Kelmarsh Hall postpones open afternoon for teachers

Kelmarsh Hall
Kelmarsh Hall

Pre-school and primary school teachers were due to attend an open afternoon to learn more about school visits to the gardens at Kelmarsh Hall.

However, due to the recent bad weather, the event which was due to take place on Wednesday (January 23), has been postponed to Wednesday, February 27.

During the past two summers, almost 1,000 children from Northamptonshire and Leicestershire visited the historic walled kitchen garden to discover where their food comes from.

Hands-on activities in this outdoor classroom include taste testing, seed sowing, herb and bug hunts and identifying vegetables.

In 2010, Kelmarsh launched its Growing Kelmarsh project to bring the kitchen garden back to life, with help from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme.

Education is one of Kelmarsh Trust’s main objectives and the aim of school visits is to show children the value of healthy eating.

Last year, Kelmarsh Hall, near Kettering, was the joint winner in Northamptonshire’s Heritage Awards in the category Working with Children and Young People.

The school visits programme has given children who live in flats the opportunity to explore a garden and the natural world around them.

The gardens are also accessible for children with learning or physical difficulties.

Kate Thomas, who runs the sessions for schoolchildren, said: “We have been amazed by the response from the pupils in the form of numerous thank-you letters and drawings.

“The feedback has informed us which were the most memorable and enjoyable activities and has helped us to plan future outdoor, fun learning opportunities.”

The rearranged open afternoon will have staff on hand to answer questions and explain the benefits of a visit to Kelmarsh gardens as well as the opportunities to visit the historic hall.

If you would like to attend the rearranged open afternoon or if you are interested in arranging a school visit call 01604 686543 or email visitors@kelmarsh.com.