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Looking for inspiration while the kids are schooling at home? Keep castle website in mind

Whole host of educational and fun things to do can be found on Leeds Castle website

With the possibility of schools remaining closed until at least March 8, Leeds Castle is offering parents a range of free educational resources to help keep the kids entertained and educated while at home. Simply visit the new ‘Home Education’ section of the Leeds Castle website and discover a host of activity books, scavenger hunts, worksheets and quizzes ready to download.

Leeds Castle welcomes schools and educational groups from the UK, Europe and all over the world, all year round. As it can’t currently run its wide variety of themed workshops and tours, its team of knowledgeable and well-trained staff have been busy writing the selection of free resources and worksheets to aid learning and educational development at home.

‘Making History at Home’ is just one of the exciting new resources aimed at primary age children. Themed around encouraging children to document their memories from 2020/2021 and the global pandemic, this workbook is not just a fun activity, it will also create a record for children to keep and look back on in years to come to remember living through a major historical event.

If your little one is missing forest school, download the ‘Leeds Castle Home Wildlife Hunt’ and hunt outdoors for creatures which can be found not only on the Leeds Castle estate, but, if you look carefully, in your garden at home or local park. 

The ‘Castles Activity Book’ is packed full of history and quiz questions to keep the kids busy during lockdown and when they’ve finished learning why not download the ‘Leeds Castle Home Scavenger Hunt’ and enjoy hunting indoors to find objects which can also be linked to ‘castles’. The ‘Leeds Castle Puzzle Book’ is a popular resource, jam-packed with puzzles, games and even a picture of Henry VIII to colour in. 

Leeds Castle education manager says: “During lockdown, we are unable to deliver onsite learning and so we have been concentrating on writing resources, linked to Leeds Castle which can be done at home. Our primary aim is to support children’s learning, whether they are at school or at home.

“Education has always been an integral and important part of Leeds Castle. We offer a variety of workshops, talks, learning sessions and resources all tailored to the national curriculum and all aimed at having fun while learning. We deliver these at all levels of learning but our core customers are the children studying at levels KS1 and KS2.”

There is much more to Leeds Castle than just history. To download any of its free resources please visit Follow it on Facebook @leedscastleeducation and Twitter @LeedsCastleEd for regular updates and exciting new resources, including ‘Family History’ coming soon! Please contact Helen Ellis at for further information about virtual educational lesson bookings or bookings.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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