Visit medieval


Sherborne is a beautiful, old English town. There are lots of medieval buildings, an old Abbey, two castles, and beautiful surroundings – it's a great town for exploring and taking photos.

Pupils of all ages enjoy exploring the old streets, finding treats and souvenirs in the small and unique local shops. It is a relaxing afternoon out for sightseeing and shopping in a small town.

We can arrange a visit to Sherborne Abbey with a member of staff for pupils who are interested. The abbey is over 1300 years old and has a rich history, with two kings buried here. It is an active church, where Christians come to pray and worship.

Sherborne is also an official Transition Town. This means the town is prioritising environmental responsibility and sustainability through different projects and events. It can be inspiring for young people to see a community response to climate change.

85% of our pupils surveyed said the trip to Sherborne was "good", "very good" or "excellent" in summer 2022

Age: 8+

Duration: half-day trip, afternoon

Travel: 30 minute coach

Cost: no additional cost

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Taking care

We are careful to balance freedom to explore, which helps build confidence and independence, with supervision and support to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every pupil on our trips and excursions. All ECS trips are fully risk-assessed with a thorough 'what if' process to ensure we are prepared for every eventuality.

There are always at least two members of staff on each coach. Younger children are accompanied at all times with at least one member of staff with six children. Older children (11+) can explore the grounds in small groups, with our staff nearby and always available to help. Pupils are advised to stay in pairs if they are away from the group, for example using the toilets.

As it is not easy to reach, Beaulieu by public transport, we take a coach for this journey. Travelling together in one vehicle, helps keep this excursion fuel-efficient, and reduces air pollution and carbon emissions. We always ask our providers about their green credentials and choose the best option available.