Booking and charges

To request an Educational visit please telephone the Education Office 01223 331875 to check availability. Once your visit date is confirmed please complete and return the Education Group Booking Form, which you can download from the link on the left. The Garden can accommodate a maximum of 100 school children on any one day.

Enquiries should be made at least one week in advance for an Unassisted visit and minimum four weeks in advance for an Assisted visit.

Lead Teachers are requested to discuss their requirements with the Education Office at the time of booking. Teachers who are visiting for the first time are recommended to have a free of charge pre-visit with or without an Education Officer at a mutually convenient time.
A List of Activities can be downloaded from either the Primary Schools section of the website (Foundation to KS2) or the Secondary Schools section (KS3, KS4, KS5).

We recommend a standard-size class undertake no more than 3 directed activities and then spend some time exploring the Garden. The Activities list is divided into sections. We recommend selecting three varied activities from the different sections: walks, glasshouse activities, outdoor activities, indoor activities (assisted visits only) to make up a visit.

Assisted Visits** from KS1 and above only
Our Education Officers can assist your visit if pre-booked. Assisted Visits can accommodate up to 36 pupils only and last a maximum of 2 hours. They can be booked between the core hours of 10am and 2pm. There is a charge for this type of visit.

If you wish to bring a small group, we offer a Short Assisted Visit, lasting for 1½ hours, for a maximum of twelve students. There is a charge for this type of visit.

**Note: There are a limited number of Assisted visits available in any academic year.

Unassisted Visits
You are welcome to lead your own group around the Botanic Garden, without the assistance of an Education Officer. This type of visit is free of charge for students and accompanying adults providing that it is pre-booked at least one week in advance.

Groups with more than 36 pupils will need to undertake Unassisted self-led visits only.

Undercover shelter is not provided for groups visiting on an Unassisted basis. Storage trunks for non-valuable possessions (e.g. packed lunches) may be available to use free of charge. Please check availability at time of booking.

Bespoke Visits
Our Education Officers can design a bespoke visit to meet your needs. Please contact the Education Office to discuss. There is a charge for this type of visit.

2 hour Assisted Visit for KS1 & above: £75 per visit
(maximum 36 students)

Short Assisted Visit: £30 per visit
(maximum 12 students)

Unassisted Visit: FREE of charge

Bespoke Visit: starting from £150 per visit
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