Currrent Charge (from 1st September 2013) for Non-Birmingham Local Authority Schools:
*** SPECIAL OFFER! *** Bring up to 60 students between Monday 16th and Friday 20th December 2013 inclusive and pay half-price entry! This offer applies to Non-Birmingham and Independent Schools only and is valid only on the dates specified. Valid for new bookings and for self-guided groups only. Maximum group size 60 students. Pre-booking is essential.
Self-guided Option for Non-Birmingham and Independent Schools
Just £5* per pupil (maximum 2 classes) and £1.50* per adult for entry to the Gardens' 4 glasshouses and 15 acres of grounds. Experience the humidity, sights and smells of the Tropical Rainforest House, admire the gigantic lemons (Citrons) and a wide range of other citrus fruits in the Mediterranean House and the bizarre and fascinating ways that the Cacti and other Succulents have developed to protect themselves in the harsh environment of the world's deserts. Don't forget to allow plenty of time in addition, to wander around the stunning grounds seeing the musical archway and straw bale building in the Growing Schools Garden, marvel at the giant Japanese Koi Carp and newly-refurbished Victorian cascade in the Rock Garden, stop and smell the many herbs in our Herb Garden, be fascinated by our exotic bird collection from all over the world and you never know, you might even bump into one of our roaming peacocks!
There is so much to see at the Gardens, that you might just simply wish to explore the site without any paperwork, encouraging your pupils to touch, smell, look and listen to all the amazing plants, animals, sculptures and other features that you come across. Alternatively, you might decide to download and print off one of the many trails, worksheets, quizzes or colouring sheets that you will find on-line on our website in the teachers' resources section. We can also offer orienteering maps for you on the day if you would like to get some fresh air, encourage teamwork amongst your pupils and of course, set them a challenge!
We may be able to get a volunteer to help you find your way around the site and of course, encourage your pupils to discover some key plants here; just let us know this request by way of the booking form. We can't guarantee a volunteer however, as one might not be available on the day you wish to visit us, so we always advise you to plan to be self-sufficient and to carry out a pre-visit to suss things out just in case!
As part of the entry fee, an indoor space may be available for lunch and we can advise on this at the time of booking. During the summer months you are welcome to picnic in the grounds or a marquee may be available on request.
Teaching Session Option for Non-Birmingham and Independent Schools
For a small extra fee, and subject to availability, you might like to consider adding a teaching session per class led by the Gardens' Education Officer on your arrival (sessions last approximately one hour). The price for one teaching session per class (maximum 2 classes), including the Gardens' entry fee, is £6* per pupil and £1.50* per adult (minimum charge of £120* for groups of fewer than 20 children requiring a teaching session, plus adults at £1.50* each). All teaching sessions take place within the glasshouses or out in the gardens and are available to view via our Teaching Sessions area of the website.
* Our prices are inclusive VAT until December 31st 2013. From 1st January 2014 our prices are exclusive of VAT.
For Non-Birmingham and Independent schools, payment is made by cash, cheque or credit card on the day. If you prefer, you can request on arrival to be invoiced after your visit (for groups of 10 children or more only).
Nursery groups are booked on site on a self-guided basis and pay a separate nursery rate. Adults are charged at £7* each (the Gardens' normal adult daily ticket rate) and may bring 3 nursery children free with each adult. Nursery groups are asked to pay on the day at the main reception desk.
Birmingham Local Authority Schools
Birmingham Local Authority Schools should phone the Outdoor Learning Service for their current teaching session options, prices and payment advice on:
0121 454 0784.