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Birdswood – Boat Trips & Curriculum-Linked Activities for Schools Derbyshire

Location(s)Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3RQ
Key StagesKS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Special SchoolsNo
Public Liability
Enhanced DBSYes
FeesPlease contact us with details of your requirements
Administration Service Administered by the provider

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Coronavirus Outbreak
Due to the current situation we cannot guarantee any bookings and all trips will be subject to change at short notice. If your trip is cancelled you can either reschedule or request a refund. We apologise for any disruption this may cause.

Education at Birdswood

1-HOUR ONE-WAY TRIP @ £150 (up to 35 children + adults)

Our standard trip travels from Cromford to High Peak Junction. On leaving the boat your group can visit the Derbyshire County Council’s museum and information centre at High Peak Junction by separate arrangement. This trip can also be combined with a self-guided walk back to Cromford along the towpath (approx 1.25 miles).

1-HOUR MINI-CRUISE @ £150 (up to 35 children + adults)

An out-and-back trip travelling about half a mile each way, leaving from and returning to Cromford Wharf.   This option is particularly suitable for younger children.


A cost-effective option two class-size trips with a nature walk or other onshore activities.

Risk assessments and Child Protection Policy available on request.
All packages are negotiable and can be tailored to suit a range of subjects.

The School Experience on Water

The School Experience on Water for schools that are less than one hour’s drive from Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield and Stoke on Trent.

Being fully insured for 40 passengers, Birdswood is ideal for carrying a full class of pupils, their teachers, support staff and accompanying parents or carers. Many aspects of both the Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals and the National Curriculum Programmes of Study can be covered as the boat moves from Cromford Wharf to its turning point at Leawood Pump House. Birdswood cruises on a section of the 14.5-mile long Cromford Canal, which was opened in 1794 to connect the industries of the Derwent Valley — principally cotton, stone quarrying and lead mining — with coal mines further east in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and with the growing national canal system via the Erewash Canal at Langley Mill, then on to Birmingham, Manchester, London and other industrial centres. Each trip will be accompanied by an on-board narrator, with the commentary tailored to the age and aptitude of the pupils and the learning requirements identified by their teachers at the time of booking.

Learning Outside The Classroom

Learning Outside The Classroom objectives are met during an exciting, engaging experience on Birdswood.

  • Birdswood has room for 35 pupils plus adults
  • Planned activities suitable for Reception to Y6
  • Outdoor environment rich in wildlife
  • Geography, science & social history strands
We need your help to achieve an LOtC Quality Badge, as we are currently providing the six quality indicators. Stronger evidence is required by the examiners as we are a new provider. The Council which recognises providers, such as ourselves, offering good quality learning outside the classroom and managing risk effectively. The Council is working to reduce bureaucracy in schools, whilst maintaining safety and quality in learning. The LOtC Quality Badge will significantly reduce the red tape for teachers when planning visits and help combat cotton wool culture within schools.

Consider us for your learning experience and help us, to help you, teach the future of our society.


Availability & How to Book

We are ready to organise your special event for you and answer any queries you may have.

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