Learning opportunities at Hardwick

Learning volunteer shares the story of Queen Elizabeth with school children

Bring your school group to explore the great learning opportunities that Hardwick's built and outdoor heritage has to offer. We can offer visits to Hardwick Hall and Stainsby Mill Wednesdays to Fridays.

Tudor history at the Hall

Join us for an immersive half-day session that will give children a real insight into life during Tudor times as guests of Bess of Hardwick. An engaging experience, students will be able to wander through Bess' private rooms, handle Tudor objects.
Join a Tudor dance workshop morning session led by a Tudor dance instructor, it will put students through their paces teaching them fun dances fit for a celebration.
Get an insight into the lives of craftspeople during Tudor times with a visit to the Stone Centre and Mason’s Yard. Find out how they would have quarried the stone and been able to make Hardwick look so impressive.

Stainsby Mill

A working water mill, Stainsby is at the entrance to Hardwick. Students can hand-mill the grain and learn about the mechanisms involved in a working mill.

Life processes and living things

Based at the Park Centre we will explore different habitats at Hardwick, which animals live in them and how they change through the seasons. A flexible session which can be adjusted for class topics and the seasons.

Sculpture trail

Explore the parkland and discover a series of 21 sculptures made from natural materials. Being inspired by the artwork, students will be able to create their own sculpture to take home. 

Garden sessions

Explore the gardens and learn how the Tudors and Bess of Hardwick would have utilised the land.


Explore Hardwick and the natural environment using all your senses. Using interactive resources and activities, children will discover the sights, sounds, smells and textures of this unique environment.


Using our orienteering resources explore Hardwick's 400 acres of land, improve your map reading, compass and team working skills in order to successfully navigate this diverse landscape.

The environment

Looking at environmental change and sustainable development, this session looks into how Hardwick was created and managed in the past, as well as how the National Trust care for it today.

Sandford Award

We're pleased to announce that Hardwick has won this award for its heritage education provision. This kite mark for excellence and high standards shows that Hardwick provides a quality learning experience for students. The award was created to encourage the relationship between cultural heritage sites and schools.

More details

  • learning visits can be tailored to meet the study needs of your group
  • the Park Centre is available as a field classroom facility
  • for further information or to book a visit, please send us an email