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 visit£175
Half day visit£90
Full day venue hire£90
Half day venue hire£50
Outreach full day£150
Outreach half day£80

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

The Tempest
13th Sep 2014
Sat/Sun, 13/14 & 20/21 September, 4.30-7.00pm. Drama in the Dale, Weardale’s Community Play Association, will be performing The Tempest. As part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Project, the group will transform Harehope Quarry into Prospero’s island for a promenade-style performance. (Supported by Jack Drum Arts)
Autumn Volunteer Day
04th Oct 2014
10.00am – 3.30pm. Join our regular volunteering event. Tasks will include the continued work on the eco-classroom and nature reserve management. Refreshments and a light lunch provided.
Pumpkin Fling
01st Nov 2014
2.00pm – 3.30pm. Following the success of the pumpkin race along the river, this year we will be having a pumpkin fling. So get designing your homemade catapults and trabuchets. £2 per pumpkin entered. Refreshments available