Self-Led Educational Visits The Trust offer education sessions through our "Explore" program, but we know many schools wish to visit the Park independently. It is essential that you contact us before your visit, so that we can advise you of anything that is happening on the day that may affect your visit. If you would like to discover the Visitor Centre as part of your visit, please note that there is a charge of 50p per child for school groups and that we can only accommodate up to 15 children at any one time. Please indicate this on the booking form. Please note that if you would like to go into the River Lin you will need to discuss this with us before the visit as there are restrictions in place as the river is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. As the Estate is of national importance, we encourage all visiting groups to bear in mind the following points: Health and Safety We want to ensure that everybody visiting the Park has a safe visit. It is your responsibility to complete a Risk Assessment for your visit and, if needed, we can provide guidance on how to complete this. We will need a copy of your Risk Assessment before your visit. You will need to provide your own first aid support, but in an emergency contact our staff team who will provide assistance. The Visitor Centre and Tearooms do not undertake routine fire alarm tests during visitor opening times, so if you do hear a fire alarm, a loud continuous ringing, please leave buildings. (Although you may be planning to be outdoors, you may be using the toilets). Helpful Practice It would be helpful if children were brought in small groups to use the toilets or visit the shop/tearooms etc. Please encourage children to enjoy the wildflowers, but not to pick them. Please discourage any approach to the deer. Please ensure at least 30m distance. There is no cloakroom facility on site therefore, you will need to carry with you anything that you bring, e.g. coats and bags. We encourage schools to take away all their rubbish and any resources they may have used during their visit, or to put items in the bins provided. Please leave areas clean where you may have worked or eaten. This includes using the picnic tables at the Deer Barn Tearooms for use if you have purchased food from the Tearooms. Self-Led Activity Kits To complement your visit we can provide self-led activity kits. Currently there are two available. Mini-beast hunt: A kit box for a self-led mini-beast hunt is available to hire for £25.00 per day, or part of a day. It contains enough kits for a class to work in small groups of three to four children. Each kit contains everything you need to do your own mini-beast hunt, including magnifying glasses, collection tubs, brushes and spoons (for handling mini-beasts) and field guides to aid identification. Orienteering: We are able to offer a range of permanent orienteering courses. These provide the opportunity to explore the wider reaches of the 834 acres of Bradgate Park and discover more about the surrounding landscape, whilst keeping fit and enjoying a challenge. Orienteering involves completing a designated course looking for letters placed on posts which are described on an instruction sheet and marked on a specially prepared map. It is often described as an athletic treasure hunt and can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Initially there is a sense of achievement from just completing the course and it is suggested this aim is kept in mind when embarking on one of the planned courses. The kit includes everything for up to 30 children to try orienteering including compasses and maps (please note that the maps cannot be photocopied due to copyright restrictions). Educational and life-long learning programmes at Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood are supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.