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Four Inspirational School Trip Ideas To Explore This Spring

Matt Crisp April 4, 2023

School trips out are an important part of the learning experience, giving students a chance to step outside of their usual educational environment. They can provide stimulating and memorable experiences that will enrich a child’s worldview and continue to inspire them when they return to the classroom. Here are some ideas for an excellent school trip. 

Jorvik DIG, York

The Jorvik DIG visitor centre gives children between the ages of 5 to 12 the opportunity to get a first hand experience of archaeology. York is rich in fascinating historical and cultural artefacts, with its strong links to the Romans and the Vikings stretching back over 2,000 years.   

Created by the founders of the Jorvik Viking Centre, DIG recreates four indoor pits that are filled with replica finds from real archaeological digs in the area. Children will be given a trowel and allowed to get their hands dirty to see what they can find. An archaeologist will be on hand to talk to them and explain more about the lives of historic people. 

Science Zone, Bournemouth

The Science Zone is a child-friendly science centre that really brings the subject to life. The centre is divided into zones which are packed with inspiring information about the planet we live on. Children will be encouraged to take part in interactive activities and knowledgeable and friendly staff will be on hand to help out and lead workshops. 

The centre has a full planetarium where visitors can learn all about the solar system, space exploration, and theories about light and sound. There is also the chance to get involved with coding and building robots, and a fractal dome focussing on maths and natural symmetry. From dinosaurs to stars and sea creatures, there’s a whole world to explore. 

Go Ape Outdoor Adventures

The Go Ape adventure company has 34 outdoor activity centres around the UK, which are thoughtfully designed to provide great views from the treetops and to enjoy the best of nature. There is an extensive range of activities available, including treetop high ropes, zip wires, bridges, and nets.

Bespoke school packages are geared to cater for different age groups and abilities. The challenges are designed to help children grow in confidence and learn how to push themselves out of their comfort zone. The activities also encourage children to work together and solve problems, improving their self-knowledge and trust in others. 

Beeston Castle, Cheshire

The site of Beeston Castle on the Cheshire Plain is rich in ancient history and well-preserved features. It’s managed by English Heritage, and it is included in their expert-led discovery school visit programme. They have two award-winning Discovery Visits at this site that are aimed at primary school children. 

At the site is a recreated Bronze Age roundhouse, where experts will be on hand during term time to provide a hands-on learning experience and bring history to life. 

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