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From architecture to pond dipping, renewable energy to the Second World War, check out our extensive primary and secondary programme based at the education centre in the heart of Coleshill.

River Studies on the River Cole

Discover how the river restoration project has impacted old meanders and flood meadow, undertake map and field work and compare and contrast the restored river and the mill leat.
 

Secrets and spies

Experience a whole day preparing to go underground as Britain's secret Resistance, who trained at Coleshill during the Second World War. Investigate codes, identify the traitor, find the ammo box and visit the underground Operational Base. Camouflage and secrecy obligatory.
 

Organic vegetable plots

A guided activity trail around Coleshill Organics. Learn the principles of organic farming, get your hands dirty in the soil and bug hunt for beneficial insects. Plot the gardens, learn how a box scheme works and even taste and test produce. We'll help students consider the environmental impact of food distribution and estimate food miles.
 

The water mill

Visit a working water mill where children's activities include using hand mill, interpretation and worksheets, willow weaving and dragon fly art. This is a popular choice as an afternoon's activity following River Studies in the morning for primary schools.
 

Dairy and arable farms

Explore the links between food and farming on a dairy and arable farm. Meet the animals and discover what they eat and how they live. Compare conventional and organic systems of farming.
 

Park and woodlands

Meet the trees in the park and woodlands. How healthy, how old and how high do they look? Delve into habitats and who lives here and what evidence can we find.
 

The Great Barn

Discover why and how this 13th-century monastic barn was built and use models to reconstruct the joints.
 

Orienteering at Badbury Woods

Orienteering using British Orienteering Federation designed maps, compasses, control points and punch cards.
 

Design your own course

Want something completely unique for your pupils? Why not chat to our education officer to dream up a course meeting your special requirements?
 
From drama workshops to arts and crafts exhibitions, we can help you create a truly unforgettable day for your school or group.
 

Information for teachers

  • Gallery space for exhibitions of artwork generated from visits to the estate
  • Covered area available for picnic lunches
  • No admission charges for Education Group Members
  • Free preliminary visits for teachers
  • Education officer to assist with visit planning
  • Teacher's information pack with worksheets
 

Teacher feedback

'I just wanted to say how amazingly fantastic today's trip was. I feel the class has got SO much out of their experience today. I know the adults that came along were certainly impressed! Please extend this thanks to your wonderful team who I know must have put in lots of work in preparing the tasks and activities.' Teacher, Years 5 and 6
 
For more information or to book your school visit please call us on 01793 762209 or email us.