Learning opportunities at Castle Ward

Young boy dressed in clothes from Victorian times

As home to the Ward family for over 400 years, Castle Ward offers a range of learning activities to engage and excite young visitors.

All our programmes are led by experienced guides and suitable for children from Foundation to KS2, linked to the curriculum and aim to provide inspiration and enjoyment.

Foundation to Key Stage 1

Little learners can use all of the senses to get the most out of our seasonal sessions. They'll love Applefest, and Birds, bugs and beasts sessions outdoors.


April - June Foundation to KS1 Programme

FUN AT THE BARN

Farm themed stories, games and songs and meet the rescue animals

TEMPLE WATER WALK

Listen to the birds, hunt for mini-beasts on the way to Temple Water

SEASHORE

Explore the seashore on the edge of Strangford Lough

These are ideal programmes for Nursery/P1 based at the Barn

BIRDS, BUGS AND BEASTS

Explore the environment at Castle ward encounter mini-beasts, find animal homes, listen to sounds of the outdoors and learn about trees.

Suitable for P2 – P4 based at the Learning Centre

Key Stage 2

Pupils can discover what life was like for a servant during the Victorian period. Meet the housekeeper, explore social customs, traditional laundry methods, make butter prints in the dairy and dress up and play with traditional toys.

April - June Key Stage 2 Programme

LET’S LOOK AT DENDROLOGY

Do you want to be an ECO-Warrior and explore the outdoor environment at Castle Ward. Learn to be a tree, look at the life cycle of a tree and what makes a tree, a tree!?

YOUNG ENTOMOLOGIST

Expand your knowledge of science and the environment and learn about the scientific achievements of Mary Ward.

LIFE BELOW STAIRS

This is an opportunity for children to discover what life was like for a servant at Castle Ward during the Victorian period.

How to book

Please send your contact details and possible requirements to us by email at castleward.education@nationaltrust.org.uk, or telephone main reception on 028 4488 1543 to discuss your booking. 

Education group membership

Specially designed to allow education groups free entry to properties owned by the National Trust and reduced rates to learning programmes.

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