SCHOOL VISITS

Opening Hours

Open Easter to October daily 10am to 4pm

CLOSED MONDAYS

Admission:
£5.00 adults
£3.50 children under 16

Note: the tour is not suitable for very young children.

Phone: 01594 810706
Out of hours: 07717 750689

For details of the Tour
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TEACHERS...

...did you know that a visit to Hopewell Mine can help you deliver some of the requirements of the National Curriculum?

Our experienced guides and fascinating underground tour can help bring to life Key Stage 1, 2, and 3 and A level requirements of the National Curriculum in  Science, History, Geography and English.

For example: KS2 Rocks, KS3 Earth and atmosphere; a ‘hands on’ experience for a local history study, including the history of Freemining in the Forest of Dean; or as an exciting stimulus for creative writing or cross curricular writing.

Downloads:

Examples of how a visit to Hopewell Colliery can cover important aspects of KS requirements in an exciting and memorable way

School Visit Booking form

Pupils' Worksheet

When to come, what to wear.

Hopewell Colliery Mine is normally open Wednesday to Sunday from Good Friday to October but school visits outside of these dates can be arranged.

Free pre-visit tours available for teachers and teaching assistants.

Cost is £4.50 per pupil with accompanying adults free of charge.

Please remember when going underground that Hopewell is a real mine and therefore sturdy shoes and warm clothing should be worn. Helmets and lamps will be provided and must be worn at all times while in the mine. Unfortunately the tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

TEACHERS...

...did you know that a visit to Hopewell Mine can help you deliver some of the requirements of the National Curriculum?

Our experienced guides and fascinating underground tour can help bring to life Key Stage 1, 2, and 3 and A level requirements of the National Curriculum in  Science, History, Geography and English.

For example: KS2 Rocks, KS3 Earth and atmosphere; a ‘hands on’ experience for a local history study, including the history of Freemining in the Forest of Dean; or as an exciting stimulus for creative writing or cross curricular writing.

Downloads:

Examples of how a visit to Hopewell Colliery can cover important aspects of KS requirements in an exciting and memorable way

School Visit Booking form

Pupils' Worksheet

When to come, what to wear.

Hopewell Colliery Mine is normally open Wednesday to Sunday from Good Friday to October but school visits outside of these dates can be arranged.

Free pre-visit tours available for teachers and teaching assistants.

Cost is £4.50 per pupil with accompanying adults free of charge.

Please remember when going underground that Hopewell is a real mine and therefore sturdy shoes and warm clothing should be worn. Helmets and lamps will be provided and must be worn at all times while in the mine. Unfortunately the tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

PLANNING YOUR SCHOOL VISIT

There’s plenty to do here at Hopewell Colliery! Our fully risk assessed underground tour takes around an hour and in combination with our artefacts workshop will result in a busy morning’s activity. The workshop gives pupils an opportunity to experience objects and photographs connected to the history of mining in order to observe, reflect and question what the primary sources of evidence can tell them.

School parties are welcome to use our on-site classroom for the remainder of the day for their own activities.There are many other options including:

• A 2 hour art workshop with a local art teacher linked to the Forest of Dean’s mining heritage. The workshop can be tailored to your requirements and could focus on using a particular medium, e.g. printing or charcoal drawing. This workshop would be an extra cost – please contact us for further information.

• There are many woodland walks in the area around our colliery site, away from main roads, that provide opportunities for plant and tree identification etc. A free worksheet for tree identification can be found here from The Woodland Trust along with other school resources.

• The Forestry Commission’s Beechenhurst Lodge site with its Sculpture Trail is 5 minutes away by coach.

A full day’s visit could look like this:

10am Arrive at site. Welcome from one of our experienced miners. Fit helmets for underground tour. Go underground into the mine!

11 – 11.15 Break.

11.15 – 12.15 Artefacts workshop. Can you work out what these items were/are used for underground? Free worksheet available for pupils to complete.

12.15 – 12.45 Lunch.

12.45-2.45 Afternoon activity.