School visits at Wakehurst - FAQs
Browse our frequently asked questions about school visits at Wakehurst.
What time can we arrive and leave?
Arrival can be any time after 10am. Departure times may be determined by the distance to be travelled back to school, and the commitments of coach firms.
What happens if it rains?
For younger children all programmes have indoor backup activities. Many workshops (including pond dipping) can be moved inside and for others, alternatives are provided and can be discussed at the visit planning stage.
For older students, the programme runs outside wherever possible. There is usually flexibility for rearranging the timing or location to avoid the worst of the weather.
Where do we have lunch?
Wakehurst volunteers will take you to your lunchtime location. This will also let the students "run off a little steam". Supervision over this period is your responsibility.
Lunch is usually eaten outside. Waterproof mats are provided for the students. On wet days, lunch moves to the Mansion or the Field Study Centre. Please remember to bring plenty of drinks in hot weather.
What should the students wear?
Wakehurst is a large and hilly estate. We advise wearing comfortable shoes or trainers and dress for British weather, bringing waterproofs and sun protection.
Will the students have to carry their bags around all day?
No. On arrival students leave their bags and lunch packs in the Wakehurst Mansion or the Study Centre.
Are there toilets and washing facilities?
There are toilets located at the schools entrance and near to the Wakehurst Mansion, Millennium Seed Bank and Field Study Centre.
When working with soil, leaf litter and pond water, it is important to remember to cover cuts and to wash hands (especially before eating).
Are there special arrangements for students with medical or special needs?
At the planning visit stage, please let us know if any of your students have allergies, special requirements or behavioural problems.
We will adjust the sessions to suit the needs of the students.
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