Learning at Antony

Boy looking at an insect under a magnifier

The outdoor education programme at Antony has been running for 11 years and during that time over 20,000 pupils and students from 130 different pre-schools, schools, colleges, universities and associated groups have had an outdoor learning experience to remember - you could be next.

The outdoor classroom

There's no shortage of spaces at Antony for the curious nature adventurer. With acres of garden, woodland, an estuary and ponds to discover there's plenty to keep groups busy.

Finding a newt
Boy looking at a newt
Finding a newt

Two designated den building sites can be the focus of team building games, problem solving challenges and a base from which to explore nature in the great outdoors.

Sessions are cross curricular but can be tailored to suit any particular requirements or outcomes with an emphasis on hands on experiential learning in a fun and relaxed environment.

The education room

Whilst the whole ethos is to be out in the field we have an indoor classroom that can accommodate up to sixty pupils and which can be used as a bag drop or for lunches during bad weather.  The room is home to a wide range of resources and equipment for delivering sessions and activities.

Pond dipping
Boy pond dipping helped by an adult
Pond dipping

Education group membership

It is recommended that visiting schools sign up for National Trust Educational Group Membership which entitles groups to free admission to Antony and all other National Trust properties.  Prices for 2019 range from £50 for a school of up to 50 to £120 for a school over 500. Follow the link below for full details:


" Ditch the classroom and spend an action-packed day to remember at Antony. Our ethos is that learning should be fun, hands-on and maybe just a little bit wild! Sessions are tailored to fit with you and your group."
- Brian Langley, Outdoor Education Programme Leader


Planning a visit

To find out more about learning at Antony please contact the Outdoor Education Programme Leader brian.langley@nationaltrust.org.uk, 01752 817 193 (office hours 8am – 4.30pm, Monday - Friday)

Antony Outdoor Education Programme is joint funded by National Trust and the Carew Pole Garden Trust