Learning with Souter Lighthouse

Schoolchildren in a classroom work on a craft activity

Bringing the classroom to Souter Lighthouse, or Souter Lighthouse into the classroom.

With a wide range of activities on offer, we can build a package to suit your group’s needs.

The basic package

Booking a school visit with us allows you to discover the first ever purpose-built electric lighthouse and climb the 76 steps to the top of the tower. Visit Keeper’s Cottage to discover how a lighthouse keeper and his family lived during Souter’s working life. Find out how the Engine Room provided power for the whole station and the foghorn too. Have fun with our interactive objects in the Compass Room.

The extras

We have a number of session packages for you to choose from to customise your visit. These include bug hunting, bird watching and rock pooling (tide dependant).

Our most popular activity gives children the opportunity to make their own working lighthouse to keep. Pre-prepared kits (£3 each) can be provided, with the option of a staff leader.


We ask that all school bookings are requested at least two weeks in advance, so that we can make sure everything is prepared for your visit.

Our maximum capacity is 30 students, dependent on the optional activity.

Alternatively, choose a workshop pack to explore in school

Pick from four topics based on the historic buildings, wildlife and coastline of Souter Lighthouse and The Leas:

• Build a working lighthouse

• Bird watching 

• Bug hunting 

• Geology 

Souter's learning activity booklets
Covers of three children's learning activity booklets
Souter's learning activity booklets

Each digital workshop pack comes with a PowerPoint tour of the lighthouse, workshop slides and activity booklets.

Workshops are suitable for children aged 4 – 11 years, Key Stages 1 and 2.

Cost: £30 per workshop, plus an additional £3 each for build a lighthouse kits.

Packs will be sent via email. Lighthouse kits to be collected from Souter by arrangement. 

Get in touch

To book your group visit, purchase a workshop pack, or if you have any questions, please contact Vicki Johnson by email vicki.johnson@nationaltrust.org.uk

Build your own model lighthouse
A girl making a model lighthouse
Build your own model lighthouse