Schools and Groups

Education at Drayton

Education at Drayton

We are the Education Team at Drayton Manor and we wanted to let you know that we offer a range of fun workshops alongside your park visit to make your trip more educational. 

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Learning in a context like a theme park and zoo can make a subject more memorable and engaging for students, so whatever your age range or subject, we can help.

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Whether you want to find out more about dinosaurs, animal habitats, the science around rollercoasters and how to build them, or how to run and market a successful business; we’re here to ensure your visit is both fun and interesting!

For your peace of mind, we’ve also been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge so you can be rest assured that you are getting an excellent workshop and visit through the education department.

Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Award

If you require an education session, please get in touch using the details below.

Jess and Lee, Education Team. 



Travel back in time to explore the discoveries of Charles Darwin and Mary Anning. Meet a real, live animal and discuss its evolutionary path.


Be taken on a Maths adventure. Book this new and exciting maths investigation workshop with our education team, and you will be provided with a fun maths booklet for the pupils to complete whilst exploring the park before the session. 


For more information and to book, please email


About Us

Our Mission Statement:

To deliver an outstanding programme of education for all our visiting school groups and zoo guests, which promotes enjoyment, achievement and active learning.

The Team:

Jessica West, Education Manager- BA Hons, Secondary PGCE, worked for Drayton Manor since 2011

Lee Green, Education Officer, Primary L4TA, worked for Drayton Manor since 2016.


We understand how difficult and expensive it can be to organise a school visit, and that you may not always be able to come to us. So we can come to you! Some of our workshops are available to teach at your school or venue (although we may not be able to accommodate you during our peak teaching months). If you are interested in booking an outreach workshop for your pupils, please contact us using one of the methods above, and we can discuss prices and dates.

Contact Details

01827 252436

For education workshop bookings only.

Don’t want an education workshop?

If you DO NOT wish to have an education session or book outreach, and only wish to purchase school theme park tickets please contact our call centre on 0844 472 1950*

*Calls to this number are charged at 7 pence per minute service charge, for the access charge please refer to your phone provider.



See below for more details about our fun and informative workshops available all year round for a range of ages.

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Two new workshops for 2016 

Available from September 2016 
Year 5 and 6 

Evolution Workshop

This workshop covers the interesting topic of evolution. Travel back in time to explore the discoveries of Charles Darwin and Mary Anning. Investigate what Darwin discovered about the Finches on the Galapagos Islands. Meet a real live animal and discuss its evolutionary path. Look at limb evolution in 4 different species of animal. Create your own species of animal thinking about its evolutionary journey. Dig up fossils like Mary Anning and look at why this was so important.

Maths Investigation workshop (afternoon slot advised)

We are going to take you on a maths adventure. A fun maths booklet will be provided with this session for pupils to fill in while you are exploring the park and before your session. After your self-lead exploration of our park, you will head down to our classroom where pupils will take part in a fun and practical session that includes the following: 
  • How we use mathematics on our rides (capacity and time)
  • How mathematics helps us in our catering outlets (money)
  • Where maths fits into our marketing department (shape and measure)
  • And finally, how maths helps us run our zoo (quantity, weight and cost)

You can book the workshops with our education department by contacting or calling 01827 252436.

Our most popular Primary School workshops:
  • Rollercoaster Design
  • Rollercoaster Forces
  • Dinosaur Discovery
  • Teeth and Eating
  • Habitats and Adaptation

For details about the content covered in these 1 hour workshops and a full list of all our available sessions, please click here.

Our most popular Secondary School workshops:
  • Drayton Manor as a Business
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • ICT at Drayton Manor
  • Rollercoaster Physics/Mechanics

For details about the content covered in these 1 hour workshops and a full list of all our available sessions, please click here.

30 Minute ‘Wow’ Workshops:

These are designed to enrich a school visit in a short burst, and are great for reward visits or if you visit during our busier months like June and July.

  • Meet the Animals: get up close to our lizards, snakes and bugs, and handle bio-artefacts like antlers, leopard fur and green turtle shells!
  • Animal Presents: make new toys for our leopards, gibbons, meerkats or parrots, and watch them enjoy it!
  • K’nex Challenge: find out some of the science and mechanics behind rollercoasters through a series of fun k’nex challenges in teams!

Education Activity Days

Education Activity Days

Join in the fun during our exclusive winter education days, which are available between November-March only, even if our theme park is closed!

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These days will run from approximately 10.30am – 3.00pm for up to 3 classes and will be a selection from the following activities:

  • 1 education workshop per class
  • A guided zoo tour
  • Making presents for our zoo animals e.g. black leopards
  • Dino Trail activities
  • Meet the Animals experience e.g. snakes, lizards, bugs
  • Theme Park Detectives activities
  • Sketching the rides
  • Private viewing in the 4D cinema
  • Chance to ride 2 small attractions (if the park is open for our Christmas event on the date selected)


Please note that if you visit when the theme park is closed, NO shops or cafes will be operational so please do not bring spending money.

There may also be large vehicles moving around the park, so we will be wearing high visibility vests.

To enquire about these unique days, please contact or 01827 252436.



Please see below for a list of workshop prices. 

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Education Workshop Prices Price Further Information 

1 hour Education Workshop (36 pupils or less)

£40.00 Per session

1.5 hour Education Workshop (36 pupils or less)

£60.00 Per session

30 min Animal Encounter (25 pupils or less)

£30.00 Per session
Education activity day (Nov - March only) 




 1 class

 2 classes

 3 classes

Powerpoint from your session £15.00  
Resources (Activity sheets used in your session) £5.00  
Large groups

If you have groups with over 36 pupils that you want taught in the same session it may be possible to arrange this for an extra cost of £1.50 per pupil.

For Schools and Groups park ticket prices please click here.


Experiences for Uniformed Groups

Experiences for Uniformed Groups

We run special experiences for uniformed groups to book.

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Full Days

10.30am – 3.00pm, children ages 8-14 years

Available in September only (enquire for specific dates)

  • Creative Coasters: we look at how rides work, experience 2 rides of your choice, and design & build one in groups! Maximum of 25 children. Price: £350.00
  • Animal Agents: children become zoo keepers for the day! Chop up food for the animals, make fun presents for them, feed our meerkats, and stroke some of our scaly animals! (Children will not go on any of the rides). Maximum of 15 children. Price: £250.00


5.45pm – 7.15pm, children ages 5 years +

Available in July and September only (enquire for specific dates)

  • Scales and Tails: children meet some of our scaly friends (snakes, lizards & turtles) and then make presents for and feed insects to our meerkat mob!

£60.00 for a maximum of 25 children

Please contact our education officers if you are interested in one of these days on or 01827 252436.