The Cotswold Water Park Trust has been running educational programmes for more than 10 years, offering both outside learning opportunities and roadshows which visit schools in the area. We ensure that all our activities are extremely hands-on, and designed to encourage exploration, inquiry and excitement where possible!



Fossils Rock

An interactive Rocks and Fossils roadshow delivered in your classroom for KS1 and KS2 …….millions of years in the making. 
We bring the past to life, and to your school with Fossils Rock.

If you are looking for an exciting and informative introduction to the new curriculum topic Fossils, then why not book Fossils Rock roadshow today.

Programme of study:

  • Rocks! how they are made and what we use them for, with large handling samples
  • How fossils are made
  • Go on a ‘Fossil Hunt’ for real fossils
  • Make your own fossil to take home / for school display
  • Hear the (true) story of Emily and Colossal Fossil
  • Superb examples of local fossils for handling including woolly mammoth remains, large ammonites, crocodile skull etc
  • Follow up resources, activity ideas and links

The half day roadshow can take place in your classroom or school hall with minimum disruption – we just need an interactive whiteboard, a table, some floor space and a sink. We bring all equipment for the activities, but do ask if there can be at least two adults helping during the session.

Cost: £100 half a day / one class  or £150 whole day / two classes

Download Fossils Rock leaflet ( PDF 2mb)

The Cotswold Water Park is one of the most fossil rich areas of the UK, due to the extensive extraction of sand and gravel over the past fifty years – many amazing finds have been made, including the woolly mammoth skull, tusks and teeth, plus incredible ammonites and more. Children will get to handle a whole range of real fossils, with a few ‘wow factor’ surprises included too!

Some feedback from a few of the schools we have already visited:

” A fantastic session, which kept the whole class engaged from start to finish”
“A great opportunity for the children to see and handle a wide range of fossils.”
“My class learnt so much in a short space of time. They loved the session and were all able to take home a memento of the day! Thank you for a fun and informative session!”

To find out more about the Fossils Rock roadshow, please call Jill Bewley, Communication and Events Manager for the CWP Trust on 01793 752413.

Next to Nature

Come and learn in the great outdoors!

The Cotswold Water Park is a great place to introduce children to the natural world, with such a wide variety of species all around. The lakes, rivers and meadows are home to thousands of dragonflies, fish, water birds, plants and insects which makes it a very special place to visit during the summer term.

The CWP Trust provides a safe and stimulating programme of outdoor environmental education sessions, for KS1, KS2 and community groups such as Rainbows, Brownies and Beaver Cubs.

The varied and exciting sessions are designed to complement the National Curriculum, whilst providing an opportunity to learn hands – on about many of the usual favourites such as minibeasts and plants, along with some more unusual topics such as beavers and dragonflies.

All staff and volunteers are fully trained and CRB checked.

Next to Nature…. a flexible, stimulating outdoor programme for KS1 and KS2 delivered in one of the most stunning locations within the Cotswold Water Park.

Some of the topics we cover are listed below:


  • Habitats, including pond dipping (comparison of water / dark / light places)
  • Life cycles
  • Adaptation and Movement

Plants / Trees

  • Plant parts and uses
  • Helping plants grow well
  • Plants in our lives

Wild Art

  • Natural shapes and patterns
  • Using natural materials, ie willow weaving, bark sculptures
  • Land Art, ie Andy Goldsworthy

Cost: £5.50 per child / no charge for adults

If you would like more details or would just like to discuss your needs please call Jill Bewley at the CWP Trust on 01793 752413 or send an email to

The programme is designed to fit around your curriculum requirements, where possible!

“Gravel is Great” – a KS2 rocky roadshow which visits your school!

This exciting and innovative roadshow called Gravel is Great brings the story of the Cotswold Water Park into local primary schools, using DVD, interactive models of gravel pits and plenty of opportunity for hands on creativity, thought and debate.

This interactive roadshow offers a very flexible approach for KS2 and can cover:

  • Science – Materials and their Properties / Living things
  • Geography – Environmental change / Sustainable development / Understanding of places
  • History – Local history / Investigation / Interpretation / Romans / Anglo Saxons / Fossils
  • DT – Planning and developing ideas / Understanding processes and materials
  • English – Communicating, group discussions
  • plus ECM, PSHE, Creative Curriculum and Enrichment Enhancement

The Gravel is Great roadshow has now been delivered to over 750 KS2 pupils – see their reaction:

“I never knew that something like gravel could be so interesting”

“This was the best lesson ever”

“It was great fun as the models were really realistic and the children could make their own choices ”

To find out more please contact Jill Bewley, Communication and Events Manager on 01793 752413 for more information or email