Outreach visits across Derbyshire

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Get out and about and learn in the field with tailor-made learning at a location of your choice.

We can arrange fieldwork activities that are tailor-made for your group. These can be in your local neighbourhood, on your school site, or on a nearby countryside site. We also have a wide range of free-to-download resources for specific Derbyshire locations which you can use for your own visits.

A day of fieldwork can link to many curriculum areas and could involve:

  • art and architecture in the local area
  • being heritage building detectives
  • mapping land use
  • traffic and transport surveys
  • introduction to map and compass work
  • questionnaires, data collection, recording and interpretation
  • architecture and construction investigations
  • habitat or wildlife work in your grounds or a local area
  • a river study on a stream, river or brook near you
  • a supported visit to a local museum, art gallery or church
  • events at specific times of year, such as exploring memorials around Remembrance Day.


£300: Design and delivery of a day of learning at a place of your choice. Including a pre-meeting and pre-visit with staff, risk assessment, planning, preparation of resources and delivery of the day programme of fieldwork and classroom activities. The resources developed for the day are available for your use in the future.

Booking fee: £20 per visit date - non returnable payment on confirmation of booking.

£5.50 per pupil: Repeat delivery by our education visit leaders of a specifically designed day for additional groups and classes.

£5 per pupil: Repeat delivery by our education visit leaders of a specifically designed day for additional groups and classes if booked a term in advance.

Led learning days in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

We work closely with sites and locations across the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and are happy to lead or facilitate your visit to this fascinating location of the world's first factories.

For more information about what we offer please visit our Derwent Valley Mills world heritage site pages.

Fieldwork programmes with Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock

We've developed two days of opportunities for Key Stage 2 pupils in partnership with the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock. For more information please visit our Matlock, Derbyshire Record Office page.

Fieldwork programmes from New Mills

These days make use of New Mills' rich industrial heritage, built environment and distinctive geographic location.

All the programmes are risk-assessed and led by experienced education visits leaders who are qualified teachers.

For more details please visit our New Mills in the High Peak pages.

Opportunities at Derbyshire countryside sites

We look after a wide variety of countryside sites from country parks, to canals, woodlands to wetlands which are available for environmental education use.

Forest School

We support our sites being used for Forest School programmes. If you'd like to discuss opportunities for using Derbyshire countryside sites for Forest School please contact us to find out more, tel: 01629 533439 or email: forestschools@derbyshire.gov.uk

Indoor classrooms to hire

We have two indoor classrooms available to hire at our countryside sites:

  • Elvaston Castle Country Park, tel: 01629 533870 for current hire rates
  • Shipley Country Park (The Green Room) tel: 01773 719961 for hire rates.

Educational heritage visits

With prior arrangement we provide tours of Middleton Top Engine house these can be static or operational with wardens who can assist in advising groups on educational heritage visits.

An educational visit can also be combined with cycle hire and group hire rates are available.

Tours of High Peak Junction Railway workshops are also available and groups can try their hand at blacksmithing on the original forge. An audio tour of the site is also available.

For current charges and details please contact Middleton Top Countryside Centre, tel: 01629 823204.

Bolsover District, Limestone Journeys

We offer a Key Stage 2 fieldwork day investigating the local landscape including geology, heritage, building and place in the Bolsover District, specifically in the area set on magnesian limestone bedrock. The resources and activities that form this day were originally developed as part of the Limestone Journeys Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership where we worked with children on the "your hidden heritage" project.

The activities will engage young people in understanding the landscape character of their area, how geology and landform influences settlement patterns, what buildings were made from in the past, building materials and architectural styles typical of the area and how this helps to give a sense of place. An ideal fieldwork to help link geography, history, geology, science, design technology and art and design themes.

For more information or to book this experience please get in touch. For more information about the Limestone Journeys project please visit the Creswell Crags website (opens in a new window)

Free online resources

Outreach visits across Derbyshire are being developed for sites across the county.

These are aimed at providing ideas, resources and activities for you to self-lead your own learning visit, but you can use our education visits leaders if you prefer.

Resources and activities are available for:

We're also working in partnership with other learning providers across the county to provide additional opportunities for you and your pupils.

See our opportunities at Swadlincote Cultural Partnership (opens in a new window)

More information

To discuss your requirements or make a booking please contact us during term time at:

Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service
1a - 1d Market Hall
Market Square
S40 1AR

Tel: 01629 533439
email: environmentalstudies@derbyshire.gov.uk

If you have used any of the resources available to download from our pages we would love to receive your feedback. Please drop us an email to environmentalstudies@derbyshire.gov.uk or let us know if there are any locations you'd like us to develop activities for.

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