Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Quermore Road, Lancaster, Lancashire LA11UX

Contact: 01524 33318

Website: http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/williamsonpark

Description

Williamson Park offers everything you would need for an amazing school trip. There are acres of parkland to explore by woodland walkways, lawns for games and picnics and a play area.

The Ashton Memorial, the Butterfly House, mini beast cave and zoo is an ideal venue for pupils of all ages and offers a variety of activities linked to the National Curriculum. Trained staff are on hand to answer questions and provide an exciting and stimulating experience.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting woodland walks and play areas and breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. The park features the iconic and imposing Ashton Memorial, Pavilion Café and Gift Shop, Edwardian Butterfly House, Mini-Beast Cave, Small Animal Zoo and even Meerkats! Entry to the park grounds and historic Grade I listed Ashton Memorial is free.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Visit England Accredited. Marketing Lancashire accredited: Taste Lancashire. Green Flag Heritage Award

What does a typical educational visit include?
Option 1: Butterfly House Tour OR Animal Handling
A guided tour of the butterfly house, including a talk on the stages of the butterfly lifecycle.
OR
A chance to meet and learn about some of our resident mini-beasts in an animal handling session.
Cost: £3.80 per child Time: 30 minutes
You are free to explore the rest of the zoo at your leisure after the session.

Option 2: Butterfly House Tour and Animal Handling
A guided tour of the butterfly house where you can see reptiles, fish, and free flying butterflies. Enjoy a talk on the stages of the butterfly life cycle, with the chance to spot them in action around you. Next, it’s off to the Education Room where you will get up close and personal with some of our resident animals, learning lots of interesting facts about these fascinating creatures.
Cost: £4.50 per child Time: 1 hour
You are free to explore the rest of the zoo at your leisure after the session.

Option 3: Butterfly House Tour, Animal Handling and Mini-beast Hunt
A guided tour of the butterfly house where you can see reptiles, fish, and free flying butterflies. Enjoy a talk on the stages of the butterfly life cycle, with the chance to spot them in action around you. Next, it’s off to the Education Room where you will get up close and personal with some of our resident animals, learning lots of interesting facts about these fascinating creatures. Finally, you will head out to explore our woodland area in a mini-beast hunt. Find out which habitats different mini-beasts prefer, and see what variety of creatures you can find.
Cost: £5.50 per child Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
You are free to explore the rest of the zoo at your leisure after the session.

Additional Information:
- Children aged 5 and under: 1 free adult per 4 children
- Children aged 6 and over: 1 free adult per 6 children
- Additional adults priced at zoo admission of £3.90 per person
- Risk assessments available
- Pre-visits available

What group sizes do you cater for?
Minimum group of 5, maximum of 60, potentially more depending on staffing.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Teachers’ packs can be provided on request.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
There are millions of beautiful photo/filming opportunities and we encourage people to take as many as they wish and share as widely as possible!

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Contact the park directly for booking information.

Does your venue have an education officer?
No but we advise calling the park and asking to speak to either the Gift Shop supervisor or one of the Zoo Keepers.

What is the cost of the visit?
See above for details. Costs range from £3.80 per pupil to £5.50 per pupil.
Children aged 5 and under: 1 free adult per 4 children
Children aged 6 and over: 1 free adult per 6 children
Additional adults priced at zoo admission of £3.90 per person

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Suitable outdoor clothing. Option 3 will be outdoors whatever the weather so clothing for inclement weather is necessary.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Staff are first aid trained but we advise a first aider accompanies the group as well

Please list facilities available.
Picnic areas in the park. Café, gift shop, toilets, parking, disabled facilities.

What are your disabled facilities?
Disabled toilets and lift access. Some paths are steep due to the undulating nature of the park but most are suitable for wheelchair access. All of the park’s amenities are accessible.

What are your opening days and hours?
Williamson Park and all its amenities are open all year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
• October to March: 10am to 4pm
• April to September: 10am to 5pm

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Our friendly and capable team are willing to provide you with a tailored trip whatever your requirements so give us a call for a chat and come and visit us soon.


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 Arts & Galleries Butterfly Farms Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design 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