Birdswood Historic Canal Boat Trips Derby
Birdswood Historic Canal Boat Weighbridge Office Gothic Warehouse Mill Road, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Art and Design | Walking Tours | Picnic Areas | Museums | Historical Heritage | Historic Buildings | Boat Trips | Educational Tours | Science | Mathematics | Leisure and Tourism | History | Geography | Engineering | English | Wildlife and Nature Reserves
What we offer on a school trip
Birdswood is the historical narrow boat belonging to The Friends of Cromford Canal. Come and enjoy a peaceful journey along the Cromford Canal and get up close to the fabulous wildlife and take in the amazing scenery.
School trips on Birdswood offer outdoor experiential learning in a safe but stimulating environment. Our bespoke cruises offer educational, entertaining and engaging child-centred activities with lots to see and do.
The boat runs on a scenic rural stretch of the Cromford Canal, built during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, now under restoration and forming part of the UNESCO-cited Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. This area has a rich history and many interesting sites related to Transport and Industry.
A Birdswood cruise is a unique, fun opportunity to explore and investigate National Curriculum links at EYFS, KS1 and KS2 levels in history, science, geography, numeracy, literacy and arts/crafts.
We strive to incorporate your specific curriculum requirements and are happy to discuss current themes and desired outcomes with teachers.
We offer one-to-one pre-trip advice/consultation by email, by phone or in person at our Cromford base (prior appointment necessary).
Birdswood and its dedicated Education Team are relatively new to the school trips sector, having only launched in 2014. So we don?t have lots of stodgy hard-and-fast ideas about what your school's perfect day trip should look like.
Our trained staff - some of whom are ex-teachers themselves - believe passionately in experiential learning and enabling children to enjoy their experiences fully. So we're always keen to enter into dialogue with teachers about what YOU want from us, rather than trying to follow a one-size-fits-all agenda. we're flexible and we can adapt to varied needs and teaching styles.
Birdswood volunteers are not paid - job satisfaction is our only reward! And seeing happy, engaged children enjoy a day out on the boat and then go away wanting to find out more about canal life gives us a real buzz. So if you have ideas that will make your class's day out even more special, do give us a call or drop us a line!