Afternoon Activities


Teachers may choose from a number of options for their outdoor afternoon activities to complement the morning’s learning. Most learning afternoon programmes start at 12.45 and finish around 2.15 pm. We suggest the following options:

Literacy programmes

Depending on the age of your pupils:
Garden Games (EYFS) / The Garden Story Trail (KS2) / Gargoyles and Greenery (KS3 +) or Adventure Playground

Local history programmes

The Tudors and Victorians programmes both continue into the afternoon with a themed Tudor or Victorian garden trail. Alternatively select the Adventure Playground for a free-play afternoon.

Science programmes

Depending on the age of your pupils:
Garden Games (EYFS) / Adventure Playground


From June to early September, schools can enjoy active free play  at our fantastic adventure playground. Please advise when booking if you would like to use the bouncy castle and our fantastic drop and Astro slides (height restrictions apply).  The Adventure Playground should be pre-booked and is subject to availability/weather.

Schools visiting from March – June when the playground is unavailable may choose the Garden Games or Garden Story Trail. Older students will enjoy the Gargoyles and Greenery Trail. Garden Games is not available in July, or when the Gardens are open to the general public.

Lunchtime arrangements

If you are having Garden activities in the afternoon, there are outdoor picnic benches at Knebworth Barns for you to have your picnic-style lunch.  When we are closed to the public, the Garden Terrace Tea Room will also be closed and so refreshments are unavailable for adults to purchase.

If you are visiting the Adventure Playground, there are covered picnic shelters and benches provided for schools to use at lunchtime. Your coach should remain on site to transport students to the playground at 12.00 midday. It would take approximately 20 minutes to walk.

We can often accommodate a visit to the Gift Shop at the end of the morning activities. The Gift shop stocks a wide range of affordable souvenirs and publications. Alternatively, you may like to pre-order goody bags which can be made to a variety of themes and prices.

Whole day bookings

If you would like to bring the whole school to Knebworth you will be very welcome!  Many schools book a day as an end of year highlight. Please discuss with the Group Bookings team as morning/afternoon programmes can be ‘top & tailed’ to suit numbers.