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Understand the Past – Key Stage 2 at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

KS2 Activities based on geography, history or science

Fossils and Bones

Bring historical enquiry alive by examining some amazing specimens including a mammoth and fossilised sea creatures. Learn how to interpret the past through the evidence presented by these remains and create your own 'instant' fossil to take home with you.
Curriculum Links: History, Science - Rocks, Animals including humans Yr3
Availability: All year round
Maximum group size: 70
Price: See standard prices below

Stone Age Britain

View the world through the eyes of a Stone Age person while preparing to hunt a mammoth. Examine artefacts of mammoth proportions and learn how to interpret the past using this evidence. 
Curriculum Links: History
Availability: All year round
Maximum group size: 70
Price: See standard prices below

Experiencing the Iron Age

Bring the Iron Age alive for your pupils! Experience what life was like for Iron Age children through hands-on activities, a tour around our replica roundhouse and a guided walk up to a local hill fort.
Curriculum Links: History
Availability: March to November with hill fort walk and November to March without
Maximum group size: 70
Price: £120 + VAT for all groups up to 35, £240 + VAT for groups of 36-70

Home in the Viking Period

Become descendants of Danish settlers at a time when your menfolk would go a viking during the early summer. With everyone back on the farm, help prepare a light noon meal and do chores to assist the household. Take part in a Viking court and some leisure activities. Discuss Viking visits to Shropshire during this period.
Curriculum Links: History
Availability: All year round
Maximum group size: 70
Price: See standard prices below

Cooking a Spring meal

In the morning, help collect and process nettles, sheep sorrel, fat hen and elderflowers for soup and fritters and have them with a wholegrain porridge - the type of spring meal that would have been eaten from the Neolithic, Iron Age, Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods. Your afternoon activities will depend on which part of the curriculum you wish to link in - you could make twine frm the nettle stems. 
Curriculum Links: History, D&T, Science
Maximum group size: 70
Price: See standard charges

Native American Life

Enjoy a variety of activities carried out by Native American tribes; make fibres into twine, put up a tepee, use a spear thrower and fire bow.  End the day by making dream catchers.
Maximum group size: 70
Availability: All year
Price:  £120
 + VAT for all groups up to 35, £240 for groups of 36-70 + VAT


The standard price structure for the led activities are:

£90 + VAT per group of up to 25 children
£120 + VAT per group of 26-35 (or one class, whichever is larger)
£180 + VAT per group of 36-50
£240 + VAT per group of 51-70

Secret Hills Exhibition

Take a fascinating journey through Shropshire’s past: meet a mammoth, explore an Iron Age roundhouse and take off with our film panorama that drifts across the local landscape like a hot air balloon. Focus tasks will also challenge the children during their time in the exhibition.

Free to any school booking a led activity. Otherwise £2.75 per child aged five or over; one adult to every ten children free of charge, additional adults £3.25.

Further information and booking

Click here to download a copy of our 2017 Education Brochure.

For further details of individual activities, to discuss your individual requirements and/or to make a booking, please call 01588 676060 or contact Stephanie at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

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Onny Meadow

30 acres beside the River Onny

Well signposted for gentle strolls

FREE ENTRANCE to 30 acres of riverside paths, wild flowers and woodland all in the shadow of an Iron Age hillfort.

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Upcoming Events...

20 Oct

Dipper Malkin Concert

Evening Concert - change of venue.

21 Oct

Autumn Apple Day

Join us on National Apple Day!

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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is operated by Grow Cook Learn, a registered charity, connecting people to the food, history and landscape of the Shropshire Hills, providing opportunities to local people and visitors to learn and discover.
Registered Charity in England Number 1158795