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.


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Iron Age Farming Experience
Iron Age Farming Experience

Hertfordshire Essex Citizenship, History, PSHE, Farm, SEN, Prehistory

COVID-19 OFFER
Step back into Ancient Britain at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest reconstructed Iron Age settlement near Hertford. With a host of themed Prehistory educational visits from Stone Age to Iron Age, your class will be immersed in ancient Britain....

Iron Age Farming Experience
Boudicca's Warriors
Boudicca's Warriors

Hertfordshire Essex History, Prehistory, Celts, PSHE, SEN

COVID-19 OFFER
Step back into Ancient Britain at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest reconstructed Iron Age settlement near Hertford. With a host of themed Prehistory educational visits from Stone Age to Iron Age, your class will be immersed in ancient Britain....

Boudicca's Warriors
Audley End
Audley End

Hertfordshire Essex History, Victorian, Art

There's a full day outside the classroom at Audely End House and Gardens. A 17th century mansion complete with Victorian Service Wing, Kitchen Garden and stables to explore outside and visit the hands-on Nursery Suite and Coal Gallery. ...

Audley End
STEM Discovery Centre
STEM Discovery Centre

Hertfordshire Essex Maths, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Design Technology, Computing, SEN

Our unique education centre leverages the inspirational power of the ExoMars Project. Our school trips - linked to key stages 2 and 3 curriculum - aim to inspire young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths. ...

STEM Discovery Centre



Prehistory Experience
Prehistory Experience

Hertfordshire Essex Citizenship, History, Prehistory, Celts, PSHE, SEN

COVID-19 OFFER
Step back into Ancient Britain at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest reconstructed Iron Age settlement near Hertford. With a host of themed Prehistory educational visits from Stone Age to Iron Age, your class will be immersed in ancient Britain....

Prehistory Experience
White Water
White Water

Hertfordshire Essex PSHE, Sports Centre, Watersports, Careers

The venue offers exciting paddlesport opportunities led by qualified instructors who will engage and excite students. Options include rafting, hydrospeeding, kayaking and paddleboarding. ...

White Water
FSC Epping Forest
FSC Epping Forest

Hertfordshire Essex Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

COVID-19 OFFER
FSC Epping Forest, is situated in the heart of Epping Forest, an area of around 2,400 hectares of wood-pasture. Visit FSC Epping Forest for fun and engaging primary or secondary one day outdoor field trips. ...

FSC Epping Forest
Day Visits
Day Visits

Hertfordshire Essex Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Victorian, Design Technology, Physical Education, Art, Farm, Wildlife, SEN

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority's Youth and Schools Service provide a range of outdoor learning opportunities for all the key stages within Lee Valley Regional Park. ...

Day Visits

Stone Age Day
Stone Age Day

Hertfordshire Essex Citizenship, History, PSHE, Prehistory, Celts, SEN

COVID-19 OFFER
Step back into Ancient Britain at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest reconstructed Iron Age settlement near Hertford. With a host of themed Prehistory educational visits from Stone Age to Iron Age, your class will be immersed in ancient Britain....

Stone Age Day
Prehistory Day Trips
Prehistory Day Trips

Hertfordshire Essex History, Prehistory, Celts, PSHE, SEN

COVID-19 OFFER
Step back into Ancient Britain at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest reconstructed Iron Age settlement near Hertford. With a host of themed Prehistory educational visits from Stone Age to Iron Age, your class will be immersed in ancient Britain....

Prehistory Day Trips
Prehistory Residential Trips
Prehistory Residential Trips

Hertfordshire Essex History, Prehistory, Celts, PSHE, SEN

COVID-19 OFFER
Immerse your pupils in Prehistory as you journey from Neolithic Hunter Gatherers to Iron Age Warriors and experience the thrill of sleeping in roundhouses at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest reconstructed Iron Age settlement. ...

Prehistory Residential Trips
Prehistory Explorer
Prehistory Explorer

Hertfordshire Essex Citizenship, History, Prehistory, Celts, PSHE, SEN

COVID-19 OFFER
Step back into Ancient Britain at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest reconstructed Iron Age settlement near Hertford. With a host of themed Prehistory educational visits from Stone Age to Iron Age, your class will be immersed in ancient Britain....

Prehistory Explorer

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Workshops

Companies who can bring workshops into your school...

Prehistory Online Learning Workshops
Prehistory Online Learning Workshops

Hertfordshire Essex & Various Regions History, Prehistory, Celts, Bushcraft

COVID-19 OFFER
Live stream a Prehistory Person direct from a Palaeolithic Cave or Chieftain Roundhouse at Celtic Harmony Camp into your classroom for a unique remote learning experience. ...

Prehistory Online Learning Workshops
Outreach
Outreach

Hertfordshire Essex & Various Regions History, Prehistory

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority's Youth and Schools Service provides a range of outdoor learning opportunities for all key stages within Lee Valley Regional Park. ...

Outreach
Frogmore Paper Mill
Frogmore Paper Mill

Hertfordshire Essex Science, Chemistry, History, Industrial, Victorian, Twentieth Century, Design Technology, Art, SEN

COVID-19 OFFER
A unique working industrial site, birthplace of paper's industrial revolution and still making paper with heritage machinery today. 'What a WONDERFUL day we all had and every child came away the richer for sure.'- teacher, Berkhamsted. ...

Frogmore Paper Mill
Wimpole Hall
Wimpole Hall

Hertfordshire Essex Science, History, Geography, Twentieth Century, Human Geography, Biology

First built in 1643, Wimpole Hall has developed into the largest country house in Cambridgeshire. While Wimpole's garden provides almost a case-book history of English Gardening from 1690 to 1830. ...

Wimpole Hall

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