Educational visits to Polesden Lacy

A boy looks intently at a tree trunk through a magnifying glass

Choose from a range of interactive, hands-on, curriculum-linked activities, all of which can be adapted to suit your requirements. Our learning team is led by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, many of whom are teachers.

Primary and secondary school visits can be tailored to fit your curriculum focus and can include the following elements:

Local history: Polesden’s role in the World Wars

Our popular Polesden Marches On programme is an immersive experience exploring aspects of life at Polesden and within the local community during both World Wars. We’ve incorporated reminiscences collected from local people, including those who were children at that time, evacuees and air raid wardens, in order to delve deeper into what it was like to be evacuated to the countryside during the Blitz.

Students will spend time in our produce gardens thinking more about eating a diet restricted by ration cards, the black market and the importance of the Dig for Victory campaign. A time capsule trail in the grounds features a series of objects for students to discover and to consider why these unique items were relevant and important to children their own age in wartime.

Find out about life at Polesden during the war
Three injured officers and a nurse stand in the gardens of Polesden Lacey

Wildlife and the natural environment

From geocaching to building bug hotels, there are lots of things to discover and explore in our gardens or out on the wider estate. 

Ranmore Common, a large part of Polesden’s 1400 acre estate, has been awarded the SSSI status meaning it’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the variety of rare species that call the woodland home.

Have a go at building a bug hotel
A child looks for bugs under flowerpots

Work with our ranger and learning teams or try a self-led activity to find out more about local biodiversity, plant life and how to conserve our beautiful natural environment. Activities include: bird identification, mini-beast activities, geocaching, orienteering, plant identification, seed planting, building bug hotels, scientific record sketching and much more.

Explore the estate
A ranger leads a group of children through some woods

Life in Edwardian times – ‘Upstairs, downstairs’

We’re launching a new education programme for spring 2017 that focuses on what life was like living and working in an Edwardian country house and estate, like Polesden Lacey.

Working with our house and education teams and using authentic objects from our handling collection, students will explore the differences between what life was like for servants and the upper class families they served. What was a typical working day like for one of our scullery maids? What was worn? What was eaten? And how did the First World War revolutionise the relationship between upstairs and downstairs?

Servants would have to jump to action as soon as they were called
An Edwardian call board

Special needs

Within the house ground floor rooms, like the dining room and the Gold Saloon, are wheelchair accessible, along with various routes throughout the grounds. Our learning team will be delighted to adapt our activities to suit the needs of any child.

To arrange a visit, call to speak to our education team on 01372 452048 or email and we’ll do our best to tailor an education experience just for you. 

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