Learning at Kedleston Hall

Children in the garden at a National Trust property

They say that nature is the greatest teacher and we're so lucky to have so much of it right on our doorstep here at Kedleston. From the wide open parkland to the depths of the woods we've got all the ingredients here to help you plan a trip for your school or club.

Something for everyone

We have all sorts of learning experiences available here at Kedleston all of which can be tailored to suit your school or groups individual needs. We offer educational outdoor workshops for primary and secondary schools, with sessions to suit all key stages from EYFS to KS4.

Whatever the weather

We are an all weathers trip destination... and by that we mean that workshops go ahead whatever the weather, unless there are safety concerns. We don't have any indoor classroom space so all groups need to be ready to be outdoors for anything the British weather might throw at us!

Two little girls filling in trail sheets

School Visits 

Schools can use our 800 acre historic parkland as an outdoor classroom for the day. You may choose to lead your visit yourselves or book one of our selection of workshops led by our team here at Kedleston.

An alternative evening out with your club

We have a range of evening sessions available to book for clubs and groups, all activities can be tailored to suit the ages and number in the group. Evening groups have the luxury of having the whole park to themselves after the gates have closed to visitors.

Scouts discovering the park

Evening sessions for Scouts, Guides and clubs 

We offer a variety of activities and workshops to clubs and groups such as Scouts and Guides. All are led by our experienced learning staff after the park has closed to the general public.

Education Group Memberships

The membership scheme is open to not-for-profit groups, whose members, pupils or students are in full-time education. We recommend that your group joins the National Trust as an Education Group Member giving you the benefit of free planning and preparation visits, membership pack which includes the annual handbook and the seasonal magazine full of inspiration for future visits. Education group members also receive free entry to National Trust places during published opening times. Additional workshops and activities come at an additonal cost but at a discounted rate for Education Group Members.

Find out more about Education Group Membership.

School children drawing
School children drawing
School children drawing

Home educator?

The Trust extends Education Group Membership to home-educating families.This membership can be used during normal school hours during term time. Here at Kedleston we run a monthly practical outdoor volunteering session for home educating familes (See our What's On section for more details). The sessions are fun, free and are a great way to meet other local home-educating families. 

Jumping in muddy puddles can be fun
Jumping in muddy puddles
Jumping in muddy puddles can be fun

General Hazard Information

We will do everything we can to ensure your safety but please remember that the ultimate responsibility for the conduct, safety and welfare of your group remains with you. To help you to risk assess your visit we have prepared a Hazard information sheet (PDF / 0.083984375MB) download for Kedleston Hall.