English literacy school trips

From the Spelling and Grammar to Saxons & Shakespeare

Literacy is arguably the most important part of our National Curriculum. A good working knowledge and understanding of our first language is critical before we can really begin to explore other areas of the curriculum. A child who struggles with comprehension and communication will not understand what they are being taught in other subject areas, or will find it difficult to explain their answers. They could be naturally gifted for a subject like science, but if without good reading, writing, speaking or listening skills, they are going to be held back.

Clearly the classroom is a great place to teach basic literacy, but the benefits of a school trip, especially once they start to nurture their understanding of the history of language, should not be overlooked. The obvious destination for a school trip with a focus on English Language is the birth place of William Shakespeare; Stratford upon Avon. Also below you will also find inspiration from our other destinations which cover different periods in history, from the Anglo Saxon influence, through to the modern day. If you are looking for a school visit desination that offers high quality educational value for your English trip, you will find it here. Our trips and workshops cater for topics relating to SpaG, Stories and Folktalkes, Theatre and Film and much more.

Popular English Trip January 2019

The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon

Accredited with 'The LOtC Quality Badge', KS3/KS4 pupils have the opportunity to learn: In English and Drama... To analyse the process of professional scriptwriting and to identify the features of a successful script To write a script in groups focusing on a specific purpose and audience To un...

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LTC Eastbourne

LTC Eastbourne

London & South East
LTC Eastbourne is a residential centre located in a former home of the Dukes of Devonshire, a Grade 1 listed building in a 10-hectare private park just 15 minutes' walk from the centre of Eastbourne. ...
LTC Eastbourne

History Workshops

History Workshops

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Various Regions
The Drama Hut brings on-site workshops directly to your school, covering a wide range of curricular topics. Through drama, improvisation and role play let us create a unique learning experience for your school. ...
History Workshops

1620s House and Garden

1620s House and Garden

Midlands
Travel in time to the 1620s House and learn about upstairs-downstairs life, with food, musical instruments, games and costumes from the period. Hunt out the witch marks and explore the garden and its maze....
1620s House and Garden

Arvon – The Hurst, Shropshire

Arvon – The Hurst, Shropshire

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Midlands
Arvon have been running residential creative writing courses for schools since 1968. Bring a group to spend a week immersed in creative writing with two published authors in one of our historic houses in beautiful rural locations across the UK. ...
Arvon – The Hurst, Shropshire


Discovery Package

Discovery Package

All UK Regions
Our Discovery packages have been designed to enable teachers to plan a thrilling residential that meets their own needs and budget. This flexible option focuses on your defined key outcomes, so if you want to look at communication we will provide… ...
Discovery Package

KidZania London

KidZania London

London & South East
KidZania is an indoor City run by kids! Children can choose from more than 60 real life role play activities including police, dentist and vet. All activities can be cross referenced against the national curriculum. ...
KidZania London

YHA Stratford

YHA Stratford

Midlands
There’s more to Stratford-upon-Avon than Shakespeare – theatre, history and culture buffs of every language love this world-famous location. YHA Stratford-upon-Avon offers a superb base for groups and school trips, boasting a restaurant and bar. ...
YHA Stratford

YHA London Thameside

YHA London Thameside

London & South East
A warm welcome awaits you at our purpose-built hostel, based in the docklands area of London. With a coach drop-off just outside the door getting here is easy. Inside you’ll find great social spaces, full meals service and places to study. ...
YHA London Thameside


Theatre Workout Education

Theatre Workout Education

London & South East
Theatre Workout is the centre for education in London's West End, rated by School Travel Organiser magazine as "one of the top ten drama trips in the UK", alongside the Barbican, Globe, and National Theatres! ...
Theatre Workout Education

Fight Club! Stage Combat in the Classroom

Fight Club! Stage Combat in the Classroom

Various Regions
Stage Combat Fight Club The first rule of fight club is that no one gets hurt! A great enrichment day activity. Learn how to choreograph and perform your own stunt sword fights, theatrical fist fights and even a few wrestling moves for good measure ...
Fight Club! Stage Combat in the Classroom

Arvon – Totleigh Barton, Devon

Arvon – Totleigh Barton, Devon

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
South West
Arvon have been running residential creative writing courses for schools since 1968. Bring a group to spend a week immersed in creative writing with two published authors in one of our historic houses in beautiful rural locations across the UK. ...
Arvon – Totleigh Barton, Devon

Discover Africa VR Workshop

Discover Africa VR Workshop

Various Regions
Discover Africa with our Virtual Reality workshop! Visit the Pyramids in Egypt, Turmi market in Ethiopia, giraffes in the Serengeti, gorillas in the Congo and Victoria Falls in Tanzania. Prices start from £1.48 per child! ...
Discover Africa VR Workshop


Underwater VR Workshop

Underwater VR Workshop

Various Regions
Take your class to the Great Barrier Reef with our Under the Sea Virtual Reality workshop. Your pupils will come face to face with dolphins, sharks and even manta rays! Starting from as little as £1.48 per child! ...
Underwater VR Workshop

County Museum at Hartlebury Castle

County Museum at Hartlebury Castle

Midlands
In beautiful rural Worcestershire, discover over 1000 years of history and intriguing stories of the county’s past at. Through role-play and immersive learning, pupils can step back in time in the Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle. ...
County Museum at Hartlebury Castle

Wick Court

Wick Court

South West
Small-scale livestock farm, sheep, beef cattle, pigs & poultry with a busy stable yard, where the children help care for ponies & horses. To illustrate the contrast in farming styles, the children also work at a neighbouring commercial dairy farm ...
Wick Court

London Tour  - Adaptable Travel

London Tour - Adaptable Travel

London & South East
Adaptable Travel tailor make fantastic overnight school trips to London for groups based elsewhere in the UK. London is a world-class city that offers a huge range of attractions and educational visits that make it a superb choice for your next trip....
London Tour - Adaptable Travel


Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
South West
The most outstanding prehistoric monument in the British Isles, Stonehenge is an internationally renowned World Heritage Site and one of the richest archaeological landscapes in Europe. ...
Stonehenge

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

North
A visit to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, takes you on a journey through the life and work of Beatrix Potter. The ideal venue for your school group. ...
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

Oxford Castle and Prison

Oxford Castle and Prison

London & South East
Take a costumed guided tour today and let the characters reveal their fascinating stories entrenched in the building’s 1,000-year history! ...
Oxford Castle and Prison

Emmerdale Studio Experience

Emmerdale Studio Experience

North
Step into the drama of exciting telly as your students learn and experience the television production process from script to screen! ...
Emmerdale Studio Experience


Parliament

Parliament

London & South East
A year-round programme of visits for students aged 7-18. Choose from a selection of themed workshops and tour the awe-inspiring Palace of Westminster. ...
Parliament

Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament

Scotland
At the Scottish Parliament we can offer a great selection of programmes for schools including workshops on Citizenship, Art & Design, History and much more! ...
Scottish Parliament

Wonders of the World VR Workshop

Wonders of the World VR Workshop

Various Regions
Experience the Seven New Wonders of the World through Virtual Reality headsets! A great way of meeting Geography outcomes as well as inspiring some amazing creative writing! Workshops start from as little as £1.48 per child! ...
Wonders of the World VR Workshop

Around the World VR Quiz

Around the World VR Quiz

Various Regions
Bring Geography to life with our 'Around the World' VR workshop. We split your class into small groups and they compete to identify the country, city and landmark shown through the VR headsets! Prices start from as little as £1.48 per child! ...
Around the World VR Quiz


Vikings VR Workshop

Vikings VR Workshop

Various Regions
Learn all about Viking raids, trading and culture with our Virtual Reality workshop! Your class can step inside a Viking Longhouse and join the chief for a banquet inside the Great Hall. Prices start from as little as £1.48! ...
Vikings VR Workshop

West End Workshops

West End Workshops

Various Regions
Exclusive and official West End Workshops created in partnership with the producers and creative teams behind some of London's greatest productions. Bespoke masterclasses can be developed for any other show! ...
West End Workshops

West End Theatre Packages and Trips

West End Theatre Packages and Trips

London & South East
A bespoke buffet of options including coach hire, hostel and hotel accommodation, meals, theatre tickets, backstage tours, attractions and more. Specialists in London, but trips nation-wide also catered for. ...
West End Theatre Packages and Trips

Ancient Egypt VR Workshop

Ancient Egypt VR Workshop

Various Regions
Take your class on a Virtual Reality trip to see the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and even inside an Egyptian tomb...all from the comfort of your own classroom! Prices start from £1.48 per child! ...
Ancient Egypt VR Workshop


Macbeth Workshop

Macbeth Workshop

Various Regions
WOW factor - ALL HAIL MACBETH WORKSHOP suitable for KS2, Ks3 & Ks4. Arty-Fact Theatre visits your school with this amazing fully interactive Shakespeare Workshop. Easy to book, fits into your school timetable. BOOK NOW for Shakespeare Week ...
Macbeth Workshop

Superhero Day

Superhero Day

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Various Regions
Aqua Dan brings comic books to life with incredible Superhero Wow Days! Your pupils will be inspired to read, write & enjoy learning by having a 'real superhero' visit the school with a vast array of props and tales of exciting adventures! ...
Superhero Day

Stone Age VR Workshop

Stone Age VR Workshop

Various Regions
Visit a typical Stone Age settlement and Stonehenge using Virtual Reality! From the comfort of your classroom, we'll take you on a guided tour for your Stone Age topic! Prices start from as little as £1.48 per child! ...
Stone Age VR Workshop

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Midlands
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells an internationally important story within the landscape in which the battle took place. Richard III's death signified the beginning of the powerful Tudor dynasty which changed the face of England. ...
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre


The Charterhouse

The Charterhouse

London & South East
The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Founded as a medieval monastery of the Carthusian order, the site became a Tudor mansion, a boys’ school, and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. ...
The Charterhouse

All Hail Macbeth

All Hail Macbeth

Various Regions
All Hail Macbeth. THEATRE WORKSHOP'S stunning & inspiring interactive workshop. From the moment you meet the Witches on the heath to the demise of Macbeth, the pupils are gripped with the plot and immersed in the characters, all played by themselves....
All Hail Macbeth

Best Friend Forever and Anti-Bullying Workshop

Best Friend Forever and Anti-Bullying Workshop

Various Regions
Arty- Fact Theatre: Our award winning writing team have produced a fantastic & captivating story for Ks1 & Ks2. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER - a humours look at bullying in schools - how best to deal with it - wonderful advice for all ages. BOOK NOW ...
Best Friend Forever and Anti-Bullying Workshop

I Do Bite My Thumb - Shakespearian Stage Combat

I Do Bite My Thumb - Shakespearian Stage Combat

Various Regions
I Do Bite My Thumb! Explore Shakespeare through practical stage combat. Take the text off the page and onto the stage and excite students about english and drama with some swashbuckling action! ...
I Do Bite My Thumb - Shakespearian Stage Combat


The Island Classroom

The Island Classroom

London & South East
Do you like the idea of teaching your curriculum while your students minds are wide open? When better for them to learn than during the fun of your school trip? We are the Island Classroom, where you can combine fun with education in a unique way. ...
The Island Classroom

Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Emirates Spinnaker Tower

London & South East
Get your pupils out of the classroom and into the clouds for a new perspective on learning – 100 metres up in the air! Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a popular all-weather attraction which appeals to all ages. From the three observation decks at the t...
Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Canterbury Tales

Canterbury Tales

London & South East
Be transported back in time! Explore the sights, sounds and smells of 14th century England in this unique, immersive experience. Meet our costumed guides, walk alongside Chaucer’s pilgrims and revel in the recreated medieval scenes as five colourfu...
Canterbury Tales

Stratford Overnight School Tour

Stratford Overnight School Tour

Midlands
To be or not to be, that is the question? Stratford-upon-Avon is most certainly the place to be! Lovers of Shakespeare will enjoy an educational trip to this ultimate literary destination. Wander through the historical pages of William Shakespeare's ...
Stratford Overnight School Tour


Knights, Princesses & Fairy Tales

Knights, Princesses & Fairy Tales

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Various Regions
Princess Em-Mazing & Sir Tastic bring history to life with incredible Fairy Tale Wow Days! Your pupils will be inspired to read, write & enjoy learning by having a 'real princess & knight' visit the school with exciting props & tales of adventure!...
Knights, Princesses & Fairy Tales

Shakespeare's Family Homes

Shakespeare's Family Homes

Midlands
Step back in time with a visit to Shakespeare's Family Homes in Stratford-upon-Avon. Get a sense of what life would have been like for Shakespeare and his family. Our Learning team run a huge range of programmes for groups of all ages and abilities. ...
Shakespeare's Family Homes

The Americas VR Workshop

The Americas VR Workshop

Various Regions
Bring your Americas topic to life by visiting popular landmarks using Virtual Reality! Your class will visit the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela all from the comfort of your classroom! Prices start from £1.48 per child! ...
The Americas VR Workshop

Arty-Fact Theatre

Arty-Fact Theatre

Various Regions
Arty-Fact Theatre has been visiting School for 20 years, delivering high quality theatre at affordable prices. We offer an amazing opportunity for your pupils to see live theatre and to interact with professional actors. Available all year round ...
Arty-Fact Theatre


Pirate Day

Pirate Day

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Various Regions
Captain Dan Tastic brings history to life with incredible Pirate Wow Days! Your pupils will be inspired to read, write & enjoy learning by having a 'real pirate' visit the school with a vast array of props and tales of exciting pirate adventures! ...
Pirate Day

Rainbow Factory

Rainbow Factory

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
North
The Rainbow Factory is the only attraction of its kind in the UK and specialises in storytelling through the creative arts. We aim to inspire children with a love of reading, encourage them to use their imagination & help improve literacy standards...
Rainbow Factory

Romans VR Workshop

Romans VR Workshop

Various Regions
Bring Ancient Rome into your classroom with our Virtual Reality workshop! Drop your class into the middle of the Colosseum, a Roman battlefield and the Roman Senate! Prices start from as little as £1.48 per child! ...
Romans VR Workshop

York City Overnight Trip

York City Overnight Trip

North
Home to the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and generations of scholars. Count the towers and gateways along the city walls, stroll through the Shambles and discover eight hundred years' of stained glass at the towering Minster. This lovely medieval ci...
York City Overnight Trip


Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London

London & South East
Mingle with the world’s most famous faces at Madame Tussauds London. Students will gain an invaluable insight into the media by exploring its purpose, audience and influence – from the modern-day selfie to the concept of fake news. ...
Madame Tussauds London

WW1 VR Workshop

WW1 VR Workshop

Various Regions
Learning about WW1? Why don't you take your class inside some reconstructed WW1 trenches using Virtual Reality! Our workshops start from £1.48 per child! ...
WW1 VR Workshop

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Scotland
Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of our incredible collections. The natural world, world cultures, science, technology, design, art, fashion, archaeology and Scottish history. ...
National Museum of Scotland

Oliver Twist production and Workhouse Workshop Experience

Oliver Twist production and Workhouse Workshop Experience

Various Regions
Arty-Fact Theatre has been visiting schools for 20 years. We our proud to be touring the UK with OLIVER TWIST production & fully interactive Workhouse Workshop Experience. The show has it all from poor Oliver being lost in London to meeting Fagin ...
Oliver Twist production and Workhouse Workshop Experience


Nethercott House

Nethercott House

South West
Nethercott House is a huge, Victorian manor house, with beautiful grounds and amazing views towards Dartmoor. Situated just outside the village Iddesleigh, close to the River Torridge, it is twenty minutes north of Okehampton. ...
Nethercott House

Conway Centres Beeston

Conway Centres Beeston

North
Situated less than a mile from Beeston Castle and within very private grounds this cosy and familiar centre lends itself to being used by primary groups. It offers opportunities for a variety of studies within the immediate environment. ...
Conway Centres Beeston

Outer Space VR Workshop

Outer Space VR Workshop

Various Regions
Blast your class into outer space with our Virtual Reality workshop! Learn about our Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy and how vast our universe is with 360° immersive headsets! Prices starting from £1.48 per child! ...
Outer Space VR Workshop

Arvon – Lumb Bank, Yorkshire

Arvon – Lumb Bank, Yorkshire

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
North
Arvon have been running residential creative writing courses for schools since 1968. Bring a group to spend a week immersed in creative writing with two published authors in one of our historic houses in beautiful rural locations across the UK. ...
Arvon – Lumb Bank, Yorkshire


A Christmas Story Workshop

A Christmas Story Workshop

Various Regions
Charles Dicken's will arrive at your school to spread Christmas cheer and explore the real meaning of Christmas. Using 'A Christmas Carol' for inspiration, the children will act out scenes from the story finishing with their very own performance. ...
A Christmas Story Workshop

Rainforests VR Workshop

Rainforests VR Workshop

Various Regions
Teaching about the rainforests? Why don't you drop your class into the middle of Borneo using Virtual Reality! Prices start from £1.48 per child! ...
Rainforests VR Workshop

Lower Treginnis

Lower Treginnis

Wales
At Lower Treginnis, Farms for City Children works in partnership with organic farmer Rob Davies, who keeps 850 sheep and a small herd of Hereford X calves on the surrounding land. In addition the children help look after poultry, horses, donkeys, mil...
Lower Treginnis

English Key Stages

Primary school English trips can open a child's imagination and develop their linguistic skills. Whether you are taking your KS1 students to a story telling venue, or your KS2 students take a creative writing workshop, the English language will truly help them grow their social and written skills. There are a wide range of venues that can cater for your next English school trip, get interactive with their learning and head out of the classroom, if that is not possible then bringing one of the talented workshop providers we work with. They can help you engage with your students and tailor their sessions to your individual learning objectives.

For an idea of some fun and creative days out or English workshops have a look at some of the venues and providers on this page.

Secondary trips to learn about English language and literature are enriching experiences. Whether you are going to learn about the classics, or modern day authors, there are venues and workshops that will give your students an extra perspective from their standard day in class. One of the most popular area in the UK is Stratford upon Avon, birthplace and home to William Shakespeare where you can learn about his past and his works and influences. There are also some great creative writing venues in the UK where your students can learn new writing techniques and enhance the skills they already have.

Learning outside the classroom is great but sometimes it is not possible so getting an English workshop to come into your school to give exciting and engaging English work to your students is a great way for them to learn too.



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