Learning opportunities at Muncaster Castle and Hawk & Owl Centre

Set in many acres of woodland, Himalayan and Japanese Gardens, and along with the Hawk and Owl Centre, historic Muncaster offers a stimulating variety of learning environments. We can provide educational workshops to suit your pupils' requirements, from early learners, Key Stages 1 to 5 or adult learners. All of our workshops can be adapted to suit your requirements.

Whether you are coming to Muncaster Castle for a self-led visit, or joining us for a workshop led by our staff, our Education Officer can work with you to create a bespoke, fun-packed itinerary for you and your group that suits your individual requirements and is exciting, educational and entertaining.

To discuss the options and find out more, please email education@muncaster.co.uk

Educational Visits

Whether you plan to use our venue independently for a self-led visit, or if you would like to participate in one of our Educational Workshops and hear exciting tales from the historic Pennington family, hunt for minibeasts in the gardens and ponds, or have a close encounter with an owl, we can assist with tailoring your visit to ensure you experience a fun-packed itinerary that ensures your group will learn that there is so much more to Muncaster than history alone.

Educational Workshops are available all year round, with the addition of our Victorian Christmas workshop which is available from the end of November to mid-December.

The Castle gardens, with their unique blend of native and exotic species in a wild woodland setting offer miles of paths, intriguing ponds full of life, lawned areas for play or picnic and peaceful corners, all perfect for a wide variety of nature-based activities. There are adventure playgrounds to burn off excess energy and younger children will enjoy experiencing life as a tiny meadow vole in the Meadowvole Maze.

Depending on your time constraints, why not include seeing one of our scheduled Hawk & Owl Centre displays in your itinerary? During the main season the World of Owls display is in the Old Rose Garden at 11.30am, and the Sky Hunters display on the Meadow is at 2pm. Each display lasts 30-40 minutes and is included in your entry price. Both the bird displays and the Hawk & Owl Centre itself offer ample information for groups to cover many areas of the national curriculum as well as being a great day out for children.

Educational Visit Bookings & Enquiries

Please call us on 01229 717614 or email education@muncaster.co.uk to enquire about an educational visit to Muncaster Castle.

Educational Workshops for Schools

Educational Workshops on Offer at Muncaster Castle

These will be led by a member of Muncaster staff and will last one hour. From your initial enquiry our Education Officer will work with you to plan your visit around your chosen workshop to ensure you pack as much into your visit as possible and all your requirements are met. Depending on group size it may be necessary to split large groups up into smaller groups for some activities. Workshops will be largely cross curricular and can be aimed at any key stage, although specific links are highlighted within each description.

OUTDOOR WORKSHOPS

Pond Dipping – Approaching the water quietly, you will use your nets to delve beneath the shimmering surface to discover and identify the creatures that lie within the wildlife ponds in the Muncaster gardens. The workshop is designed to link to the science curriculum and is suitable for all key stages.

Land Art – Get outside and create art in nature. Use your imagination, be creative, get some fresh air and learn all about nature whilst enjoying the natural beauty of the Muncaster Gardens and Estate. Land Art activities can be tailor made to suit all key stages. The workshop is designed to link to the art and design curriculum.

A Walk on the Wild Side – With strong links to the science curriculum for all key stages, learn about the minibeasts that call the Muncaster gardens their home and the birds that fill the Muncaster woodland with song as you explore the beautiful grounds of Muncaster Castle. You will be led along a trail of discovery as you explore minibeast habitats, spend time in our bird viewing hide and observe the natural diversity of the Muncaster Estate.

Plant Detectives – Investigate ecosystems and plant life cycles as you discover the diverse and fascinating plants and trees at Muncaster. You will explore the seasonal diversity of the woodland and beautiful gardens, taking time to identify what you see, harvesting and sowing the seeds that you find along the way. The workshop will be tailor made to suit the season in which you visit and curriculum requirements of your pupils.

WORKSHOPS IN THE CASTLE

Time Travelling Muncaster – A history workshop for all ages. Muncaster Castle has been a home to the Pennington family for 800 years. Discover how the Castle has become the magnificent building it is today, and find out more about the family members that have lived within its walls.

Witches and Ghosts – Muncaster Castle is one of the most haunted castles in the whole of England and has been home to the Pennington Family for over 800 years, but is the place haunted? You decide as you learn about ghostly tales, witchy potions and Tom Fool’s tricks. The workshop is designed for all ages and key stages, with links to the history and English curriculum.

A Victorian Christmas – Available from the end of November to mid-December when the castle will be decorated for Christmas. An exciting interactive history workshop suitable for all ages, the tour allows you to dress up as a Victorian maid or a hall boy, learn about Christmas celebrations during the Victorian era, see original objects, and play Victorian parlour games. This workshop can also include the opportunity to meet Father Christmas himself and exchange gifts.

HAWK AND OWL CENTRE WORKSHOP

Owl Encounter –Allow our Bird Team to share their majestic owls, expertise and knowledge with your group as you enjoy a close up encounter with some the Muncaster Hawk and Owl Centre owls, before spending time studying feathers and dissecting owl pellets during a hands-on discovery session. This workshop links to the science curriculum and is suitable for all ages.
Please contact education@muncaster.co.uk for additional information.

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