Thank you for your interest in educational visits to Hinchingbrooke Country Park.

Most of the information on this page refers to school visits but our activities can be made to suit all groups including home educators, Cub Scouts, Brownies, and youth groups. Please contact us with your enquiry.

We can organise a wide range of activities in the varied habitats of our beautiful park.

You can read what other teachers have said about their visit to the park by looking at the testimonials from recent school visits. You can also have a look at the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom's website to read about the benefits of a visit to the "great outdoors".

Our activities:

Activities we offer are summarised in our brochure.

Pond dipping at Hinchingbrooke Country Park   Minibeast hunting at Hinchingbrooke Country Park

Activities include:

  • pond dipping
  • minibeast hunting
  • den building
  • orienteering
  • fire lighting
  • paint palettes
  • woodland collages
  • campfire

What does a visit include?

A visit to Hinchingbrooke Country Park includes:

  • a classroom to use all day*. You can leave your bags here and have lunch inside or outside.

  • a ranger to lead some of the activities (you choose which activities). We usually have trained volunteers to lead some activities as well

  • most equipment, all activity instructions (sent to you in advance) and identification charts

  • health and safety information, including risk assessments

  • free parking

  • free places for your leaders and helpers

*If you are only here for a short time it may work out better for you to pay for an hour or two of the ranger’s time. In this situation, there wouldn’t be a classroom available.

How do I make a booking?

If you decide to come for a visit you will need to:

  • provisionally book a date with us

  • confirm the date with your transport provider

  • confirm the date with us and select activities

  • write your own risk assessments

  • distribute health and safety information, timetables, activity instructions, maps, etc to group leaders and helpers

    organise your groups so all leaders know which children they are responsible for and the children know who their leader is

  • come and enjoy your day

  • give us feedback so we can continually improve and adapt what we offer.

Once you have booked your visit, we will send you all the information you need in advance:

  • a timetable for each group

  • a map of the site

  • activity instructions and resources

  • health and safety information, including our risk assessment and a hazards table

  • the role of adult helpers.

How much does it cost?

A full-day visit for over 30 children costs £5.50 per child. There is no charge for leaders and helpers. If you have a very small group of children, please contact us for further details. If you are just here for a short visit and don't need a room, then we charge £40 per hour.

What is the cancellation policy?

No charge.

How do I pay?

We will invoice you after your visit. Please make sure you let us know the number of children who attended on the day so we invoice you for the correct amount.

Do we have to book if we want to do our own activities?

Yes. Simply advise us of the date and time so the duty manager is aware.