LEARNING

School Visits

Hall Place is a fantastic location to visit with students of any age and ability, we have award winning gardens, Historic House and Education Service.  Due to Covid-19 we are following the governments guidelines in order to keep all our staff and visitors safe.

We ask that all educational groups contact our Education Officer in advance to notify them if you are planning to visit the gardens.  It is essential that we know when groups are visiting site so we can manage the facilities and a quick email to us can make all the difference.

Our Education Service is currently under review

We are working really hard on when we will be able to offer our services again please bear with us. Please see below for what we are currently offering.

Current Offer for the Autumn Term 2021

Taught Sessions 

Home Life in Victorian Britain – Washday (60 minutes) Suitable for any age/ability

Domestic life in Victorian times up to the 1940s was based on hard manual labour. During this session children look at some of the equipment used to cook and  clean, they also get hands-on washing clothes using our object handling collection. This session requires teachers to print out the Students On-site Activity Sheet that accompanies the sessions teaching for their class to use. This sheet is downloaded from our resources page.

Toys & Games of the Past (60 minutes) Suitable for any age/ability

Toys and games changed surprisingly little from ancient times to the 1940s. Learn how simple wooden toys evolved into the metal mechanical toys of the rich Victorians and what the amazing zoetrope led to. Children are given the opportunity to play with different toys such as the cup & ball, whip & top, skittles, wooden hoop and hoop-la. Toys may differ depending on availability.

Mr Newman’s Beautiful Butterflies (60 minutes) Suitable for any age/ability

Learn all about the famous 20th century local butterfly expert Mr Newman using archive photographs and our museum collection. Undertake your own scientific investigation as a lepidopterist and learn about butterfly classification, adaptation, life cycles and anatomy with a little maths work on symmetry too, Make your own butterfly specimen display to finish at school. This session requires teachers to print out the Students On-site Activity Sheet that accompanies the sessions teaching for their class to use. This sheet is downloaded from our resources page. There is the option to team this session with a visit to Bexley Butterfly House and a guide to finding butterflies in the wild.

How Does Your Garden Grow (60 minutes) Suitable for any age/ability

This session has been developed to show children where food comes from and how plants grow.  We start by looking at different seeds and discover what they grow into with a fun quiz. Children get the chance to plant their own seeds to grow back at school and then tour our vegetable plots to see what is growing.  The  winter edition: Buds and Berries is available Oct-March. Please make sure your class is dressed for the weather. There is a Tree Trail that can be ordered to accompany this session – this involves learning about different trees in the formal garden area. The Trail Guide for adults is available to print on our resource page, the children’s sticker trail sheets can be ordered at 50p each when booking.

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The above sessions are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the Autumn Term charged at £4.50 per child, per session (all invoices need to be paid within 30 days of issue, or prior to arrival at Hall Place in the case of a short lead booking). Capacity is limited to one class a day and a minimum of 4 accompanying adults will be required to support the students.

All sessions will be run in accordance with the current Covid 19 guidelines for museums.  It is essential that teachers undertake their own risk assessment. In the event a booking has to be cancelled due to any new restrictions or unforeseen circumstances, we will reschedule your visit to a new suitable date.

See the Booking Pack for more information on what to expect on your school visit,  site maps and our terms and conditions.

School Visits Booking Pack

Loans Box Service

We are working really hard to get as many of our loans boxes up and running in a covid-safe way. There will be some simple changes, the actual box will be cleaned before collection and on return, the contents will be aired and isolated for 72 hours (as the objects inside cannot be cleaned) in line with scientific advice. All teachers will receive covid-safe guidelines on their use.

Visit our Loans Box page

Onsite Self-led Visits to the Gardens

Teachers are welcome to visit the gardens with their bubble class of up to 30 children. You must let us now in advance of you visit so that we are aware onsite and can manage our Visit Centre facilities appropriately. We will also need to see a copy of your visit risk assessment before you come.

As normal, our Education Room can be booked as a HQ and lunch room with its own private toilets for £60. Unfortunately, there are no other inside areas where schools can eat or congregate.

Get in touch

Please email the Education Officer  for more information or to book

School Visits to Hall Place

Hall Place and Gardens offers a number of facilities for school visits, which include:

  • Education/lunch room with its own toilets and drinking water
  • Onsite Riverside Cafe for the adults to buy refreshments during lunchtime
  • Award-winning gardens including magical topiary, grass maze and River Cray and all its diversity of wildlife

Please note that the Historic House and Main Glasses are not currently open to the public.

Booking a Self-led School Visit to the Gardens

If you are interested in visiting the gardens with your class group, please let us know by emailing the Education Team.

  • We will require a copy of your Risk Assessment when you book, so we can double check that we have everything you need to keep safe and have a wonderful visit.
  • Just as normal, we do not have any inside space for your group to have lunch or congregate. Our Education Room is available for £60 as an exclusive space with its own toilet facilities. 30 children maximum. Subject to availability.
  • Remember to remain in your bubble and keep a safe distance from others, adults are still encouraged to wear face coverings in any public inside areas, please wash your hands regularly.

Classroom Hire

For information about hiring our classroom for a school visit, please visit the venue hire page.