Dens and shelters

Foundation stage | Key stages 1-2 | Allow 1.5 hours

Using teamwork, problem solving skills and creativity, this session promotes an understanding of the resources and habitats in the woods. Enjoy building dens and shelters with natural materials that are available in the woodland.

Woodland discovery trail

Foundation stage | Key stages 1-2 | Allow 1.5 hours

Discover Chatsworth’s rich woodland and learn more about the plants and animals that can be found there. This session involves a walk through Stand wood and a range of hands-on activities, such as measuring trees and searching for minibeasts.

Chatsworth Explorers

Foundation stage | Key stages 1-2 | Allow 1.5 hours

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.

Pre-history at Chatsworth

Key stage 2 | Allow 1.5 hours or 3 hours plus time for lunch for a full day session

Get hands-on exploring prehistory through a range of activities. Test your fire-lighting and hunting skills and find out how prehistoric people survived in our Stone Age session. Our Bronze Age session includes handling bronze tools and building with wattle and daub. You can also compare and contrast the lifestyles of Stone Age hunter-gatherers and Bronze Age farmers in our full day session.

Woodland maths

Key stages 1-2 | Allow 1.5 hours

Get outdoors and explore the role of maths in managing the woodlands on the Chatsworth Estate. This session involves a mixture of practical activities, giving children a chance to apply their maths skills to real-life problems.

Woodland words

Foundation stage | Key stages 1-2 | Allow 1.5 hours

Take your literacy learning outdoors and explore words in a woodland environment. This session can be adapted to cover a range of different text types, mark making or writing techniques.

Discover the Kitchen garden

Foundation stage | Key stages 1-2 | Allow 1.5 hours

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.

Looking for something different?

You can choose from the range of sessions above, but if you have a different topic you would like to cover, please email us as our education team are happy to create bespoke sessions.


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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