Schools and groups
For groups of all ages a visit to Gloucester Waterways Museum is full of interest and enjoyment as well as learning.
To support your visit and for the love of learning we offer:
- Worksheets and other resources
- Free planning visit
- Choice of activities
- Boat trip with historical commentary
2013 school programmes
Roses and Castles
KS1/KS2, exploring the decorative art of the waterways
Engineering a Canal
KS1/KS2, discovering how canals were built
Waterway Transport and Trade
KS1/KS2, examining the transportation of goods and materials
KS3/KS3, a design and build activity - discover the principles of bridge building with the opportunity to create your own working model
Gloucester Docks and the Sharpness Canal
KS2/KS3, a look at the way that the docks helped the City of Gloucester to grow and develop
KS2/KS3, an introduction to the waterway ecosystem
You can also book boat trips with commentaries about the history of the docks, the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, and the River Severn (Our tour boat, Queen Boadicea II, was one of the ‘little ships’ of Dunkirk and in May 1940 helped evacuate troops from the beaches of Dunkirk).
Information and bookings
Download a copy of the Schools Booking Form, call 01452 318200.
Gloucester Waterways Museum offers a complete day out with a range of interesting and enjoyable things to do that you and your group will be talking about for years to come.
A typical visit might comprise:
- museum visit including half hour archive film about the ship canal
- boat trip on the Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal (including morning coffee and afternoon tea options*)
- time to explore Gloucester Docks and the new designer outlet shopping centre.
*The tour boat King Arthur has a full catering facility and also offers sit-down or buffet lunches and evening meals.
Group visits must be made in advance and we offer generous discounts for groups of ten or more on museum entry and boat trips.