School Trips


Kelburn has over thirty years of providing successful, fun, and engaging school day trips. Kelburn provides a wide range of curriculum-linked opportunities for pupils, from nursery through to Primary 7.

Our team of highly qualified Rangers lead pupils in various curriculum-linked activities every May and June, with an aim to engage pupils in subjects they’re taught in the classroom.

Information for Teachers

Kelburn is well known for its popular Ranger-led, curriculum linked activities for school pupils. Our dedicated School Programme runs each year in May and June, with a focus towards Nursery and Primary age groups.

Outside of May and June, we run Ranger-led activities to various visiting groups, including Schools. Please refer to the Group Booking page.

Our Education Rangers utilise their outdoor qualifications and knowledge of all things wild to provide engaging and interactive activities, designed to connect pupils to the world around them.

Learning at Kelburn

2020 School Programme

The 2020 programme runs weekdays from May 5th to June 24th 2020
We have no availability for school trips on Thur 7th & Fri 8th; Thur 21st & Fri 22nd; Mon 25th & Tues 26th May.

Kelburn offers a fun-filled day out, where school children can enjoy the Secret Forest, Adventure Course and Wild West Saloon.

In addition, our Educational Ranger activities aim to connect the pupils with the natural world. All educational activities are included in the price of admission. These activities will be delivered by our Education Rangers at set times throughout the day, in an area large enough to accommodate groups of approximately 90 students per session.

For schools returning to Kelburn, these interactive sessions will feature similar educational material used at our previous sessions but we will refresh content to keep teachers, Rangers and the children inspired!

On arrival, your school will be welcomed by our Education Rangers who will provide an overview of your schedule, including activities, facilities and timings. Please note we require teacher/adult support on all our activities.

School Trips


11.00 – 11.30am        Interactive Story Corner: Nursery-P3
11.45 – 12.15 noon    Interactive Story Corner:P4-P7
12.30 – 1.00 pm        Sensory Safari Walk: all ages (capped at 90 students)
1.00 – 1.30 pm          Sensory Safari Walk: all ages (capped at 90 students)

Curriculum Related Topics Integrated to Kelburn’s School Programme

11.00 – Interactive story session (nursery – Primary 4) (approx. 25min) Join our Education Rangers as they bring our story of choice alive and introduce the characters to the audience in a natural woodland setting. Afterwards, the children will have the opportunity to get active with a short activity linked to the story.

11.45 – Interactive story session (Primary 4 – 7) (approx. 25min) Our story of choice will be pitched to an older audience. Presented in the same format as above.

12.30 & 1pm – Sensory Safari (All ages) (approx. 25min) Our Education Rangers will each host groups of up to 30 on a guided walk venturing further into Kelburn’s impressive natural landscapes. Along the way you will encounter different sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures and be encouraged to fine tune your senses to the natural world around you. These walks involve uneven terrain, small hills and steps. Those with limited mobility will be led on an easier walk.

Key aspects of children’s development and learning and some of the curriculum-related topics covered in our activities include:

  • Woodland animals
  • Habitats for animals and plants
  • Identification of common plants and animals found in the local environment.
  • The Senses
  • Communication and language
  • Listen with enjoyment and response to stories, songs, music, rhymes and other poetry
  • Physical development and movement
  • Enjoy energetic activity both indoors and out and the feeling of well being that it brings.
  • Be aware of the importance of health and fitness.
  • Emotional, personal and social development
  • Care for the environment and for other people in the community
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Develop their powers of observation using their senses.
  • Recognise objects by sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
  • Care for living things, for example plants, pets at home.
  • Develop an appreciation of natural beauty and a sense of wonder about the world.

Booking Form and Payment Information

The 2020 programme runs from the 5th of May to the 24th of June.

Entrance Fees Children: £4.00 each
Teachers: Free at a ratio of 1:10 pupils (1:5 ratio for nurseries)
Additional Teachers: £5.00 each

All educational activities will be included in the price of admission. Price applicable only on a weekday during term time in May and June. Please download the booking form and return it completed to

The 2020 programme runs from the 5th of May to the 24th of June. Interested schools out with this time will be classed as a Group Booking, please see here for full details and to book!