Life-long learning with the Heritage & Learning Centre at Scampston Conservatory

Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Heritage & Learning Centre at Scampston Conservatory has spent the last two years developing an educational and learning programme to meet the needs of the local community and beyond.

As we become more established, we are grateful for further grants and support from partners who include North Yorkshire County Council, The Capability Brown Festival 2016, Stronger Communities, Ryedale District Council and local schools.


Adult Learning
We pride ourselves on delivering a professional adult learning programme, both independently and with partners, offering learning opportunities in a range of exciting and interesting subjects. The programme is ever-developing and includes working with glass, water-colour painting, willow and textile crafts. 

We also offer a series of evening lectures which have proven to be very popular, with experts sharing their knowledge a range of subjects, from gardening to history and the arts. You can find information about our adult educational programme here.

We are always looking to expand our adult learning offer and would like to hear from potential teachers and subject specialists. If you are interested and feel you can offer something new, please get in touch


Our Schools programme is open to all schools.

For Primary Schools, we offer a programme of self-led visits which include a range of ‘hands-on’ activities for pupils (see below), introducing them to the world of conservation and nature study.

For Secondary Schools, our classroom and grounds can support teaching programmes in photography, art, travel/tourism and media studies. Please contact us and we are happy to support your lesson planning.

For more information, please do get in touch.


Facilities for School Groups

The Centre is fully equipped for school visits with toilets, a cloakroom, a classroom (for up to 35 children), a projector and a whiteboard. Outdoor facilities include horse shelters and an outdoor lunch area near the coach park. Sample Risk Assessments are available to help with planning your visit on request.

Outdoor Learning Programme for Schools

A program of outdoor ‘hands on’ curriculum-based workshops for KS1 and KS2 (some workshops can also be tailored for EYFS) delivered in our stunning range of outdoor areas. With all paid visits, we provide:

• A COVID-19 secure environment
• FREE exclusive use of our Education room and/ or outdoor education area
• Secure storage for bags and coats etc
• FREE pre-visit planning meeting- to discuss risk management and the needs of your group
• FREE places for supervising adults
• Extensive curriculum linked workshop menu
• Risk assessments
• Experienced and qualified leader

Depending on your needs, these workshops can be adapted to suit the length of your visit, the topics being covered in class and the age and ability of your pupils.

Option 1: Half day £ per pupil (minimum spend £80)
Option 2: Full day £7 per pupil (minimum spend £140)

Take a look below at what you might learn:

Mission Minibeasts - focus on exploring different habitats. Use a range of methods and equipment to find and identify invertebrates.

Lake Lifecycles - Use pond dipping techniques to investigate and classify the amazing creatures that live in the lakes and learn about their life cycles.

Winged Wonders - Learn about pollination and pollinators.

Tremendous Trees - Learn about the different parts of trees, identify trees from their leaves and where new trees come from.

Producers, Predators and Prey - Explore food chains and webs in a variety of habitats around the site.

Pathfinder - Use a variety of map and navigation skills and develop teamwork.
•Wild About Woods - A forest school session with a chance to enjoy bush-craft activities and toast a marshmallow on the campfire.

•Metre Square Meal - A gardening focused session planning a metre square meal! Plant a salad picture to take away and make some garden decorations.

•Seasonal Sessions - spectacular spring, super summer, awesome autumn or wild winter. A nature walk/scavenger hunt, environmental art/craft and bushcraft activities linked to the current season.

•Scampston Explorer Day - A cross-curricular day linked to the season and school topic or theme (science, history, geography, art, bushcraft).

•Bespoke days - We are happy to discuss and create bespoke days to suit your group, theme or topic. Just get in touch!
Get in touch

To book a visit or to arrange a pre-visit to the Heritage Learning Centre, please contact us at either 01944 753105 or