August is always a busy month for us here in the Education team! Whilst we are still busy preparing for all of our school visitors in September & October, we spend a huge amount of time evaluating what an amazing year we have had and how we can make 2019 even better!
If you did visit us in 2018, we’d love to hear what you thought so please don’t hesitate to email us at: CWSchools@Chessington.co.uk and we can’t wait to see you again in 2019 for your next adventure, we have some exciting news we cannot wait to share with you!
Also, don’t miss our incredible new schools video!
July has arrived and with it the sunny weather!
This is the month where we welcome most of our lucky students on their end of year reward trips! Don’t forget to download our Tiger Trek OR Zoo Quest FREE self-led resources for your pupils to maximise their learning at the park.
Tiger Trek takes student’s on a guided mission around NEW Land of the Tiger, to make their greatest discovery yet, the Amur tiger!
Zoo Quest guides student’s around the most popular areas of our zoo, giving them the opportunity to learn more about our beloved residents more than ever before!
We hope everyone has an amazing trip and look forward to seeing you again soon!
This month we thought we would talk about one of our favourite parts of Chessington, and that is ZUFARI: Ride into Africa!
This incredible ride and zoo combination gives students the opportunity to experience life on Safari, delving into the African Savannah and seeing Giraffes, Rhino, Blesbok and Zebra (just to name a few!) out in the field. Board your fully equipped explorer truck and set off on your adventure! Whatever you do though, don’t go through the cave…
Tiger Rock is OPEN!
The moment we have all been waiting for, Tiger Rock and Land of the Tiger are now open!
It really is an incredible and immersive land that aims to educate and inspire our visitors about the Amur tiger and the important role conservation plays for such an endangered species. Your students will certainly learn their stripes as they explore the area, from which of our tigers is best at training, to who is the bravest!
My personal highlight is the “Tiger Crossing” glass bridge, where you can quite literally go toe to toe with one of our four tigers as you enter the heart of Land of the Tiger. And of course there is the Tiger Rock Log Flume Ride as well for those looking to make a bit of a splash!
See you out there!
Less than a month to go until Tiger Rock is ready and we couldn’t be more excited!
Our multi-million pound new area opens on the 5th May and features Europe’s First overhead trails AND an exhilarating log flume!
Construction has been progressing full steam ahead, making sure the land is the perfect new home for our 4 new residents!
The Amur-zing foursome of Kalinka, Kyra, Tsar and Olga made the trip over from Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden and are settling in nicely to their new Surrey surroundings.
We have even prepared a “Tiger Trek” resource, exclusive to schools and available to download ahead of your visit to lead your pupils on a fact-finding mission on the Amur tiger!
And just like that, winter has flown by. We are open once again!
March is always an exciting month where everyone’s hard work over the closed period comes to an end, and we can welcome Adventurer’s once again! A lot of our preparation this closed season has been focused on the development of our Wild Learning Centre and new workshops, the Gruffalo Groove and Tiger Rock (although more on this later…)
We’ve now run our first workshops in the Wild Learning Centre, and the feedback has been amazing which is great to see. It should help further cement our position as Britain’s Wildest Classroom!
The world premiere of the Gruffalo Groove takes place on the 30th of March and is the perfect dance and music spectacular to entertain your pupils (although we’re sure it will become a guilty pleasure of many of the teachers!)
Hold tight for April’s blog entry to hear more about Tiger Rock, in the meantime all we can say is that our Roar-some foursome of Tsar, Kalinka, Kyra and Olga can’t wait to meet you…
February is upon us! More importantly, this means just one month to go until we re-open for the 2018 season, set to be one of our best yet!
One thing we have been itching to share with everyone is our NEW Wild Learning Centre and I am pleased to announce that after hours of hard work and determination, it is now complete! With 6 immersive themed zones and a range of creepy crawlies and reptiles, it really is Britain’s Wildest Classroom and reflects the biggest investment in our educational facilities in years!
The 6 zones are:
It truly is the perfect environment for your class’s adventurous workshop!
Any questions please just drop us an email at: CWSchools@Chessington.co.uk
Until next time adventurers,
Happy New Year and a warm welcome back to the Spring Term!
It may be cold, windy and wintery but the Resort is still a hive of activity getting everything ready for you and your Schools to join us when the Theme Park reopens in March. Whether that is construction of the enclosures for our 4 Amur Tigers at NEW Land of the Tiger, or making sure everyone’s favourite rides like Vampire and ZUFARI are ready!
Land of the Tiger isn’t the only thing that is new for Schools in 2018! Work has recently started on our NEW Wild Learning Centre, a complete re-development of our existing educational facilities which will make your workshops wilder than ever! There’s also the NEW Schools Hub which is sure to make finding all the information you need to plan a school trip easier than ever, although as always feel free to email us at CWschools@Chessington.co.uk with any burning questions you may have.
To celebrate the New Year we have even decided to extend our 25% off Early Booking Offer so make sure you book your trip before the 31st Jan!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Britain’s Wildest Classroom!
In this month’s post I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the schools who have visited Chessington World of Adventures Resort this year. As Education Officer I have had the pleasure of assisting teachers in the planning of their visits and have delivered workshops for some fantastic schools in 2017. I look forward to seeing you again next year!
If your school hasn’t visited us before, we look forward to welcoming you to the Resort in 2018. We have exciting new workshops and events planned and we hope that you will join us for a tigerrific year (is there a better Christmas present than 4 new Amur Tigers!?).
From all of us in the Education Team, we wish you all an enjoyable and relaxing winter break, a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
See you in 2018!
Welcome to the brand new Chessington Schools blog!
Firstly, to introduce ourselves! We are Jenna and James and we are part of the Education Team here at the Resort. We are the ones who do all we can to make sure everyone (both teachers and students!) get the most out of their trip - this will be where we share how you can do just that.
2018 is set to be a showstopper year for education at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, with new activities and events designed especially for schools. We appreciate the importance of providing unique educational experiences for schools that link to topics in the national curriculum and ensure there are many ways to experience this when you visit! Our interactive workshops are tailored to every Key Stage, taking place in our NEW Wild Learning Centre or even out in the Resort. Our workshops offer a fun, immersive way of learning outside the classroom to add to your school visit. Don’t miss Science Week in March where we’ll have even more ways for schools to get the most out of their day, such as free resources and science demonstrations!
So that’s just some of the reasons why we think you should come and visit us in 2018. As always if you have any questions (or just want to say hello!) please don’t hesitate to email us at CWschools@Chessington.co.uk.
Thanks, and see you soon for your wildest adventure yet!
Jenna & James
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