If you're a home educator and looking for ideas and inspiration on where to take your children in the Yorkshire area, we have created a list of 10 popular home education visits for you including a 4 night residential trip specifically for Home Educator's!
Top 10 visits in Yorkshire for Home Educator's
Malham Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock. The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high. It was formed by a waterfall carrying meltwater from glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age more than 12,000 years ago.
Follow up your visit with this Earth Treasures Explorer Pack provided by Twinkl. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/earth-treasures-explorer-pack-t-sc-2551120
2. Jorvik Viking Centre
This is a must-see visit in York and hugely popular with anyone wanting to learn all about the vikings. The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum and visitor attraction in York, England, containing lifelike mannequins and life-size dioramas depicting Viking life in the city. Visitors are taken through the dioramas in small carriages equipped with speakers.
They have lots of handy downloadable resources, perfect for home educator's. These can be found here. https://www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk/education/classroom-resources/
3. York City Chronicles History Walking Tour
Discover how the medieval city thrived and developed to become the city we all love today. Their guides deliver a fun and unique take on York mixing history, sightseeing and exploration to offer a unique insight into York, passing the largest medieval gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe, old cobbled streets, Guild Halls, scenic views of our rivers, devils doors and so much more. They cover all the important landmarks of York and go off the beaten track to places you may not think of going.
4. National Railway Museum - Free entry!
The National Railway Museum is an excellent visit and is free of charge. Here you can immerse yourself in the home of iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance. They have some great learning resources available to which can be found here
5. Home Educator's Adventure Residential - High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre
High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre in North Yorkshire have recently launched (June 2023) its first ever Home Educator's Adventure residential, packed full of outdoor activities. What a great idea!
Bringing Home Educator's together, this is a great way to share time and ideas with other like-minded parents and create an active, social and fun learning environment for your child/ren. Their first residential is 4th-8th September 2023 and more information can be found on their website- https://www.highadventure.co.uk/home-education-residential
6. Whitby Abbey
Whitby Abbey was a 7th-century Christian monastery that later became a Benedictineabbey. The abbey church was situated overlooking the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby in North Yorkshire, England, a centre of the medieval Northumbrian kingdom. The abbey and its possessions were confiscated by the crown under Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries between 1536 and 1545. (source: Wikipedia)
There are some great online resources available to help you make the most of your visit.
7. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust- with Home Educator events on each year
For nearly 80 years, The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have been protecting Yorkshire's wildlife and wild places. They work across land and sea; from hills and valleys, to beaches and city streets. Wherever you are in Yorkshire, you're only approximately 20 miles from one of their nature reserves - wild havens on your doorstep where you can connect with nature.
There are a number of Nature Reserves you can explore in Yorkshire- https://www.ywt.org.uk/nature-reserves
You can also visit their visitor centres- https://www.ywt.org.uk/places-visit/flagship-sites
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust also put on Home Educator events- Join them on one of their sessions exclusively for home-educated children and their families. Suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
8. Holocaust Centre North
The Holocaust Centre North seeks to raise awareness of human rights, freedom and equality by exploring one of the darkest chapters in contemporary history. They are dedicated to telling a global history through local stories by collecting, preserving and displaying the documentary evidence and testimony of survivors and refugees who built new lives as members of northern communities after the Holocaust. They make their stories relevant today through our interdisciplinary and creative programming.
You can explore their learning programmes here https://hcn.org.uk/learning/
9. Ripon Museums
Step back in time and follow the story of the poor and lawless through the Ripon three museums in the heart of Ripon. With a number of events and exhibitions, it's a great day out. Find out more - https://riponmuseums.co.uk/
10. Cave & Dales Day- High Adventure Residential Trip
As part of the High Adventure Home Educator's residential, you'll get to enjoy a Cave & Dales Day in Yorkshire. You'll head off to the caves in Ribblehead via the High Adventure minibus, where you'll get to admire the famous viaduct (pretty incredible!). The caves are simple & in short sections & your instructor will ensure your safety & enjoyment. There are easy options so everyone can stay within their comfort zones. The caves are pretty amazing and the limestone has been formed over 350 million years!
Summary about Home Education Visits in Yorkshire
As you can see, there are lots of brilliant home education visits on offer in Yorkshire with plenty of support and educational resources available to help support learning. Our favourite has to be the 4 night residential largely due to the fact that it's an ideal opportunity to spend time with other home educator's participating in lots of fun & exciting activities.