Bring students closer to nature for learning that’s packed with fun and adventure
Engaging Educational Experiences at The Alnwick Garden
A visit to The Alnwick Garden is an exciting journey of exploration; the landscape is bursting with learning potential. Make The Garden your outdoor classroom, whether for an informal, fun day or for a lesson or project linked to your educational needs. The Garden is an inspiring resource for subjects as diverse as science and horticulture to technology, art and health and wellbeing.
Enjoy savings on admission tickets and receive various benefits when you pre-book a school group.
- Discounted admission rates
- Fast track entry into the garden
- Free entry for coach driver
- Free meal voucher for coach driver
- Coach drop off
- Coach parking
- Free mobility and wheelchair hire
- Exclusive workshops
Or become an academy card holder and enjoy unlimited entry to The Garden during opening hours. Enquire for more details.
Garden and Castle Admission
One adult is admitted free for every 10 paying children aged 6 or over, one free adult is admitted free for every 5 paying children aged 5 or under.
Our aim at The Alnwick Garden is to inspire and engage children of all ages through a variety of unique and exciting workshops. These take place outside so appropriate clothing must be worn for all types of weather.
Guided Tour with Garden Volunteer £1pp
Guided Tour with Gardener £2pp
Guided Tour with Head Gardener £250 per group
Where the Wild things are
Your group will be whisked away to one of The Alnwick Garden’s hidden treasures, the Woodland Walk, which offers opportunities to run, play, create and go wild in a “as natural as it comes” environment. Become an adventurer and explorer and unleash your den building talents using tall trees, logs, undergrowth and natural materials with only tarpaulins and string to assist you.
Roots and Shoots including Bee Friendly Interactive Tour (April to August)
We run programmes for school groups and garden clubs who would like to learn more about vegetable growing. The Roots and Shoots programme is taught in small groups, by our expert gardeners. The programme changes according to the time of year and the crops in the garden. Children will learn how to sow seeds (seeds will be appropriate for the time of year), learn how to prick out seedlings and take away what they have planted.
As part of the workshop children will have the opportunity to experience and learn about the daily lives of our bee hive colonies. The school bee friendly programme is factual and fun in many ways. Children will learn the importance of bees and how they can be a part of the preservation of bees; there are tactile activities such as tasting honey and smelling products that can be made by bees wax. The children and teachers will leave with funny and informative facts about the queen bee and her many workers.
“Did you know bees have smelly feet?”
“Bees produce over a third of our food just by pollinating fruit and vegetables”
Schools that would like to take part in a Roots and Shoots Workshop need to contact us in advance to discuss available dates.
*Please note the bees from the observational hive return from their winter break in May. If you wish this to be included in your visit, please check before booking to see if the bees are back.
Roots and Shoots is available during September and October but does not include the Bee Friendly Tour.
Become a natural artist and use materials found in our woodland walk to make a piece of art. Collect materials and create your master-piece with the assistance of our experienced team in our education room and then take away what you have created.
Let your imagination run wild and build one of the following:
Big Art (group art piece)
Bug Habitat and Big Art are group pieces. Dream Catchers and Fairy Houses are completed on an individual basis. All art is to be taken away and can be used as a school installation.
Please feel free to bring along your own natural materials that you can find in your school playground. Suggested materials are acorns, twigs, leaves etc
Refreshments are available within The Pavilion Café. We offer school catering packages listed below which must be booked and paid for at least two weeks in advance.
Most special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notification. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Ice Cream Plain
Ice Cream Flake
Adult Picnic Lunch
Child Picnic Lunch
Plan Your Visit & Access
The Alnwick Garden is for everyone, so we strive to have all areas accessible to visitors including The Treehouse. We have wheelchairs and mobility scooters available for hire, just let us know your requirements at the time of booking.
Our coach drop off area is as close to the garden as possible and reserved wheelchairs/scooters can be waiting there for your arrival.
Keep your garden tickets as they allow you to come and go as often as you wish on the date of your visit.
The Alnwick Garden school visit risk assessment.
The Alnwick Garden Poison Garden risk assessment.
The Alnwick Garden Treehouse risk assessment.
The Alnwick Garden Bamboo Labyrinth risk assessment.
The Alnwick Garden Serpent Garden risk assessment.
Roots & Shoots
The Alnwick Garden Roots & Shoots risk assessment
The Alnwick Garden bee friendly risk assessment.
The Alnwick Garden den building risk assessment.
Potting & Planting
The Alnwick Garden potting & planting risk assessment.
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