Ideas for school trips in Hertfordshire and Essex
Looking for inspiration for a class school trip in and around the north of London counties of Hertfordshire and Essex? We have put together a page to feature a few of our best ideas, covering a wide range of curriculum topics. We have also taken care to include trips and workshops that are an especially good option for those schools with catchment areas that mean a high percentage of children may otherwise struggle to afford a school trip.
Both counties are somewhere protected from the urban sprawl of London thanks to their southern green belts. Hertfordshire has a fair proportion of agricultural land and plenty of Roman remains including the town of Verulamium. For those studying the Middle Ages, Hertfordshire also has a great number of beautiful Tudor Buildings. The county of Essex, directly east of Hertfordshire is a large county that derives its name from the old English word describing the East Saxons. Largely rural with a few big towns, its southern boundary forms the Thames estuary.
So what school trips are available for those of you wanting to take your class out and about in Hertfordshire or Essex? Let's start with wildlife. The excellent and nationally renown wetlands centre at Rye Meads is run by the RSPB and there is plenty to keep your children busy for the day. They offer free school trips if you are happy to lead your own trip, or you can take advantage of their expert staff. At Paradise Wildlife Park schools can get up close to a huge range of mammals, with educational talks offered for all key stages. They can even bring the zoo to your school in the form of classroom workshops - but don't worry, the tigers stay at the zoo!
Celtic Harmony near Hertford has some fantastic pre-history themed trips, where children can experience an Iron Age farming day, study the science of herbs, or even sleep in an accurate reconstruction of an Iron Age roundhouse! The experts at Repeating History can bring the Anglo Saxons or Vikings into your classroom with engaging activities and demonstrations, or if the Victorians are your class topic, Audley End House run by English Heritage offer a great immersive experience in Essex. Perhaps you are looking for something a little more contemporary. The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space is fantastic for children to learn about robotics, computing, and STEM.
Please click the following link for our full list of visit options in the South East of England.