School visits


School Workshops for All Ages


  • Pond dipping (Habitat work): discover the amazing creatures that live in the pond, tally chart, drawing and observations of adaptations, cased caddis-fly larvae exploration: work in teams to create a "caddis fly case" for a child
  • Mini-beast super heroes (Habitat work): Find out how mini beasts are like superheroes, search for mini beasts in our beautiful grounds, create your mini-beast hotel to take back to school
  • Habitats and Elf Houses: Learn about where different creatures live in the garden and then work in groups to create homes for the garden elves
  • Environmental art: Focussing on the work of Andy Goldsworthy, we look for patterns and shapes in nature and create art works from natural materials
  • Native plants: Learn to identify some of the native Bristish plants that live in the garden
  • Plants and growing seeds plus miniature gardens: Learn about the different parts of the plants, scavenger hunt, seed planting and and miniature gardens
  • Rubbish, Recycling and Compost: Explore our wormery and compost bins, make useful things out of recycled materials


For Foundation Stage and KS1 only:


  • Butterfly Magic: focus on colour in the garden and make a beautiful butterfly to take home
  • Nature treasure hunt: hear the story of Scarpagon the Dragon and make a natural crown
  • Oh no, it's a Gruffalo!! A full day or half day of Gruffalo themed activities


For KS2 only:


  • Poetry: Writing nature inspired tanka poetry
  • History and herbs: learn about the traditional uses of herbs
  • Soils: explore different types of soil and their properties
  • Map making: work in teams to create a map of the garden and explore our sculpture trail



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Special autumn activities at SNCG

Autumn is an ideal time to visit. The garden is especially beautiful during September and October, with many plants still in bloom, the trees and bushes full of fruit, lots of fallen leaves to get creative with and many vegetables ready to harvest. Get excited about Christmas using natural materials found in the garden

Very Berry Fun (available September only): Explore the garden, pick some of our delicious soft fruit and make your own juice and try painting with natural pigments

Willow Craft: Design and build Christmas decorations using natural materials. Make a star, a wreath or an angel from our home grown willow.

Stick Man Activities: Have an adventure with sticks and get excited about Christmas. For EYFS and Keystage 1

Hegdehogs, Hibernation and Bonfires: Learn how to make a hedgehog hibernation house and how to cook on a fire outside

Seasons Special

Learn about seasonal change in 3 half days for the price of 2. Visit the garden each term for plant identification, music, art and games. 

Autumn: Fruits and seeds: Naming parts of the plant, sticky seed scavenger hunt, apple picking, aple tree art, Vivaldi's "autumn"

Winter: Dormancy, apple tree song, charcoal art, Vivaldi's "winter" (cooking marshmallows on fire also a possibility!)

Spring or summer: Flowers and pollination, honey bee challenge, Viavldi's "spring" or "Summer"

How it works: 

The workshops run from 10am - 2pm although they can be shortened to fit into a half day session. We find children get most out of the visit if they stay for the full day.  All of our workshops are developed to tie in closely with a particular area of the curriculum. The activities are carefully planned and delivered by our experienced team, to make them great fun for the group, while helping you fulfill your learning objectives. We consider it important for children to be outdoors as much as possible, and we run these activities throughout the year. If you have additional requirements not covered by our workshops please get in touch for an informal discussion.

Half-day £150 Full day £210

*** All subsidized visits funded through People's Postcode Lottery and LEAF have now been taken so visits will be charged at full price for the rest of the school year.

Comment from teachers

"Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had at Scotswood and how impressed all of the staff were with your work. The children were truly inspired and have written some lovely letters, stories and newspapers as a result." 

"We have had a brilliant, fun packed day... helped the children to develop their exploratory skills".

“We had a wonderful visit to Scotswood. The visit was so well organised and the activities were interesting and exciting for adults and children alike. One of our best trips in reception, I will be recommending it to everyone in school.” 

“Kids had an amazing time – it’s rare they get to spend so much time exploring outside. We’d definitely recommend to others”. 

To book a visit please contact Harriet on 0191 2004706 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.