Outdoor learning in the park
Educational visits to Grosvenor and Hilbert Park
Self-led outdoor learning opportunities: these activities are led entirely by the visiting school/group. The school/group leading these must get in contact with the Parks Team to ensure Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is aware of any visits to the park.
Guided self-led learning activities available:
Limited to between April and October.
Our park is home to a wide variety of invertebrates from broad-bodied chaser (dragonflies) to the brimstone butterfly, which can be found in the park’s meadows, wetlands and the Ancient Woodland. These are all easy to access for groups, being only a short walk away from one of our many park entrances.
10 sweep nets, along with ID charts and bug pots are available for hire from the Parks team for a small charge of £30 per group (deposit also required).
Each group will also be provided with a standard risk assessment for the activity that can be adapted to suit the needs of the group.
Note: bug hunting in our meadows is only available between April and October, however during the winter months bug hunting is still available in our woodlands, contact the Parks team for further details on winter bug hunting.
Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding our park now has 10 brass rubbings located around the park. There is an educational leaflet (including a map of each of the rubbings) that goes with this trail enabling groups to learn about the park’s habitats as they collect the rubbings. The rubbings allow groups to explore the different habitats that can be found in the park with an interactive twist.
This self- led activity is provided free of charge for all groups. To request copies of the brass rubbing leaflet and a standard risk assessment for this activity, please contact the Parks team.
If you are arranging to visit the park with a school or group, please contact the Parks team, as soon as you know when you would like to come. Once we are aware of your visit, we will be able to work with you to make sure your visit runs as smoothly and safely as possible.
Please contact the Parks team in good time prior to your visit, to discuss your requirements and any special access needs. They will then work with your school/group to ensure that your visit to the park will be both safe and enjoyable.
Other outdoor learning activities can be made available upon request, please contact the Parks team if the activity you are interested in has not been listed above.