Education Visits

Compton Verney has developed a reputation for delivering a diverse range of high-quality education programmes for primary, secondary, further and higher education, that link directly to the curriculum and examination syllabuses.

The programmes are designed to help schools and educational organisations deliver subjects in new and exciting ways, perfect for your school trip or away day.  Our programmes engage students in hands-on creative activities through our exhibitions, collections, gallery and grounds to create an inspirational day.

All our programmes are delivered in our purpose built Learning Centre or Forest School site by the Learning Team; an experienced group of arts education professionals and qualified Forest School Leaders.

All our schools programmes can be adapted for students with special educational needs.

We can also design activities individually for your school to match your topic or curriculum.

For more information or to discuss a programme please contact the Learning Team
Tel 01926 645552

Teachers’ packs are available to download for each project and include a risk assessment.


  • A separate planning charge of £130 applies for bespoke workshops
  • Gallery-based Sessions – Minimum Charge: £120.00 Per Student: £7.50
  • Forest School Sessions – Minimum Charge: £170 Per Student: £8.50
  • Life Drawing Sessions – Minimum Charge: £220.00 Per Student: N/A

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Book a School Visit

  • We are open for gallery visits Tuesdays – Fridays from February to December. Visits that take place at the Forest School site are available all year.
  • Please inform us of any students with special educational needs, disabilities and additional requirements when making your booking.
  • We ask that you supply final numbers of students when confirming your booking.
  • Alterations to the number of students visiting should be made at least 14 days prior to your visit. We reserve the right not to refund alterations made within 14 days of the visit.
  • On confirmation of your booking you will receive an invoice. Payment is required 14 days prior to your visit.
  • Please download and read the teachers’ pack for your chosen programme prior to your visit.
  • Teacher Ratio: Recommend for Primary School 1:6 and Secondary School 1:10

Is there a maximum group size?

At Compton Verney we can accommodate, 3 groups per day (approximately 90 students) for gallery and exhibition programmes and 2 groups per day (approximately 60 students) at the Forest School. Individual programmes have different capacities, please see individual programme pages for further details. If you would like to bring larger groups please contact us to discuss how we can accommodate your visit.

Is Compton Verney accessible for disabled visitors?

The gallery, park, Forest School and learning centre are all accessible, please read our access information for details.

How many supervising adults will we need?

For primary aged students we suggest 1 adult for every 6 students.
For secondary students suggest for 1 adult for every 10 students.

Where should the coach park?

Coaches must park in the free coach parking in the main car park. Coaches cannot drop off at the gallery owing to weight restrictions on the Upper Bridge. If anyone requires assistance please let us know so transport can be arranged.

Where should we go when we arrive?

Please enter through the gate in the main car park and make your way to the gallery. The walk from the car park will take approximately 10 minutes and a member of the Learning Team will meet you at the gallery.

Will we need to bring anything for our visit?

Schools who have booked for gallery and exhibition programmes will need to bring art aprons for all students. Schools who have booked for programmes that include a clay workshop will also need to bring trays or boxes to carry their artworks back to the bus.
Schools who have booked for visits that take place at the Forest School site will need appropriate clothing including waterproofs, wellington boots or walking boots, long sleeved tops and trousers or leggings.

Is there a space to eat lunch?

In good weather lunch will be eaten outside on the West Lawn and picnic blankets will be provided. In bad weather lunch will be eaten in the learning rooms.

Are there facilities to buy food and drink?

There is a range of catering facilities at Compton Verney including the Lawn Restaurant and Gallery Café. Please be aware these can get very busy during peak times and these facilities are not available on Mondays and when the gallery is closed to the public.

Can school groups visit the shop?

Schools are welcome to visit the shop where there is a range of reasonably priced children’s toys. Visits to the shop will need to be made at lunch time or after the afternoon workshop.  Alternatively goodie bags are available to pre order from the shop. For more information please call 01926 645525


  • Visits will be led by a member of the Learning Team, who will be responsible for the delivery of activities.
  • School staff are responsible for the supervision and behaviour of students at all times.  In the event of inappropriate behaviour from students or staff, where Compton Verney staff consider themselves, the public or the artworks to be at risk, we reserve the right to stop activities and, if necessary, ask the school to leave. The school will still be liable for payment in full for the day.

Cancelations and Absences

  • Cancelations must be made 14 day prior to the date of your visit. Cancelations made after this time are subject to a £75 cancelation fee.
  • Individual absences from the visit, due to illness or otherwise, will not be refunded.
  • Forest School programmes take place outside in all weather conditions. An indoor alternative will only be sought in the case of extreme weather.
  • Please be aware that due to Compton Verney’s unique setting, we have a severe weather policy in place. In the event of severe weather or limited access to the site, we reserve the right to close the site at short notice, including on the day of scheduled opening, in order to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff. We will inform all designated persons as soon as this decision has been made and education visits will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Compton Verney cannot be held responsible for any cancellation costs incurred.