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School Educational Days with Murton Park

Where school trips are not just educational – they’re unforgettable

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The school trip that will go down in history

Forget grainy footage and textbook exercises. When we teach history through the ages, we get interactive with immersive educational days that will transport pupils into a whole new era.

Visit us at Murton Park and pick your historical adventure — from meeting the settlers at our reconstructed Viking village, to practicing military drills in our Roman Fort.

Or travel back in time in the comfort of your classroom with our engaging in-school talks.

School Activity Days at Murton Park

We’ve done the lesson plan, so you don’t have to:

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Saxon Settlers Day

Step into the shoes of Saxon settlers and explore the challenges and daily activities of early medieval life. Pupils will begin with a talk from the abbot or abbess about Saxon origins and societal structures. Throughout the day, they will candle dip, learn writing and illumination techniques, and defend the settlement from Viking invaders.

Roman Day

Step into our 1st century Roman fort and experience life as a new recruit to the Roman Army. Under the guidance of the duty Centurion and their assistant, students will engage in military drills, make oil lamps, learn about Roman writing, and discover the intricacies of Roman religion.

Viking Day

Explore our Viking village and imagine the life of a Viking settler. Pupils will learn about food preparation, grind flour, and play Viking board games. They will also take turns on guard duty to defend the village from potential attackers.

WW2 Home Front Day

Experience the life of an evacuee during World War 2. Using our classroom and ARP shed, students will participate in gas mask drills, practice air raid procedures, and learn how to handle incendiary bombs.

Prehistoric Day

Travel back to the Stone Age and Bronze Age in our prehistoric village. Pupils will make early types of clay pottery, grind grain to make flour, create prehistoric art, handle replica artifacts, and learn essential hunting skills.

In-school Talks & Experiences

Not your average school assembly

Bring the Murton Park experience to your school! Our engaging talks bring history to life right in your school hall, featuring costumed characters and authentic artifacts.

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Loan Boxes

Loans boxes are a wonderful way to bring history into your classroom. Our loans boxes contain replica objects with handling notes to help you make the most of the topic. You can borrow a box for a maximum of 4 weeks.  Email us for more information enquiries@murtonpark.co.uk

Bringing history lessons to life since 1992

Available year-round

We run educational days and talks throughout the year.

Immersive experiences

Costumed characters, replica artifacts, engaging role play activities… this isn’t your average tour or talk!

Award-winning activity days

We’ve scooped many awards including Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) and The Sandford Award for Heritage Education (winners 2010, 2015, 2022).

Engaging school talks

Our team can visit you and recreate our immersive experiences in your school hall.

Inclusive

Accessibility is important to us. Our staff are trained in basic Makaton and our experiences can be tailored for the unique needs of your pupils.

Handy bunch of historians

History runs through our blood here at Murton Park because we love what we do, which is why our experienced team is always on hand to answer any questions from start to finish.

Curriculum-friendly content

Influenced by what’s taught at Key Stage 2, our school experiences bring lessons to life.

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What teachers and pupils say

Leader kept staff entertained and children engaged. Hands on very knowledgeable and approachable. Great relationships with staff and children.

What teachers and pupils say

It was great for our curriculum. We cover a lot of historical enquiry questions and the impact of the romans of life today so the trip is an excellent way for them to learn more about what Roman life was like. It wouldn’t be possible in school to give such an immersive experience.

What teachers and pupils say

Amazing full day of exciting, knowledge-rich activities! Helpful and hilarious guides who were great with behaviour management.

What teachers and pupils say

It was interactive, engaging and educational. The children were able to participate in a number of activities whilst also feeling like a Roman dressed up. The day was packed full of different things and the activity hosts were exceptional with the knowledge that they knew and how they worked with the children. All children were engaged from start to finish. Thank you so much!

What teachers and pupils say

The interaction between your staff and pupils was outstanding. The way the characters interacted really absorbed the children into the story and their learning.

What teachers and pupils say

As an educational visits coordinator, Murton Park is an easy trip to organise and gives 100% outcome. The staff and pupils have a fantastic day. Murton Park staff are fabulous. Know their stuff and really bring topics alive. This is a trip that pupils remember for a long time.

FAQs

How many pupils can you accommodate on-site?

Our on-site Roman, Viking and Saxon activity days comfortably cater up to 65 pupils, and require 1 accompanying adult for every 10 pupils.

Our Home Front and Prehistoric activity days cater up to 36 pupils, and require 1 accompanying adult for every 10 pupils.

Do we need to pay a deposit?

A 25% deposit is required to secure your school activity day. We will then send you a VAT receipt.

You will be sent an invoice for the final balance, to be paid 4 weeks before your scheduled visit.

Do you have parking on-site?

Yes, we’ve got a free car park with ample space for minibuses, cars, and coaches.

Can you create a bespoke experience for our school?

As our school activity days are enjoyed by over 20,000 students a year, we know how to blend education with engagement with our time-tested formats and talks.

Do you provide food with your experiences?

We ask that  pupils bring their own packed lunches. Teachers are provided with tea/coffee and we have a café on site if you/your pupils need anything extra.

Do you offer any shorter talks in-school, say for an assembly?

We always recommend a minimum of 2 hours for our in-school talks, so that pupils can really get a sense of the history and experience “a day in the life” of our costumed guides.

Looking for more support?

Our friendly team is here to help. Whether you have questions about our activities, availability, or planning your visit, get in touch here.

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