Learning in action: hot spots

January 30, 2017

Chirag Golwala, Founder of Lets Travel Services, chatted to us about how getting out and about with your child provides opportunities for learning in action!

Outdoor learning

Whether a day trip or a weekend away, there are so many destinations that provide children with an opportunity to learn in action. Whether that be taking a trip to Bath and retracing the steps of Jane Austen or introducing your children to the greatest playwright of all time by exploring his birthplace in Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon.

Earlier this year, I launched Let’s Travel for Children and did exactly that. The charity initiative took hundreds of school children from disadvantaged parts of London to Stratford Upon Avon. They all experienced getting close to nature at the Butterfly Farm before touring the town to see and hear all about Shakespeare in the heart of where it all started. It was incredible to see how engaged and excited these children were by learning in action.

The staycation wave creates an opportunity for parents in the UK, not just to holiday but give their children an enriching learning experience. Not every family will jet off abroad on holiday in 2017, but hopefully many more can access a destination within the UK.

Here are some of the top destinations to take your child to learn in action:

Witness the magnificent Stonehenge: one of the best known and most popular ancient wonders of the world. Expose young minds to this marvel of 40 ton stones that were brought from Preseli Mountains over 280 miles away and discover the mysteries that surround the slaughter stone and see the numerous earth barrows where the beaker people lie buried. Find out more

Explore Bath’s World Heritage sites: without doubt one of the major highlights for any family travelling around the UK. Bath is so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. There’s a world of culture with Jane Austen tours to inspire young literary minds and some of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture anywhere in the UK to marvel at. The Victoria Art Gallery offers free entry to witness its fascinating collection and The Roman Baths will transport you to years gone by for an immersive history lesson. Find out more

Windsor Castle: children can enjoy a majestic experience whilst gaining a new and interactive insight into the history of the monarchy at this oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. A royal home and fortress for over 900 years. There’s a whole array of education on offer with tours of the site a chapel and exhibitions inside. Find out more

The Garden of England & Canterbury Cathedral: areas of outstanding beauty and the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral make Kent a great spot for not only history and culture but scenic views as well! The magnificent Canterbury Cathedral is the most important church within the worldwide Anglican faith whilst the central ‘Bell Harry Tower’ dates back to 1498, and the crypt to the 11th Century. This destination offers a wealth of culture and family friendly splendour. Find out more

As well as the examples above, there are many more interesting locations around the UK where your child can learn in action – take a look at what’s near you to get some inspiration!

Like Chirag Golwala, former Geography teacher Mike Ridealgh also understands the value of outdoor learning – read his blog post here

 

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