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Harewood joins the Children’s University as a Learning Destination for Leeds

Harewood is pleased to announce we have become part of the Children’s University as a validated Learning Destination. Remember to bring your Passport to Learning next time you visit Harewood, and you can earn up to two Children’s University stamps per visit, partaking in an exciting range of learning activities across the House and Grounds:

  • Complete our family trails and learn about trees, Red kites and what life was like Below Stairs
  • Pick up a Little Explorer Bag complete with giant magnifying glass and hunt minibeasts or go bird watching
  • Practice your formal letter writing skills and write a letter to the fairies at our fairy tree.
  • Become a Victorian Kitchen Hand: Dress up in different outfits and imagine what life was like working in Harewood House.
  • Complete our range of worksheets and learn more about the objects in Harewood House
  • Create a memory of your day with our Journey Stick activity

Remember to drop by the Information Centre before the end of your visit, to collect your stamps.

Discovering the Old Kitchen at Harewood House

About the Children’s University

Launched in November 2014, and based at Leeds Trinity University, Leeds Children’s University™ aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours to children aged seven to 14. The ambition of Leeds Children’s University™ is to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning, so that young people can make the most of their abilities and interests, regardless of the background into which they were born.

In May this year, further profile was given to Leeds Children’s University™ when professional footballer and current England international player, James Milner, was announced as the first Chancellor of Leeds Children’s University™. Currently more than 600 children across Leeds, from seven schools, are benefitting from being part of the University and it is hoped this figure will rise to more than 1,000 by the end of the year.

To broaden the young pupils’ horizons further, Leeds Children’s University™ has this week confirmed 17 organisations have been appointed as validated Learning Destinations, including ourselves here at Harewood.

When children enrol at Leeds Children’s University™ they are issued learning passports which are then stamped every time they complete an activity at different Learning Destinations across the area. When 30 stamps are collected they are awarded a certificate and will officially graduate from Leeds Children’s University™.

For more information on our local Children’s University in Leeds, click here.

Outside Learning for your Class

Harewood is a place families can learn about history and life below stairs

Children can discover a history Below Stairs at Harewood.

The summer term is upon us – make sure you have your school trip to Harewood booked in!

This summer term at Harewood we have a jam packed educational programme on offer, with over 40 educational sessions for you and your class to enjoy! Our programme spans all elements of the curriculum, including Science, Maths, History and Art: explore the past with one of our guided house tours, or enjoy our gardens and Bird Garden, and discover more about the great outdoors.

In addition to our educational sessions, we also offer freedom visits so you and your class can explore Harewood independently. To help you make your trip extra special we have a range of trails and packs for you to complete during your visit. These packs can all be downloaded at www.harewood.org/learn.

If you would like to make a booking, or chat more about a specific session you are looking for, please give me a ring on 0113 218 1043, or email me at learn@harewood.org.

I look forward to hearing from you, and we hope to see back at Harewood this summer!

Teapots, Trails and Textiles

Embroidery inspired by Sèvres

Examples of Hannah Lamb’s work for our Stitch & Ceramic Embroidery Workshop

This year at Harewood, we have an exciting new season of learning events, walks, talks and workshops on offer. We open with our first family event of the year, Spring at Harewood. This offers craft activities, talks and trails across the park and even a chance to see Pekins chicks hatching in the Information Centre! We have a new season of adult workshops planned, including our Time for Tea, a teapot making workshop, (which includes a delicious Afternoon Tea), and a Stitch & Ceramic Embroidery Workshop, inspired by the new Sèvres exhibition displayed in the House, as well as the launch of our Morning Lectures Series, running across the season and brand new for 2014.

We will also be launching two new family trails this year, focussing on the Sèvres exhibition and Sculpture at Harewood, to keep you and your family busy on your visits to Harewood! Call me to discuss any of our talks and tours or contact the Information Centre to book.