School Visits Somerset

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The South West

With all schools very keen to broaden and enhance the learning opportunities and the social experience of their pupils, school study trips are high on the agenda. If your school is located in or near the South West of England, Somerset is a county well worth a visit.

With an extensive coastline to the north, and a large grassland interior, known as the Somerset Levels, this county is distinctly rural with a good helping of maritime. But for the sake of this article we are controversially featuring a couple of trips located in the urban centre of Bristol. We know that Bristol is not technically Somerset, but if you are in or near this county, then the short hop to the city may be well worth it, as we will discuss below.

While science, geography and even art have all taken centre stage over the years - the birth of powered flight, the birth of the National Parks and more recently the world famous Glastonbury Festival, it is impossible to overlook the immense cultural history of Somerset, woven in layer after layer of demographic history, and ripe for study by modern day school children. From the early hunter gathers who left their flints, through the Iron Age settlers and Roman invaders, to the Norman conquest and later civil war. Museums and exhibition centres provide a wide variety of study options.

Geographically speaking, the county of Somerset can be seen the northern part of the region known as the South West of England. Sitting to the south of the Severn Estury, Somerset is the gateway to Devon and Cornwall, and the South West Peninsula. County towns include Yeovil and Taunton to the south, Bridgwater in the centre and Weston-super-Mare to the north.

Please click the following link for our full list of visit options in the South West of England.


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Audley End

location icon School Trip East of England
apple icon Subjects: Art, History, Victorian


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.

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free tripCleeve Abbey
Cleeve Abbey

location icon Somersetapple icon Design Technology, History, Medieval, Religious Education, Engineering

The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England. Pupils today can catch a glimpse of monastic life 800 years ago. ...

Shepton Mallet Prison - Education Behind Bars
Shepton Mallet Prison - Education Behind Bars

location icon Somersetapple icon Archaeology, Citizenship, Fieldstudies, History, Georgian, Local History, Twentieth Century, Victorian, PSHE, SEN

Shepton Mallet Prison puts 'Education Behind Bars' with the launch of a newly created National Education Programme for Schools, Colleges, and Universities, ensuring educational visits are truly educational and a reach beyond the traditional. ...

free tripFarleigh Hungerford Castle
Farleigh Hungerford Castle

location icon Somersetapple icon English, History, Medieval

Book a free school trip to Farleigh Hungerford Castle, and explore the ruins, the chapel and the burial vault to learn about the history of the site and the people who lived there. Enhance your learning with a hands-on workshop led by site experts. ...

Mendip Activity Centre
Mendip Activity Centre

location icon Somersetapple icon Fieldstudies, Physical Education, Team Building

A rare opportunity to secure a school residential at the largest outdoor activity centre in the southwest. Canvas accommodation for up to 250 students and bunkroom accommodation for up to 80 students. Onsite activity centre, private quarry and river....




Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre
Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

location icon Somersetapple icon Citizenship, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, PSHE, SEN, Wildlife, Accommodation Only

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Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre specializes in offering fun packed, mixed programs of outdoor and environmental courses aimed at giving pupils a taster of challenging, exciting and interesting activities that will shape their future memories....

Nettlecombe Court Field Centre
Nettlecombe Court Field Centre

location icon Somersetapple icon History, Medieval, Science, Biology, Geography, Environmental Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Bushcraft, Fieldstudies, Wildlife

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Field Studies Council Nettlecombe Court has excellent access to the Somerset coast as well as Exmoor National Park and The Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages. ...

Mayan Music
Mayan Music

location icon Somerset & Various Regionsapple icon History, Ancient Civilisations, Music

An exciting musical journey into the Maya civilization. With (slit)drums, shakers and flutes the children recreate the music of the Ancient Maya. They learn about Mayan society, the role of music and the instruments the Maya used. ...

Junk & Body Percussion Workshops
Junk & Body Percussion Workshops

location icon Somerset & Various Regionsapple icon Music, Dance, SEN, Sustainability, Team Building

No need for expensive instruments, your body is a musical instrument! Body Percussion is rhythm, movement and fun. Or make Eco Music with Junk Percussion: turn everyday objects into instruments. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and play some funky rhythms. ...


African Drumming & (Gumboot) Dancing
African Drumming & (Gumboot) Dancing

location icon Somerset & Various Regionsapple icon History, Black History, Music, Dance, SEN, Team Building

Give your pupils an exciting musical experience packed with rhythm, fun, creativity and self-expression with an African Drumming, Dancing or Gumboot Dancing workshop by FabDrumming. No experience is required and suitable for all ages and abilities. ...

Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge

location icon Somersetapple icon Science, History, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, Prehistory

Explore Cheddar Gorge, a National Nature Reserve and world famous beauty spot where pupils can learn about its Ice Age creation, Stone Age occupation and Victorian exploration...

Glastonbury Abbey
Glastonbury Abbey

location icon Somersetapple icon History, Religious Education, Medieval

Welcome to Glastonbury Abbesy, once the grandest and richest Abbey in England. A great Glastonbury experience awaits you here!...

Somerset School Workshops

Is your school located in Somerset? A huge range of workshop providers can bring the learning experience to you! Allow your students to benefit from specialist knowledge about your class subject or topic..

China VR Workshop
China VR Workshop

laptop icon online workshop available
apple icon Ancient Civilisations, Physical Geography, English, SEN

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Take your class on a guided tour across China with PrimeVR! Your pupils will visit famous sites including the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. Bring the school trip to you!

Creative Maths
Creative Maths

laptop icon online workshop available
apple icon Maths

As Creatives' Creative Maths workshops for secondary schools have been carefully designed to both put into context and actively promote the three keystones of the National Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem-solving.

Alice through the looking Glass
Alice through the looking Glass

laptop icon online workshop available
apple icon Performing Arts, PSHE

Join Alice on an adventure through the looking glass and enter a fun space to gently explore complex themes of friendship, resilience, and wellbeing.

Explosive Chemistry Lessons with Minecraft
Explosive Chemistry Lessons with Minecraft

laptop icon online workshop available
apple icon Science, Chemistry

We will be delving into the virtual world of Minecraft to bring out an experience that the student would love and where they would learn. In this workshop we would be exploring the chemistry update as part of Minecraft Education Edition.

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