Forest School

These sessions are aimed at parents with young children and babies. They take place in a woodland setting across the field from Layer Marney Tower.


  • Testimonial – Education


    • “A very jam-packed day out! Lots of information taught and activities were fun and engaging. We definitely got our money’s worth, and it was worth every penny. I loved how the children also had two things from two different activities that they were able to take home, they were great keepsakes.”
      Stanford le Hope Primary School, November 2022
    • “The day was a fantastic experience for the year group. As we were studying the Tudors, to be able to walk around the grounds and into several buildings was brilliant. The guides that we had were extremely helpful and knowledgeable, answering questions and providing history lessons on the subject we chose. I would recommend Layer Marney Tower as it was a great educational day out and everyone really enjoyed the experience.”
      Essex Primary School Year 5 – Tudors
    • “The children absolutely loved the fact they could actually touch, hold and try on the knight’s clothing and armour. The archery was a huge success, as was climbing the spiral staircase to the top of the Tower. Hilary and Jackie were both great and their knowledge and enthusiasm really helped to make the day so successful. The adults all enjoyed it too.”
      Essex Primary School Year 2 – Tudors
    • “Our children thoroughly enjoyed their day and loved the ‘yucky’ details of Tudor life shared. Good range of Tudor activities offered. Thank you!”
      Suffolk Primary School – Tudor Day
    • “Sharon was very helpful when booking this trip.  She communicated our needs to Educational staff and tailor made the trip for our class.  All relevant paperwork was emailed out, making it easy for me to fill in our school risk assessment form. It was one of the most calm and easiest trips I have taken a class on.  Activities were well organized and practical.  All resources were of good quality and the children enjoyed taking part and liked the fact they could take home what they had made. Hillary had great management of the children and all children took a great deal of knowledge back to school with them. The facilities were outstanding and we liked the fact that Layer Marney was safe and we were the only school.”
      Suffolk Primary School – Tudor Day
    • “Our children thoroughly enjoyed their day and loved the ‘yucky’ details of Tudor life shared. Good range of Tudor activities offered. Thank you!”
      Benyan Primary School
    • “There is not anything we feel could be improved. The children had a fantastic day, learnt lots and enjoyed themselves. The adults leading the sessions were very good and strong with behaviour management, assessing the risks and answering the children’s questions. The children got a lot out of the day and we’d love to come back soon! Thank you.”
      Chase Lane Primary School
    • “The children all had a great time and it was highly valuable seeing them use what they had learned in the classroom and put it into a real-life context in a real Tudor palace. The staff were highly knowledgeable and ensured that the Tudor content was accessible for our Year 2 children and adapted it as necessary. The day ran smoothly and the children enjoyed the hands-on experiences. We will definitely be taking future year groups to Layer Marney Tower in the years to come. Thanks very much.”
      King’s Ford Infant School and Nursery
    • “I thoroughly enjoyed the day at Layer Marney (it was my first time visiting). The children also enjoyed their day at gained a lot of knowledge from it. The adults leading the modules were very engaging and were very knowledgeable and could answer any question. They were confident in front of the children and were able to take control of the groups when needed and the children responded to them. I learnt a lot from them myself! I will be booking up for next year’s trip!!”
      Millhouse Primary School and Nursery
    • “Thank you for providing such a well structured and organised day. The children and I really enjoyed every minute!”
      Purfleet Primary School
    • “Children were fully motivated; teaching staff were fun, informative and able to assess children’s needs quickly. The venue and facilities were clean and easily accessible. We had a wonderful day!”
      Rise Park Junior School
    • “Just a quick email to pass on our thanks to Hilary for yesterday. The children had a great day, and we were all very impressed with the way she led the lessons, and her excellent subject knowledge – some of the girls were still in shock that by now they would have been married!”
      Upshire Primary School