Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Matlock Bath Railway Station, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PT

Contact: 01773 881188



We offer creative new programs of study to expertly deliver the 2014 key stage one, two and three curriculum . Our varied education activities allow children with different learning styles to access key areas of the curriculum in a fun and interactive way.

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

The Whistlestop Centre in Matlock Bath welcomes groups throughout the year and provides a unique learning experience with its own classroom and wildlife pond. It is within easy walking distance of the Derwent River and High Tor Woods. The Centre lies in the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site.  

The Wildlife Discovery Room at Carsington Water offers a range of interactive wildlife and environmental activities in a fully equipped indoor classroom through partnership with Severn Trent water. Located next to the reservoir with its own additional outdoor classroom and adjacent to the visitor centre amenities, the Wildlife Discovery Room offers all you need to an easy relaxed school visit.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Age group - Program -  Typical activities/LO’s

EYFS  - Owl Babies Sensory Trail - Sensory games, what animals need  to survive

KS1 - Plants & animals activity day - Pond dipping, mini beast hunting, games, food  chains

KS1 - Natures artists - Natural art, presentations, active games

KS1 - Habitat explorers - Mini beast hunting, active games pond dipping

KS1 - Its our world too - Mask making, role play animal investigation

KS2 - Rocks and soils - Making soil, limestone story, rock characteristics

KS2 - Plant discovery - Plant lifecycles, pollination game.

KS2 - Living things & their habitats - Pond dipping, use of keys, life cycles, adaptation

KS2 - River measuring - Measuring, sketching, habitats &  adaptations

KS2 - River dipping - Dipping, water cycle, identification

KS2 - Natures artists - Natural art, presentations, active games

KS2 - Ratty needs a home - Stream dipping, measuring, sketching habitats

KS2 - Whose Carsington? - Role play, presentations, debate  management     

KS2 - Water filtration challenge - Water cycle, experimental design, water saving

KS2 - Habitat explorers - Mini beast hunting, active games  pond dipping

KS2 - It’s our world too - Mask making, role play, animal investigation

KS3 - Water filtration challenge - Water cycle, experimental design, water saving concepts

KS3 - Whose Carsington? - Role play, presentations, debate, sustainable management

KS3 - Stream studies - Measurement, dipping, dentification, Abiotic and biotic factors.

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What size groups do they cater for?

We can accommodate group sizes of up to approximately 60 at The Whistlestop Centre and 30 per leader at The Wildlife Discovery Room (no upper limit to group size at this site).

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

All the children go home with a certificate and we can provide follow on sheets for teachers to use back in the classroom.

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


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

All activities are fully risk assessed and are sent to teachers prior to the visit.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Whistlestop Centre:

Emma Woods, Matlock Bath Railway Station, Matlock Bath, DE4 3PT

01629 580 958

Wildlife Discovery Room:

Carsington Water, Nr Ashbourne, DE6 1ST

01629 540672

What does it cost?

Centre charges are £8 per child for a full day, £4 per child for a half day. There is a minimum charge of £200 for full day bookings and £100 for half day bookings. Groups larger than 30 will need additional leaders and incur a £50 charge per leader.

Is specific clothing required?

We recommend warm clothes and water proof coats, sensible shoes and also wellies if undertaking a river study.

Do you have first aid on site?

All leaders are first aid trained.

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

Packed lunches can be eaten at both sites. The Wildlife Discovery room is also next to several cafes, shops and a large covered outdoor seating area.

Are there disabled facilities?

The facilities at the Wildlife Discovery Room are fully accessible. The whistlestop Centre pond is not easily accessible by wheelchair.

What are your opening days and hours?

Standard visits run from 10 am until 2.30pm throughout the year. Timings can be flexible to suit the needs of the group.

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

Type of Visit: Environment Centres Field Studies Green Awareness Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography

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

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