School Trips

Learning Through Adventure

Arnos Vale For Schools...

The magical outdoor classroom

Arnos Vale for Schools

A magical outdoor classroom full of rich education resources and learning opportunities, set amongst 45 acres of natural woodland ecosystem in the heart of Bristol.

A place of heritage.

Arnos Vale contains listed buildings and monuments which are being conserved as architectural and artistic treasures of national importance. Bring history to life for your students as we take them on a journey through Victorian and Wartime Britain.

A place for wildlife.

Nature thrives at Arnos Vale. It is home to a diverse range of fascinating wildlife and part of an essential green corridor which enables species to survive in the heart of the city. Your students will discover the amazing habitats, food chains and food webs that thrive in woodland, grassland and scrubland.

Why choose Arnos Vale.

At Arnos Vale we believe in making your visit as easy and hassle free as possible. Our out-of-classroom learning experience is fully supervised to help the day run as smoothly as possible.

  • Clear key stage relevant guided classroom sessions.
  • Experienced learning coordinator and risk managed activities.
  • A safe and stimulating environment for learning.

Our Learning Coordinator.

Your day will be carefully planned and managed by our learning coordinator, Janine Marriott. Janine, a classroom teacher for five years was also previously employed as an Education Officer at Bath Postal Museum and Daventry Museum before working at Arnos Vale.

Janine Marriott (BA.Hons, Msc, PGCE)
0117 971 9117 EXT.212

If you plan to bring a group on an unaccompanied visit, this still requires advanced booking to avoid clashes with other events and visitors on site.


Our favourite highlight was when we were in groups and went on a Symbol Quest!!

Year 6 Group – St Barnabas School

Get our Education Brochure...

Pick up a free education brochure at the gift shop or a PDF version below. The best way to discover Arnos Vale is to come and experience the venue.


It was great to see them all so engaged for the whole day as they are a class who are easily distracted

Georgina Freestone – The Tynings School


Our organised workshops are available as part of your half day experience at Arnos Vale. All booked workshops receive a FREE school pack The Rise of Modern Medicine: A Bristol Perspective. Other workshops can be tailor made upon request. For more detail and a content overview of each workshop below download our education brochure.

What is Forest School?

Forest School is an out of class approach to learning, teaching developmental skills in a woodland environment.

The beautiful 45 acre listed landscape of Arnos Vale is used to motivate, promote self-esteem and engage children of all ages, abilities and learning styles through fun hands-on activities and skills led opportunities.

Who can take part in Forest School?

Forest school can be for any school key stage, home-learners or pre-schoolers. Sessions can be tailored for learners with disabilities and specific learning needs.

Why choose Forest School?

  • Provides learning resources linked to trees, forests, woods and the outdoors.
  • Develops emotional and physical well-being through interaction with peers and leaders.
  • Increases environmental understanding through games, activities and exploration.

What do children do at Forest School?

Forest School is made up of a wide range of experiences and adventures. These can include

  • Bush craft skills such as animal sign tracking
  • Whittling and knife work (depending on age)
  • Fire lighting and cooking on fires.

Learners will enjoy a large range of activities that will connect them with the environment including arts and crafts, active games and science based activities.

Your Visit...

Your Visit.

At Arnos Vale we want to make sure your visit is as easy as possible from the time you book until the moment you leave.

Lasting approximately half a day your organised visit will be overseen by our learning coordinator.

Arnos Vale provides both indoor and outside areas for lunches as well as a secure area for your belongings alongside accessible toilet facilities. [icon-check] Gift shop and cafe on site.

How to Book

Booking an education trip to Arnos Vale couldn’t be easier. Simply e-mail or contact Janine Marriott on 0117 971 9117 EXT.212

Useful documents can be found online to help make your visit as straightforward as possible.


To help teachers, Arnos Vale has a clear pricing structure for our organised sessions, Pricing starts at only £6 per student!

  • Up to 20 students = £130
  • 20 – 30 students = £195
  • 31-60 students = £360
  • 61-90 students = £54
  • Above 90 students, £6 per head in increments of 30
  • These are per 1 hour workshop but include use of our learning space, and self-led additional activities.
  • Forest school workshops are £15 day per child for a 4 hour session
  • All prices are exclusive of VAT.


Call Janine Marriott on 0117 971 9117 EXT.212