Educational Visits

The Harehope Quarry Project aims to deliver an education programme to schools and further and higher education establishments.

This programme provides education across the curriculum to encourage the enjoyment, respect, understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural environment around us. The programme aims to promote the need to protect the environment and to ensure the sustainable use of resources.

Our programmes are based on 4 main themes;

  • livings things and biodiversity
  • rocks, fossils and landscapes
  • history and heritage
  • sustainable lifestyles

We aim to deliver these days using a variety of teaching and learning styles including established environmental education programmes, field skills, scientific and geographical enquiry, issue-based inquiries, arts and media techniques and primary research skills.

We are continually developing new days and adapting existing days. Please contact us and discuss your specific requirements.

The environment of Harehope Quarry and educational opportunities

Harehope Quarry and the surrounding area provide a unique environment for scientific enquiry, geographical investigation, environmental education and education for sustainable development.

Natural habitats at Harehope quarry include ponds, streams, woodland and grassland. The quarry itself is good for the study of rocks, fossils and the special characteristics of limestone. Compare redundant and active limestone quarries, discover the remains of lead mining and learn about upland farming and life in a North Pennines village.

See how the Harehope Quarry Project is restoring and caring for the environment and working towards a more sustainable way of living.

Supporting visits to Harehope Quarry

Our educational visits are run with experienced outdoor educators, who are CRB checked and First Aid trained. We have risk assessed all our activities and copies are available on request.


Below is a list of our fully costed charges for school and other educational visits that include staff time, use of all the facilities, materials and resources and ongoing project revenue costs.

However, at certain times we may have funding to support visits or particular projects so please contact us and ask. The site is also available for hire should schools want to run activities and events themselves.

Full day visit175
Half day visit90
Full day venue hire90
Half day venue hire50
Outreach full day150
Outreach half day80

Want to know more?

Select an option from below to read about the various learning activities different groups may expect from a visit to Harehope Quarry.

Latest News

Inspiration for the Outdoor Classroom
30th Jan 2013
Throughout Spring and Summer 2013, outdoor education providers in Weardale (Co. Durham) are delivering a range of 8 half day workshops, hosted by the Harehope Quarry Project, specifically tailored towards teachers wanting to extend their use of the outdoor classroom.
Harehope Quarry branches out!
30th Jan 2013
Harehope Quarry has branched out with two new teaching and learning sites. These sites will be used for bushcraft, green woodworking, wild food and environmental art events as well as providing a Forest School location in Weardale.
Filming at Harehope Quarry
16th Apr 2012
Filming took place at Harehope Quarry last September for the ITV drama series 'Vera'. This new series will air on ITV 1 on Sunday 22 April at 8.30pm. Harehope Quarry will feature in the second episode on 29 April.

Next Events

Wild in the Woods
17th May 2014
10.00am 12.30pm. Come and enjoy our woodland classroom and spend the morning discovering, playing, creating, and celebrating around a fire. Families 10.00
Children's Art Day
05th Jul 2014
10.30am 2.30pm. Come and celebrate this national day at Harehope Quarry. Children can try out a range of visual arts and take their creations home. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Children 5, families 10
Bushcraft Camp Sleepover
12th Jul 2014
Saturday 1.00pm - Sunday 10.00am, 12/13 July. Learn how to survive in the outdoors. Make a tarp shelter to sleep in, light a fire, collect wild food, cook supper and make woodland crafts. Cost includes ingredients for evening meal. Adults 25, children 15, families 60