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School Tours

Education, Nature and Horticulture is a large part of the Festina Lente ethos and we welcome school tours here in Festina Lente Gardens throughout the year.  We can offer you a variety of nature themed workshops which are listed below.

We cater for all different ages and group sizes and we have two indoor & outdoor programmes depending on the number of children in your group and the time of year and weather.  Our programmes run for 5 hours with arrival time of your coach at 9:30 finishing with lunch and your departure at 2:30pm.  Price is €15 per child.  We can create a bespoke programme if you want a shorter or longer programme, just let us know.  All staff & volunteers have been Garda vetted and we have a child protection policy in place.

We have lunch time areas for the children, both indoor and outdoor depending on the weather.

If you are interested in finding out more or booking in your school please email andrea@festinalente.ie.

Programme 1 for a Group of 10-60 children

Children will get the option of 5 fun & educational half hour long activity workshops. Choose 5 Activities from this list below:

Programme 1 Activity 1: Learn the different Irish Birds and Make a Bird Feeder:

Learn about the different Irish Garden Birds! Use recycled materials to make a Bird Feeder to hang up in your garden to help feed our feathered friends. Decorate your bird feeder, hang it up at home and watch the birds enjoy it!

Programme 1 Activity 2: Make Scented Candles:

The properties of wax… from flakes to liquid to a solid candle… melt the wax to make a beautiful candle in a little jar, add colour, essential oils for fragrance, and leave to set. We use soy wax for our candles which is more eco-friendly than paraffin wax.

Programme 1 Activity 3: Make Homemade Soap:

The children choose their own colours and use flowers, plants & essential oils to make and fragrance their homemade soaps. Find out about the plants and flowers used in these oils, see how long it takes your soap to set, then wrap in cellophane with a beautiful ribbon to take home.

Programme 1 Activity 4: Make Homemade Bird Treats:

Help our feathered friends out by making tasty and nutritious homemade bird treats to bring home and hang in your garden.

Programme 1 Activity 5: Make a Funky Flower Pot:

Decorate your own terracotta pot to look cool, fun & funky. Children choose from a number of samples and create their own decoupage design to decorate their pot. This workshop challenges children’s hand-eye coordination in cutting out fine material and gluing it on to their pot.

Programme 1 Activity 6: Planting your Own Vegetables:

Depending on the time of the year we will help the children plant a vegetable plant seedling, learn about caring for that vegetable when they take it home.

Programme 1 Activity 7: Scavenger Hunt:

Hunt around the gardens and woodland to find the things on your list. A pinecone? A flower? Got it! We will provide a bag for each child to bring home their collection if they wish!

Programme 1 Activity 8: Learn about Ponies & how to Care for them:

Learn about how to care for ponies and horses.

Programme 1 Activity 9: Learn about Ponies & Pony Grooming Session:

Learn about how to groom horses and ponies.

Programme 1 Activity 10: Mini Beast Hunt:

Do a hunt around our gardens looking for all types of mini beasts and pond dipping.

For Information please note that:

♦ Groups must be accompanied by at least one adult leader (ideally one to every ten students).

♦ Accompanying leaders must remain with their group at all times and are responsible for the conduct and behaviour of the group

♦ Children are advised to bring full raingear, wellington boots and a change of clothes. As our activities are very hands on we encourage children to wear old clothes that parents don’t mind getting mucky!

♦ Please bring a packed lunch

 

Book a Tour or Enquiries

If you are interested in finding out more or booking in your school please email andrea@festinalente.ie.

When emailing us please provide the following:

♦ Number of students
♦ Number of supervisors
♦ Date of visit
♦ Time of arrival/ departure
♦ Age of group
♦ Details of any special needs etc.
♦ Any special requests regarding content

After you have first booked your tour with Andrea you can then click here to pay online.