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Education Visits & School Groups

Buckler's Hard offers an exciting range of award-winning educational programmes, offering something for every school group, including those with special educational needs.

Our adaptable programmes are hosted by friendly, knowledgeable and experienced staff and can be tailored to suit your needs and schedule. They are perfectly suited to the new themes in the history curriculum, such as significant historical events, people and places in the locality, British history beyond 1966 and Geography.

Don't forget to talk to our friendly education team about complementary programmes at our sister attraction, Beaulieu.


Please download or request our Education Brochure for full details of the following programmes:

Illustration of Euryalus launch

NEW! Buckler's Hard: A Shipbuilding Settlement

Land Use, Industry, Geography, Riverside Walk

How and why did Buckler's Hard develop from a small landing place into a famous shipbuilding centre? Find out how the ships were constructed and see the launchways where they were built. Discover what life was like in an industrial settlement in the 1700s.

Suitable for KS1 and 2.

School group explore the Shipwright's Cottage

Buckler's Hard / Beaulieu-Caching

Maths, Geography, Technology

Use maps or school ipads/tablets/smartphones to follow an offline quiz puzzle trail around Buckler's Hard Historic Village or the Beaulieu Visitor Complex. Working together in teams outside the normal school environment, learn to use co-ordinates and code-breaking to reach the target location.

Suitable for KS1 and 2.

Living History guide with two children in the Maritime Museum

Ships & Seafarers, Houses & homes

Journeys, Transport, Nelson, Trafalgar

Role play tours in which the children take the part of 18th century visitors to see the village where ships for Nelson’s navy were built, including his favourite Agamemnon.

Learn about Nelson, Master Shipbuilder Henry Adams, the cat-o-nine-tails, and more about life in the 18th century village.

Emphasis on social history or ship building as required. Just let us know at time of booking.

Suitable for KS1, 2 and 3 and for children/students/adults with special educational needs.

Education trip with living history guide

Site Investigators: On Location at Buckler's Hard or Beaulieu

Literacy, English, Communication, Technology

Use our buildings, their collections and the people who once lived and worked in them to develop communication, literacy and technology skills.

Working in groups you could write a quiz trail, produce a young person's guide, give a presentation at school, create a virtual museum, gather evidence for a class debate, create and plan a piece of artwork, a story, photo-journal, advert or poem.

Bring your school tablets and find the material to make a film or documentary back at school.

Suitable for KS1, 2, 3, 4 and for children/students/adults with special educational needs.

Henry Adams model in the Maritime Museum

NEW! Fantastic Fiction & Amazing Authors at Buckler's Hard or Beaulieu

Literacy, Creative Writing

Studying a great book such as Stormbreaker, Goodnight Mr Tom, Alice in Wonderland, Wind
in the Willows or Powder Monkey? Or a writer? Shakespeare or Ian Fleming? Talk to us about
a programme tailor-made to enrich your learning outcomes. Use our collections for creative
writing projects like World War 2 Code Poems or car personalities inspired by Gumdrop.

Suitable for KS1, 2, 3, 4 and for children/students/adults with special educational needs.

Admiring a model ship in the Maritime Museum


Maths, Numeracy

Work together and solve a series of mathematical challenges - these could include speed,
friction, forces and/or weights & measures and for younger visitors counting, numerals, shape
recognition and measurement. Use skills such as data collection, symmetry and analysis.

Offered in the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey or Buckler’s Hard, it is
also available using more than one of the sites. We can help you build a programme to meet
your learning outcomes.

Suitable for KS1, 2, 3 and for children/students/adults with special educational needs.

A very warm thank you to all involved yesterday in making it a really super morning both on the river and in the museum, the year 7 children were particularly interested and had to be almost dragged out to enable us to keep to our schedule.

  • School Group Leader
  • May 2017

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