Primary schools at the Arboretum

Harcourt Arboretum is just six miles south of Oxford. Its 130 acres host a range of habitats, including woods and a wildflower meadow. A visit to the Arboretum is an ideal opportunity for children to engage with the natural environment. Our sessions include a variety of hands-on activities, such as arts and crafts, games, challenges and group discussions.

About school visits

The Arboretum offers a range of sessions to enhance the curricula for Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 and 2. Sessions for nursery groups are also available. Please see 'nursery groups' below for more information.

Each session runs for between 90 minutes and two hours, (usually 10am-12) and has a maximum capacity of 35 children. If you would like to bring more children on one day, we could for example run one morning session 10am-12 and then another 12.30-2.30pm, but you will be charged twice. 

Please note that there is a charge for all education sessions. Our sessions fill up quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.


Session Max numbers Charge
Primary school workshops facilitated by Education Officer 35 £100.00
Add-on to facilitated visit: Self-guided sketching (45 minutes) 35 £20.00
Bespoke school programmes (full day, selection of workshops) Flexible Contact us
Outside lunch space at the Arboretum (45 minutes) 35 Free (but must book)

GLAM Primary School Bursary Scheme | New for 2019-2020

The bursary fund is available for target schools in Oxford city. Check your eligibility, then make a school enquiry to the Garden/Arboretum as normal.
Please mention that you are interested in the bursary when you enquire.

How to book

If you would like to make a booking, you can fill out our booking enquiry form, or you can contact us directly at or call 01865 286 693.


Most of our school sessions can be adapted for a younger age group. Please contact us for more information.

Not a UK school?

Due to limited education staffing and high demand from UK schools, we cannot run facilitated sessions for schools visiting from outside the UK. If you would like to visit the Arboretum please book a group visit