Carymoor Environmental Trust Somerset
Dimmer Lane, Castle Cary, BA7 7NR
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Art and Design | Animal Welfare | Bushcraft | Crafts | Ecological Recycle & Waste Centres | Environment Centres | Ecology & Green Awareness | Outdoor Education | Special Educational Needs (SEN) | Team Building | Science | Citizenship | Design and Technology | English | Environmental Studies | Geography | History | ICT | Mathematics | PSHE | Wildlife and Nature Reserves
What we offer
Carymoor Environmental Education Centre's unique location next to a working landfill site in east Somerset is the perfect place to bring green issues to life for your class. We have safe access to the landfill site all year round, providing first hand experiences of waste management and recycling.
It is also the perfect backdrop for learning about more sustainable lifestyle choices and the importance of the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). As well as this our beautiful nature reserve (uniquely situated on top of capped landfilled land), replica shanty town, wild flower garden, Celtic roundhouse, forest school area and sustainable buildings provide the opportunity for a wide variety of cross-curricular, hands-on outdoor learning experiences. Our education work links to a variety of topics including materials, sustainability, global citizenship, renewable energy, habitats, Celtic life, bush-craft, natural crafts and more.
We cater for Early Years, Primary and Secondary aged groups as well as further and higher education groups. All activities can be tailored to suit your specific needs and learning objectives.
As well as providing inspirational day visits at Carymoor, our experienced team can also bring the wonder and excitement of Carymoor into your school, through a range of assemblies, cross-curricular workshops and project days, all tailored to your needs. Our fun outreach sessions link to themes such as the 3Rs, composting, sustainable living, energy saving and renewable energy, habitats and attracting wildlife to your school grounds. They are a great way to add ‘wow’ factor to a topic or eco week!
If your school is within 20 miles of Carymoor we can also run our action-packed afterschool club for you, combining fun activities linked to the Eco Schools topics (Biodiversity, School Grounds, Transport, Water, Energy, Waste, Litter, Global Perspective, and Healthy Living). The club runs for six 1 hour sessions per half term and can accommodate up to 20 children. Please contact us for further details and current charges.
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What makes us a great choice?
A unique and stimulating environment.
Real-life learning experiences
Well planned, safe activities.
Friendly, experienced leaders
Accreditation and Awards
We have the LOtC Quality Badge which reflects our innovative approach high standard of delivery and attention to practical considerations such as risk assessment.
Group Sizes Catered For
Carymoor's eco-centre can accommodate up to 3 classes per day (maximum of 80 children).
Our outreach team can deliver up to 4 class-workshops plus an assembly per day at your school.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
We have a range of pre- and post- visit resources that are available for schools including a general pre-visit information pack lesson plans with links to suggested follow-up activities a KS2 food waste education pack and a range of work sheets.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Risk Assessment Details
We can provide risk assessments if required and teachers can arrange to meet with an education officer prior to their visit to familiarise themselves with the site and do their own risk assessing.
Site visits are charged on the basis of group size:
Prices for 2014-15
Education in Your School
Half day (Assembly plus up to 2 workshops) - £150
Full day (Assembly plus up to 4 workshops) - £200
Education at Carymoor
1-15 children - £110
16-35 children - £220
36-45 children - £330
46-60 children - £440
61-80 children - £550
A 10% reduction on site visits will be offered for groups who book 3 months or more in advance.
There are no charges for accompanying adults.
If visiting Carymoor please ensure that all members of your group have appropriate clothing for the activities and weather conditions. Footwear must be robust and enclosed i.e. no open toes or thin soles (wellies are ideal). Warm waterproof clothing is essential as are sun hats and sun cream during summer months. It is also advisable to bring clean footwear to change into for your return coach journey.
First Aid Information
We will ensure that a trained First Aider is available to assist your group where necessary. We also ask visiting schools to ensure that they have a nominated first aider with each class.
Indoor base for lunchtime and stashing belongings whilst out on-site
Toilets and hand-washing facilities
Drinks for staff and pupils
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Our eco-centre building has a disabled access entrance and an easy-access toilet. The site terrain is variable so please contact us to discuss accessibility for disabled children as this may depend upon your chosen activity.
Opening Hours & Information
Carymoor is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Due to the nature of our site visits are by appointment only.
‘I have been teaching for 20+ years and this was the best educational trip I have ever taken children on because it was educational fun and inspirational! Thank you very much!’ - Lovington Primary School Somerset
‘The day was fun and educational and so well organised that the adults could enjoy themselves too!’ - South Petherton Infants School Somerset
‘One of the best trips I have ever been on with a class. Very well done!’ - Springmead School Somerset
‘Children's learning and practical needs were really well met and the organisation of activities was seamless so children were occupied constantly and involved everyone (all abilities and emotional needs). Staff were made to feel very welcome - those thoughtful touches like the refreshments were greatly appreciated.’ - Shaftesbury Primary School Dorset