Pond Dipping – KS1 and KS2+
Uncover the underwater world that lives in the wetland pools, from newts to dragonfly larvae. The park has two large dipping platforms that are ideal for safely exploring the aquatic environment, allowing groups to get up close and personal with a great variety of wetland wildlife.
Stream Dipping – KS1 and KS2+
Discover an underwater world thriving in the woodland streams, from freshwater shrimp to cased caddisfly larvae. The park is home to two healthy streams that flow through the park’s Ancient Woodland. Each child will learn how to identify what they have caught from their own kick-sampling.
For both these guided programmes, KS2 groups will learn about how the creatures have adapted to live in the underwater world, as well as learning to key out the invertebrates.
For this visit a class (of around 30) will be split into 2 groups, one taking part in the dipping and the other in another one of the self-led activities, before swapping over.
Bug Hunting – KS1 and KS2+
Learn how to distinguish between your grasshoppers and crickets, butterflies and moths, and hoverflies and bees. The park is home to a wide variety of habitats, providing a haven for a mix of different invertebrates. Children will get the opportunity to catch and identify a range of different invertebrates. With the help of an experienced staff member, children will learn why bees buzz, crickets bite and why a harvestman isn’t a spider!
For this visit a class (of around 30) will be split into 2 groups, one taking part in self-led bug hunting in the woodland whilst the other is led by a staff member to uncover the invertebrates that can be found in the park’s meadows, before swapping over.
Apples and their Pollinators – KS1 and KS2
Available from the 2018 Autumn term onwards
Thanks to the collaboration with the National Fruit Show, we are able to offer a session that engages children into the world of apples and their pollinators; combining, science, geography, biology and healthy eating into one half day session. Children will get a chance to learn about the year in the life of an apple tree, make their own apple juice, and learn to identify some of the park’s orchard trees and discover who pollinates them.
This session works best if booked by 2 classes at once as this session is split into two, half of which will take place in the park’s community orchard and half in the community room with the park as a backdrop.
This session will include 1 x TWBC staff and 1 x National Fruit Show staff member. Please note, the National Fruit Show is a free service for schools, the cost of this session covers the cost of the hire for the community room in the park. Please contact National Fruit Show for a free in-school visit.
Please note for this session you are booking with both Grosvenor & Hilbert Park and The National Fruit Show. Your information therefore will be shared with The National Fruit Show when you make a booking. The National Fruit Show is organised by the Marden Fruit Show Society CIO, registered charity number 1168291
Forest Schools – EYFS, KS1 and KS2
Take part in Forest School in the park’s Ancient Woodland, led by a Level 3 Forest School trained staff member. Sessions are catered to the needs of the group and can take part over a period of several weeks or can be one off sessions. For more information contact the park’s Community Engagement Officer – details below.
The park is home to a wide variety of invertebrates from broad-bodied chaser (dragonflies) to the brimstone butterfly, which can be found in the park’s meadows, wetlands and the Ancient Woodland. These are all easy to access for groups, being only a short walk away from one of the many park entrances.
For a self-led programme you can hire out 10 sweep nets, along with ID charts and bug pots. Bug hunting in the meadows is only available between May and October, however during the winter months bug hunting is still available in the woodland.
Nature Themed Brass Rubbing Trail
The park has 10 brass rubbings located around the park. There is an educational leaflet (including a map of each of the rubbings) that goes with this trail enabling groups to learn about the park’s habitats as they collect the rubbings. The rubbings allow groups to explore the different habitats that can be found in the park with an interactive twist. This self- led activity is provided free of charge for all groups
Other activity arrangements
If you are arranging to visit the park with a school or group, please contact the Community Engagement Officer, as soon as you know when you would like to come. Once we are aware of your visit, we will be able to work with you to make sure your visit runs as smoothly and safely as possible.
Where to find us
The park is located North of Tunbridge Wells, just South of High Brooms train station. The park is made up of two main parts, the well visited southerly edge with play area, café and football pitches, and the more northerly edge with Hilbert Woods Local Nature Reserve.
The two main entrances to the park are found on Rochdale Road (TN1 2JB) and Hilbert Road (TN2 3SF). The park is a 20 minute walk from the centre of Tunbridge Wells.
To book email the Community Engagement Officer: email@example.com or call: 01892 554006.
Costs for groups
- ½ Day = 1 x Guided programme (1-2 hours) £40
- Each guided programme includes: 1 x staff member, all equipment required, session for max 34 children, activity risk assessment/s required
- Equipment hire for ½ day £30 + equipment deposit