Offers Training Events

Special offers, teacher training and family events

Our comprehensive education programme is supplemented by a range of special events which cater for specific groups including teacher training sessions and family events.

We also highlight on this page special projects offering discounted visits for schools.

Please keep an eye on this page for upcoming events and special offers.

Don't miss out, book now to reserve your place, call 03000 030 618 or email


Lee Valley Transport Bursary for schools


Does your school struggle with transport costs? Are you in a deprived area? The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority‘s Community Access Fund is able to provide coach travel for schools in need.

We want to enable as many schools as possible from across the region to visit the Park. Our 10,000 acre classroom provides a wealth of first-hand experiences which bring learning to life.

This is a limited fund and conditions and criteria apply, please apply at the time of booking. Contact the Youth and Schools Service via 03000 030 618 or to find out more.


Unlock the potential of outdoor learning with Lee Valley Park

The Lee Valley Regional Park's Youth and Schools Service has developed a range of training options which utilise our experience delivering a diverse outdoor learning offer to over 19,000 young people annually. We train staff/volunteers to use the outdoors to deliver the curriculum creatively, identify wildlife, teach identification skills and demonstrate simple activities to make best use of the outdoors to benefit learning.

We provide opportunities for schools, teacher training institutions and other organisations that want to train their education staff and volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing high quality sessions, we are a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badged Provider and our Officers are Accredited Practitioners of the Institute of Outdoor Learning. See some comments below from previous customers.

Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements and to make a booking by calling the Youth and Schools Service on 03000 030 618 or email

What we can offer:
•    Full/half day training session on site at Lee Valley Park
•    Full/ half day training at the school/ organisation’s site
•    Outdoor learning workshops/talks at events

What are the benefits:
•    Inspire staff to take the curriculum outdoors to enrich learning
•    Participants gain confidence in delivering sessions outdoors
•    Practical activity ideas provide a toolkit for future use
•    Staff team building

Summary of potential course content:
•    Identify the key benefits of outdoor learning
•    Preparing and risk assessing for outdoor learning visits
•    Invertebrate identification and classification skills/ encouraging play in the outdoors/      engaging children in plant studies
•    Outdoor learning resources and equipment that will be required
•    Activity ideas to create a toolkit to take the curriculum outdoors  

Comments from our customers:
Prince Of Wales Primary School, Enfield, Inset training day

“Our teachers were enthused and motivated to incorporate outdoor learning into all the curriculum”

“Lee Valley arranged an exciting and bespoke training day”

“Excellent training day- inspiring!”
“Thank you for sharing your good knowledge and experiences”

“Our children will be the caretakers of our planet. We owe it to them to help them discover the world around them – then respect nature and enjoy it”

Forest Independent Primary Collegiate – Teacher training provider

“The trainee teachers always comment that this session is one of the most enjoyable and most valuable that they do as part of their training.”             

Broxbourne Council Pond dipping training for volunteers as part of a HLF project to teach children and families

“Keep doing what you are doing! Time went by so fast, we were really enjoying what we were learning”

“Whole day excellent”

“Most enjoyable and informative day”




Essex Learning Outside the Classroom Conference Teachers CPD event


RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Westerns Approach, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Essex CM3 8AT
Tuesday 17 September 2019

A conference for developing opportunities for outdoor learning through workshops and practical activities. Delivered by a range of Essex based learning providers.

Workshop providers include Essex Outdoors, Lee Valley Regional Park, Royal Horticultural Society, Wilderness Foundation and many more...

For more information and booking search Essex Learning Outside the Classroom conference on Eventbrite

For up to date information see website:



Countryside Live Schools Event

Leyton Marsh
25 and 26 September 2019

Managed and hosted by the award winning Lee Valley Regional Park, this unique country fair offers school children from London boroughs, a fantastic day out and a unique opportunity to experience and learn about all aspects of the countryside right in the heart of east London. In addition Lee Valley Regional Park provides a diverse range of environmental and heritage education programmes across the park which have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Run in partnership with the national charity Countryside Learning, the event will complement the ‘Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto’ and brings the classroom into the countryside, providing children and teachers with a memorable and first class outdoor learning experience that links with the National Curriculum through a range of subjects.

The Youth and Schools Service are offering a guided activity at the event which allows students to experience first-hand the wildlife and habitats that exist in and around the Leyton Marsh site. The sessions are 35 minutes in duration and are led by experienced staff and volunteers on land surrounding the event site. The activities will be adapted depending on the age or ability of the group.

The children will be supervised to use sweep nets, trays, identification keys and magnifying pots to allow them to capture and study invertebrates living in the park. The activity provides links with science topics in the National Curriculum.

To book please visit

The sessions incorporate elements from the wide range of environmental and heritage education programmes on offer throughout the Lee Valley Regional Park. View the full Youth and Schools programme.


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