What better way to bring a topic or subject to life, than to experience it first hand at Preston Park Museum with our vast and varied collection?

Why not take advantage of our hands-on workshop sessions spanning a variety of curriculum activities and suitable for Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Special Interest and Community Groups?

We have lunch areas available as well as a number of loan/theme boxes to hire.

If you would prefer a self-led visit simply get in touch and we can advise on availability and provide you with useful resources to help plan your trip.

Extend your visit

There are lots of unique and fun things to do within the grounds of the museum whilst on your school visit. Why not look at including a boat trip along the River Tees with RiverShack or combine your trip with a visit to the tropical Butterfly World?

Please note that you will still need to book with the Museum Learning Team if you are entering the museum or using the lunch spaces and normal school admission prices still apply.

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Traditional Toys

After a brief introduction to old fashioned toys, children will enjoy learning through play, discovering how toys worked before battery power and computer games and be inspired to make their...

Young Girl And Mother Playing With A Wind Up Toy

Wash Day

Using role play, children will find out what a laborious job washing clothes was for the servants at Preston Hall. The session will include washing with carbolic soap, using a...

Tin Of Sunlight Soap

Victorian School Day

During this strict School Day workshop, children will discover first-hand through role play what school was like for Victorian children including taking part in lessons and learning to write their...

Girl Wearing Victorian Costume Standing Next To An Old Fashioned Bike

Victorian Home

Using original objects, discover the different objects found in the home and how they were used by members of the household both practically and as decorative items. This workshop is...

Young Boy With Father Looking At A Toy Model Car On Disaply In One Of The Galleries

Mini Beasts

Available throughout the Spring and Summer terms. Join us for a fun and informative session using bug-catching equipment whilst exploring Preston Park’s grounds searching for insects! Children will discuss habitats,...

Young Boy And Girl Looking Through A Magnifying Glass


Join us as we discuss what has been discovered at local archaeological dig sites, and how the treasures on display tell us about life for the Anglo-Saxons. Students can undertake...



An exciting opportunity for children to work with a member of the Museum Learning Team to create a portfolio of portraiture themed art work. Students will discover some of our...

School Child Painting A Self Portrait

WW2 Home Front

During this two-hour workshop discover what life was like for children during the war years and evacuation. As we are commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, children will look...

Ration Book

Making A Mark: Colonel Spence’s War

Join Elizabeth Baker from ‘Tillytoo Tales Storytelling’ as she tells a range of stories inspired by the trench paintings in our collection. These will give students a different perspective on...

Two Boys Dressed As Soldiers

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