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Education at Hardwick Park

Hardwick Park has an incredible range of habitats, buildings and sculptures making it a superb landscape for unique learning opportunities for schools, groups and families.


Hardwick Park play area is reopening on Saturday 11 July.

For more information on how to enjoy the play areas safely in our parks see Park play areas re-opening information.

You must still follow government guidance. Outdoors, you can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) or up to 6 people from different households as long as you follow social distancing rules.

Our café and visitor centre will remain closed until further notice but the toilets are open. The toilets are being cleaned regularly.

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Through a broad range of workshops our experienced education professionals, deliver practical and creative activities that support and enhance the national curriculum. 

Our current programme encompasses strong cross-curricular links whilst encouraging participants to enjoy, achieve and develop an interest in the natural world and local heritage.

Key Stage One workshops

The Gruffalo's Child

£105, 1.5 hours
Aha, Oho, A track in the snow! Whose is this track and where does it go? During this session pupils will learn how to identify signs of animal life by spotting clues as they go on a hunt for the big bad mouse. Through practical activities they will explore animal tracking and create their own plaster of Paris animal footprint cast to take back to school. 

Step into spring    

£105, 1.5 hours
Pupils take part in an interactive trail to learn more about spring and the changes taking place in the park. They have the opportunity to handle different seeds, bulbs and fruits and through active games the children will begin to learn what plants need to help them to grow and survive. 

Enchanted woodland  

£105, 1.5 hours or £180, full day
This session is created to capture children's imagination, allowing them to be inspired and engaged with the natural world. Children will embark on an adventure that will begin with a simple walk through the woods, collecting natural treasures, discovering the magic of the forest and building or creating with the materials they find. The great element of this session is we can adapt it to your area of learning. 

Key Stage Two workshops

Animal detectives

£105, 1.5 hours
During this session pupils take part in an interactive walk to discover how common animals survive in different habitats, how they make their homes and what makes up their diet. Pupils then go on to discover how to identify signs of animal life through a series of challenges and are given an opportunity to make a cast of an animal footprint.

Map skills and orienteering

£105, 1.5 hours
Pupils take part in a series of challenges which begin to build their mapping skills and develop an understanding of orienteering. They then go on our simple orienteering course to develop their map reading confidence before embarking on a full course around the park. This activity is a fun and energetic introduction to orienteering.

Wild Adventure Day

£180 full day, £105  1.5 hours
A great holistic opportunity in the woodland. During this session children are given the chance to engage with the natural world and gain a sense of well-being within a full and fun packed day. This is a bespoke session tailored to the needs and requirements of your class and can include fire lighting, shelter building, story telling, construction, art, tree exploration, blind trails, games and scavenging. We will discuss your objectives with you at the point of booking but examples of previous sessions include, Stone Age, Twelfth Night and a Dragon's Dinner Party.
Costs are based on groups of up to 30 pupils. 

EYFS Workshops

Stanley's Stick    

£105, 1.5 hours 
Using the wonderful John Hegley story as a starting point, children will participate in an adventure around the park using their imagination and lots of sticks. A great opportunity to let children explore their natural environment and work together through a series of creative and practical challenges to encourage communication, problem solving and the development of resilience.

The Odd Egg  

£105, 1.5 hours
Lots of animals lay eggs. They come in all different shapes, sizes and colours. During the session the children will listen to the story and take part in a trail to learn about which animals hatch from eggs. They will  enjoy a walk to see and feed some of the animals that lay them, whilst finding out lots of information about birds and the nesting season. They will then have the opportunity to get creative to make their very own odd eggs and nests for them. A great session for the springtime.

Planning your visit

Our educational visits take place throughout the year and are based on either half or full day facilitated workshops. The education programme is updated each term. 

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

Identifying hazards

Download our  Icon for pdf Hazard Identification (PDF, 465.1kb)  form designed to assist schools in writing their own risk assessment.

Guidance for your visit

Download our Icon for pdf Making a visit (PDF, 448.4kb)  leaflet, which explains how your trip will be organised, gives hints and tips for getting the most out of your visit and includes our visitor code.


The visitor centre includes a purpose built education room, suitable for groups of up to 30 pupils and located close to the toilets. We also have a yurt located adjacent to the designated coach parking, which provides a unique resource for groups and can accommodate larger groups. 

Both rooms are utilised as a base during facilitated visits but can also be hired for self-led groups.

Coach parking

There is ample coach parking on-site for visiting groups. There is a charge of £9.00 for coaches and minibuses bringing groups on self-led visits but parking is free for those taking part in facilitated workshops.


"The delivery was excellent and the creative way the whole park was used made the children feel as though they were going on an adventure. It really inspired them to write and helped the contexts become real for them. I loved that so many different activities were given for the children to take part in."

"The enthusiasm and knowledge of the group leader was great. The day was packed full of activities and there was never any 'dead' time to fill. Great value for money, super facilities."

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Contact us
Hardwick Park
03000 262 899
Our address is:
  • Hardwick Park Visitor Centre
  • Sedgefield
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • TS21 2DN
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