Children and young people at Dunham Massey

Dunham School 2019

At Dunham Massey, we have a unique opportunity to inspire young people to love nature and see the value in green spaces, as well as develop a deep love for the history and heritage in their communities. Discover how you can help your group connect to nature and history on your visit.

We believe it's vital that our young people feel connected to the natural environment and are inspired to engage with it on a regular basis.

We welcome self-guided school groups to explore, discover and be inspired by Dunham's wildlife, nature and history. On confirmation of your booking you will receive a guide to Dunham with recommended activities for your visit including:

A woman and child enjoying woodland crafts in a wood

Woodland crafts

This series of creative and physical activities encourages your group to create with nature. Have a go at wild art, set up a nature obstacle course or make a minibeast den in the North Park.

A group of young people walking in the woods


Dunham Massey is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the amazing flora and fauna that lives here—trees are essential to this biodiverse habitat. Identify leaves and fruits, look at the wildlife sustained by living and dead trees, understand the symbolism and power of trees and discuss how trees can help us look after the natural environment.

Who are our self-guided visits for?

Our recommended activities are designed to offer school staff the flexibility and opportunity to curate your own experiences. Cherry pick and build on the activities to suit your group's learning journey.

The activities are most suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils; however all school groups and ages are welcome.

Education Group Membership (EGM)

Education Group Membership is specially designed to allow education groups free entry to most places owned by the National Trust. This type of membership is for not-for-profit groups or home educators whose members, pupils or students are in full-time education.

Groups with Education Group Membership (EGM) go free, but must provide a valid EGM membership number on booking. For non-EGM groups, the cost of entry per pupil is £4.

Teachers and support staff go free. The entry fee covers the cost of entry to the Car Park, Gardens, Parkland and access to the resource pack on confirmation of your booking.

Click here to find out more about Education Group Membership.

How to book

  1. Check availability for your chosen date and group time by emailing
  2. A provisional group booking will be made and a booking form sent to you.
  3. Please complete and return a copy of the booking form at your earliest convenience.
  4. We will confirm your booking ahead of your visit via an email or letter.

Download the self-guided education group booking pack here.

A family in the garden at Dunham Massey


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Autumn deer at Dunham Massey, Cheshire


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