What will students see and do?

RSPB Avalon Marshes are two miles from Glastonbury, on the northern Somerset Levels. The Avalon area is steeped in history and legend, and features several important archaeological areas.

The RSPB offers a wide selection of educational workshops at the reserve, catering for everyone from EYFS pupils to A-level students. Each workshop is designed to last two hours, and runs as either a morning or afternoon session. You’re also able to combine two sessions to create a full day of events. The learning outcomes of these workshops make them ideal for science trips, history trips and geography trips.

The hands-on activities are available year-round and are designed to get students immersed within nature at the reserve. Boardwalks make it easy for pupils to safely get close to the marsh habitats and pond-dipping platforms enable students to explore the ponds under supervision.



Teaching resources provided

All resources are provided for each workshop or activity. This includes educational materials, as well as practical equipment.

There are also a number of activity worksheets available to download from the website. These can be used as pre-visit or follow-up activities and also serve as stand-alone workshops.


Minimum and maximum group size

You’ll be charged for a minimum of 20 pupils (16 for A-level pupils) during this visit.


Details of risk assessment

A risk assessment covering all facilities and activities held on site is sent once a booking is made. The RSPB also recommends completing your own risk assessments and the team is available to help with this process.

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Facilities On-Site

At this site you’ll find a car park and an information centre with indoor space available for classes. There are picnic benches where students can eat their packed lunches, plus accessible toilets. The neighbouring play area is great for when children want to let off some steam.

There are also hides, a boardwalk, pond-dipping platforms and a range of signposted nature trails.


Opening Times

School workshops are designed to last two hours, with sessions running at 10am-12pm or 12.30-2.30pm – two sessions can be combined to make a whole day visit.

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Pricing

For early years and primary pupils the cost is £4 per two-hour session or £6.50 for two sessions. There is a minimum charge of £80 for a half day and £130 for a full day.

For KS3 and KS4 pupils the cost is £5 per two-hour session or £8 for a full day. For A-level students the price is £6 for a half-day, or £10 for a full day. There is a minimum charge of £100 for a half day and £160 for a full day for both of these age groups.


Travel arrangements

From Glastonbury take the B3151 to Wedmore. At the village of Meare, go past the garage on your left then follow the brown sign, taking the second left into Ashcott Road. The reserve entrance is one mile on the left, after the Railway Inn.

From the M5 take the A39 to Glastonbury for seven miles until you see signs for Avalon Marshes Centre. Turn left onto Shapwick Hill and carry on into the village, past the church. Stay on the same road for one mile until you reach the Avalon Marshes Centre on your right. Continue past the centre, taking the next right at Back Lane in Westhay. At the end turn right onto Main Road and follow this for about 1.5 miles through the village of Meare.

Past Meare Manor on your left you’ll see a brown sign directing you to take the next right. Look out for a colourful painted fence on your left, then turn right onto Ashcott Road. The reserve entrance is one mile on the left, after the Railway Inn.

Address

Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Road, Westhay, Glastonbury, Somerset
BA6 9SX


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