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Understand the Past – Key Stage 1 at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

KS1 History-themed activities

Mary Anning and Dinosaurs

Talk about Mary Anning’s discoveries and see what she would have made
of Shropshire’s Silurian fossils, then make your own sea creature fossil.
Take part in a virtual excavation in a sand tray OR reconstruct dinosaur
skeletons using natural materials outside, then meet the Condover
mammoth during this chronological trip through prehistory.
Curriculum Links: History
Maximum group size: 70 Cost: see charges Available all year

Mary Anning and Fossils
An Outreach Workshop – Bringing discovery to you!
Learn about Mary Anning’s life and make your own fossil. Then carry out a
virtual dinosaur excavation in a sand tray – what dinosaur will you find.
Curriculum Links: History
Availability: All months except June and July
1¾ hr workshop suitable for groups of up to 30 children
Cost: £100 + VAT, additional workshops on the same day £50 + VAT


Ice Age

How do we know what it was like during the last Ice Age? Why did mammoths go extinct? How were copies made of the real Condover mammoth bones? This session is guaranteed to feed enquiring young minds.
Availability: All year round
Curriculum Links: History
Maximum group size: 70
Price: See standard charges below
This activity will also be enjoyed by reception children too.

Young Darwin

Discuss Darwin's childhood and take a thinking walk. Then either collect plants to to press or go on a mini beast hunt. Follow in Darwin's footsteps and carry out one of his experiments. This session is guaranteed to feed enquiring young minds.
Curriculum Links: History
Maximum group size: 70
Price: See standard charges

Step back in time & cook a spring meal

In the Morning, help collect and process nettles for a soup and
elderflowers (if available) for pancakes and have them with a wholegrain
porridge - a spring meal that would have been eaten throughout the
historical periods being studied. The afternoon activities will depend on
which part of the curriculum you will be linking this to.
Curriculum Links: History, D & T – Cooking and nutrition, Science – Plants
Maximum group size: 70 Cost: see charges
Available for a week before and after the May half-term


The standard price structure for the led activities are:

  • 25 children or less – £90 + VAT
  • 26 to 35 children (or one class, whichever number is larger) – £120 + VAT
  • 36 to 50 children – £180 + VAT
  • 51 to 70 children – £240 + VAT

Further Information and Booking

Click here to download a copy of our 2018/19 Education Brochure.

For further details of individual activities, to discuss your individual requirements and/or to make a booking, call 01588 676060 or contact Stephanie at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

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Meet The Mammoth

Get up close & personal

Meet our larger than life Shropshire mammoth

Find out about the chilling Ice Age and meet our mammoth – a full size replica of the skeleton found at Condover, near Shrewsbury.

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Frothy coffees & Shropshire cream teas

Perfect when the sun is shining

Our delicious home-cooked meals are prepared using local produce to bring you a true taste of the Shropshire Landscape, with Sunday lunches a speciality.

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Family friendly events and activities

From slime making to fairy cakes, we have a party to suit everyone!

Have you ever been up close to a Barn Owl, seen a water-nymph, made a willow nest or prepared to hunt for a Mammoth? If not, now is your chance!

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Onny Meadow

30 acres beside the River Onny

Well signposted for gentle strolls

FREE ENTRANCE to 30 acres of riverside paths, wild flowers and woodland all in the shadow of an Iron Age hillfort.

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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is operated by Grow Cook Learn, a registered charity, connecting people to the food, history and landscape of the Shropshire Hills, providing opportunities to local people and visitors to learn and discover.
Registered Charity in England Number 1158795