Englefield Estate’s annual Schools Days see the grounds of Englefield House, the deer park and the village transformed into an impressive outdoor classroom, offering lessons in farming, horticulture and forestry.
The two-day event welcomes thousands of children from more than 50 primary schools and features over 25 stands plus activities and demonstrations.
The stands offer topical based learning, informative displays and interactive demonstrations which are led by Estate staff and cover farming, sustainability, community, environment and history.
Englefield Countryside Days for Schools is a unique event that aims to engage young minds and inform children of current working practices in:
Primary schools in Berkshire receive an invitation to attend, free of charge. All that is required is for schools to arrange their own transport to the event.
The Schools Days concept was inspired by Sir William – the father of current Estate owner, Richard Benyon - who wanted to invite local school children to discover more about the Estate, its history and activities. He also wanted to help them to enjoy learning about the countryside and what is involved in helping to make it a great place to live, work and enjoy.
The first event in 1997 hosted 315 children from five schools in Berkshire. In 2016 over 2,500 children from 50 primary schools across the county attended.
Want to know more? Contact organiser Tina Haynes on 0118 930 2504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are resources from the 2017 Countryside Days:
"Our children always have a great time and learn so much during the Englefield Countryside Day. From the blacksmith to the ferrets, and the walled garden to the tractors, there is something to excite every member of the class. We also love the tractor rides!"