School visits to Rainham Hall

Visitors can learn about eighteenth century handwriting

Reinforce your classroom work with a visit to Rainham Hall. Whether you’re exploring the eighteenth century Hall or hunting for plants in the garden, our cross-curricular workshops offer engaging and hands-on experiences to support your pupils’ learning. Get in touch for more information or to organise your school visit.

At Rainham Hall we offer a range of workshops for EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils, and welcome enquiries from all educational groups. Taught sessions are led by experienced facilitators who support active learning and encourage deeper understanding of topics through exploration of, and engagement with, Rainham Hall and the garden. Sessions are designed to support national curriculum subjects including history, science and art.

" The children really enjoyed the Hall, found it interesting - and loved playing Hide-and-Seek in the gardens at lunch-time! We do hope to come again before the year is out."
- Gidea Park College teacher

All sessions run for 45 minutes to an hour and can accommodate up to 30 children and accompanying adults. Sessions take place in one of our indoor or outdoor classrooms and onsite, with storage for belongings and access to toilets. For lunch you are welcome to picnic in our gardens. In inclement weather a decision will be made on the day as to whether an indoor lunch space is available.

Sessions

Our sessions are as follows:

Minibeasts - EYFS & KS1 (Science)

Learn all about minibeasts and explore Rainham Hall's garden, investigating different habitats and discovering what minibeasts live there.

Hold a scary beast
Girl with a frog in her hand
Hold a scary beast

Seed planting – EYFS & KS1 (Science)

During the Spring and Summer months we offer planting sessions where children can plant seeds in our Community Garden. Follow up visits are available for children to see the seed growth.

Young visitors participate in our garden activities
Young visitors participate in our garden activities
Young visitors participate in our garden activities

Local history - KS2 (History)

Built in 1729 by Captain John Harle, Rainham Hall has been home to over 50 different inhabitants in its nearly 300 year history. Learn about the Hall's past, and its current resident, Anthony Denney.

Visitors ascending the original staircase at Rainham Hall
Visitors racing up the eighteenth century staircase at Rainham Hall
Visitors ascending the original staircase at Rainham Hall

Art Inspiration – KS1&2 (Art, History)

Look at paint schemes and decoration in the Hall, from the eighteenth century until the early 2000s, including colour and texture, to inspire pupils' artwork.

The marbled paint effect decor in the entrance hall
The marbled paint effect decor in the entrance hall
The marbled paint effect decor in the entrance hall

Fashion photography and interior design – KS3-5 (Fashion, photography, interior design)

Our current exhibition, The Denney Edition, celebrates the life and work of Anthony Denney (1913-90) who lived at the Hall between 1964 and 1969. Step inside the Hall to discover the world of Anthony Denney: a fashion photographer, interior designer, art connoisseur and style icon who exerted enormous influence on post-war Britain.

Flowers by Minoux Flowers for Jermaine Gallagher residency at Rainham Hall, March 2019
Flowers by Minoux Flowers for Jermaine Gallagher residency at Rainham Hall
Flowers by Minoux Flowers for Jermaine Gallagher residency at Rainham Hall, March 2019

You are also welcome to bring your classes on self-led visits to the Hall but these must be booked in advance.

Outdoor classroom

Enhance your visit with the use of our recently opened outdoor classroom which can be used for school groups of up to 15 children at a time.

Behavioural rewards

Rainham Hall is the perfect place to bring you class for a behavioural reward, or you can bring them to a workshop or a self-led experience.

" I just wanted to say a big thank you for this week. I have received brilliant feedback. We are very appreciative of your accommodation."
- Rainham Village Primary School teacher

Costs

Schools can benefit from Education Group Membership (EGM). Currently between £50.00 and £137 per year (depending on school size), Education Group Membership entitles your school to free admission to Rainham Hall and most other National Trust properties for a year. Education Group Membership can be taken out on the day of your visit.

Our school visit costs are:

·         Facilitated session with EGM - £2 per child

·         Facilitated session without EGM - £2 per child plus normal entrance fee

·         Self-led session with EGM – no additional cost

·         Self-led session without EGM – normal entrance fee

Click here to download our schools leaflet: School visits to Rainham Hall (PDF / 0.2431640625MB) download .

Travel

Rainham Hall is located opposite Rainham (Essex) train station on the c2c line which goes via Fenchurch Street, West Ham, Barking, Dagenham Dock, Purfleet and Grays. The Hall is also next to several bus stops and is served by multiple routes including those to and from Dagenham, Hornchurch and Romford.

School groups in London can travel to Rainham Hall for free. For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk and search for Transport for London School Party Travel Scheme.

School Transport Fund from Land of the Fanns 

This is available to all schools in the Land of the Fanns area for trips to environmental or heritage sites, including Rainham Hall. More details can be found here: School Transport Fund (PDF / 0.5986328125MB) download

Booking

Please note that due to the size of the property all visits, facilitated or self-led, must be booked in advance. To find out more about visiting Rainham Hall with your school please contact Sally Parker at sally.parker@nationaltrust.org.uk