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Jack and the beanstalk Session Information


This session is taught at the Durham University Botanic Gardens.

The day consists of: 

  • Interactive Tour of the gardens looking at our tallest plants, why did they grow so tall? Perhaps this may give us some clues as to how Jack's magical beanstalk grew so tall! We will have fun exploring the gardens looking at the science behind the beanstalk.
  • Greenhouses looking at other plants and how they grow in hot, dry, wet and arid climates, can these almost magical appearing plants give us a clue as to how amazing plants truly are and answer some of our questions about Jack's beanstalk. 
  • Planting our own beanstalks to take home, seasonal dependant. 

Need to know:

  • This session costs £4 per child with all accompanying adults free.
  • This session requires the children to have read the Jack and the Beanstalk story before coming on the trip. 
  • This is a seasonal and mostly outdoors visit, we would advise booking for Autumn Term 1, Summer Term 1 or Summer Term 2.
  • There are two entrances to the Botanic Gardens. Coaches will usually drop you off at the Howlands Park and Ride (DH1 3TQ) entrance (no.26 on map). From here it is just a short walk through the kiosk gates and up the hill to the Visitors Centre (no. 1 on map) where a member of the team will meet you.
  • On the day of your visit, we will make a note of the number of children present. This means that we get the exact numbers for the visit on the day, and you will not be charged for anyone who is unable to be there unexpectedly. The invoice will be sent directly to your school after the visit has taken place.
  • We offer sensory bags, visual stories, larger print sheets, printing on coloured paper and wobbly cushions for our visits, if you feel that this is something that could help any child in your class then you can let us know before the day of your visit.
  • Please don’t forget any extra things you may need such as: sensible shoes, raincoats, sun cream, picnic blankets, water, lunch, camera, hearing aids and a sick bucket.

This session is not available as an outreach visit to school or as an online session.