In the History and English workshops, pupils will search for a clue at each desk, and work together to come up with a single digit answer. Once the digits are found, they will be combined to open a chest filled with rewards.
In the Maths workshop, pupils will also work together to find a single digit answer at each table. Once the digits are put together, it will open a chest filled with rewards.
In the Art workshop, pupils will build a CAM toy. The lesson is designed to follow a visit of the Stables Exhibition.
The Geography workshop is a trail where pupils will visit seven different destinations around the Walled Garden. At each destination they will find some information along with a piece of a jigsaw. Once all seven pieces have been collected, the clue on the jigsaw will lead them to their final destination.
All workshops are staff led. History, Maths and Art visits consist of a one-hour workshop plus an interactive handset to complement the visit.
Geography and Art workshops are temporarily unavailable.
|Staff led||One-hour workshop focusing on Winston Churchill and the Second World War.|
|Self led||One-hour interactive handset focusing on the Second World War at Blenheim Palace.|
|Staff led||One-hour workshop focusing on Winston Churchill and public speaking.|
|Self led||30 minute visit of the Churchill Exhibition.|
|Staff led||One-hour workshop on calculating and reasoning.|
|Self led||One-hour interactive handset focusing on Symmetry and Shapes around the outside of the Palace.|
|Art - temporarily unavailable|
|Staff led||Two-hour workshop focusing on mechanical design & building a CAM toy.|
|Self led||One-hour interactive handset focussing on Baroque and Design around the outside of the Palace, and visit of the Stables Exhibition.|
|Geography - temporarily unavailable|
|Staff led||One-hour outdoor trail.|
The minimum number of pupils in a group is 15.
|Optimal number of pupils||20||20||30||60||30|
|Number of timeslots||4||4||4||2||4|
|Total capacity in one day||80||80||120||120||120|
|Location||MI5 Room||MI5 Room||Education Room||Education Room||Walled Garden|
For the History, English and Maths workshops, five mixed ability groups will need to be pre-arranged before the visit. Ideally, we would require five adults to supervise each desk / table.
In line with our Groups rates, we will charge £12.25 per pupil.
We offer one free adult place for every five pupils aged 5-16. The extra ratio adult rate is £21.70.
We are currently operating a cashless system throughout the Estate.
Payment is taken on the day. We take cards and cheques. Cheques are made payable to Blenheim Palace Heritage Foundation, and invoicing is an option for our Blenheim credit account holders. We do not take payment in advance. and we do not operate a cancellations policy, although as much notice of cancellation as possible is appreciated.
The Education Team are here to assist you in planning a safe and enjoyable day out for your pupils. An itinerary will be discussed and agreed when confirming a booking.
We recommend that all school visits are booked in advance no later than two weeks before the planned visit.
To make a booking, please complete our booking form. If you have questions prior to booking, please contact our team.
Booking form - paper version (print, fill in, save and post or scan and email)
Booking form - electronic version (fields can be filled in on the computer, save and email)
When you book a visit with workshops, the Education Room will be reserved for your school as the base for the day.
Once you are ready to leave the Education Room:
The facilities in the Palace area are located:
The facilities in the Walled Garden area are located:
If you have access requirements:
It is the responsibility of the school making the booking to carry out a risk assessment for their visit.
To view our advisory risk assessment documents, please click the links below. These are designed to assist, but not to replace the school’s own risk assessment. A staff pre-visit is strongly recommended for risk assessment.
Free school pre-visit recces are possible on weekdays (including half-term and end of term). This must be booked in advance. A guest/contractor COVID declaration form must be completed, signed and returned within 24 hours of the intended visit. Please click here to access the form.
If you require one of the documents listed below, these are available upon request:
If you require one or more parking spaces, please inform us on the type and number of vehicles you’ll be traveling in.
Please arrive through the main gate on the A44 / Oxford Road.
If arriving by coach, please park in one of the Coach Parks, or as instructed by our staff upon arrival:
Non-authorised vehicles are no longer allowed at the Flagstaff Visitor Information Point.
Access to the Park & Gardens
The first possible Park arrival is 9.30.
Access to the Palace
The first possible Palace entry is 10.30.
We are currently controlling visitors’ flow inside the palace to allow social distancing. For groups of children aged 5-11, it is recommended that there is at least one adult for every 10 children. For groups of students aged 12-17, it is recommended that there is at least one adult for every 15 students.
There are Web Apps for the Palace State Rooms and the Formal Gardens. These can be followed on personal devices. Visitors may connect to our Blenheim Free Wi-Fi network.
To help you prepare your visit of the State Rooms, here is a 360° tour of the general visitors’ route: View the 360° tour.
There are also videos on various subjects on our YouTube channel.
We have seasonal and permanent trails.
All children in Early Years Foundation Stage groups are welcome to visit free of charge on the condition of all adults paying. It is recommended that there should be one adult for every five children aged 2-4.
It is recommended that there should be one adult for every 10 students aged 14-16. Following our recommendation, we offer one free adult place for every 10 students.
KS5 and Further Education
It is recommended that there should be one adult for every 10 students aged 17-18. Following our recommendation, we offer one free adult place for every 10 students.
Home Education group visits can be booked on weekdays during Oxfordshire term time (excluding Bank Holidays).
Adult learners (all attendees aged 18+) may book a visit with our Groups Team. Please contact them on 01993 815 600 or drop them an email.
We are following the UK Government guidelines. To view our current COVID-19 guidance, please click here.
When governmental restrictions are in place, all education groups must submit a trip risk assessment and a COVID declaration form. At this time, according to current government guidelines, only the trip risk assessment is required.