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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.

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As per government guidance, you may travel to exercise and visit our parks, beaches and open spaces, with exercise allowed as many times each day as you wish, from Wednesday 13 May.

You can drive to our parks, beaches and open spaces and meet up with five other people as long as you respect social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from anyone outside of your household. Groups of no more than six are permitted.

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The café and visitor centre at Wharton Park are closed until further notice.

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

Workshops

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.

Wharton Park Spring Term Workshops for Schools

Early Years Foundation Stage workshops

Each Peach Pear Plum

I spy Tom Thumb! During this session we will go on a hunt for the story characters hidden around the park, exploring the language and repetition of the classic tale along the way. Children will then be given an opportunity to get actively involved in choosing and using a range of materials to create and make a wonderful picnic for the story characters.

The Story Tree

Let the children's imagination and curiosity loose in our brand new workshop. Based around our story tree, children will be introduced to the magic of the written word by creating a story potion. They will discover some well-loved story characters and will be introduced to the features that make a really good story. Content can be based upon stories and characters we have chosen or if you have a particular story you would like us to use this can be discussed at the time of booking.

Key Stage One workshops

The Trouble with Dragons

Imagine a world populated by beastly dragons who care nothing for how much they pollute the oceans, chop down the trees, gobble up all the food and use everything up without stopping to think? Using the delightful story by Debi Gliori as a starting point, children will go on a hunt for the terrible dragons, and explore the importance of looking after our environment, sustainability and climate change through challenges, games and  creative activities.

Who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall?

Did he fall or was he pushed?  Become detectives and get creative, problem solving together to work out this mystery.  Join us as we have fun exploring this traditional rhyme.  During the session the children will find an injured Humpty Dumpty and through some simple activities look for clues to work out the fairy tale culprit.  Children will then think about good and bad to help our culprit mend their ways before making a new Humpty Dumpty of their own.  A great opportunity to develop thinking skills and team work through the fun of familiar rhymes and stories. 

Key Stage Two workshops

Chief Pollinator and the Seed Navigator

What is pollination and why is it important?  During this session children will become a pollinator and learn all about this important job within nature. They will identify the different parts of the flower and explore the life cycle of the plant, learning along the way the different way a seed travels and the challenges  it faces on it's journey to become a new plant.

Which Way!

A great introduction to orienteering, this session combines a series of games and challenges with a short orienteering course around Wharton Park that allows pupils to explore the park's architecture, history and sculpture.

Workshop details

  • each half day workshop costs £105 and is based on groups of 30 children
  • sessions last for an hour and a half and run 10.00am to 11.30am and 1.00 to 2.30pm

For further information or to book please contact us.

Room hire

You can hire a room at Wharton Park for £25 per hour.

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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