A teacher's guide to school visits
- Curriculum-linked workshops
- Independent visits
- Virtual workshops delivered online
- Residential packages
The Eden Project is a fantastic place to learn, for pupils from Foundation stage right up to A level. Here’s more information on how to visit safely with your school, including information on new virtual school trips.
School trips to Eden
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Visit with confidence
Eden has introduced a wide range of new measures to make sure that the safety, health and wellbeing of all staff and visitors is our top priority during the coronavirus pandemic. Our additional school-specific measures ensure we comply with the government guidance for schools.
‘Safe and easy and great fun. It was a perfect opportunity for our students to learn outside the classroom.’
Teacher visiting in autumn 2020
A choice of school trips
Why not let us take over for the day? We offer a range of curriculum-linked school workshops specially designed by our team, which make full use of our fantastic site.
Workshops cost from £5.60 per pupil, which includes all equipment as well as free teaching resources enabling your class to prepare for the workshop and to follow up on the activity.
Independent, teacher-led trips
If your time here is short, this type of visit is a great way to explore Eden – though we’d thoroughly recommend booking your class in for one of our curriculum-linked workshops!
Teachers planning to visit independently should book their school in with our Schools Team, so that we can offer discounted schools admission tickets and a welcome briefing. These trips cost £5.60 per pupil for 18-year-olds and below.
Virtual school trips
If you can't visit us right now, how about a live virtual workshop just for your class, led by Eden’s Education Team? Each session provides a combination of live interaction, presentation, task setting and feedback – all delivered from our inspirational site here at the Eden Project.
Residential packages with the YHA
These go beyond the usual Eden education offer, keeping your students busy from breakfast until bedtime. You’ll have the opportunity to experience Eden in new and exciting ways, including access to the Biomes at night!
Please note that the YHA Eden Project hostel is closed from 31 October 2020. This will allow the accommodation to be refreshed over the winter period with a plan to reopen in spring 2021.
We have had a fantastic day. The children were really engaged and kept saying that this was the best trip they had been on.
All our school visits include:
- access to the inspirational Eden site for the day
- a personal welcome from the Education Team at the entrance
- a base for your bags in our purpose-built education centre, The Core
- a space to eat your own lunch
free entry for accompanying adult helpers, whose participation is essential to the success of the day (please note our suggested adult/pupil ratios are as follows: Early Years Foundation Stage, 1:3; Key Stage 1, 1:6; Key Stage 2 and 3, 1:10; Key Stage 4, 1:15; Key Stage 5, 1:20). You’re welcome to bring more helpers if you’d like; for a charge of £15 per adult
a free preparatory visit to Eden for teachers with a confirmed booking who would like to plan their school trip
One of the most educationally rich venues to have taken groups to visit. I would hope all pupils at our school could visit on a rite of passage.
The workshops are well run and the Eden experience can't be found anywhere else.
Frequently asked questions
What measures have you put in place to make school trips safe?
Eden has introduced a wide range of new measures to make sure that the safety, health and wellbeing of all staff and visitors is our top priority during the coronavirus pandemic.
Our additional school-specific measures ensure we comply with the government guidance for schools.
- Dedicated classrooms and toilets in our Core education centre just for schools
- Support frequent hand washing including on arrival, before and after meals and on return to the classrooms.
- Enable catch it, bin it, kill it with additional sanitation stations in our classrooms
- Enhanced cleaning of our school facilities and equipment
- Restricted school numbers so that we can offer a dedicated classroom for your bubble. Please discuss this with us when you make your booking.
Here's how we've adapted our programmes:
- Reduced the range and nature of our taught programmes to ensure they work safely alongside our new systems including one-way routes
- Timed entry to the Biomes minimising contact with other visitors
- Delivery by our education team organised to minimise contacts between our different staff members and your group
- Social distancing maintained between our staff and your group
- Programmes restructured to maximise distancing in our large well-ventilated classrooms.
- Removal of props and resources that are not easily cleaned and all equipment and resources cleaned between uses.
We require that all visitors over the age of 11 wear face coverings at the Eden Project, in our indoor spaces (except for our catering venues), in line with government guidance. This includes the Visitor Centre, the Core, and the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes. School visitors will not be required to wear face coverings in the dedicated schools classrooms and spaces in the Core building.
How do you deal with health and safety?
We do our utmost to ensure that your school visit is fun, worthwhile and safe. You can read above about the specific measures we've introduced during the coronavirus pandemic.
Please download our health and safety guidelines (provided as a pdf on this page) to support you in your risk assessment process. If you have any concerns, please contact the Education Team (01726 811913; email@example.com).
When should we visit?
We welcome facilitated education groups at Eden from Monday to Friday during term time. As Eden can be very busy at peak times of the year, you may find visiting outside the main tourist season more rewarding.
How much time should we allow?
In our experience, many schools find they have not allowed enough time to explore Eden when planning their visit. Our site is large and four hours or more is best for a worthwhile exploration. If you book your class onto one of our workshops, we’d recommend you allow extra time to explore the site as well.
Where should we stay?
Many schools visiting Eden stay at the onsite YHA Eden Project, but this is currently closed from 31 October 2020. This will allow the accommodation to be refreshed over the winter period with a plan to reopen in spring 2021.
How many adult helpers should we bring?
Our suggested adult/pupil ratios are as follows: Early Years Foundation Stage, 1:3; Key Stage 1, 1:6; Key Stage 2 and 3, 1:10; Key Stage 4, 1:15; Key Stage 5, 1:20). You’re welcome to bring more helpers if you’d like; for a charge of £15 per adult
What shall we bring?
Students and staff should bring:
- equipment such as clipboards, pens and pencils (if visiting independently)
- a packed lunch (including a drink and, we recommend, an additional bottle of water)
- layers of clothing, including appropriate outdoor clothing, to help cope with the variations in temperature between our indoor Biomes and outdoor gardens
- hats and sun cream on sunny days (you can even catch the sun inside our Biome!)
- face coverings for everyone aged 11 and over
Can we store our stuff somewhere?
We try our best to offer all education groups space to eat lunch and store bags.
Where can we eat?
We recommend that you bring a packed lunch. We try our best to offer all education groups space to eat lunch and store bags.
What should we do when we arrive?
All education groups will be met by one of our friendly Education Team, to help orientate you and set you up for the day.
Is Eden suitable for pupils with special educational needs?
We are committed to supporting visits for those with special educational needs. We aim to create equal opportunities for everybody to experience, learn about and get involved in the Eden Project. You might find our Access Guide helpful. Please tell us your requirements when you make your booking.
How can I book our trip?
All school visits should be booked in advance by filling in our schools booking enquiry form. Your school will be invoiced after your visit. Please note that education groups without a confirmed booking will unfortunately not be able to benefit from our discounted education rates.
Do you offer discounts for home educators?
Home educator rates are offered on weekdays, in term time only, to young people of school age and charged at £5.60 per child. There is a maximum of one accompanying adult per child at £5.60 per adult. All additional adults will be charged the full entry price. Alternatively, find out about our Family Annual Pass
To book your discount please contact our Education Team including your name, group size (children/adults) when you would like to visit and attach proof of your home education status.