Learning at Ashridge Estate

Children in front of a den in Ashridge

Bring your class to the Ashridge Estate for a day of outdoor activities that link to the National Curriculum and provide your students with an excellent opportunity to learn outside the classroom.

Lots to offer 

Each trip booked will be led and taught by Ashridge's education team. Included in your booking is a pre-visit to the estate which provides teachers with the chance to acquaint themselves with the educational facilities at Ashridge and become familiar with the timetable for the day.
 
Also included is exclusive access to the study base classroom. You can use this area as an indoor lunch space, or simply to store coats and bags. 
 
We also allow self-led school groups to visit Ashridge, however permission must be sought from the Visitor Centre at least four weeks prior to the date of the trip. Please contact the Visitor Centre on 01442 851227 to discuss details of your trip and to gain permission. 

 

Activities

Art Attack: Children work together to create a huge Andy Goldsworthy-inspired sculpture from leaves and twigs, then climb the 172 steps to the top of the Bridgewater Monument to admire their masterpiece.
 
Habitats: Explore some of the different habitats on the estate. Hunt for minibeasts, go for a woodland walk and dip nets into our pond to discover the wildlife living at Ashridge.
 
Orienteering (half-day): Plot co-ordinates on a map then walk the route in groups looking for hidden letters along the way. 
 
Green Plants: Learn all about some of the plants that grow at Ashridge. Study the different parts of a tree and flower, identify tree species growing in the woods and learn about different forms of seed dispersal. 
 
Wild Woods Taster Day: A little bit of everying - children learn skills through hands-on outdoor activities such as building dens, collecting minibeasts, creating transient art and exploring the woodland.
 
For more information about our education programme or to book your visit call 01442 851227.

 

Prices

Led groups:
£6 per child for a day of activities. 
 
£1 per child to climb the Bridgewater Monument (free entry for schools with a valid education group membership).
 
Self-led groups: 
A suggested donation of £1 per child is gratefully received from all self-led school groups to go towards Visitor Centre upkeep (i.e. toilets) as well as vital conservation work across the estate. 


Useful information

Dates: Led sessions can be booked during term time from the beginning of March to the end of October. 
 
Times: Led sessions typically run from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Numbers: Maximum 60 children per day.

Other information: Activities take place outdoors, led by our Learning and Events Officer and team of experienced volunteers. Public-access toilets are adjacent to the classroom.
 
Please note that the visitor centre is fully accessible, however not all of our footpaths are wheelchair friendly. If you have students with mobility issues please mention this to the Learning and Events Officer when booking. 

 

How to book

To book or discuss your school visit or to notify us of a self-led visit please contact our Learning and Events Officer on 01442 851227 option 2 or email us.

 

Education Group Membership (EGM) 

Education Group Membership allows education groups free entry to National Trust places across the country. Contact us for further details.