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Early Years

‘Our two-day visit was perfect.  Our children are still talking about their experience and after our visit we have developed our own ‘curiosity corner’ and it is THE most used area in our setting! Thank you for a magical experience.’

Reception Teacher, Feversham Primary Academy

Based on child-led exploration and discovery-based play, our sessions are led by experienced Early Years specialists, and incorporate movement, song and storytelling, investigation and mark-making.

The Curiosity Cabin

Our Curiosity Cabin is a treasure trove for child-led play and investigation.  Inspired by the original Victorian ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’, it is full of wonderful finds from nature, as well as activities to engage children with nature and the seasons.  Changing every season, the Curiosity Cabin is an inspiring place for young nature lovers!


All our Early Years sessions:

1.5 hours long

Suitable for 3-5 year olds


£7* per child, including admission

£9* per child for full-day sessions or two half-days

Maximum of 20 pupils per group


Natural Wonders

Our ‘Natural Wonders’ Early Years’ sessions are inspired by the seasonal changes here at Harewood.  Activities are adapted month by month and include a nature trail and outdoor, free-play activities in our sheltered woodland, Walled Garden or Winter Snug.

Starting and finishing at the Curiosity Cabin, groups can make use of the cabin’s seasonally-inspired activities and resources and use as a base for their visit.

Spring and Summer Wonders (end March to September)

Explore the wonders of nature through the spring and summer seasons.  From nesting birds to green shoots, buzzing bees and blooming buds, there’s lots to explore and discover! This session includes a hands-on trail and child-led activities out in the woods, from seed planting to flower printing, to clay and mark-making activities.

Autumn Wonders (until October half term)

From ‘Harvest Festival’ to foraging for fruits, we’ll be painting and mark-making with berry juice, printing with vegetables as well as singing songs and poems to mark the end of summer.  Come October, there’ll be wind sticks and potions to make, the smells and textures of pumpkins and spices and potions to make. Join in with songs all about spiders, mushrooms and wide-eyed owls!

Winter Wonders (from end of November to February half-term)

Find out what animals and plants do through the winter from hibernating and hoarding nuts, building cosy dens to sleeping trees and evergreens.  We’ll be making our own bird feeders to help the birds and going on our own tiny treasure hunt to discover the signs of winter in the West Garden.  Warm up with a hot chocolate and winter poem back at the Winter Snug.

Extend the morning session with free-play activities in the Winter Snug in the afternoon.  From making animal dens, mark making and creating winter worlds in our small-play area.


Little Christmas Sparkles (from 14 November)

Children will be spellbound by the magic of Christmas at Harewood.  Exploring the house through storytelling, rhyme and making, ‘Little Christmas Sparkles’ will immerse children in the magic of Harewood and the wonder of Christmas.

‘Thank you to the staff who led both our Winter Wonders and Little Christmas Sparkles workshops. The house was AMAZING…it was such a magical experience and this was a really well planned and organised visit’

Teacher, Normanton All Saints CE Infant School


Combine Little Christmas Sparkles with Winter Wonders for a full-day experience. Our ‘Meet the Penguins’ session for Key Stage 1 can also be adapted for Early Years, including a visit to the Penguin Pool and art activity indoors.


Literacy for Early Years

The Gruffalo’s Child at Harewood (Available January to February half-term)

Explore Harewood through the the story of ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, learning about winter, habitats and how it feels to be brave! We’ll start in our indoor ‘Gruffalo’s cave’ before venturing out into the woods to find the snake, fox and our very own, real Harewood owl.  The session ends back in the cave and finding the big, bad mouse!

Extend the morning trail with indoor, free-play activities in the Gruffalo’s cave in the afternoon.  From shadow-play, to mark-making in pretend snow, matching animal tracks and making Gruffalo pie.

Combine a Winter Wonders session with our literacy focused session.  ‘The Gruffalo’s Child at Harewood’, for a full-day winter experience at Harewood.  Both sessions explore habitats, dens and winter wildlife.


Early Years training sessions for Teachers

We can tailor our sessions for teachers or trainee teachers, exploring ways of using the outdoors across the seasons.



Self-guided Visits

Early Years groups are welcome to explore Harewood at their leisure – meet the penguins and birds in our Bird Garden, have fun exploring  the House or playing on the Adventure Playground.  Sail on our Chain Ferry across the Lake to reach the Walled Garden and make sure to pop into our Curiosity Cabin before you leave!

Price: £5.00 per pupil (includes full-day admission to the whole site)

Exclusive use of the Curiosity Cabin for your group for the whole day – £30

For further information to plan your visit you can contact Kathryn Welford, Learning Manager on Learn@harewood.org / 0113 218 1093


  • Kathryn Welford
    Learning Manager
  • 0113 218 1043
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