Education and Learning

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is a superb venue for learners of all ages to visit and enjoy. We can organise sessions for groups of up to 70 students. We have two bookable indoor classroom spaces, as well as the Orangery which is suitable for larger groups.

Opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities for learners of all ages to choose from. Explore the house, gardens and the zoo, on a self-led visit. Learn even more on a guided tour with one of our education team, or book a workshop to bring the national curriculum to life. We also welcome home educators either individually or in groups and will do our best to provide sessions specifically tailored to your needs.

Self led visits

For schools planning a self led visit to Sewerby Hall and Gardens we have downloadable teaching packs for the Zoo, the House and for the Amy Johnson Collection. These provide a range of information, teaching ideas and suggestions.

Please note that if you are planning to visit the house, it is advisable to split your class into groups of less than 12 before coming in, as the rooms are not suitable for large groups. The attendants on duty when you visit will be able to give you more specific advice.

Upstairs and downstairs

Guided visits

We can offer a range of facilitated activities to enhance your visit, from provision of worksheets, trails and quizzes, handling collections, talks and gallery tours. On Wednesdays and Fridays (between November and April) we can offer immersive, costumed and facilitated sessions for schools wishing to investigate life in an Edwardian Country House.

We are also happy to develop bespoke sessions for schools and other learners. For more details and information about the range of facilitated activities available and costs please contact us with your requirements.

School workshops

We can offer a variety of workshops for groups of all ages and abilities. Please note that an additional charge of £1.50 per head may apply if you wish to visit other areas during the course of your visit.

Workshop 1

  • Upstairs Downstairs
    Life in an Edwardian Country House
  • Activities
    Get to work under guidance of the butler or housekeeper, including preparing bread and cleaning, before heading upstairs and seeing how the other half live.
  • Half Day
    10am - 12.30pm
    £4 per head, minimum charge £60
  • Full Day
    10am - 2.30pm
    £8 per head, minimum charge £120

Workshop 2

  • Christmas with the Lloyd Greames
    A seasonal celebration available Nov - Dec
  • Activities
    As servants of Sewerby Hall you'll help prepare salt dough decorations to take home, create decoupage Christmas cards and play some festive games.
  • Half Day
    10am - 12.30pm
    £4 per head, minimum charge £60
  • Full Day
    10am - 2.30pm
    £8 per head, minimum charge £120

Workshop 3

  • Prehistory workshop
    Shelter building in full day package
  • Activities
    Inspired by our archaeological collections and nearby prehistoric sites at Star Carr and Rudston. Use special tools and handle items from Stone Age to Bronze Age.
  • Half Day
    10am - 12.30pm
    £4 per head, minimum charge £60
  • Full Day
    10am - 2.30pm
    £8 per head, minimum charge £120

Workshop 4

  • Zoo workshop
    Discovering living things and habitats
  • Activities
    Investigate the nature of living things, then explore the habitats woods and gardens before looking at the ways animals in the Zoo have adapted to their habitats and environments.
  • Half Day
    10am - 12.30pm
    £4 per head, minimum charge £60
  • Full Day
    10am - 2.30pm
    £8 per head, minimum charge £120

Workshop 5

  • Amy Johnson Workshop
    Investigate the life and achievements of a local hero
  • Activities
    An opportunity to use the unique collections of memorabilia at Sewerby Hall to explore the life and achievements of this remarkable local woman. Investigate the science of flight in the whole day workshop.
  • Half Day
    10am - 12.30pm
    £4 per head, minimum charge £60
  • Full Day
    10am - 2.30pm
    £8 per head, minimum charge £120

Custom

  • Bespoke workshops
    Create a unique experience
  • Activities
    If you have any other specific requirements for workshops, please feel free to Contact Us to outline the needs of your school group. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
  • Half Day
    10am - 12.30pm
    Contact us for prices
  • Full Day
    10am - 2.30pm
    Contact us for prices

Special Educational Needs Schools and Groups.

We welcome visits from Special Educational Needs Schools and groups, all our workshops are multi-sensory and the Hall, Zoo, Pleasure Gardens and Walled Gardens are accessible for those with mobility issues.

There are accessible toilets on site as well as a fully equipped Changing Places. We are happy to adapt any of our workshops to the needs of your group or develop bespoke workshops for your visit.

Workshops can be organised for a half or whole day. Please feel free to contact us to outline the needs of your group and discuss how we might be able to facilitate your visit. we will always do our best to help.

Creative Families Award

Little creatives aged 1 to 4 years old can take part in the free Creative Families Award at Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Complete fun tasks during your visit and at home or school, then contact us to receive your certificate. The award is a precursor to the Arts Award just for young children . It can be completed by families or by Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) groups. EYFS groups must book group visits in advance.

Group Visits
1. Discover
Discover arts all around

Explore the estate, follow the garden trails, take a look at all the furniture and more.

2. Experience
Experience artists' work

Use the '5 Things to Discover' challenge to investigate artworks, museum objects, architecture and statues.

3. Make
Making and creating

Create your own art, from dressing up and acting, to drawing, sticking or building, just be creative!

4. Share
Sharing experiences

Tell friends and family about what you have done so they can share in the creative fun.

Getting your certificate

Email sewerby.hall@eastriding.gov.uk to request your Creative Families Award certificate, letting us know the name and age of the child taking part, your postcode, and the date you completed the Creative Families Award tasks.

Get the logbook

Buy the official Creative Families Award logbook to celebrate your child's progress and keep as a memento, for just £4. Ask at the Welcome Centre.

Talks and Lectures

We can also offer talks and lectures to groups and organisations. These can delivered to groups on site as part of a visit and are also available as outreach sessions, contact us for details.

Museum Mondays
Life long learning

Our Museum Mondays afternoon sessions are aimed specifically at our adult visitors.

CPD Sessions
Continuing Personal Development

East Riding Museums Service can offer a range of CPD and Inset Sessions to accompany the National Curriculum.

Risk Assessment
Prepare for your group visit

Download risk assessments for your visit.

Plan your educational visit

Contact our education officer to discover more learning opportunities or discuss a bespoke education package.

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