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Education at Wharton Park

Bring your school or group along to Wharton Park for a day full of inspiration and learning.

Our park, located to the north of Durham City centre, boast breathtaking views, a heritage centre and an outdoor amphitheatre.


We have a wide range of workshops linked to the curriculum with practical and creative activities designed to encourage children to enjoy and develop an interest in the natural world and local heritage.

Our workshops are updated each term. Take a look at our Icon for pdf Wharton Park Workshops Spring 2019 (PDF, 1.1mb)  and Icon for pdf Wharton Park Summer Workshops 2019 (PDF, 856.1kb)  to find out what's coming up at our park.

Planning your visit

Our education staff can help you plan your visit and will give you further information on the resources available for you and your group.

We have the  Icon for pdf Wharton Park - Information leaflet for teacher and group leaders (PDF, 2.5mb)  which includes a site map and details of learning opportunities.

To help you get the most out of a visit to our park download our Icon for pdf Making a visit to Wharton Park (PDF, 926.9kb)  leaflet which explains how your trip will be organised, gives you hint and tips for your visit and also includes our visitor code.

Independent visits to the park

If your nursery, school or group are intending to make a self-led visit to the park, please contact us to inform our Education Officer, especially during the summer months.

Is there a risk assessment?

We have a  Icon for pdf Wharton Park - Hazard Identification Form (PDF, 524.9kb)  which will help you in writing your own risk assessment.

What facilities are available at the park?

Our Heritage Centre has excellent facilities including a purpose built education room with outdoor space, toilets and a cafe. The education room is suitable for groups of up to 30 pupils and will be used as a base during workshops but you can also hire it independently.

See our Visitor information page to find out more about opening times, how to get here, parking and more.

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Wharton Park
03000 262 655
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