Have fun while you learn at Sewerby

Donkey rides were among the attractions at Sewerby Hall during the Easter holidays.
Donkey rides were among the attractions at Sewerby Hall during the Easter holidays.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is officially a great place for children to learn.

It has been recignised as a Leraning Destination by The Scarborough Children’s University, following in the footsteps of the Living Seas Centre at Flamborough.

The scheme, supported by the University of Hull, aims to take education out of the classroom and highlight venues where families can add to their knowledge as well as having fun.

Robert Chester, education officer at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, said: “I am delighted that we have been validated – this accreditation recognises the real merit in what we provide here.

“It’s about more than just pure entertainment.”

Schools which are part of the Children’s University programme will encourage children to visit the hall, and youngsters who hold the scheme’s passports can clock up extra rewards for visiting different parts of the Sewerby site, such as the zoo and some of the trails.

Cllr Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, added: “Sewerby Hall and Gardens combines events – like those provided by Rusticus – with activities that are both fun and educational.

“We are very successful in getting children to come and enjoy the venue, and feel welcome in a stately home, which is very important as they learn.”

The council hopes more of its attractions will be validated in the future.