“Imagine people that are funny while factual, that are educational while exciting, that are crazy while clever; those people are your guides. Your tours for schools are enjoyable and exciting, funny and fabulous; this is how I would describe the amazing trip you provide for schools.” Baildon C of E Primary School, Ellen Watling
Education Groups have been visiting Saltaire since Sir Titus Salt built his village, in fact he was the first guide for this World Heritage Site. Clearly, we take our cue from him.
We have a great many years’ experience in looking after all types of educational groups, from primary schools to PhD students.
There is very little we do not know about Saltaire World Heritage Site and we regularly answer questions about the social history, philanthropy, history of the buildings, conservation, town planning, architecture, regeneration, recycling, textiles, the dyeing industry, medicine and of course the Victorians.
We offer lessons that pupils/students will never forget, and they walk away saying they never liked history until they experienced a Salts Walk.
“One girl said it was the best school trip she had ever been on…we would like to book our visit for next year.”
Lightcliffe Primary School
We start inside the Saltaire United Reformed Church, with an introduction. Each participant is given a handmade laminated bookmark with the history of a real person who lived and worked in Saltaire on it. (We constantly add and update these characters as we meet and are given information from the many descendants of the residents of the village.)
This means that each participant is guaranteed a completely unique character. Watch students light up when they discover their character’s house, then squeal with delight as they find out they are married to each other and collapse with laughter when they see some of them are married to their teachers.
Our walks can be tailor made to meet your curriculum needs.
Our tours have the added advantage of allowing students new to a school, or university, to socialize. Pupils often arrive as strangers and leave as friends, particularly first years attending a senior school, and undergraduates starting courses at college or university.
In addition, our guided walks have the added benefit of giving the groups a thirty minute, or more, walk. As we all know, walking is wonderful exercise!
To make a booking or enquiry simply fill out our contact form with your preferred date and time and we will get back to you. You also are most welcome to email or phone.
Suggested full day itinerary for a School Visit
10.00 Arrive at Saltaire United Reformed Church to be met by Salts Walks guides in costume and character. Enjoy a stimulating introduction to the village. A chance to see inside the Saltaire United Reformed Church, then start the guided walk.
12 noon A chance for your school to enjoy their packed lunch. There are many places to choose from Roberts Park, in the summer perfect. The Saltaire United Reformed Church. Or ask one of the local schools for space. For something different book a taster Wurlitzer Concert in Victoria Hall and enjoy your packed lunch at the same time. contact Richard Stephenson 0845 400 2208 after 7pm. or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your experience. Or
Your school can book a time slot to go inside Salts Mill (by arrangement only with them 01274 531163) Or
Organise an exciting trip on the Shipley Glen Tramway, contact Richard Freeman – 07773001250 email email@example.com www.glentramway.co.uk Or even a trip on the TITUS, a canal boat on the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Speak to the Skipper on 07944550488
So Much to Do in Saltaire World Heritage Site.
Testimonials from Schools and Educational Establishments
Poplars Farm Primary School, Jo Warden, Year 5 Class teacher ‘Dear Maria, thank you for a wonderful trip the kids are still talking about it and many have been back to Saltaire.’
Sandal Primary School, Gail Fieldhouse ‘Dear Maria , thank you for another brilliant visit. Could you please pass on my thanks and some letters of thanks from the children. See you next year.’
Mark Epstein, University Language Centre University of Manchester, said ‘ Thank you for organizing the guided walk so beautifully, we all really enjoyed it. Your guides all made the visit so alive, that the students (and us staff) really thought the whole experience was great.’
Peter Lambert, Woodhouse Grove School ‘Just to say thank you for an excellent visit. The students were genuinely interested in the guided tour of Saltaire and your costume and characterization was absolutely brilliant. It really helped bring the place to life. Salts is a place we visit regularly as a family and I learnt a huge amount myself that I did not know.’
EASA, Ulrike Knox ‘Thanks for such an enjoyable and informative performance. It really helped everyone get under the skin of Saltaire’s social history.’
Jean Pierre Billen, Belguim ‘Hello Maria, at last some time to send out a few ‘thank yous’. I’m very happy how you arranged our visit. Please send on my thanks to the two wonderful guides who worked with you and who took us around. A pity we were limited in time. I think we could have spent much longer in your companionship. The Saltaire visit is one that shall be remembered for a long time. Thank you all for a lovely morning.’
Blackburn College, Barbara Pulling, Geography students ‘Yet again thanks for the excellent, funny and highly interesting tour of Saltaire yesterday. I know the students got a lot out of it as they talked about the village all the way back to Blackburn.’
Edgerton College, Julia Pomeroy ,College Manager ‘Thank you for the wonderful guided tour you provided for us. The talk was fascinating and informative, and I am sure will contribute to our History GCSE.’
Baildon C of E Primary School, Ellen Watling ‘Imagine people that are funny while factual, that are educational while exciting, that are crazy while clever; those people are your guides. We all thoroughly enjoyed the talk at the beginning and the guided tour was fascinating. Your tours for schools are enjoyable and exciting, funny and fabulous; this is how I would describe the amazing trip you provide for schools.’
Buttershaw Primary School, Hazel Thompson ‘Many thanks for your super guided walks. The children were very interested and had a lovely time in Saltaire.’
University of Hong Kong, Department of Geography, M.R.Peart ‘Thank you very much for the guided tours of Saltaire. We have been coming for over 15 years and your tours just get better and better. As usual this visit was a great success and all the students enjoyed their time in Saltaire. See you next year.’
Heaton St. Barnabas’ CE Primary School, Judith Starkey ‘Many thanks for a great visit.’