Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Woburn, , Bedfordshire MK17 9QN

Contact: 01525 290 991



Woburn Safari Park is an exciting and educational day for children of all ages, with over 1000 wild animals in over 300 acres of beautiful parkland; you’ll get an unparalleled close encounters with some of the world’s most magnificent and endangered animals.

There are educational sessions available for all key stages for Primary, Secondary and Post 16. Educational sessions include guided tours and classroom sessions, and the learning continues on foot in the Foot Safari and Leisure Area where they will find sea lions, elephants, wallabies, squirrel monkeys, penguins, lemurs and more.

A full programme of demonstrations, talks and feeding times allows kids to meet the animals and the keepers that care for them. Admission prices include a 30 minute teaching session in the new Visitor Enrichment Centre.

Students of all ages are amazed at the hands on demonstrations and how close they can get to some of the most endangered animals on the planet. You can visit our website: for more details.


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

Reasons to visit Woburn Safari park: 

•    Journey through our exciting drive-through safari which is home to wild animals such as African lions, white rhinos, Siberian tigers, Rothschild’s giraffe and many more

•    Book a dedicated tour guide to accompany you on your bus and coach, to learn all about the fascinating animals (a small extra charge applies)

•    Adventure through the fantastic Foot Safari and meet more wildlife, including: penguins, red river hogs, sheep and goats, lynx and Aldabran tortoises

•    Choose your free 30 minute teaching session in the Visitor Enrichment Centre; included in your entry price. You can select from a range of curriculum-linked topics to suit all key stages.

•    The Visitor Enrichment Centre utilises 3D technology, visual images, live animals and active learning to give children a truly immersive experience. Sessions are designed to be fun, interactive and curriculum-focused. Many sessions include opportunities for hands-on experience with live animals and animal artefacts (max 30 children per session).

•    Enjoy interactive walkthroughs including ‘Land of the Lemurs’, ‘Monkey Business’, ‘Australian Walkabout’ and feed the birds in ‘Rainbow Landing’

•    Watch and learn with a full programme of talks and demonstrations, including a birds of prey show, birds in action show, penguin feeding time, sea lion demonstration and an elephant meet and greet!

•    For fair weather or foul, there is a great choice of indoor and outdoor play areas our indoor mammoth play ark and swan boats.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Your free 30 minute education session can be tailored to any of the following key stages and across a choice of curriculum topics for:

-    Foundation level

-    Schools for Special Educational Needs

-    Key Stages 1 and 2

-    Key Stages 3 and 4

-    Post 16

-    Applied Science Programme (SNAB curriculum)

-    Vocational groups

A typical school visit includes a Safari Drive lasting around 90 minutes, followed by lunch in the picnic area (seating in an undercover picnic area can be pre-booked), or in one of two restaurants.  The school group would then spend time in the Foot Safari walk-through enclosures, watching the talks and demonstrations, before spending time in the Mammoth Play Ark (indoor soft play centre with slides, scramble nets and ball pools).

Schools are asked to book their visit in advance; Schools can pay on the day or be invoiced afterwards. Goody bags can be ordered in advance from our gift shop.

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What size groups do they cater for?

There is no upper limit for school groups and we welcome school groups of all sizes. The Visitor Enrichment Centre can cater for groups of a maximum of 30, with many bookings available for sessions throughout the day.

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

Book an educator to help you make the most of your drive around the safari reserves. Discover fascinating facts about all the animals in the reserves, and the problems facing their relatives in the wild.

Tours are designed to be interactive and informative as well as fun, and are tailored towards the ages of the group. Educator-led tours last up to 1½ hours. Please ensure that the coach(es) that you book have microphone/s available.

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

We are happy for our visitors to record their visit with photos, video and audio.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

A comprehensive information pack is sent via post to confirm each booking, this includes risk assessment guidelines. A teacher pre-visit voucher is available free of charge, in order that one teacher per school booking can visit the Park in advance to carry out their risk assessments and plan their day.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Please contact the Education Department team on (01525) 290991 292 124 or mail and they will be delighted to answer any questions or provide more information for you.

What does it cost?

£7.95 per child aged 3-15 inclusive

£8.95 per student on post 16 course

One adult is admitted free with every 5 children (primary schools) or every ten children (secondary schools).

Is specific clothing required?

Sensible footwear and appropriate clothing for weather conditions is required..

Do you have first aid on site?

Qualified first-aiders are situated in all areas. Please ask your nearest member of staff, who can request a first aider to assist you.

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

-    Junglies Gift Shop (goody bags can be pre-ordered to suit pocket money budget)

-    Mammoth Play Ark (indoor play centre – a time slot for your school can be pre-booked)

-    2x2 Restaurant (fast food style restaurant)

-    Safari Restaurant (hot and cold menu, drinks, cakes and snacks)

-    Treetops Action Trail – junior high ropes course for ages 5-11 years (height restrictions also apply, an additional charge is payable per child).

-    A choice of outdoor picnic areas

-    Great Woburn Railway

-    Bouncy Castle for Under 5’s

-    Bobcat Run Slide (giant astro slide)

-    Outdoor play areas

-    Swan boats (pedal boats, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

-    Ice cream and drinks kiosks

-    Vending machines for cold drinks

-    Schools can pre-book a time slot in the undercover picnic area, free of charge

-    Schools can attend any of the public talks and demonstrations (pre booking not required)

-    Ice-lollies can be pre-ordered from the Safari Restaurant

-    Conveniently located coach parking in the leisure area -free of charge.

Are there disabled facilities?

Woburn Safari Park is fully accessible to those with disabilities. Full information can be found on our website or by contacting the education department.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open from 10am to last entry at 5pm, closing at 6pm between the 25th March and 27th October 2012.

Winter opening hours are from 9.30am to last entry at 3pm, closing at 4pm from 25th October to 2nd November.  From 3rd November, we are open Thurs to Sun only from 10am to 3pm, closing at 4pm.

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 Animal Welfare Bird of Prey Centre High Ropes Indoor Activity & Soft Play Centres Safari Park Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Business Studies Citizenship Environmental Studies Geography ICT Leisure & Tourism Science

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