The great outdoors is a fantastic place to educate primary school pupils. You can ignite all their senses, pull them away from the confines of four walls and give them a very different kind of education. However, during the colder months, planning school trips that are all outside isn’t particularly practical. With unpredictable weather, masses of gloves, hats and scarfs, in winter, it tends to be easier to book primary school trips that don’t rely on sunshine and temperatures above 18 degrees!
There are a huge amount of options for school trips in the winter and we’d like to share some of them with you. We’ve picked out several cities, each which offer fantastic options for winter primary school trips that will stimulate your children whilst also keeping them warm!
Museums, galleries, history, theatres and literature
It’s no secret that London has a huge amount to offer to primary school students. As the UK’s capital, it is home to some of the world’s most interesting and important historical, cultural and educational institutions.
A school trip to London can be whatever you want it to be; from visiting the UK’s first Buddhist temple, to the Charles Dickens Museum where your students can take part in workshops, diverse attractions are one of London’s biggest strengths.
London boasts some of the most profound and cutting-edge museums in the world such as the British Museum, the Design Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the National History Museum, the Road Dahl Museum and many many more! Also, take time to explore one of London’s many art galleries from the National Gallery to the Tate Modern, or perhaps visit the London Aquarium Presentations or even have an evening at one of London’s many grand theatres dotted around the city.
Whatever you could possibly want for your primary school trip, London has it!
Human history, interactive museums
York is a treasure trove of incredible history, told in a beautiful and interesting way through their many museums and galleries.
The Jorvik Viking Centre is a whole reason in itself to take your students to York as it holds actual remains of Jorvik, which is the place where Vikings settled and lived. This one-off, unique centre allows pupils to have an interactive experience with real history and get immersed in the reconstruction of Viking-age streets.
York is also home to the famous National Railway Museum which holds a national rail collection and is the largest railway museum in the world. Another fabulous museum in the centre of York is the York Castle museum where your students are able to get a glimpse into the Victorian past.
Looking for something a little more modern? Try the Magna Science Adventure Centre which holds some fantastic indoor attractions for kids to get stuck into!
Museums, galleries, human history, zoology
Edinburgh has a wide selection of various museums and galleries that are all perfect for primary school children. From the National Museum of Scotland Science to the Our Dynamic Earth with interactive exhibits, to the Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh has plenty of history and science to show off in its museums.
Don’t miss out on The Camera Obscura Show where your students can get to enjoy some of the best views of Edinburgh through holograms and 3D pictures as well experiencing giant kaleidoscopes and bendy mirrors. If you want the real sites of Edinburgh too, Edinburgh Castle is an unmissable attraction that should be top of your Edinburgh to-do list!
Believe it or not, Edinburgh is also home to Europe’s biggest collection of sharks! At Deep Sea World, students can experience the world’s longest underwater tunnels which will surround them with Edinburgh’s surprising aquatic world.
Human history, literature
It’s never too early for your students to start learning about one of the greatest writers of our time - Shakespeare! By taking your pupils to Shakespeare's birthplace, your pupils can see the environment in which he was brought up and how much of an inspiration his environment was for his future success.
Shakespeare’s birthplace has been open for visitors to come and explore for over 250 years. It shows step by step, an intimate look into the playwright’s personal life such as where he had his meals, his bedroom and how he lived with his wife.
Learning about Shakespeare isn’t all that Stratford-Upon-Avon has to offer, however. The MAD Museum is an interactive museum designed to engage and inspire students of all ages. The museum focuses on mechanical design, electronic systems and physics principals, all of which are a fantastic learning opportunity for primary school children.
We hope this has given you some ideas and if you would like quotes for any to go the above trips, please get in contact!
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