Visiting with a school group – helpful advice
Wells Cathedral is a Somerset County Council EV4 approved provider. Risk assessments are available.
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Groups requesting tours and activities must book prior to their visit with at least two weeks’ notice. Organisers should note that there are no guided tours during the Cathedral’s Quiet Hour, between 12.00pm and 1pm from April to October. We suggest you allow additional time for follow-up activities such as a short act of worship, visiting Vicars’ Close or doing worksheets.
There is a designated coach setting down point in Sadler Street, just off Cathedral Green. The teacher in charge is asked to register at the Information Desk in the Entry Cloister on arrival.
Bags cannot be left unattended in the Cathedral. Secure storage is available. Whilst taking all reasonable measures to ensure the safety and security of pupils, we are unable to accept responsibility for any accident or misadventure throughout the duration of the visit. All participants are advised to check their insurance prior to their visit. Groups on Programmed Day visits may leave their bags in the Education Suite at their own risk.
Lunches can be eaten in the Camery Garden or on Cathedral Green. If it is wet, lunches may be eaten in the East Cloister. Groups on Programmed Day visits have use of the Education Room.
While worksheets are not encouraged during the guided tour itself, please send us a copy of any you intend to use so it can be given to your guide. This way he or she will know which areas on which to concentrate and spend time. We would request that unguided groups using a school-produced activity sheet remain in a supervised group.
Due to size restrictions of the shop we recommend groups of 10-15 pupils accompanied by an adult at any one time. To ensure that all children are able to purchase a souvenir of their visit we have created a service through which you can order a pre-ordered souvenir bag. These have proved immensely popular and avoid the stress of shopping with larger groups! These are supplied for £2.00 or £4.00 and examples of what they contain include:
- · A Wells Cathedral pencil
- · A Wells Cathedral eraser
- · A postcard of the West Front
- · A notecard to colour in
- · A word search puzzle
- · Wells Cathedral card or Christmas card
- · Wells cathedral backpack purse
- · Small teddy with key ring
- · Wells cathedral wind up torch
The bags are supplied in a box for the teacher at the end of the visit, thereby avoiding the trauma of lost gifts!
To make use of this service please contact [email protected] or on 01749 672773.
The Cathedral Education Officer can be contacted directly by email at [email protected] or on 01749 674483 Ext 212