A naturally inspiring place to learn!
Pensthorpe is the ideal setting, for young and old alike, to immerse themselves in the natural world and be inspired by the wonderful wildlife it contains. Offering an unrivalled range of diverse habitats, the park provides the perfect environment in which to learn.
Our education packages will make good use of the park by combining short indoor activities, both in our Wildlife Education Centre and purpose built classroom-sized hide, with plenty of outdoor exploring. The ‘Discover’ activities have been produced using the national curriculum as a guideline whilst appreciating the need for practical, hands-on interactions to stimulate learning.
Each activity has its own activity sheet which is completed during the visit and retained by the pupils for future reference.
Our ‘Discover’ activities
The current list of ‘Discover’ activities is listed below and additional topics are being planned for future release.
- Discover: Food chains
- Discover: Habitats
- Discover: Pensthorpe’s dinosaurs
- Discover: Adaptation
- Discover: Rocks
- Discover: Fossils
- Discover: Plants
- Discover: Pollinators
- Discover: Trees
- Discover: Metamorphosis
- Discover: Water
- Discover: Birds
In addition to the above there are the following options (some of which attract an additional cost – see pricing below):
- 45-minute pond-dipping sessions;
- a guided tour of the park and beyond on the Pensthorpe Explorer;
- Hootz & Friends adventure stamp trail;
- Sculpture trail;
- WildRootz outdoor adventure play; and
- Hootz House indoor play.
Let us help you plan your day
We want you and your pupils to get the most out of a visit to Pensthorpe. To help you plan your day, we offer complimentary tickets for two teachers to come and get to know the park and its facilities. Whilst you are here, we could arrange for you to meet our Wildlife Education Officer, Allan, to talk about the ‘Discover’ activities and prepare a visit schedule.
Child – £6.00
Accompanying adult (teacher or parent helper) – 1 FREE for every 5 paying children
Additional adults – £6.00
Child under 3 – FREE
Registered Carers – FREE
The price includes:
- A choice of two of the ‘Discover’ activities, delivered and supported by our wildlife education team.
- You will be greeted on arrival by one of our team.
- Generic risk assessments;
- Free coach parking;
- Free entry for your coach driver;
- A food voucher for your coach driver to redeem in our Courtyard Café;
Pond Dipping (approximately 45 minutes) maximum of 15 people per session – £30
Pensthorpe Explorer (approximately 1 hour) maximum of 28 people per session – £3 per person
Optional Extras to make your day even better!
Packed lunch – £4.95 each
Ice lolly (mini milk style) – £1.25 each
If you wish to arrange a planning visit or have any questions, please call our visit organiser on 01328 851465 (option 2) or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to book your visit, you can use the details above or complete our Booking Form.
Minimum number of paying visitors is 15.
For safety reasons, children must be supervised at all times.
All activity times and admission rates apply to term time only.
We require £50 deposit on booking (this is non-refundable), so we can secure the scheduled activities, at your requested times. The remaining balance is then required within 14 days of your visit.
Cheques: Please make payable to “The Conservation Shop Ltd.”
Ref: Name of School and date of visit on the back
Post cheque to: Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN
BACS: Alternatively if you wish to pay by BACS here are the details:
Sort code: 20-30-81 Account number: 00281255 Ref: Name of School