Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Mr Straws House, 5-7 Blyth Grove, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S81 0JG

Contact: 01909 482380



Take a step back in time to the Edwardian period and on your guided tour learn a little more about the way people lived in this middle class home. Compare the present day to the past, and learn how people lived without the modern comforts we take for granted. Compare building materials, and uses in some of our worksheets. Take part in Rag Rugging, or Washday at Mr Straw’s House to learn more about hobbies, past times and the daily routine. If you’re interested in outdoors too, join us for a gardens session on how gardens developed over time, or even hunt for fossils and bones, or creepy crawlies in the Orchard.

Here at Mr Straw’s House we can tailor a visit to your learning outcomes, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your visit in detail and see what other opportunities there are.
When you book your visit to Mr Straw’s House you would have private access to the property for the duration of your booking.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Interested in a tailor made visit to Mr Straw’s House then get in touch. We have a wide range of activities, worksheets and sessions we can run for your trip to visit us alongside a tour of the historic house which helps us to ensure your learning objectives are met. From washday, rag rugging, gardens, insects and mini beasts to worksheets.

What does a typical educational visit include?
Most of our school visits are full day visits. We can tailor this to meet your needs to do get in touch. We can cover topics such as Maths, history, local history, Edwardian period, Garden development, technological advancement. Most of our sessions are tailored to the KS1&2 but we have sessions which would appeal to other groups, including U3A and adult learners.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We can cater for up to 30 students. Tours of the house are in groups of 5 children due to the spaces available.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Worksheets and information on the visit can be provided in advance. Pre and post visit learning opportunities are also included in the teacher’s pack.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Photographs can be taken but without a flash. No video please.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
All sessions have risk assessments which can be provided for teachers. We do ask that the school complete the travel risk assessment.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Torri Crapper, House and Visitor Services Manager, 01909 482380

What is the cost of the visit?
Costs vary. Cost for some activities is free, for others £1.50 per child per additional activity. National Trust, Education Group Members benefit from free admission to the property (charges for activities apply) Non Education Group Members are £3 per child admission to the property. Supervising adults are free.
If making multiple bookings a discount could be applied however please ring to discuss your requirements.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Sensible footwear is required, the house is three steep flights of stairs. If wishing to do Washday or any other outdoor activities please ensure suitable warm clothing.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Mr Straw’s House would provide a first aider, all staff are trained.

Please list facilities available.
Shop, small tea and coffee facility, picnic area. There are facilities to each a packed lunch available at Mr Straw’s House. If the weather is nice this would be outdoors, if it is raining the front room of 5 Blyth Grove. If children wanted to purchase sweets we would recommend bringing £5.

What are your disabled facilities?
This venue isn’t suitable for children with mobility disabilities. The tour of the house is up three steep flights of stairs. There are no disabled toilets available onsite.

What are your opening days and hours?
School visits can take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. The property is open Tuesday – Saturday however when a school visit is booked the property is closed for visitors.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Please do ring early to book your visit. The property is very small, and we do fill up quickly. Bags of any sort are not permitted in the historic property (except medicine bags) we can lock valuables in reception.

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

Type of Visit: Crafts Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design History Leisure & Tourism

Months Open: March April May June July August September October November