Learn at Temple Newsam

At Temple Newsam we can help you deliver diverse, creative, skills-based learning across many different curriculum areas. Discover our workshops and download learning resources to help plan your visit.

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Our Learning Team offer a range of themed packages linked to the National Curriculum using the House and Estate’s collections and stories to enhance all styles of learning.

Schools and other educational groups are welcome to visit the House, Farm and estate on a self-led basis.

Use this page to find learning workshops and register your interest by submitting an enquiry form from an individual workshop page.

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STEM workshop: The Three Little Pigs

Come and meet our piggy pals at Home Farm and learn about our rare breed porkers, before embarking on a scientific challenge to help some pigs in plight!


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04 October 2023

Plant Life Cycles

Explore the life cycle of plants, from germination to seed dispersal, and cover Key Stage 2 Science objectives in an outdoor setting on the Temple Newsam estate.

A dandelion clock with seeds blowing away in the wind, blue sky background

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21 September 2023

Top Marks for Art

Increase pupils’ sense of wellbeing and creativity through our lovely sculpture, pastel, plasticine or printing sessions. Be inspired by Temple Newsam’s beautifully decorated interiors.

A woman holding up some printing sheets

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16 June 2023

Victorians at Temple Newsam

Learn all about Queen Victoria and her friend Emily Meynell Ingram, who lived at Temple Newsam House. Experience their rich lifestyle and how they entertained.

A little girl dressed in Victorian maids costume setting a table with crystal ware

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Elizabeth I and Her Explorers

Explore Queen Elizabeth I’s Tudor world with a tour around the house, spotting Tudor clues and discovering how Elizabethan explorers changed the world.

A young girl dressed up as Queen Elizabeth I

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Fire of London

Take a trip back to the past to find out all about the gripping events that took place during the Great Fire of London. Discover our 300 year old fire engine and dress-up as Charles II.

Lots of children holding up old fire buckets

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Temple Newsam House is the setting for the giant’s castle. Discover the giant’s golden harp and bird and have lots of hands-on fun before escaping to freedom!

Children looking at a golden crane and harp in Temple Newsam House

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Traditional Rhymes

Explore the awe-inspiring rooms and enjoy interactive activities inspired by traditional nursery rhymes, using Temple Newsam’s objects and dressing up clothes.

a woman in a victorian costume standing next to a grandfather clock with mouse finger puppets

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Interactive Timeline

Develop an understanding of chronology through 500 years of history of the owners of Temple Newsam House. A fun whole class activity with replica costumes and objects.

Two boys in fancy dress holding name cards

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Tudor Portraits

Create a ‘living’ portrait of Elizabeth I using replica costumes and props to discover how composition, form, shape and tone portray hidden messages about power, status and everyday life.

two schoolchildren with a portrait that they have created

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School Workshop: Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins Rival Queens

Discover plots, espionage, treachery, and the turbulent relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.

schoolchildren looking and pointing at portraits. one is dressed up in tudor costume

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13 October 2022

Signs of The Seasons

Discover the seasonal changes that take place in nature in this outdoor workshop at Temple Newsam for Early Years and Key Stage One. How do the local animals and plants adapt?

A pair of blue shoes standing on a pile of autumn leaves

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29 September 2022

Local History GCSE Tours

Tailor-made tours for GCSE students exploring the values, beliefs and attitudes of families who lived at Temple Newsam. An approved historical site for the OCR syllabus.

A group of secondary school children standing outside looking at the exterior of the Tudor Temple Newsam House

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17 September 2020

Who killed the Queen’s husband?

Investigate life in Tudor Times, finding clues throughout the house in this real life murder mystery. Find the clues and explore key historical themes.

A young boy in Tudor costume

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07 February 2019

Time travellers

Find out how the past is constructed from a range of sources in this imaginative session. go on a tour and investigate artefacts and furniture to discover secrets of the building.

Object handling at Temple Newsam

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Nature detectives

Become a nature detective and get hands on with local flora and fauna in our outdoor workshop investigating the natural and man-made habitats of the Temple Newsam estate.

A boy wearing a green hoodie looking through oversized binoculars

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Dress to impress

This fun interactive session provides a unique opportunity for all to try on replica costume and discover the hidden messages in the material about status, wealth and life in Tudor England.

Students having fun in Tudor costumes

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The Princess and the pea

This is a traditional tale, brought to life using the historic surroundings of Temple Newsam House with interactive storytelling, physical theatre, and movement.

school children enjoying a workshop in the Crimson Room at Temple Newsam House

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Portraits to Life

In this fun, creative workshop find out what a portrait is and how the nobility used them to show off in the Picture Gallery. Learn to spot secret symbols and create a portrait of your own.

Two young boys in school uniform point at paintings in an elaborately decorated room

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Kings and Queens

Make a glittering crown, learn how to move like royalty in the Picture Gallery, and discover the Kings and Queens linked to Temple Newsam with mystery bags, costume and historic rooms.

Children having fun in costume and showing off a print of Queen Elizabeth

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The Woodland Hunt

Come on a woodland hunt with us! A lovely educational activity for under-5s, bringing the home of some famous woodland beasts to life with popular stories in an outdoor setting.

A child in woodland holding a bunch of yellow leaves

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