bronze Age session.

Why not make a day of it and compare the lifestyles of Stone Age hunter-gatherers and Bronze Age farmers in our exciting full-day session.

Chatsworth Explorers

Follow in the footsteps of Joseph Paxton to search for a very special plant. Use your compass and plant identification skills to journey through Stand Wood and find out the story behind the plant. The session finishes with a surprise discovery and a chance to enjoy a special treat cooked on the campfire.

Dens and shelters

Enjoy building dens and shelters with natural materials that are available in the woodland. Using teamwork and imagination, this session is an exciting and engaging way to promote an understanding of the resources and habitats in the woods.

Discover the glasshouses

This session is focused on our glasshouses and their importance to the estate. From Sir Joseph Paxton through to the gardens team today, the glasshouses have been used to create rich and varied habitats to home a vast array of species from all over the world.

Woodland discovery trail

Discover Chatsworth’s rich woodland and learn how it is managed throughout the year, its history and its importance, as well as its various uses to the estate historically and today. This session will involve some walking and a number of activities within the woods, including storytelling activities for younger groups.

Discover the Kitchen Garden

Join us on a tour of our Kitchen Garden and discover more about how we grow and use our fruit and vegetables. This unique insight into our Kitchen Garden will involve seasonal activities to promote an understanding of the life cycle of plants.


Please do not hesitate to email us or call us on 01246 565 300 to discuss your visit and how it can meet your curriculum needs.

There is limited availability for the outdoor education sessions, so please book early to avoid disappointment. For availability information, please email the bookings team or call us on 01246 565 430.

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