Self-guided activities

Looking for the flexibility of a self-guided education experience? Use resources provided by our education team to lead your own session.

Our self-guided pack includes a variety of resources for up to 30 children, with detailed instructions. The pack will be available to collect from the coach house upon arrival and must be booked in advance.

Staunton Country Park - Self-guided tours


The folly trail

Walking around the park you may stumble across some strange buildings called follies. A key element of the regency landscape created by Sir George Staunton in the 1800s, only a handful now remain.

Follow in the footsteps of Sir George and his friends to discover the follies that time forgot. Using the self-guided folly pack, make your way through the park’s history with a range of activities and worksheets.

Tree trail

Follow the park’s tree trail, discovering the wide variety of trees collected by Sir George Staunton throughout his life. With each season offering its own unique views and sounds, visit at any time in the year for a sensory experience.

The self-guided pack includes:

  • the tree trail leaflet
  • a set of identification leaflets
  • bark rubbing equipment
  • a set of tree and plant games

Self-guided boxes

Self-guided boxes are available on loan to schools and groups, with follow up self-guided sessions at the park.

Living History - a day in the life of a Victorian child

Learn about the James Carter, the gamekeeper for the Staunton estate in 1851, and his family. Peek into the lives of James, his wife Miriam, and their four children: James, George, William and Lydia.

Using artifacts, documents and photographs, your pupils will discover what it was like to be a child in the early Victorian period.

Staunton sensory stroll

This is an environmental education favourite, encouraging children to explore the park using their senses.

Activities include:

  • nature’s palettes
  • sound maps
  • smelly cocktails
  • blindfolds
  • texture collectors


The park has three permanent orienteering courses designed for different skills and experience levels. They all start and finish from the same location within the park. Maps for each of the courses can be purchased from the visitor centre.