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School Activities


A general school activity, as opposed to a Curriculum Activity, can be booked for school pupils from Primary upwards.
If you are wanting to book an AL Chemistry, AL Geology, KS4 or KS2 full-day, curriculum-related activity day then you need to go to the relevant Curriculum Activity page.
School activities are not necessarily curriculum related, are shorter in duration and the programme is more ad-hoc than the structured Curriculum Activity events.
The activity would run from about 10.30 or 11.00 am until 2.00 or 2.30 pm and the charge is £5 per person, with a minimum of £50 for the day.  The activity can be tailored to meet the requirements of the teacher, by varying the emphasis on different aspects of Ecton Mine and surroundings. Whatever the emphasis, an underground visit and a walk over the Hill are included.  If there are no special requests the standard day, as described below, is offered.
The usual itinerary starts with a morning walk over the hill to see the evidence for past mining activities. This is followed by lunch (packed lunch brought by pupils) at the Centre. This is followed by the mine visit and hands-on activities, which involve jigging, panning for gold and extracting copper from malachite (by dissolving in acid and displacing using an iron nail). If there is time there is a demonstration of how black powder was used as an explosive. There may also be a physics activity.
There is no charge for the statutory number of school staff, required by the school or regulations, who accompany the pupil group. Any additional adults will be charged at the same day rate as the pupils (£5 pp). The number of additional adults should be entered in the booking form and the booking form calculates the total charge as the numbers are entered.

Discuss your visit

If you would like to discuss your proposed visit before booking, contact Susan Wilkinson to discuss your requirements on:          01732 456997


Booking your visit

Step 1:

Choose a date for the visit by going to the Ecton Availability calendar. (Use the "back" button to return here.)

Step 2:

Discuss you programme with Susan Wilkinson.

Step 3:

Complete the Activity Booking Request Form (Google form)..

Step 4

If Tutors are available, your request will be entered in the booking system and you will be contacted shortly thereafter to confirm the booking and to give you the names and contact details of your Tutors.

Step 5

Make sure you read the document: Essential Information for School Activities. This gives all the details you need to prepare for your visit. You do need to complete the Visitor Information Form. You may also need a copy of the Risk Analysis and the Insurance Certificate.  We would also appreciate a completed Visit to Ecton Feedback Form. Download from Activities at Ecton - DOCUMENTATION on the right.