Plan your visit
A planning visit to the reserve is essential. Assistance can be given on this visit if you contact the Reserve Managers beforehand.
Please use our booking enquiry form to tell us about your school or group visit.
Number of Children and Adults
The maximum number of children per visit is 30. If your group is larger than 30 you must contact the reserve. The children should be divided into the appropriate groups prior to the visit. This will have been discussed before your arrival.
For the visit to be a pleasurable and valuable learning experience for the children a good ratio of adults to pupils is required.
NUT guidance is as follows:
- 1 adult for every 6 pupils in school years 1 to 3, 5 years to 8 years old (under 5s reception classes should have a higher ratio);
- 1 adult for every 10-15 pupils in school years 4 to 6; 8 to 11 years of age – a ratio of 1 to 10 would be preferred
- 1 adult for every 15-20 pupils in school year 7 onwards – a ratio of 1 to 10 would be preferred
Adult input is helpful and more adult help is better than less.
There is also a selection of activity sheets that you can use to plan your activities. You can download these here on our website. When booking your visit please indicate which activities you would like to do.
Accessing the Reserve
Coaches are unable to access the reserve and so must park on the Parade Ground.
As the time of your arrival is known, you will be met at the Welcome sign on the access road and walked to the Field Centre. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
School visits to commence no earlier than 1000 and children should leave no later than 1430. This time includes half an hour for lunch.
If there is a problem concerning time of arrival on the actual day it is important to contact the Reserve Managers.
Appropriate clothing and footwear is required, especially clothing for wet weather as the conditions can change during the day. Some activities require wellingtons. Anything not needed during the visit can be left in the Field Centre.
No charge is made for visits to the Reserve but a donation of £3.00 per person would be appreciated.