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Click to expandKey Stage 1 Workshops

Introducing Florence Nightingale and her Friends
Meet the Gascoignes’ famous cousin, the young Florence Nightingale and her feathered friends as she decides to become a nurse. With Florence’s help pupils will practice first aid and pack her suitcase for the Crimea.

Lotherton Topic days
Lotherton Hall is a grand country home that can be used to inspire your pupils’ creativity and learning. There are many different themes that will complement your topic back in school. Workshops can include object handling, an art activity, a trail and other resources.

Upstairs, Downstairs
Discover your local history and compare and contrast the lives of Lotherton residents from the poor servants to the wealthy Gascoigne family.

Free Learning Pack for self-led visits
Want to explore Lotherton Hall with your group? Or got half day to spend alongside your workshop? The Learning Pack provides workshop and curriculum linked resources to help you focus your visit.

How to book:
Please call 0113 378 2959 or email to book a workshop.

Click to expand​Key Stage 2 Workshops

The First World War Hospital at Lotherton Hall
Commemorate the centenary of the First Wolrd War and discover the local history of Lotherton Hall as a VAD hospital. Pupils will train as VAD nurses in the different jobs needed to look after wounded British soldiers coming home from the front line.

Lights On!
Spark your pupils’ own light bulb moment by discovering the story of Lotherton when electricity was first introduced in 1903. Pupils reveal the magic and history of light through character stories, objects and debate.

Lotherton over Time
Available from March 2015: Map the changes of a local historical site from pre-historic times, to the medieval village and the Gascoignes arrival at Lotherton in the 19th century. Pupils will use chronology and historical enquiry using objects and the landscape to bring the timeline of Lotherton to life.

WWII Evacuation Role Play
Commemorate the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, and take your class back in time to the Second World War. Billeted to their new grand home, pupils will discover life as child in the Second World War and ‘do their bit’ for the war effort. Pupils will prepare for war in a range of activities to bring their own narratives and connections to life.

Free Learning Pack for self-led visits
Want to explore Lotherton Hall with your group? Or got half day to spend alongside your workshop? The Learning Pack provides workshop and curriculum linked resources to help you focus your visit.

How to book:
Please call 0113 378 2959 or email to book a workshop.

Click to expand​Key Stage 3 -5 Workshops

Designers at Lotherton (Key Stages 3 - 4)
Become a designer for the day! Give your pupils a fashion brief to work towards, and using the new Costume Galleries as inspiration.
From the Front Line to the Home Front (Key Stage 3)
Available from March 2015, this evidence-based worksshop will commemorate the First World War and Lotherton hall's role within in as a VAD hospital.

Revival: a textile project opportunity
Got the next Vivienne Westwood or Wayne Hemmingway in the class? Want to set them a real-life challenge to solve? Your school could participate in this annual competition where the winning student's design is displayed for the year at Lotherton Hall.

How to book:
Please call 0113 378 2959 or email to book a workshop.

Click to expand​Planning a Visit

If you are thinking of booking a trip to Lotherton Hall for your school or group please get in touch with us via telephone (0113 378 2959) or email

More information to help you plan your trip can be found on the Visitor information and Group Visits pages of our site.

Click to expandSEND Workshops

If you have pupils with additional physical or learning needs in your class please let us know in advance of your booking so that we can make any necessary adjustments. It helps to have as much information about your pupils as possible and we may want to ask you specific questions related to the workshop you are booking.

For SEND schools and groups all our programmes can be tailored to suit pupils with complex and varying needs. We can adapt an existing workshop or work with you to create a suitable session.

At Lotherton Hall we can provide:

• Curriculum based workshops
• Interactive and sensory sessions 
• Arts Award support
• Artsmark support
• Borrowable multi-sensory bags, ear defenders and torches
• SEND schools from all LEAs benefit from free entry to the estate for self-led visits. Only workshop charges apply.

The majority of the grounds, gardens and bird garden are physically accessible. There is a passenger lift in the house however some rooms on the first floor are accessed by a chair lift. The School Room, used by pre-booked groups, is inaccessible to wheelchair users but equal alternatives are offered. During a booked workshop the spaces we use are adapted for those needs.
Due to the historic nature of the house, larger motorised wheelchairs and scooters cannot navigate the visitor route so these are not permitted.  Light wheelchairs are available to borrow for use in the house.

We recommend a free pre-visit for your familiarisation and risk assessment needs. 

Please follow this link to our access statement and facilities for more information

Where can you do all these things in one day?

Wander wistfully through a wildflower meadow? Travel the world through Africa and China with the Gascoigne family? Come face-to-face with exotic feathery friends? Imagine yourself living in a grand Edwardian house? And enjoy a picnic while watching a herd of deer?

Lotherton Estate, of course!

What's on offer

Across the estate, we have a menu of 1 to 4 hour cross-curricular workshops for you to choose from, or we can work with you to create a tailored package for you and your students. Ask us about our current schools workshops programme!

Come to Lotherton for topics such as bug and animal habitats, rare birds and conservation issues, diversity and classification, houses and homes, Victorians and World War Two. We have free digital and paper-based resources to make your visit easier, creative spaces for you to work in and we can help you with all the health and safety information you need.

What will it cost?

Local authority schools within the Leeds LEA will be charged for workshops that are led by our staff only. Admission is free. All other school groups will be charged entry per pupil on top of the workshop charge, unless otherwise specified or agreed with the site in advance.

Working to keep everyone safe

Lotherton Estate is committed to keeping everyone safe. All staff receive safeguarding training and staff who work closely with children, young people or vulnerable adults are DBS (formerly CRB) checked every three years. As part of Leeds City Council, we adhere to the Leeds Safeguarding Boards policies and procedures and practice safer recruitment.

"Visit very well organised... A range of different activities allowed maximum pupil participation in different areas of learning... fully supported KS2 curriculum" ~KS2 teacher at Lotherton Hall
“We had a fantastic morning. Julia gave everyone the “wow” factor with her enthusiasm, knowledge and humour” ~KS2 teacher at Lotherton Bird Garden.

“We learned about fossilization and evolution and loads of adaptations, so many interesting details! …a fabulous session…see you next year!” ~KS3 teacher at Lotherton Bird Garden.

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