Visit Information

 

 

 

Why should I bring my class to the Museum?

Although we offer most of our sessions as both 'outreach' and 'at the Museum', taking your pupils out of the classroom and into the Museum can have beneficial effects on their learning and social skills.
We offer stimulating hands-on sessions within the Museum environment, meaning pupils not only learn about the session subject, but also how to socially interact with each other in a different educational environment.
A change of learning space can also encourage attainment to be raised, their self-esteem can be increased and different learning styles can be catered for. In addition, pupils will be introduced to a local leisure facility that they can then use out of school time with family and friends.

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Is the Museum easily accessible?

The museum and school learning facilities are arranged over 2 floors. There is lift access to the first floor where the workshops will take place. The museum itself is accessible via the front steps and a ramp, or a lift to the back entrance.

Part of some visit packages require pupils to walk short distances, so it is important to let the museum know when booking if this causes any problems for your pupils.

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When can we visit, and can we all come?

We can take bookings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays between 09:00am and 3:00pm, however please be aware that the Museum is open to the public 11am-5pm Wednesday to Saturday.

Because we are small we can only accommodate two classes, or 65 pupils, at a time. However, if you choose one of our ‘All Day’ packages, which combines sessions with our partner sites, either Camberley Theatre or Lightwater Country Park, we can take up to 3 classes, or 95 pupils.

Find out more about our Partner Site Sessions

We require you to bring along some adult leaders. The minimum ratio is 1 adult to every 6 pupils for KS1 and 1 adult to every 10 pupils for KS2. However the more adults the better as this provides the pupils with extra help in the very active workshops. Clear instruction will be given to all adults throughout the visit.

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What facilities does the Museum have? - lunch, toilets, shop, parking

The Museum is housed in a section of the Borough Council offices, which does mean it wasn’t built with the needs of modern school groups in mind! In spite of this we feel we have made the best use of the facilities we have on offer.

We don’t have space inside for schools to eat lunch at the museum however, there is a public park at the back (but this is not enclosed) or you could hire a room from Camberley Theatre (if available) at £35 per hour.

A lunch room is included (if required) in the ‘All Day’ Partner Site combined options.

There are public/staff toilets on the Museum floor which can be used on your visit..

The shop will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, and pupils are welcome to visit it. Please let us know upon booking if you would prefer this not to be included in your visit package.

Our nearest car park is Knoll Road Car Park, 3 minutes walk away, which is just next to Camberley Theatre. This has spaces for cars and mini buses but not coaches.

Coaches can drop off in front of the museum, but need to park elsewhere.

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How do we find the Museum?

The Museum is situated on Knoll Road in Camberley, in between the council reception building and Camberley Library, (just look for the stone steps.) All of which are to the left of Camberley Theatre as you face it.

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How do we get to the Museum?

We appreciate that coaches can be expensive so alternatively...

  • Knoll Road car park is three minutes walk away

  • we are 6 minutes’ walk away from Camberley railway station

  • bus numbers 1, 11, 94, 195 & 500 stop right outside our front door

  • if your school is within 1.5 miles of us, why not walk? We have developed some activities so that your walk can be part of the learning experience

More information on walking, catching a train or a bus

 

If you do come by coach...

  • there is a coach-drop-off point at the front of the Museum

 

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Can I do a pre visit?

You are always very welcome to come in and have a look around before your visit. It’s good to let us know you are coming so that we can make sure there is someone in who can answer any questions you might have. We are open 11am – 5pm Wednesday to Saturday.

We also have our own risk assessments to help you plan your visit.

Risk assessment - Visiting Surrey Heath Museum

Risk assessment - Visiting Camberley Theatre

Risk assessment - Visiting Lightwater Country Park

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How would the day run? - timings and prices

Sessions at the Museum cost £25 per class and last up to 2.5 hours. A session involves a workshop and a FREE ‘explore the Museum’ activity.

You can book up to two sessions in the Museum or combine your session(s) with one of our Partner Site Sessions; either a Camberley Theatre session OR a Lightwater Country Park session. (The school is responsible for transport between the Museum and LWCP)

Find out more about our Partner Site Sessions

 

 

What if I want to bring one class?

Option 1M60 - Just the Museum - 1.5hrs - £25

Option 1M90 - Just the Museum - 2hrs - £25

  • Choose which workshop you want to book from our workshop pages.

  • The class takes part in the chosen workshop and an ‘Explore the Museum’ activity.

 

Option 1T60 - Museum session combined with Camberley Theatre session - 3.5hrs - £140

Option 1T90 - Museum session combined with Camberley Theatre session - 4hrs - £140

  • Choose which workshop you want to book from our workshop pages.

  • The class takes part in the chosen workshop and an ‘Explore the Museum’ activity at the Museum.

  • Lunch at Camberley Theatre.

  • The class then takes part in the Theatre session.

  • Additional activities may not be linked to the theme of the chosen museum workshop, but they will develop pupils' general knowledge and understanding of the local area, and the work of museums and of the chosen partner site.  

 

Option 1L60 - Museum session combined with Lightwater Country Park session - 4hrs - £95

Option 1L90 - Museum session combined with Lightwater Country Park session - 4.5hrs - £95

  • Choose which workshop you want to book from our workshop pages.

  • The class takes part in the chosen workshop and an ‘Explore the Museum’ activity at the Museum.

  • Lunch at Camberley Theatre.

  • The class then takes part in the LWCP session. (School responsible for transport between sites)

  • Additional activities may not be linked to the theme of the chosen museum workshop, but they will develop pupils' general knowledge and understanding of the local area, and the work of museums and of the chosen partner site.  

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What if I want to bring two classes?

Option 2M60 - Just the Museum - 2 hours - £50

Option 2M90 - Just the Museum - 3 hours - £50

  • Choose which workshop you want to book from our workshop pages.

  • Class One takes part in the chosen workshop whilst Class Two does the ‘Explore the Museum’ activity at the Museum.

  • Classes then switch activities.

 

Option 2T60 - Museum session combined with Camberley Theatre session - 3.5hrs - £280

Option 2T90 - Museum session combined with Camberley Theatre session - 4hrs - £280

  • Choose which workshop you want to book from our workshop pages.

  • Class One takes part in the chosen workshop and an ‘Explore the Museum’ activity at the Museum whilst Class Two takes part in the theatre session.

  • Lunch at Camberley Theatre.

  • Classes then switch activities.

  • Additional activities may not be linked to the theme of the chosen museum workshop, but they will develop pupils' general knowledge and understanding of the local area, and the work of museums and of the chosen partner site.  

 

Option 2L60 - Museum session combined with Lightwater Country Park session - 4hrs - £155

Option 2L90 - Museum session combined with Lightwater Country Park session - 4.5hrs - £155

  • Class One takes part in the chosen workshop and an ‘Explore the Museum’ activity at the Museum, whilst Class Two takes part in the LWCP session.

  • Lunch at Camberley Theatre Park for both classes.

  • Classes then switch site activities. (school responsible for transport between sites).

  • Additional activities may not be linked to the theme of the chosen museum workshop, but they will develop pupils' general knowledge and understanding of the local area, and the work of museums and of the chosen partner site.

 

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What if I want to bring three classes?

Option 3T60 - Museum session combined with Camberley Theatre session - 4hrs - £350

Option 3T90 - Museum session combined with Camberley Theatre session - 4.5hrs - £350

  • Choose which workshop you want to book from our workshop pages.

  • Classes rotate around four activities - Museum workshop, 'Explore the Museum' activity, theatre workshop and theatre tour.

  • Lunch at Camberley Theatre.

  • Additional activities may not be linked to the theme of the chosen museum workshop, but they will develop pupils' general knowledge and understanding of the local area, and the work of museums and of the chosen partner site.   

 

Option 3L60- Museum session combined with Lightwater Country Park session - 4.5hrs - £275

  • Choose which workshop you want to book from our workshop pages.

  • The 3 classes split into two groups and rotate around four 45 minute activities over two sites - museum workshop, 'Explore the Museum' activity', LWCP workshop and LWCP explore activity. (School responsible for transport between sites).
  • Lunch at Camberley Theatre for both classes.

  • Additional activities may not be linked to the theme of the chosen museum workshop, but they will develop pupils' general knowledge and understanding of the local area, and the work of museums and of the chosen partner site.

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How do I book and how do we pay?

Payment will be requested by invoice from Surrey Heath Borough Council the following month after the visit.

To book your visit please contact us via

email museum@surreyheath.gov.uk

phone 01276 707284

or pop in for a chat with our Heritage Officer, Wednesday - Friday 11am-4pm

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