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Prices and FAQs for school visits at Wakehurst

Visit fees and supervision requirements at Wakehurst.

Visit fees:

Assisted programme

Staff pre-planning visit: free.
Risk assessments completed.

Foundation Stage (Early Years)

Up to 20 children per Green Fairy.
Half day visit (10.00 - 12.30 or 13.00 - 15.30): £150.

Primary

Up to 30 students per Wakehurst teacher.
Half-day visit (10.00 - 12.30 or 13.00- 15.30): £150.
Full day visit (10.00 - 15.00): £200.

Secondary

Up to 20 students per Wakehurst teacher
The maximum number for KS3 can be 30 excluding lab, fieldwork and MSB visits.
Half day (10.00 - 12.30 or 13.00 - 15.30): £150
Full day visit (10.00 - 15.00) - £200.

Unassisted visits

Unassisted visits for students in full time education have free entry with bookings made in advance (7 days notice required).
This also applies to groups with an Educational Group National Trust card.

FAQs

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, but not later than 3.00 unless agreed otherwise.

What happens if it rains?

For younger children all programmes have indoor backup activities. Many sessions (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 allow younger pupils the opportunity to "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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