School activitySchool visits to Hyde Hall are free

Hyde Hall offers school groups a wide variety of exciting environments to explore including the Dry Garden, vegetable plots and woodland. We welcome all students including those with special educational needs.

The barn offers schools an all-weather facility for use during guided school visits. It provides a spacious area for children to work in and can comfortably accommodate large groups.

Teachers are welcome to download our free resources and activity sheets, which are cross-curricular, covering subjects including art, maths and the natural world.

Key information for schools visits at Hyde Hall

Guidelines for school visits (39kB pdf)

How to book

It is essential to book a preliminary visit to the garden to familiarise yourself with the site unless you have visited previously. To make an appointment, contact the Education Team by email:

 At the pre-visit discuss:

  • Arrival and entry to the garden
  • Objectives of the visit and any special needs / requirements
  • Health and Safety issues and emergency procedures
  • Lunch arrangements

On your pre-visit allow time to familiarise yourself with the garden; maps are available at the entrance. 
Visiting pupils are primarily in the care of accompanying school staff. Adults must accompany their groups at all times for health and safety reasons.  Please ensure you have the required number of adults and that they are aware of their responsibilities during the visit:

  • Special needs 1:1
  • Foundation stage 1:4
  • Years 1-3 1:6
  • Years 4-6 1:8
  • All others 1:10

All of our programmes include outdoor experiences in the garden. Please ensure that the students and accompanying adults are dressed sensibly for the weather, with suitable footwear and appropriate clothing.

It is advisable that pupils visiting the garden have up-to-date tetanus inoculation, particularly if a hands-on gardening activity is planned.

Resources for primary school visits

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