Sunday 2 September 2012

Get some hands-on learning with these educational days out

Whether you're a home-edder or just want to help boost your child's curiosity by taking learning out of the classroom, I thought this roundup of educational but fun days out in the UK that has put together was really interesting. I'll definitely be perusing it when working out where to take the kids on school trips or the Madhouse Mini-testers on days out in the UK.


As children around the country return to school after a summer holiday packed with fun and adventure, has come up with a selection of UK-based activities sure to combat those back to school blues and make learning fun.

Whether eager about English, gaga about Geography or besotted with Biology, treat your budding graduates to a visit to any one of these educational experiences:

Learn About….History:

This fun and lively medieval-themed show is played out amidst the banqueting tables so you can enjoy the entertainment put on by King Henry VIII and his entourage whilst indulging in a sumptuous feast. Tickets start from £48 per adult and £27 per child.

Enjoy a visit to Warwick Castle and experience over 1,000 years of history, mystery and intrigue. Daily events include falconry, jousting, jesting, fighting knight and working displays of the mighty Trebuchet – the world’s largest siege machine. Tickets start from £17 per adult and £12 per child.

Learn About….Geography:

Step back in time to the London that shaped the history of the world, from Parliament and palaces to top department stores, famous hotels, 10 Downing Street and beyond. Tickets start from £20 per adult and £10 per child.

Enjoy a full day guided coach tour to Loch Ness which includes travelling through the breath-taking Highlands of Scotland, a stop at Glen Coe, a boat trip on Loch Ness, a stop for lunch near Fort William and spectacular views of Urquhart Castle and the Forth Road Bridge. Tickets start from £38 per adult and £30 per child.

Learn About….Biology:

From London to Weymouth, Yarmouth to Blackpool, journey beneath the ocean deep and learn about thousands of marine creatures including crabs, stingrays and starfish. Tickets start from £18 per adult and £14 per child (Weymouth Sea Life Centre).

Home to an incredible 15,104 creatures in the middle of leafy Regent’s Park, London Zoo opened in 1828 making it the oldest - and one of the finest – zoo’s in the world. Tickets start from £22 per adult and £17 per child.

Learn About….Home Economics

Teach young friends or relatives that learning to cook can be fun. Treat them to a cookery class during which youngsters from 9-years-old prepare and cook a variety of tasty, healthy dishes under the guidance of a friendly professional chef. Tickets start from £40.

Discover a whole world of creamy, rich stickylicious chocolate on a fun and educational visit to Cadbury World in Bournville, home to Cadbury’s chocolate for over 150 years. Highlights include The World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop, situated in Cadbury World and home to practically every Cadbury chocolate bar ever made. Tickets start from £14 per adult and £10 per child.

Learn About….English:

Travel back in time to Elizabethan England, courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and relive the life of one of history’s greatest playwrights. Visit his birthplace, homes and important places that played a part in the life of The Bard. Tickets start from £21 per adult and £13 per child.

Dickens World (see our review here)
Take a trip back in time to Dickens World, where visitors take an exhilarating journey from sewer to rooftop through the cobbled alleyways of Dickensian England! Tickets start from £13 per adult and £8 per child.

For more inspiration or to book, visit or call 0800 980 5551

Other blogposts you may be interested in :

Vintage Inn’s search for the nation’s hidden attractions


  1. Great ideas, will check the site out and see if anything in scotland is mentioned

  2. I'm always on the look out for edutainment for my daughter. some great ideas here

  3. We are thinking of homeschooling our LO so this is a great reference - thanks x

  4. we like cadbury world! we used tesco clubcard voucher! bargain!

  5. I would love to do the mediaeval banquet in London. Sounds fantastic.


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