Unlock the magical mysteries of Abbotsford with your school group today!

Curious Collections

Why do people collect objects? What is an ‘artefact’ and how do we know what’s ‘real’? How can we preserve objects and historic places and why is this important? Visit Abbotsford to explore these fascinating questions with this brand-new session. Start your visit in our Learning centre and handle a collection of domestic objects used in the house in the past to think about artefacts and what they tell us. Then explore Sir Walter’s home and discover the weird and wonderful objects he collected to inspire his writing and look for evidence of how we protect and care for this unique building.

Curriculum links: Social Studies, Literacy and English

Duration: 1.5 hours

£3.50 per pupil

Abbotsford: Cabinet of Curiosities

Follow in Scott’s footsteps and use his amazing collection of objects and artefacts as a stimulus for poetry and creative writing. Explore the historic house with a member of the learning team and discover a house jam-packed with strange objects and even stranger stories! This session encourages children to find and choose the objects and stories of most interest to them in the historic house and to develop their notes into a quick and fun list poem in a follow-up workshop. A great session for supporting literacy skills.

Curriculum links: English and Literacy, Social Studies

Duration: 2 hours

£3.50 per pupil

Visitor Centre Exhibition Visit

Who was Sir Walter Scott, what did he do and what impact did he have on Scotland and the rest of the world? Explore the objects, stories and treasures on display in our visitor centre exhibition and discover the life and work of one of Scotland’s greatest figures. Pupils use fun treasure hunt clues to discover objects and stories and group discussion to bring Scott’s story to life. Includes a new display on Witch Corner – our new sculpture trail inspired by Sir Walter’s love of tales of the supernatural, witchcraft and folklore. This session works well as an introduction to Scott before a visit to the historic house or Witch Corner.

Curriculum links: Expressive Arts, Literacy and English and Social Studies

Duration: recommended 30 - 45 minutes – timings are flexible so please discuss at time of booking

£3.50 per pupil

Wild @ Abbotsford

Explore the different ecosystems at Abbotsford with this fun session focusing on meadow, woodland and river habitats. Discover the plants, animals and insects which live in this unique environment through a variety of exciting activities including: tree identification; estimating the height and age of trees; insect sampling and analysis with nets and beating sheets. Please note activities may vary due to the season and weather conditions.

Curriculum links: Sciences, Numeracy

Duration: 2 hours

£3.50 per pupil