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.
The Great Hall would have been the largest building within the walled bailey of the Castle. It would have been a banqueting hall but crucially has been used as a court house since at least 1208 and continues to this day. We have Victorian court furniture and cells to house the accused. Children can participate in role-play utilising the court setting which provides an immersive location to examine crime and punishment from the Norman period to present day.
KS2/3/4 - Crime and Punishment
We also provide a wide selection of other sessions and outreach visits covering a variety of subjects. See our other listing for details.
We can accommodate up to 60 children at any one time.
We have a secondary room adjoining the great hall that could be set up as a classroom should a group require it.
All of our core team members are trained first aiders.
We have ramp access throughout the castle as well as disabled toilet facilities and handling opportunities for visually impaired visitors.
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.
Our crime and punishment Sessions have been rated overall as 100% Excellent.
"We were all so impressed with the number 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
"An Excellent Experience. The students and teachers that accompanied have been raving about it"
Catmose College Yr7 Teacher - Battle of Hastings
"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
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