Key Stage 4

Albion Outdoors wildlife immersive acoustic sessions: “Imagine… walking into a woodland and as you take the path you go back in time and hear missing species reappear; the call of the cuckoo, the shimmer of aspen, the splash of a beaver.” Albion Outdoors is working with universities to develop an acoustic immersive experience to bring to life the missing species. Pupils spend a day testing the audio technology and investigating the effectiveness of the ideas and the equipment. Suitable for Year 9 plus. You can download full details here.Albion Outdoors

Calvert Kielder takes mainstream schools during January to March and also from October to December. Schools bringing children with disabilities can visit throughout the year. Activities include: sailing, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, (indoor and out) zip wire, abseiling, king swing, orienteering, nightwalks to name but a few, and encourage confidence, team building, self worth and independence.

Calvert Kielder and Kielder Observatory – Space & Adventure is a new innovative and exciting programme for KS4 pupils, combining challenging and adventurous outdoor activities with an enlightening dark skies experience in the stunning Kielder Water & Forest Park. 1 to 5-night packages are offered with fully accessible and catered on-site accommodation at Calvert Kielder, to include: instructor-led land and water-based activities; a tour of the Kielder Observatory; and opportunities for pupils to work scientifically to learn about the main features of the solar system and cover the KS4 Space Physics Science curriculum. For full details and booking enquiries call 01434 250232 or e mail

Kielder Observatory Planetarium Shows: Depending on the duration and requests from schools (typical length is between 20 - 45 minutes) an individual session could cover any (or all) of the following content: light pollution; brief tour of the night sky; exploring the physics of deep sky objects (this could include distances in light years, our cosmic address, exoplanets, the lifecycle of a star, the closest galaxy to us, cosmology); watch the National Space Centre video about the International Space Station – narrated by ESA astronaut Tim Peake; watch the Hubble Space Telescope zoom in on the Andromeda Galaxy; and watch the ESA Hubble Ultra Deep Field fly through.


The Kielder Salmon Centre can accommodate visits from schools and other interested groups or organisations by prior arrangement, including a tour of the operational hatchery. To arrange a visit contact Richard Bond.


NEST: Growing timber trees – looking after the forest: A half-day activity looking at forest management, from planting to felling, managing for wildlife and for recreation. It can also include a minibus visit to see forestry operations being carried out by the Forestry Commission, which has responsibility for managing Kielder Forest.  or email  Contact: Bruce Ferguson 01388 529154

Northumbrian Water can arrange site visits (including a ferry trip where available) for pupils in Year 5 and upwards. Six weeks advance notice is required. Please contact 0191 301 6976 or visit the NWL website.