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Events around the UK

North West

Lake District sites

Education minibus tours, accompanied by the warden, to look at countryside management. For all key stages, from Easter until October half-term. Tel: 015394 35599.

St Catherine's, Windermere

Piecing together the past: a local distinctiveness study for key stage 2 throughout the year. Tel: 015394 46027.


Investigating coastlines: a role-playing and decision-making exercise on developing Formby into a marina. For key stages 3 and 4 throughout the year. Tel: 01704 874949.

North East

White Lea Farm, Durham Coast

Easington Colliery during the war years: using activities including drama, brass band music, archaeology and oral history, this project will focus on the experiences of one community during the Second World War. For key stages 2 and 3. Contact Peter Brabban on 01904 771919.

Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland

Sixth form inductionleadership development day: team-building activities for new sixth-formers. Contact Pam Dryden on 01669 622003.

Fountains Abbey, Ripon, North Yorkshire

Day in the life of a monk: discover how the monks of Fountains Abbey lived.

For key stage 2 in September. Contact Tessa Goldsmith on 01765 643167.

Other activities include a GNVQ customer care unit, exploring consumer rights and expectations.

Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire Monastery and monarch: theatre-in-education production related to the life of a monk, exploring religion and conflict. For key stage 3 during September. Contact Teresa Brooke on 01765 643167.

West Midlands

Charlecote Park, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Around with Brown: find out about "Capability" Brown through drama, activities and walks. Family learning activity on August 2 and 3. Contact 01789 470277.

Dudmaston, Shropshire

Fungus foray: Learn about fungi and their impact on local bio-diversity.

Family learning activity on May 11. Contact Katie Holland on 01743 708183.

Rural diversity and sustainability: Field day on July 13. Details as above.

Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Wide range of tailored school activities: education centre, live interpretation, hands-on activities, children's quizzes and trails, family activity packs. Tel: 01743 708162.

Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire

Wilderhope Farm, guardian of the countryside: a farmer's approach to land management for key stages 2 and 3. Contact Chris Stratton on 01694 724536.

East Midlands

High Peak Estate, Hope Valley, Derbyshire

The battle for Kinder Scout: an eight-mile walk following the route of the infamous 1932 trespass. For key stage 2 on April 26. Contact Christine Jones on 01433 670368.

Sudbury Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Science in Trust: Learn the science behind the conservation of National Trust collections. For key stages 2 and 3 on April 26. Tel: 01283 585022.

Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Bikeathon: sponsored ride in aid of leukaemia research and the NT. For all ages, on May 18. Tel: 01909 476592 to find out how your class can become involved.

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire

Calke Alive: Meet characters who lived and worked at Calke over the centuries. For key stages 1 and 2, on May 28. Tel: 01332 864813.

Woolsthorpe Manor, Grantham, Lincolnshire

Sustainability Week: a look at the sustainable practices of a 17th century farm and household. For key stages 2 and 3, from June 25 to 29. Tel: 01476 860338.

East Anglia

Oxburgh Hall, King's Lynn, Norfolk

Tudor tales: characters in Tudor costumes offer live interpretation of the Hall and its past. June 7 and 8.

Elizabethan England: a presentation on Elizabethan England and Oxburgh's response to the war with Spain. September 27 and 28. Tel: 01366 328258 .

Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Hidden history: discover the property's past with the head forester and regional archaeologist. May 17. Booking essential on 01284 769505.

London and South East

Sutton House, Homerton, London E9

Life in Tudor times: a whole-day interactive workshop for key stage 2.

Every Wednesday. Contact Kathleen Patterson on 020 8525 9055.

Victorian Hackney: a whole-day interactive workshop. Every Thursday.

Details as above.

What were homes like long ago? Three interactive costumed sessions for key stage 1. Every Friday morning. Details as above.

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, East Sussex

Defence or display: pupils have to work out why Bodiam Castle was built.

For key stages 2 and 3. Tel: 01580 830436.

Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex

Every man's door: join costumed actors and try to discover the secret of flight without feathers. June 7. Tel: 01798 344976 Polesden Lacey, Dorking, Surrey Countryside capers: walks, games, crafts and learning about the natural environment. August 5 and 13. Tel: 01372 452048.

South West

The Studland Estate, Purbeck, Dorset

Presentation and field study days: workshops for key stage 3. Tel: 01929 480609.

Sustainability and the surrounding area: sustainable management for key stage 4. Details as above.

Holnicote Estate, Exmoor, West Somerset

Sustainable land management: art is used to interpret conservation activities. For key stage 3, from May to June. Contact Ruth Douglas on 01643 862452.

Lanhydrock House, Bodmin, Cornwall

Living history at Lanhydrock: costumed interpretation of Victorian life for key stage 2 on May 25 and 26. Tel: 01208 73320.

Cotehele, Saltash, Cornwall

Plant hunters' tour: an exploration recalling Victorian plant hunters, for key stages 2 and 3 on May 28. Tel: 01579 351346.

Trerice, Kestle Mill, Newquay, Cornwall

Rebuilding Trerice: a summer-long modelling activity. Every Monday in summer. Tel: 01637 875404.

Trelissick Garden, Nr Truro, Cornwall

Bat attack: meet real bats from the bat centre and explore conservation issues. For key stage 1 on May 27. Tel: 01872 862090.


Porthor (Whistling Sands), Llyn Peninsula

Guided walk: discover why this stretch of coastline is worth protecting.

For key stage 3 on June 18. Tel: 01758 780370.

Chirk Castle, Wrexham

Mud, Mulch and Marigolds: a production by the National Trust Theatre, for key stage 3 from July 2 to 4. Book on 020 8986 0242.

Powis Castle and garden, Welshpool, Powys

Compost Corner: learn about composting and sustainable development. For key stage 3 on July 3. Tel: 01938 551920.

Beauty and the Beasts Bug Walk: discover garden insects. For key stage 3 on July 17. Details as above.

Gower Peninsula

Heathland butterfly walk: identify butterfly species. For key stage 3 on July 16. Tel: 01792 391670.

Northern Ireland

North Coast

Conservation in action: tailored activities on the work of the NT. For key stage 3. Tel: 028 7084 8728.

The Argory, Dungannon, Co Armagh

A job in the big house: experience of a Victorian "time capsule" for key stage 2. Tel: 028 8778 9484.

Castle Ward, Strangford, Co Down

The corn mill day: science-based activity in a restored corn mill, for key stage 2. Tel: 028 4488 1543.

Florence Court, Co Fermanagh

The wedding breakfast: an interactive "wedding" day set in 1870, for key stage 2. Tel: 028 6634 8873.

Springhill, Magherafelt, Co Londonderry

Living History Day: pupils in costume meet estate workers. For key stage 2.

Tel: 028 8674 8215.

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