School Workshops: A Viking visit to Arley Hall and Gardens

Date Posted: 18/09/2013

Arley Hall and Gardens, located in Northwich in Cheshire, welcomes school visits at Primary school level and its Key Stage 2 workshops teach children all about the hall, which dates back several centuries, and how people used to live there.

The estate also invites schools to be involved in major events at Arley, such as the Garden Festival and Christmas, as well as working with school groups on longer-term growing projects in the kitchen garden.

Arley is home to Stockley Children’s Farm, where younger pupils can take a tractor and trailer ride down to the farm to meet its animals – including cows, pigs, ponies, goats, ducks, hens, rabbits and smaller pets like gerbils and Harriet the hedgehog.

The Viking visit provides children with a hands-on experience of Viking equipment and tools and (depending on what the school trip organiser would like to cover) mail making, archery, metal working and weaponry -  plus many other items relevant to the Vikings and their way of life.

About Arley Hall and Gardens

Arley Hall is described as one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the north west.

The property boasts elaborate ceilings and oak panelling, impressive fireplaces, intricate stained glass and beautiful contents. The resident family has lived at the hall for over 550 years.

The Viking visit day itinerary

9.30am: Arrive at Arley, and park your coach in the coach park before walking down the Lime Avenue. Leave packed lunches in your room specific for your school visit. Your group will then be welcomed by Tony in Norse language, who will explain the day to the children.

10.30am to 12:15pm: You will cover ‘How do they know I am a Viking and not an Anglo-Saxon?’

After the session, pupils will visit the parkland to investigate the landscape and what resources there are. The session will look into hunting, looking at tools, weapons, shields, then weapons and defence training.

Children can get involved in making twisted iron finger rings, and learn all about the importance of working as a community in a Viking Settlement. Other topics include clothing, the value of items and what they would eat.

12.15pm to 1.00pm: Lunch in allocated room and use of play area if required. Pupils can also visit the gift shop if they have brought spending money.

1.00pm to 2.00pm: After lunch, the team at Arley will give your school group a brief run through what they did during the day and ask the children if they would like to have lived in Viking times.

The day ends with a session of safe archery in the Cruck Barn; and the opportunity to say goodbye in Old Norse language.

For further school trip information contact Helen Robinson:

01565-777353 (Ext 31)

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