Oakham Castle was built between 1180 and 1190 by the Norman Baron Wakelin de Ferrers. The Manor Has passed through many influential hands from the last Saxon Queen, Edith of Wessex, through to Henry VIII's right hand man, Thomas Cromwell. It is now owned by Rutland County Council and was recently refurbished with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We offer a wide selection of educational services from half day and full day visits to outreach and special needs adult education sessions. Our experienced teams deliver entertaining and inspiring sessions that bring history alive, ensuring complex subjects are as accessible as possible through engagement and interactivity reinforcing core information.
Why are Oakham Castle great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Our sessions take place in the very places that history happened. Children get to experience the Great Hall where the Lords and Ladies of Oakham manor would have lived and worked and the Courtroom that hosted the actual trials that children will learn about. You don't get much closer to the history than actually standing in the footprints of these historical characters as you roleplay key moments from their lives whether that be enjoying a medieval banquet or sentencing a criminal to transportation or worse.
What activities are available during group visits?
EYFS and KS1 - Castles, Ladies, Knights and Peasants
KS2/3/4 - Crime and Punishment
KS2/3/4 - Castles and Science
KS2/3/4 - Settlements
KS2/3/4 - Lessons in Witchcraft and Wizardry
KS2/3/4 - The Battle of Hastings
KS2/3/4 - The Trouble with Kings
We also provide outreach in a variety of forms and covering a wide range of subjects
What size groups do you cater for?
We can accommodate up to 60 children at any one time.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
We have a secondary room adjoining the great hall that could be set up as a classroom should a group require it.
Is there first aid on site?
All of our core team members are trained first aiders.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
We have ramp access throughout the castle as well as disabled toilet facilities and handling opportunities for visually impaired visitors.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
We have Team members with a wealth of experience working with Special educational needs groups. We can create bespoke sessions to suit the needs and abilities of any participants.
All our Sessions have been rated overall as 100% Excellent.
"We were all so impressed with the amount of resources available to the children. THe pitch of the day was perfect, it provided a challenge to the more able children but was accessible to everyone."
EYFS Teacher - Castle Session - St. Gilberts CofE Primary School - 2017
"An Excellent Experience. The students and teachers that accompanied have been raving about it"
Yr7 Teacher - Battle of Hastings - Catmose College - 2017
Jane was Fantastic and came to visit The Shires, Oakham to meet our students and staff and tailor made a fantastic and enjoyable educational visit. The Session gave our students lots of choice of different activities and the freedom to choose what they wanted
to look at and take part in."
Teacher - Discover Oakham Castle - The Shires, Special Educational School - 2017
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