The creative approach

Everything that the Community and Learning team do is underpinned by a creative approach. This has its roots in Stowe’s history, starting from the 18th century when the Temple-Grenville family were inspired by past wisdom and beauty as a long line of famous names designed both the House and the Gardens as one of the greatest Estates.

It continued in the rebirth of the Estate as a public school, with a reputation for progressive learning that produced an impressive line of leading creative names. And that spirit continues today with young talent and traditional skills achieving pioneering restoration work to renew the Estate’s heyday. Stowe has always been cutting-edge, inspiring others in all walks of life throughout the centuries and still inspires us today.

We believe Stowe continues to live and breathe as a creative House. It offers community and learning groups the chance to be part of its ongoing story.

Our learning programme

Our learning programme is based on the tradition of creativity at Stowe House and we use this to provide an inspirational learning experience. We closely connect our workshops to the National Curriculum but whatever the focus, the content is cross-curricular and includes at least one core subject.

Our sessions are designed to be fun, hands-on and active, with opportunities to be in role, dress up, tell stories and make something creative. All of our workshops have been developed in consultation with local schools and are delivered by a dynamic and highly experienced team.

The learning team includes a mixture of permanent staff and volunteers – all of us hold enhanced DBS clearance and attend regular training.

Key information

When: most of our visits take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays.  We may be able to take bookings on Mondays and Fridays – do contact us and we will discuss with you.  We are open for learning visits all year round.

Time: Visits start at 10am.

Groups: our workshops are suitable for groups of around 60 children.  Ask us if you’d like to bring a larger group and we can suggest how to manage this.  The House is fully accessible – please discuss your group’s needs with us.

Cost:  £4 per person with 1 free adult for every 8 children visiting.  There is a minimum size of 20 paid places.
If you would like to visit the National Trust Gardens too, we recommend using National Trust Educational Group Membership.  Ask us for details. 

Lunch: everyone in your group should bring a packed lunch and drinks.  There is space onsite to eat this.