Teachers and their own children are invited to enjoy a free weekend of fun and exploration at English Heritage sites throughout the country on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May as abbeys, castles and historic houses open their doors for the first ever English Heritage Teachers’ Weekend.
Lucia Crothall, Education Marketing Manager for English Heritage explains, “We know how pressured teachers are today, and how hard it can be to find new places to take the children to so we’ve thrown our doors open at the weekend so they can combine a day out with their own children with the chance to explore our sites, and see their amazing potential for educational visits!”
Around 400 sites will be taking part in the initiative, from English Heritage’s Hadrian’s Wall sites in the North to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. English Heritage’s regional education teams will also be welcoming teachers on exclusive tours at six key properties at 11am on 7 May: Carlisle Castle, Dover Castle, Totnes Castle, Kenilworth Castle, Audley End House & Gardens and Apsley House.
“This is a great opportunity for teachers to try out places they have never visited themselves or never thought of taking their class to visit. We’re sure that once they see their potential and find out about the free ideas and resources we offer they’ll be back with the rest of the school– especially when they realise that visiting with an educational group is free of charge,” adds Sandra Stancliffe, Education Director.
Teachers should pre-register by 22 April 2011 to secure their complimentary visit at http://services.english-heritage.org.uk/educationbookings. The free pass will cover up to four children aged up to 18.
More information about English Heritage’s free educational visits and Discovery Visits is available online at www.english-heritage.org.uk/education