Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire, Kirkby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6UX

Contact: 01653 669479

Website: http://www.flamingoland.co.uk/

Description

Flamingo Land Resort (Theme Park and Zoo) is Yorkshires "Most Magnificent Attraction" for the 2nd consecutive year.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

One of Yorkshire's favourite attractions, Flamingo Land has everything you need for a fantastic day out. Climb aboard thrilling rides in the theme park or discover the amazing animals living within our zoo! We also have a range of shows and play areas available to use too! Choose to have a self led visit or enhance your visit by booking some activities with our education team.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Flamingo Land has so much to offer and lots to explore. Our theme park can link in with science and the physics of rollercoasters, energy and forces. The zoo has a fantastic range of animals to supplement learning about animals, habitats, conservation and evolution. Our whole site in general can be used as a case study for business studies or leisure and tourism. There’s something for every age group from EYFS through to post-16 and community groups.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

We have a LOtC Quality Badge and a member of BALPPA

What does a typical educational visit include?

Our education team is available all year round, offering a wide range of activities based within the zoo. There are 3 types of activities to choose from: workshops, meet and creature and guided tours (see below for further information). Visits to the theme park can only be booked March-November, please see our website for specific opening dates.

Workshops

Our exciting range of interactive workshops will get your whole group involved! Discover amazing artefacts, meet live animals and take part in role playing games, all presented by our engaging education team.

Our curriculum-linked topics cover every level from Early Years to Post-16 and can be tailored to meet the needs of your group. Please see our website for full details.

Example topics:

• Adaptation

• Habitats

• Variety of Life

• Food chains and teeth

Meet a Creature

A real hands-on experience! Your group will have the chance to get up close and personal with some of our animals, including reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. This is a great choice if you have limited time available or are just coming for a fun day out! If you do have a particular topic in mind, many of our workshops also include live animals – please ask for details.

Sessions last around 30 minutes. We also offer extended sessions of 45 minutes to 1 hour which include artefacts such as skins, horns and bones.

Guided tours

Let your imagination run wild as our animals are introduced to your group by an experienced zoo educator. Having your own private tour guide ensures you get the most out of your visit!

A wide range of topics are avail¬able, as well as a more general tour if you don’t have a specific subject in mind. Please see our website for full details. Tours generally last for 1 hour and cover around half of the animals within the zoo. 2 hour tours can sometimes be delivered on request for KS2 and above.

Example topics:

• Adaptation

• Conservation

• African Animals

• Enclosure Design

• Ethics and the Role of Zoos

For full details of the activities we offer, please see our website: www.flamingoland.co.uk/education

Outreach sessions

Can’t make it to Flamingo Land? Let us come to you! Our team will bring our animals and artefacts to your school, college or community centre, allowing your group to get up close and learn without going anywhere! The majority of our workshops are available for outreach sessions, but please contact us if you need any advice on choosing activities.

Booking a visit

1. Choose a topic • See flamingoland.co.uk/education for details. • We will help you to organise your day to make the most of the available time.

2. Choose whether to have a zoo-only visit, or add access to our fantastic theme park!

3. Choose a date • Educational activities are available all year round! • During the winter season, schools have exclusive access to the zoo and Education Centre on weekdays.

4. Get in touch! • Call or email to reserve your date or ask any questions. • We will send you a booking form.

What group sizes do you cater for?

Any group size is welcome to visit Flamingo Land. For educational activities we limit group sizes to around 30-35 people per session, so pre-booking is required and served on a first come first served basis.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We have a selection of trail sheets which can be emailed across to groups in advance of their visit. An example of topics include adaptations, classification, geography, literacy and maths.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

We are happy for children to take photos. If they are taking photos or ‘selfies’ of the zoo animals then please respect them and their space.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We have risk assessments which we can email across to schools. We also allow 2 teachers per booking to attend for a free pre-visit to carry out their own risk assessments if required.

Does your venue have an education officer?

We have an education team who deliver the education activities. Please email zooeducation@flamingoland.co.uk if you have any questions or to discuss that we can offer your group.

What is the cost of the visit?

Zoo-only (available all year round): £5.50 per student, with one free adult per 5 primary or 10 secondary level students. Includes free activities of your choice with our education team!

Theme park and zoo (available late March to November): £20.50/£21.50 per student, with one free adult with every 10 students. A supplement of £2 per student is charged for educational activities, with no extra charge for adults.

Outreach Prices: Each 45 minute session costs £60 from Nov-Feb half term, £100 from Feb half term-Oct for schools which have a YO post code. An additional charge will be added for schools outside of this area, please contact us for details.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

Flamingo Land is predominantly an outdoor attraction so we advise suitable outdoor clothing, footwear, waterproofs, sun cream etc depending on the weather.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

When visiting during the main season (March-November), we have a first aid centre open every day with several trained first aiders. When visiting in winter, we have other members of staff on site who are able to deliver first aid if required. As we are a large attraction, we advise groups to ensure they have their own first aider with them too.

Please list facilities available.

We have a variety of food outlets to suit different budgets, several gift shops and stalls throughout the park, there are also arcade machines and stalls, ride photo booths and play areas.

What are your disabled facilities?

Flamingo Land is mostly accessible for people in wheelchairs. The majority of our paths around the theme park and zoo are concrete or tarmac and with ramps. We have disabled toilets scattered throughout the park. The first aid centre (open March-November) also has a changing bed if needed.

What are your opening days and hours?

The whole park is open from 2 weeks prior to Easter until the end of the October half-term. From late November-March only the zoo is open. We open daily at 10am and close at 4pm/5pm/6pm/7pm depending on the time of year and the weather.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

The students reactions to the animals - they were all very considerate of the animals and very curious about them. We saw some real engagement in some very hard to engage students.

Lindsay who delivered our educational activity was very knowledgeable and fantastic with my Key Stage 1 class. The children enjoyed handling the animal artefacts and remembered what they had learned when we got back to school. This has enabled them to write fantastic factfiles.

It gave the children an opportunity to see a wide variety of animals and the tour was very informative and the children had the opportunity to ask questions. The workshop was great and reinforced the learning which had taken place in school. The children enjoyed the opportunity to hold or touch the different animals. Also coming at this time of year meant we were the only school going round the zoo.

I took the whole year group over two days and the children were very enthusiastic. They were eager to stroke/hold animals which they wouldn't normally have the opportunity to. They had so many questions to ask and staff were brilliant giving educational answers.

The fabulous tour we were given was suitable and informative covering the required subject topics, excellent delivery and knowledge from tour guides.

The organisation from the park staff - timings, meeting the school on arrival. The information provided via email before the trip was very good. We felt very organised and secure with what we were going to be doing throughout the day.

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

How to find us

From the A64/A170, we are situated off the A169 Malton Road. Satnav postcode: YO17 6UX. We are fairly central to a few major towns/cities:

•             40 mins from York

•             40 mins from Scarborough

•             50 mins from Thirsk

•             50 mins from Selby

•             1hr 10mins from Leeds

•             1hr 15mins from Harrogate

•             1hr 15mins from Middlesborough

•             1hr 15mins from Hull

There is ample free coach parking on site.


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

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Picnic Areas Theatres Themed Attractions Tourism Organisations Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Citizenship English Leisure & Tourism Science

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


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