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
    Bespoke workshops at Sewerby Zoo can be delivered to meet a range of cross-curricular topics. We will do our best to accommodate the needs of your group.
  • Half Day
    10am - 12.30pm
    £4 per head, minimum charge £60
  • Full Day
    10am - 2.30pm
    £8 per head, minimum charge £120

Workshop 5

  • Tin hats to top hats
    In conjunction with RSPB Bempton
  • Activities
    Investigate attitudes toward hunting and shooting amongst the Edwardian elite at Sewerby and then at Bempton compare this to the life of the climbers and the development of sea bird conservation.
  • Half the day will be spent at RSPB Bempton, and half at Sewerby Hall. You need to arrange your own transport.
  • 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

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.

Topics include:

  • The story of the restoration of Sewerby Hall
  • The History of Sewerby Hall
  • Soldier Servants in the First World War
  • What the Butler Saw (the private lives of servants)
  • Ghosts of Christmas Past (how the Victorians invented Christmas)

Talks can be booked for £30 by contacting the education officer. Admission fees apply for talks held at Sewerby, with limited seats available. Talks last around one hour.

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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