As restrictions start to lift, the Leeds Castle Education Department is looking forward to welcoming school groups again, with over 2,200 children already booked on school visits to the historic 900-year old Castle before the summer holidays!
During the lockdowns, the Castle offered parents a fantastic range of completely free educational resources to help keep children entertained and educated whilst at home. Bookings at the Castle have since been able to open up again with many schools taking advantage of the self-guided visits, allowing teachers to escort their pupils around the Castle and estate at their own pace.
Leeds Castle welcomes schools and educational groups from the UK, Europe and all over the world, all year round. The Education Department runs a wide variety of themed workshops and tours with a team of knowledgeable and well-trained staff. These workshops proved invaluable to parents at the start of the year, when the Castle made their resources and worksheets available for free online, to aid learning and educational development at home.
During the home-schooling period, the Castle ran ‘virtual visits’ where Helen Ellis, Leeds Castle’s Education Manager supported teachers by joining their classes online sessions, interacting with children, showing videos of the Castle’s history, discussing what life would have been like at the Castle and answering questions.
The virtual visits also included a mini guided tour of the Castle’s interiors, which at a time when the attraction had to close to adhere to government restrictions provided a fantastic resource. Helen’s virtual visits were such a success, they even continued in real classrooms once schools returned in March.
Leeds Castle is delighted to once again be able to offer schools a variety of onsite workshops, talks and learning sessions, all tailored to the national curriculum and aimed at having fun whilst learning. Themed Workshops for UK schools, cover a range of topics such as Drama, History, Art and much more. Workshops are aimed at KS1 and KS2 children although are available for all levels of learning. Leeds Castle also welcomes Cubs, Beavers, Brownies, Rainbows and students from the Children’s University.
At Leeds Castle, the safety of our visitors and guests is our top priority. All educational visits must be pre-booked and numbers of schools are restricted each day. There is a one -way system in place and sanitising stations are located across the estate and at the Education Centre. We aim to give you the usual Leeds Castle warm welcome, but from a safe distance!
Please contact Helen Ellis at [email protected] for further information about educational visits to Leeds Castle and for bookings. Regular updates and exciting new resources are posted on Facebook @leedscastleeducation and Twitter @LeedsCastleEd and at leeds-castle.com/education.