Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Bewdley, , Worcestershire DY12 1LF

Contact: 01299 404888

Website: www.safariacademy.co.uk

Description

West Midland Safari & Leisure Park is an award winning family attraction, which really is the perfect kid’s day out in Worcestershire. With a 4-mile coach friendly drive-through Safari, walk-through Discovery Trail, African Village and Lemur Woods, plus a fantastic Theme Park with rides and attractions suitable for all ages.

There are also a wide range of fun and curriculum based presentations and encounters available for schools, such as hands-on Discovery Sessions, Safari Rangers to guide you around the Safari, and guided Walking Safaris around the Discovery Trail, African Village and Lemur Woods.

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?

Yes! www.youtube.com/WestMidSafari

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?

Yes! www.facebook.com/WestMidSafari

www.twitter.com/WestMidSafari

www.instagram.com/WestMidSafari 

Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits? 

We are an easy to get to, coach friendly attraction in the heart of the midlands. Offering a 4-mile drive-through Safari with elephants, rhino, tiger, lions, zebra, giraffe and much more. In addition we have large walk-through areas to explore including our Twilight Cave with free-flying bats, Creepy Crawlies, SeaQuarium, Penguin Cove, Sealion Theatre, walk-through Lorikeet Landing, Mark O’Shea’s Reptile World, Land of the Living Dinosaurs, Meerkat Mayhem and the largest Lemur Woods in the UK!

Pupils can explore the animal areas with an admission ticket, or make the most of our Adventure Theme Park with a fantastically discounted admission and wristband combination.

As well as all the attractions on offer, we have a huge variety of educational extras that can compliment your pupils learning outside the classroom experience. With Safari Rangers on your coach, guided walking tours, meet and greet the animals, and hands on curriculum linked Discovery Sessions and Workshops, there is something for all ages, abilities and topics.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

All of the above is tied together with a simple booking system (no paperwork or deposit needed!) co-ordinated by our dedicated School Liaison Officer, giving a stress free and enjoyable school visit experience. We create safe, memorable experiences that are easy to link into the curriculum, easy to book, and easy to plan. Schools who have visited before come back year after year, and we continually improve our products based on teachers feedback.

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

We are part of BIAZA, EAZA, BALPPA and the Children’s University. The only reason we haven’t got a LOtC Quality Badge yet is the fact that no-one has ever asked for one! We would rather put the funds needed for a badge scheme, into improving the schools day out.

What does a typical educational visit include?

Most schools like to combine the basic admission with some of our curriculum linked extras. Starting with a coach tour of the Safari drive-through, following into the walk-through areas and finishing with a curriculum linked hands on Discovery Sessions. Full topics and curriculum links can be found on our website www.safariacademy.co.uk, but an overview of some of them are shown below:

Early Years: Discover Dinosaurs, Animal “Tails”

KS1: Discover Dinosaurs, Animal Homes, Roots and Shoots, Minibeasts and Me, Who Eats Who?, Caring for Nature, Circle of Life, 

KS2: Roots and Shoots, Minibeasts and Me, Circle of Life, Caring for Nature, Life Cycles, Footsteps Through Time, Paws, Claws and Whiskers, Ranger Skills, Safari Park Past and Present, Pet Care

KS3: Power of Plants, Exploring Evolution, Importance of Ecosystems, Animal Classification, Animal Careers @ WMSP, Wildlife Conservation, Design a Rollercoaster, Enclosures and Enrichment, Science in Practice, Conservation at Home, Conservation Around the World

KS4: Power of Plants, Exploring Evolution, Importance of Ecosystems, Animal Classification, Animal Careers @ WMSP, Wildlife Conservation, Enclosures and Enrichment, Career Development, Business @ WMSP, Research and Conservation Skills

HE: Careers @ WMSP, Wildlife Conservation, Animal Management, Behaviour and Training, Enclosures and Enrichment, Career Development, Business @ WMSP, Research and Conservation Skills

FE: Careers @ WMSP, Wildlife Conservation, Animal Management, Behaviour and Training, Darwin’s Discoveries, Enclosures and Enrichment, Career Development, Business @ WMSP, Research and Conservation Skills

What group sizes do you cater for?

Any! Our school rates are available for 10 or more paying people arriving by coach or minibus, but we also offer home educator days in the year where smaller groups can make the most of the fantastic educational discounts.

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

Each of our Discovery Sessions and Discovery Workshops are designed specifically around the current curriculum. Everything we design for schools is created by our Formal Learning Team who take feedback from local schools and focus groups. 

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

Children can take photos and videos in all areas of the Park. We kindly ask not to take them in our booked educational sessions as it can be very distracting for the Learning Officer delivering the session, which could be detrimental to the quality of teaching the pupils receive.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments? 

We provide visit guidelines with risk assessment information via email with the booking confirmation, these can also be downloaded from our website. Once booked in, we can also offer 2 free teacher preview tickets per school per season to allow teachers to come along to the Park and carry out their own risk assessments, ensure they know the layout, helping them plan a stress free visit.

Does your venue have an education officer? 

We have a whole Learning Team dedicated to offering the best possible experience for educational groups visiting the Safari Park. Our direct phone number is 01299 404888 or email www.safariacademy.co.uk this will bring you through the the School Liaison Officer who will be able to answer any query you have.

What is the cost of the visit?

For our main 2017 summer season:

£9.50/pupil admission, £10.50/teacher admission OR £12/pupil combined admission and wristband, £13/teacher combined admission and wristbands

Free supervisor ratio 1:6 (primary), 1:10 (secondary)

Creature Features (30 mins) can be added for just £40/35 pupils, Guided Walks (45mins) £30/20 pupils, Discovery Sessions (45mins) £50/35 pupils, Discovery Workshops (90mins) £60/35 pupils, Safari Rangers (2hrs) £75/coach.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

No. Although a lot of the areas are outside, so would recommend sensible flat shoes, and a coat for poor weather.

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

We have multiple qualified first aiders and first responders onsite, with a dedicated first aid station in the centre of the Park for guests.

Please list facilities available. 

There are multiple gift shops on site and a whole range of catering facilities including a new Burger Company and Explorers Restaurant as well as snack facilities dotted around site. To make it easier for teachers we also offer discounted goody bags that can be pre-ordered and discounted group catering in preordered in advance.

What are your disabled facilities? 

All areas are wheelchair accessible, with disabled toilet facilities in each of the toilet blocks. There are different levels of accessibility for individual Theme Park rides, all information which is available on our website. We also offer sensory sessions and specific SEND educational sessions to fit all pupils needs and requirements.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open every day from 11th February to 3rd November 2017. Usually open 10am until 4pm or 5pm. Full opening times are available on our website www.wmsp.co.uk. 

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

We have loads of testimonials, but not any we have asked permission to share at the moment. We will ask the question and share some shortly!

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

We are dedicated to providing a safe, educational and memorable visit for all groups of all ages and abilities and are proud of our Learning Team which includes qualified teachers, lecturers and assessors. We aim to make your booking as easy as possible, so if you can’t find what you are looking for just drop us an email at www.safariacademy.co.uk or call 01299 404888. 

As well as school visits we also provide teacher open days, preview tickets, accredited animal diplomas, summer holiday clubs, careers days, and many more educational resources! We love to hear teachers feedback, so get in contact.


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 Environment Centres Green Awareness Indoor Activity & Soft Play Centres Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas Safari Park Science & Technology Sea life Themed Attractions Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Citizenship Design and Technology English Engineering Environmental Studies Geography ICT Leisure & Tourism Mathematics PSHE Science

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


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