All our activities last for two hours. These normally run from 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, but these times are flexible to allow for groups’ arrival or departure times. We can of course adjust times to suit groups with disabilities.

For information on how to book any of our sessions, click here
Risk Assessments
Click here for information to assist with your risk assessments for the visit. Please contact the Centre for any further information or to arrange to see our own risk assessments.
For mainstream school groups the cost of a two hour activity session is £135. For specialist schools and community groups the cost is £5 per person (teachers/carers are free).
Please state on the booking form if you are travelling by coach, as you will require a coach permit to come into Richmond Park.
Groups who have difficulty with the cost of transport can enquire about our transport bursary. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All groups must stop in the visitors’ parking bay by the Holly Lodge lychgate before entering the site. A group leader should report to Holly Lodge reception in the cottage, where you will be directed to the car park and met by a member of the Holly Lodge Centre team.
It is essential for all outdoor sessions that group members wear clothes that completely cover their legs. Here is a link to information about hazards in Richmond Park.
We always aim to deliver our education sessions whatever the weather throws at us. Please make sure that everyone brings suitable clothing and footwear.


Suitable for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Explore the different habitats where invertebrates might live and catch one in a bug pot to get a closer look.

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Pond dipping

Suitable for Year 2 and above, and for those with disabilities 

All pupils will dip in the pond and put their findings in trays to be looked at closely and identified. We also have a raised pond to make sure everyone is able to access.

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This activity is suitable for Key Stage 1 and pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.

Identify and name a variety of the birds in the park and recognise differences in their bodies, diets and habitats.  A very sensory session which encourages children to think about sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.

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Suitable for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 

A basic introduction to the world of plants, including tress, their structure, their means of reproduction and their importance to all life forms.

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Mission Invertebrate

Suitable for groups with special educational needs and disabilities

A fun, sensory exploration of the jobs done by some of the very special invertebrates living in the park.

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Living things in winter

Suitable for Key Stage 1 and for those with learning disabilities

We show how the natural world prepares for and copes with the harsh conditions of autumn and, more especially, winter.

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Then and now

This activity is for children 5 – 8 years and can be adapted for individuals with learning difficulties.

Learn how the past influences the present day and where evidence for this can be found.

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Victorian pharmacy

Suitable for Year 3 and above.

Come and let your pupils immerse themselves in local history whilst becoming Victorian pharmacy apprentices. 

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Victorian Christmas

This session is for children and adults with special educational needs and disabilities.

In late November and December the cosy schoolroom is transformed ready to celebrate Victorian Christmas. 

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Reminiscence soap workshop

Suitable for groups of elderly people and those with Dementia.

Come and visit our genuine Victorian Pharmacy, make soap using traditional methods, and enjoy reminiscing about the past and changes in living memory.

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Victorian artefacts reminiscence workshop

Suitable for groups of elderly people and those living with Dementia.

Come and visit our Victorian classroom, explore household objects from the Victorian era and enjoy reminiscing about the past and changes in living memory.

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