The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway is a great place to visit with groups of children and school parties.
To help you organise your trip, we provide a selection of packages to cater for groups of all sizes, as well as teaching resources to help with planning your visit.
To make life easier, we’ll provide these additional benefits for your educational group visit…
- Free pre-visit for teachers and their family members, seperate to the group visit.
- Free travel for Teachers (on certain packages)
- Free hot drink for teachers (at Haverthwaite)
- Free squash and biscuits for children (at Haverthwaite)
- Free reserved seats on the trains
- Free access to Woodland Play Area
- Free undercover lunch room (at Haverthwaite- subject to availability)
- Free tour of the Engine Shed and our Steam and Diesel locomotive collection (pre-bookings only- subject to availability)
During your visit, you can cover the following aspects of the National Curriculum with your group…
Running a railway uses mathematics on a daily basis, from the number of wheels on a locomotive, reserving seats on coaches and working out the capacity of passangers on each train, to the amount of coal and water used by the locomotive, the number of sleepers and lengths of rail needed to repair and maintain the track.
The Leven valley is one of the cradles of the Industrial Revolution with one of the world’s earliest Ironworks (or “Bloomery” forge) dating back to 1685. With the help of our new Guide Book, you can investigate how the advent of the railway helped develop the many other local industries up the valley, such as charcoal production, cotton mills, gunpowerder works, bobbin mills and advent of the Victorian tourist age with the Steamers on Lake Windermere.
Science & Engineering
You can cover the basic physics of steam-locomotive operation, and look at how the steam is converted in rotation of the wheels, investigate how accidents are prevented with the mechanical signalling system and look at how newer technology such as diesel engines and electric motors have replaced the older steam locomotives, and what benefits this brought to the modern railway network.
Geography, Geology & Wildlife
With its diverse and stunning range of lakes, rivers and valleys, it’s easy to see why the 885 square miles of the Lake District was designated a National Park in 1951. As you travel along the River Leven, you can discuss how the water flowing it has collected on the mountains at the north end of Lake Windermere, and been funneled into U-shaped valleys carved by glaciers over 15000 years ago, along with the lake itself. Why not combine your visit with a trip to the Aquarium at Lakeside where you can also investigate the water-cycle and the flaura & fauna of this unique area.
We’ve prepared some documents that might assist with the preparation for your visit…