Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: The Moors National Park Centre Danby Whitby North Yorkshire, , YO21 2NB

Contact: 01439 772 700



The National Park Education Service offers a wide range of inspiring activities to help young people experience, understand and enjoy the spectacular North York Moors and coast.   

We provide curriculum-linked activities for all ages and abilities led by qualified and experienced staff based at The Moors National Park Centre at Danby or at other locations within the National Park.

Activities include guided walks, map reading and compass skills, geocaching, habitat studies,  bushcraft, Stone Age Day, art and crafts, geographical skills and field work, classroom talks and activities. Choose from the activities described on our website or we are happy to adapt or develop activities to suit the special needs of groups or individuals wherever possible.

We also provide assemblies and classroom activities in local schools. Costs range from free up to £100 per session.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

The North York Moors National Park offers tremendous opportunities for learning and fun.  Spectacular landscapes, wildlife, cultural heritage, space, peace and fresh air provide a contrast with hustle and bustle of urban environments and can inspire children and young people to learn and interact in different ways.

Outdoor experiences can be used to introduce topics, to consolidate learning and can provide great inspiration for follow up work back at school.  

The Moors National Park Centre at Danby is an old Victorian shooting lodge now used as a visitor centre. It nestles by the River Esk in the heart of the North York Moors in 7 acres of beautiful grounds including grassland, woodland and riverside trails.  The centre provides a moorland exhibition, gift shop, café, classrooms, adventure play area, parking and toilets, all accessible to groups.          

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Sessions last for a quarter, half, three-quarter or a full day. Choose from the wide range of activities available for each key stage on our website and mix and match to create an activity programme to suit your needs.   We are also happy to adapt or develop activities to suit the special needs of groups or individuals wherever possible.

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What size groups do they cater for?

Maximum of 60 pupils on any day.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Our website provides a range of free resources for teachers appropriate to each key stage to enhance learning before and after activities, including fact sheets, work sheets, photographs, maps, stories and poems.    

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

We are happy for groups to take photos, video or audio recordings in accordance with their school’s own policies for recording images and sound.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessments for all the activities we offer are available on our website.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Email: Phone:  01439 772700

What does it cost?

£3.50 to £6.00 per pupil depending on activities selected.  All accompanying teachers and adults free.

Is specific clothing required?

Clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors. 

We have a limited supply of waterproof coats and wellies available to loan free of charge but cannot guarantee to provide this service to all individuals in all groups. Please try to ensure that pupils come suitable dressed for working outside.

Do you have first aid on site?

All activity leaders are first aid qualified and carry first aid kits and other emergency equipment.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Moorland exhibition, gift shop, café, classrooms, adventure play area, coach parking, toilets, picnic area.  Indoor areas for packed lunches provided for groups booking activities with the Education Service.          

Are there disabled facilities?

Indoor areas, toilets and much of the visitor centre grounds accessible for wheelchair users. Electric wheelchair buggy can be provided free for use in the grounds.

With advance notice we can usually alter or adapt activities to cater for special needs eg. by providing large print / tactile resources to help pupils with visual impairments or by altering activity routes and locations to enable wheelchair users or people with limited mobility to participate.  

What are your opening days and hours?

Educational activities available for groups Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm all year. 

Visitor Centre open to the public daily 10am to 5pm except for January and February weekends only 10.30am to 4pm

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

Lots of feedback from teachers, summary available on request.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Advanced booking for groups essential.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Bushcraft Environment Centres Field Studies Outdoor Education Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism PE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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