Region: Greater London East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Bushey Hall Drive, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 2ES

Contact: 01923 233 841



The Children at War experience offers a unique hands-on insight into life in wartime Britain. We encourage each group to get into role and if they come dressed as an evacuee it can really add a whole new dimension to the experience.Teachers do not be afraid to dress for the occasion too.

When you visit, you will be the only school on that day, making it a more personal tailored experience.

Children would need to bring their own packed lunch which will be eaten in our “Village Hall” or our Gym. Lunchtime is taken together so no staggered breaks to worry about.
Coaches can remain on site if they wish.

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

Our Children at War day visits are tailored to each school, their numbers and time allowed.

We try and provide the personal touch which is easier due to only one school visiting at any time. As far as we can, each of the sessions are interactive with very little time looking through glass walls. Altogether it means no worrying about getting lost in the crowd or feeling pressurized by other visitors.

We are easily accessible as 2 minutes from Junction 5 of the M1 and 4 miles from Junction 19 of the M25

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Their day will start in the village hall or school room where an introductory talk by the Billeting Officer will be given and ID cards given out. The group will then be spilt again into either 3, 4, 5 or 6 groups depending on numbers.

They will in rotation get a chance to visit the following:- the 1940’s house to meet the owner and to discover that life was not easy as no mod cons to assist with day to day life. They will visit the dig for victory garden complete with Anderson Shelter and discover what one had to do in the event of an air raid and the aftermath once the “All-clear” had sounded. The visit to the Blitz Building will lead them to a public shelter as the planes fly overhead and bombs are dropped.

The Museum has a wealth of artifacts from all nations. Some of these can be worn or handled to see how heavy older items are in comparison to the lightweight materials of today.

There could be a trip to the cinema to catch up with some of the pathe news reels for up to date news of what’s happening in war torn Britain and it could be that there is a chance to go back to school to see how lessons and treatment of children have differed over time (modern day teachers will be revered after this!). Last but not least to bring everyone back into the modern world we do have a gift shop if the children would like to buy a little reminder of their day.

Each of the sessions are led by a member of staff or one of our committed volunteers many of whom can add their own life experience to the visit.

Do you have a YouTube Video link regarding your venue?

Link to google images with Lincolnsfields 1940’s to get a fantastic array of photos.

Do you have a link to Facebook or Twitter or any other social Media?

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

We have held the LOtC quality badge since 2014.

What size groups do they cater for?

We ask groups to pay for a minimum of 30 but can accommodate up to 120 at any one time. This sometimes helps out those schools of multiple form entry or in trying to keep coach costs down.

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

We have teacher’s notes that may help prior to arrival We can provide a gas mask box template if you wish to make one for you arrival to aid the role play. It does not matter at what stage of the topic you are at when making a visit.

Can you take photos, video or audio? 

Teachers are encouraged to take photographs/video/audio of their own class of children subject to their organization’s policy. If children bring cameras we are equally happy for them to take photos.

There are no copyright restrictions on any of the material exhibited.

We would not be responsible for any photographic/audio equipment belonging to the school or its pupils.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

By prior arrangement we welcome pre-visits as this enables the organizers to acquaint themselves to the site prior to arrival where we can discuss individual needs along with any risk assessments required.  Alternatively we can provide risk assessments for all activities but advise they may need to be amended to suit each group’s individual purpose/requirements.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

For information regarding a residential visit please contact the Children’s Services Manager on 01923 233841 or email

What does it cost?

The cost up to maximum of 30 children is £225 + vat. Any additional children up to the maximum of 120 would be £7.50 + vat each.

We offer 1 adult free with every 10 children.

1:1 carers are free of charge.

Is specific clothing required?

Period dress can enhance the visit as it recreates an atmosphere suitable to the role of being evacuated and life in the 1930’s and 1940’s. We believe it does help immerse the child into the whole experience.

However all clothing and footwear should be suitable for all weathers as there will be movement between indoor and outdoor activities.

Do you have first aid on site?

Many of the staff are first aid qualified however we would recommend each group should bring their own which would cover them on their journey to and fro from the Centre.

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

Children and teachers would need to bring their own packed lunch and we provide a suitable facility in which to eat it. Although there is a soft play area on site which serves food we could not guarantee they would be able to serve it at the necessary time. It is also in a different area of the site.

For the teachers we provide tea and coffee making facilities free of charge.

There is a gift shop which sells a range of products such as postcards, necklaces, coins, rulers, slate boards and memorabilia packs ranging from 50p - £5.00.

Are there disabled facilities?

The site is fully accessible although depending on the disability it may be that an activity such as the jeep ride (small groups only) may need to be modified.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open term time and recommend an arrival time of 9.30am - 10.00am with departure 2.00pm – 2.30pm. If these times are not appropriate due to distance/traffic please discuss as we are adaptable where possible.

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

A few comments from some of the children who have experienced the Children at War day with us.

Nathan – "My favourite part was going into the jeep, I thought it was amazing".

"Also I like the bomb shelter and the sound effects they were really realistic".

Connor – "The house was brilliant, seeing all the old games in there and playing on the pinball machine".

Megan – "Thanks for showing me the 1940's house, it was so cool but the real animal fur things scared me!"

Connor – "In the classroom it seemed like we were in the 1940's, we learnt how much they could eat a week and what happens if you talk in class".

George – "I really liked holding the gun it was so heavy, I learnt so much, thank you".

Alfie – "My first very exciting experience was the fast, thrilling jeep ride. It felt like I was a soldier going into the battlefield".

Hannah – "It was brilliant when we went through the London bombed out street".

"It was really cool when the siren went and we had to run into the shelter and it was pitch black".

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

Repeat visits have proved how worthwhile schools feel this visit to be and if you are interested we advise early enquiries into possible dates.

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Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Historic Buildings Historical Heritage

Curriculum Topics Covered: History

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