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Educational Visits

About Brogdale

Brogdale Collections is home to the National Fruit Collection, which is made up of over 4000 different varieties of apples, pears, plums, cherries, quince, hazelnuts and cobnuts and a variety of soft fruits.

We have over 150 acres including orchards, an interactive weather station, farmland and nature areas to explore. Come discover how fruit is grown and how climate and insects play their part.

We work with schools and education institutions, offering module days carefully tailored to the Key Stage 1 & 2 curriculum, giving children a fun and interactive day with practical demonstrations and experiences. Children can explore and learn in the environment of the National Fruit Collection, discovering its value as a resource as well as natures, insects and wildlife, evolution, fruit farming, food nutrition and climate.

What Others Say…

“A really great day – engaging activities developed the children’s interests in our topics”
– Ethelbert Road Primary School

“The instructor was a great communicator”
– Hartlip Primary School

“The children had a great time, learnt a lot and really enjoyed themselves”
– Canterbury Home School Group

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Days run from aproximately 10am-2pm and include a morning & afternoon session. Lunch can be enjoyed in our picnic area & play park or inside in our classroom area.

Sessions are led by a Brogdale Collections Tutor and all learning materials are provided. The day will encompass fun educational hands on learning, discussions and interactive activities.

Once the educational visit is booked teachers are provided with a complementary pre visit to discuss their requirements in more detail.Activities vary within the module depending on the age group visiting and topics being studied in school. All modules are suitable for KS1 & KS2 classes.


Module 1 :

Living Science

A whole day discovering fascinating lives of the plants & wildlife within the National Fruit Collection.

Module Content:

Plant growth • Seeds • Pollination • Mini Beasts Habitats • Cultivation • Lifecycles & Food Chains Blossom (April/May)

Module 2:

Measurements, Maps & Maths 

Explore the National Fruit Collection using maths & geography skills in fun and practical ways.

Module Content:

Map reading  • Position & Direction • Geography of the Orchards  • Weather & Climate • Tree Growth •  Comparative Measurments • Gathering Data

Module 3:

Fruit and Harvest

Discover the National Fruit Collection during harvest time (Sept-Nov).

Module Content:

Fruit Tasting from the Collection • The fruit Farming Process • Plant Varieties • Plant Growth • Seasons • Nutritional Content • The Role of Sugar

Module 4:

Wild Weather

Learn about the impact weather has on the local, national and global environments. Use the interactive weather station to take your own measurements.

Module Content:

Seasonal Change • Weather Observation • Growth of Plants • Role of the Sun • Measurements • Record Keeping • Global Change

Module 5:

Evolution & Inheritance

Discover the importance of evolution and adaptation amongst The National Fruit Collection’s 4000 varieties of fruit.

Module Content:

Evolution of Fruit • Evolution of Plant Reproduction
• Seed Dispersal • Plant adaptations • Geographical Locations • The future of Fruit

Module 6:

Come Cooking

Spend a morning exploring our 150 acres of Orchard to leaarn how fruit is grown and the benefits of healthy eating. Then learn how to cook a simple dish to take home using fresh fruit.

Module Content:

Farming • Plant growth • Healthy eating • Reading Skills • Measurements • Nutrition & Diet • Use of Kitchen Equipment & Utensils


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Timings & Facilities

10am – 2.30pm typically (flexible)

Free Coach & Car Parking
Fruit Shop
Shops & Restaurant
Outdoor Picnic Area
Indoor Group Space & Lunch Area
Disabled and Limited Mobility Access
Play Park

Activities vary within the module content depending on the age group booked and what the group is learning at school 


Module Days – £6.00 per pupil (20+)
Minimum class size is 20 for £6.000 per head
Any number between 10 – 20 is £8.50 per head
Additional adult over the required minimum – £7.50

For groups of more than 30 students please call The Brogdale Collections Education Officer to discuss your requirements before booking.

Tailored Days – Price on application
Use of Tractor Trailer – £50.00 (Additional fixed fee for the day)
Miniature Railway – £1.00 per head (Additional fee) (pre-booking essential)


Contact Details

E: education@brogdalecollections.org

T: 01795 536250

A: Education at Brogdale Collections
Brogdale Farm
Brogdale Road
ME13 8XZ

Brogdale Collections is a registered charity

Charity Number 1135678