With many different workshops and demonstrations on offer, Kent Life is a great place for all to learn something new. Many different topics are catered for and most can be tailored to any age or ability. Sessions last 45 minutes and are highly interactive and hands-on. Prices vary per workshop. For some workshops the price depends on the number of sessions booked and our Education Officer will discuss your options with you. We aim to provide you with a true ‘out of the classroom’ experience!

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Food & Farming

Meet the Animals

This activity takes place in the Farmyard. Children are introduced to several of the animals and hands-on experiences are encouraged.

10-20 children per group
£2.00 per child
The Kitchen Garden

In Kent Life’s Kitchen Garden, children are shown a variety of different seasonal fruit and vegetables, given an explanation of how they are grown and have an opportunity to explore the herb garden.

10-15 children per group
£2.00 per child
All about Apples

Truly seasonal and only available in September and early October.
Help our Head Gardener pick the apples in our orchards and learn all about how this favourite fruit grows.

Max. 30 children per group
£2.00 per child
From Grain to Bread Roll

In this workshop children will learn about cereals, how they grow, the history of the Granary, how bread is made before making and baking a bread roll to take home.

30 children per group
£2.00 per child
Field to Fork

Through hands-on activities and tasting, children learn how many varieties of fruit and vegetables are grown, how animals are reared and how they provide the food that we eat every day. Based on the Farming Calendar, this year-round workshop is truly seasonal and will never be the same from one week to the next. It will include a visit of the farm, so please dress appropriately.

30 children per group
£2.00 per child
Sheep to Sock

In this step-by-step workshop pupils will discover what spinning is and how it used to be part of women’s and children’s work during the Stone Age, Saxon and Viking times and beyond. Pupils will card and hand-spin a little wool and then learn to finger knit a bracelet to take home. This workshop also includes demonstrations of drop spindle spinning and sock knitting.

30 children per group
£2.00 per child
Soup’s On!

In this double session children learn how various vegetables grow, and cook a pot of soup to take home. Children visit the vegetable garden to see what is in season and work together to prepare and cook a pot of seasonal vegetable soup. While the soup is bubbling away, children will explore the ingredients and how they grow. Each child will take home a cup of delicious soup.

Duration: 1.5 hours (90 minutes)

30 children per group
£4.00 per child
Kentish Hopping Workshop

This workshop gives pupils the opportunity to learn all about hop picking and experience what it was like to live and work as a hop picker in Kent. This workshop is suitable for up to 30 pupils per session.

Victorian Workshops

The Victorian workshops last approximately 45 minutes, with a maximum of 30 children per group. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

Victorian Food

Children meet grocer Frank Wiffen who is looking for a new delivery boy. Exploring several aspects of the manufacture of and trade in food and drink, children learn about the different foods for rich and poor people.

Victorian Toymaker

Experience life as a Victorian child and discover the differences between the rich and poor.  See some of the toys Victorian children entertained themselves with. Explore the differences between modern day and Victorian toys.

Victorian Scullery

Children are taken through the process of washing, rinsing, drying and pressing clothes Victorian style, using historic artefacts. Children will have the opportunity to try some washing themselves.

Victorian Schoolroom

Children are armed with slates and chalk and given a lesson Victorian style in our Victorian schoolroom. They will find out about the old methods of teaching and discipline

Victorian Rag Rug Making

Children will learn about the reasons to make rugs from rags in the Victorian era, and where materials came from. They learn how to use a bodger and will be asked to help the inventor by trying out the tool and evaluating its usefulness. Children will create a small rag rug to take home.

maximum 30 children per group
£2.50 per child.
NEW! Children and Jobs

How lucky to be able to go to school! Those not so well-off have to go to work to earn money. In this workshop, children will try their hand at some of the jobs children were expected to do from a very young age, such as pure collector or mudlark.

WWII Workshops

The WWII workshops last approximately 45 minutes, with a maximum of 30 children per group. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

WWII Food

Children will meet a 1940s farmer and learn about rationing and why it was done and what food was rationed.  They will learn about the recipes of the time and the ways the government tried to help.

WWII Evacuee Experience

In this hands-on, interactive session children will experience what it was like for city children to be evacuated to the countryside.

WWII Air Raid Warden

Does your class know what to do when the Air Raid siren goes off? In this hands-on, interactive session children will find out what it was like to live through an air raid.

WWII Rag Rug Making

Children will learn about the reasons to make rugs from rags during the 1940s. Clothes rationing and “Make do and mend” will be discussed. Children learn how to use a bodger and will create a small rag rug to take home.

 

NEW! Join the Home Guard

Britain’s borders must be kept secure in these dangerous times. With many men away, the Home Guard ensures that we’re all safe and that any spies are discovered and dealt with.  Left, right, left, right, march!

Roman Workshops

All the Roman workshops last approximately 45 minutes, with a maximum of 30 children per group. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

Roman technology

Children explore the new technologies the Romans have brought to Britain. They compare and contrast inventions to do with bathing, road building and central heating, and create an aqueduct in competition with each other.

Meet a Centurion

Do you have what it takes to be a centurion? Meet a real Centurion and undergo training! Discover which weapons were used and how the legions travelled to battle.

Meet Boudicca

An audience with Queen Boudicca who will tell you the story of her life. Children can ask questions about life in the army and the kind of weapons they used. Children will also undergo some training and may even get hired!

NEW! Life under the Romans

Meet a slave, and learn about life in a Roman Villa.  Also, discover the exotic foods the Romans brought with them.

Viking Workshops

All the Viking workshops last approximately 45 minutes, with a maximum of 30 children per group. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

Alfred the Great

We know that Alfred burnt the cakes, but there must be more to him than that as he is the only monarch ever to be known as ‘the Great’. Learn of his many battles against the Danes on land (locally at Rochester, Appledore and Milton in Kent) and at sea. Discover how Alfred overcame his early defeats against the Vikings to counter-attack them in a great victory.

Viking Voyage

In this lively workshop, children will go on a journey on a Viking boat (interpretation) and discover what life was like on board. They will find out how the Vikings navigated their way around the world and where they went and why.

Viking Beliefs

Come and listen to a traditional Viking Saga. Children discover why storytelling was a very important part of Viking culture: stories of brave Vikings, and of the many gods and how they are worshipped.

NEW! Live like a Viking

Do you have to do chores at home? Which jobs do your parents do? Children explore the roles and tasks of the different members of the Viking family and compare this to their own families. They discover what family life was like.

Tudor Workshops

All the Tudor workshops last approximately 45 minutes, with a maximum of 30 children per group. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

Barber Surgeon

Meet the doctors of the Tudor era. Discover how herbs, leeches and frogs were used to ‘cure’ the sick. How did a Barber Surgeon remove a musket ball, a lump or even a leg? A fascinating look at medieval medicine. 

Crime & Punishment

Tudor justice. Was everyone treated the same? What exactly are stocks? What did they use balls and chains for? Find out the answers to these and much more in this interactive and exciting workshop.

Significant People In History

These workshops last approximately 45 minutes, with a maximum of 30 children per group. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

Alfred The Great 

We know that Alfred burnt the cakes, but there must be more to him than that as he is the only monarch ever to be known as ‘the Great’ Learn of his many battles against the Danes on land (locally at Rochester, Appledore and Milton in Kent) and at sea. Who were Ivar the Boneless and Charles the Bald? Discover how Alfred overcame his early defeats against the Vikings to counter-attack them in a great victory.

Florence Nightingale

Meet the famous ‘Lady with the Lamp.’ Miss Nightingale will tell you about her early life, her dreams of becoming a nurse and then take you back in time to experience life as it was for her in Scutari.

Meet Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens, the famous author, directs a rehearsal of “A Christmas Carol”. This is your opportunity to ask him any questions you have.

The Great Fire of London

These workshops last approximately 45 minutes, with a maximum of 30 children per group. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

Samuel Pepys

Meet Samuel Pepys who gives an eyewitness account of The Great Fire of London. Samuel also talks about his life and his job, giving the children some insight into life in London in 1660. 

Meet the Baker/Baker’s daughter

Meet Thomas Farryner or his daughter from Pudding Lane where the fire started. They will explain just how the fire started in their bakery shortly after midnight on Sunday 2nd September 1666.

Pottery Workshops

Kent Life is proud to offer pottery workshops for both key stage 1 and key stage 2 children. Pottery workshops are available on weekdays for a minimum of 25 pupils. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

Pottery – Key Stage 1

Enter the magical world of the mini-beast and discover what the world would look like if you were only 2 centimetres tall! Then, let your imagination run wild as you create your very own mini-beast from clay.

The mini-beasts may be painted either at home or at school at a later date.

Pottery – Key Stage 2

What is clay? Where does it come from? Discover the science behind the amazing transformation that turns ‘mud’ into stone. Then make your very own coil pot, using the same methods as the Romans!

These pots may be painted at a later date at school.     

Other Great Workshops

Minibeasts

Through games and hands-on activities, pupils explore the minibeasts that live at Kent Life, learning details of beetles, spiders, flying insects etc. and how they survive in their habitats through the seasons. Children will make a minibeast house to take home.

This workshop lasts approximately 45 minutes. It will include a visit to the nature trail, so please dress appropriately.

15 children per group
£2.00 per child
Homes in the Past

Homes in the Past

Travel back into the past and visit our historic houses to discover the differences between homes past and present. This one hour workshop will include tours of two of our period homes, in the company of a historical character. You will visit the Victorian & the WWII house. This workshop is ideal for KS1 children, this workshop gives pupils the chance to explore these fantastic period homes and compare them with their own. Maximum 30 children per group.

Max 30 children per group
Meet the Owls

Children will be allowed to get up close and personal with live owls during a fascinating and educational display. Why not see what’s inside an owls pellet?  Then learn about what owls eat, where they live and how they hunt using their amazing superpowers!

10-30 children per group
£2.00 per child
Nocturnal Animals

Get the class up close and personal with an array of spectacular nocturnal creatures! Learn about the habitats, adaptations and lifestyles of the animals that come out in the night time. Are you brave enough to say hello to a skunk?

10-30 children per group
£2.00 per child

NEW! Ancient Greek Workshops

All the Ancient Greek workshops last approximately 45 minutes, with a maximum of 30 children per group. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

Ancient Greek Home Life

Do you have to do chores at home? Which jobs do your parents do? Children examine the roles and tasks of the different members of the Ancient Greek family and compare this to their own families. They discover what family life was like.

Ancient Greek – From Magic to Medicine

Through a discussion of various diseases, injuries and hygiene, children will find out how the Ancient Greeks dealt with someone who was poorly. Food, magic and the gods play a big part.

Greek Warriors

What kind of soldier will you be? It depends on your status in society. Children undergo some soldier training (under strict supervision of course!) and experience army life.

NEW! Mayan Workshops

All the Mayan workshops last approximately 45 minutes, with a maximum of 30 children per group. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

Mayan – Meet a Conquistador

The Conquistadores explored and conquered South America with devastating effect, but it wasn’t just their technology that caused so much destruction.

Mayan Technology & Temples

Pyramids aren’t just for the Egyptians. Children learn how and why the Mayans built huge structures without the aid of modern technology.

Mayan Religion

Children explore what the Mayans believed in and how they communicated with their gods. Be warned: this workshop is not for the faint-hearted!

NEW! Stone Age Workshops

All the Stone Age workshops last approximately 45 minutes, with a maximum of 30 children per group. For prices and more information on these specific workshops, contact the Education Officers on 01622 763936 or email us at cgeddes@kentlife.org.uk

Stone Age – Meet a Tribe Member

Children will get to meet Claw, Kent Life’s very own Tribe Member. How did he live in Stone Age times, what did he eat and what clothes did he wear.

Stone Age Beliefs & Burials

Children will discuss the beliefs of Stone Age and Bronze Age people and explore their worshipping and rituals.

Stone Age – From Hunters to Farmers

Compare and contrast the difference in lifestyles between hunter gatherers and early farmers. What do they hunt and gather? What role does Technology play?