Schools and learning - group visits

Why choose Essex Country Parks for school visits?

Gruffalo Trail

Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters in Thorndon Country Park North at Brentwood.

Find out more Children playing on one of the carved wood characaters on the Gruffalo Trail

Shrek day

Your class will embark on a fairy-tale adventure based on Shrek, realising their natural talents and discovering the woodlands and surrounding habitats.

Find out more Two boys viewed from behind a gate taking part in Shrek day

Pirates aerial adventure day

Are you brave enough to rise to the Pirates' Aerial Adventure challenge?

Find out more A boy and girl in pirate clothing peering from a climbing area on pirates aerial adventure day.

Stick Man day

On this activity day, your class will go on a woodland adventure and bring to life Stick Man by Julia Donaldson at Weald Country Park, near Brentwood.

Find out more Key stage 1 child holding sticks as part of Stick Man educational visit

Caveman day

With this day, your class can experience and explore the challenges of day-to-day life in the Stone Age.

Find out more Key stage 2 boy sits in den built at stone age-themed school park visit

Kensuke day

Your class will explore and investigate their ‘island’ by re-enacting key elements of Michael Morpurgo's story Kensuke's Kingdom.

Find out more Pupils taking a reading from a post in an Essex Country Park as part of a geocaching event as part of Kensuke day.

Room on the Broom day

Your class will follow the magical journey of the witch and the cat, experiencing the habitats of the characters, with drama and song bringing it to life.

Find out more A pupil shows his palms while taking part in an activity for Room on the Broom day

The Very Hungry Caterpillar day

An exciting day out that brings The Very Hungry Caterpillar tale to life. Your class will experience a day full of colour, counting and investigation.

Find out more Two pupils chatting in a park as part of Very Hungry Caterpillar educational day.

Billy Goats Gruff day

A brilliant way for your class to bring traditional tales to life. We will tell stories, explore habitats and trip-trapp across bridges!

Find out more Two key stage 1 pupils sat by a tree stump during outdoor school visit day

Charles Darwin day

Your class will step into the shoes of naturalists like Charles Darwin; travelling to new and mysterious lands, exploring, discovering and investigating.

Find out more Group of pupils with a worksheet and a tree cutting, during Charles Darwin-themed school park visit

World War II day

Your class will step back in time to glimpse life as World War II soldiers, exploring some of Essex's wartime sites and take part in training exercises.

Find out more World War II pillbox at Cudmore Grove, part of Essex Country Parks WWII school visit

Pirate training day

By working together to tackle a series of team and individual challenges, your class will have fun whilst learning about themselves and their fellow pirates

Find out more KS2 Pupils sit in a den they've built as part of country park Pirate training day.

Tudor and Medieval days

Come to Cressing Temple, once owned by the mysterious Knights Templar, to experience an exciting historical activity day tailored to the National Curriculum.

Find out more A woman in period dress as part of a Tudor recreation in Essex

Stone Age, Iron Age and Roman Days

Explore a replica roundhouse, learn about prehistoric life and technology, dig up ancient remains, meet a Roman soldier/Celtic warrior and try out their battle skills.

Find out more Seats with furs covering them, inside replica Iron Age roundhouse at Hadleigh Park, Essex

Sensory and teddies in woods

A gentle and fun experience. The bears are all carefully looked after and the day moves with the children's pace. Includes storytelling and animal games!

Find out more Three teddy bears sitting on the grass under a bush


Geocaching is a treasure hunt game using GPS to find hidden boxes. Learn to use a GPS unit, solve problems and work as a team. Suits Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.

Find out more Lunchbox labelled "Official geocache" surrounded by fallen autumn leaves

A day at the seaside

Cudmore Grove on Mersea Island is a great place for groups of children to experience seaside sights, sounds and smells. Suits EYFS, KS 1 and 2.

Find out more Key stage 1 boy turns over a rock on beach at Cudmore Grove, Essex

Survival days

A great opportunity to build team skills, gain confidence and learn practical, common-sense tasks that could save lives. Includes fire and shelter building.

Find out more Group of school children with a teacher and a campfire in a wooded area

Rocks and soils day

Armed with digging equipment your class will step back in time and see for themselves layers of soil, mulch and leaf litter built up over 100s of years.

Find out more Key stage 2 pupils crowd around, examining stones

Plant detectives day

Your class will discover the fascinating strategies plants employ to germinate, grow and reproduce, exploring structures and identifying common species.

Find out more Key stage 2 boy examines a tree branch, in an Essex Country Park

Habitat day

Your class will be detectives, uncovering clues to what lives where and why, as they explore their habitats, with concepts like food chains brought to life.

Find out more KS2 pupils crouch around a container examining creatures found during pond dipping

Environmental art day

As they create environmental art from natural materials, your class will realise the potential of everyday resources and develop knowledge and confidence.

Find out more Two school pupils make an animal shape from twigs and branches

Maths in nature day

Explore the fascinating world of pattern, shape and sequence that is all around us, showing you the fine line between art, maths and science.

Find out more KS2 girls on a school visit to Essex Country Parks

Dinosaur day

Using the Country Parks' open spaces, we'll demonstrate how big dinosaurs were and how long ago they roamed the earth, making maths fun and accessible.

Find out more School pupil climbs a strong, diagonal tree bough while classmates watch