Adult Learning: Painting

Adult Learning

We currently offer a series of adult learning workshops, led by local experts, throughout the season. These are run in  the Bryan Mayer Pavilion and Wildlife Hub.

Please refer to the event section for more details.

Hire of the Bryan Mayer Pavilion

Our Bryan Mayer Pavilion is available to hire for Artists and Crafts people to run workshops. We charge a £100 fee for the hire of the Pavilion for the day.  An entry fee for those participants who are not members of the Garden will also be charged.

Please click on the following link for further information and terms and conditions of hire

Terms and Conditions of Hire – Pavilion Terms and Condition of Hire

If you would like to make a booking or require any further information please contact us at

School Trip


Across 12 acres, we offer a diverse environment for school groups to explore. From edible gardens to ponds and waterfalls, students can engage with gardening, wildlife, wellbeing, and more. Our interactive activities emphasise play, teamwork, and exploration, fostering curiosity. We cater to schools, groups and clubs, offering tailored teaching sessions that align with the National Curriculum. Join us for an immersive journey, connecting education with the beauty of nature.

The Dorothy Clive Garden has a lot to offer young people. An edible garden, woodland walks, pond, waterfall, glasshouse and fantastic learningfacilities all help students learn about our natural world. All our activities are interactive and practical with a focus on learning through play, exploration, working together and asking questions. The garden is host to a wide array of wildlife including our hardworking bees, which are showcased in our wonderful Wildlife Hub. We provide a unique service, both to schools, colleges, SEN settings and nurseries in term-time, but also to holiday clubs, youth groups and uniformed groups (e.g., brownies, scouts) all year round.

Home Education

We welcome children who are educated at home and organised home education groups.

We offer the use of the Bryan Mayer Pavilion as a base for the day for meeting or activities. We have an Education Officer who can plan and lead your activities on the day.

Costs for Home Education Groups

Child – £2 plus £2.50 for materials

Adults – £10 ( if more than 10 accompany the visit £8 per person) Use of pavilion – £60 Services of education officer to plan your activities and lead on the day £40.

School Learning Ideas


Plants: identifying plants and trees, growing seeds, potting up seedlings, looking for signs of seasonal change, naming parts of a plant, pollination, seed dispersal, flowering plants, exotic plants in our glasshouse.


Observational drawing of plants using pens and water colours, flowers, collage, trees through the seasons, landscape, sketching, waterfall sketches. We can link to the work of famous artists such as – Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, William Morris.


Measuring tree girths, leaf sizes, following maps and directions.


Poetry in the garden, around the waterfall and pond, woodland, haiku, hang a poem from a tree, trees, autumn colour, emerging spring.

Settings developing descriptive writing. Story writing.


Time for reflection, to experience silence and appreciation of nature. Caring for living things, develop a special place for prayer. Meditation and mindfulness.

School Charges

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about bringing your school to the Dorothy Clive Garden then contact our Education Officer, Hannah Robson.


Telephone: 01630 647237