With a World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, historic houses and gardens, famous literary connections and remarkable biodiversity, Dorset is brimming with educational visits for pupils and teachers in a wide range of National Curriculum subjects.
Looking for the whole package?
The Swanage Centre Residential Education Facility, Brenscombe Outdoor Centre and Dorset County Council Outdoor Education Service offer educational programmes and packages aimed at a variety of age groups.
The Dorset Jurassic Coastline is a spectacular location to learn about coastal processes.
Dorset has outstanding levels of biodiversity. 90% of the UK's bird species, 85% of mammal species, 80% of butterfly species, 70% of dragonfly species and all 6 reptile species are found in the county. A trip to Dorset will thrill any budding ecologist or conservationist and makes for an excellent and stimulating geography field trip.
Dorset has an intertwining network of major rivers, each with different dynamics, making river case studies the subject of an exciting and enjoyable field trip. Or why not use Dorset’s diverse landscapes to study ecosystems?
Wooded valleys, coastal habitats and even sub tropical gardens – come and discover a world of thrilling biodiversity!
Dorset is the perfect place to study human geography. Pick from contrasting towns and seaside settlements to Dorset's county town and compare land use models; take a look at how agriculture has shaped the Dorset landscape or see how population is distributed here and why.
With so much to discover, Dorset is a geographer’s dream.
Travel & Tourism:
Dorset is one of the UK’s top holiday destinations and geographers studying economics and tourism as part of their syllabus have a wide choice of case studies to choose from. Why not visit one of our successful visitor attractions and see first hand how tourism is impacting the surrounding environment?
Castles and Stately Homes:
Or take a trip to Lulworth Castle to be whisked back to medieval times.
Take a journey though the past on the Dorset Military Trail.
Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Trade Union Movement:
Come and see the Old Crown Court & Cells in Dorchester and re-live the trial of the famous Tolpuddle Martyrs. The 6 men were transported to Australia in 1834 for their involvement in setting up a union. Their sentence caused national outrage and led to the birth of the trade union movement. The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum in nearby Tolpuddle also documents their story and is a must visit for any historian. You can book a tour of the Old Crown Court with an experienced Blue Badge Guide.
The county town of Dorchester is steeped in ancient history. See where people first settled in Dorchester at Maiden Castle – the finest and largest Iron Age hill fort in Britain. Discover when and how the Romans invaded in AD43 by visiting the Dorset County Museum and look at a real life example of how the Romans lived in Dorchester at the Roman Town House.
If your class is studying a Jane Austen novel, Lyme Regis makes for the perfect excursion as it is world famous for its intimate connection with the author. As well as featuring the town heavily in her posthumous novel, ‘Persuasion’, Austen frequently visited Lyme and was enthralled by the town’s elegance and charm. Guided tours of Jane Austen’s Lyme Regis are available.
Thomas Hardy, internationally renowned poet and novelist, spent most of his life in Dorset. Follow the Hardy Trail, visit his birthplace and grave or take a tour to some of the memorable towns and villages that inspired him so greatly in his work. You can book a tour with an experienced Blue Badge Guide.
The famous children's author stayed in Purbeck regularly and some of her best known works were inspired by the area. Follow the Enid Blyton Trail and visit Corfe Castle and Brownsea Island or take a trip on Swanage Railway.
Haynes International Motor Museum specialises in great educational trips. Based on history, science, technology, design and sociology and using the museum exhibits as the major resource, lesson plans can be tailored to suit the required needs of the curriculum. You can be re-assured that the trained museum staff will ensure a fulfilling day for all.
Visit the Museum of Electricity in Christchurch. Set in a genuine Edwardian power station the museum is dedicated to the history of electricity. The museum provides special support for the schools science curriculum, and visits by schools are free.
Our World Heritage Jurassic Coastline is fantastic for bringing science alive, whether you are of primary, secondary or university age. Study geology, natural hazards, paleoclimatology and much more on a journey of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Find out more at the Charmouth Heritage and Coast Centre or Durlston Castle Visitor Centre.
It’s not often that you get to study Maths outside of the classroom however there are so many opportunities to involve Maths in a field trip in Dorset. Why not visit the Swannery at Abbotsbury and discover how the many swans are counted and monitored, or visit the magnificent Sherborne Abbey and test your estimation and tessellation skills?
Key stage 1 Field trips
A trip to the farm is on every infant school’s itinerary! Farmer Palmers and Kingston Maurward Animal Park cater for school visits and will let the children feed, touch and play with the friendly farm animals.