Turton Tower is a distinctive English country house located in the small village of Turton on the edge of the popular walking area of the West Pennine Moors. Originally built by the Tudor Orrell family to defend their land, it later became a luxurious home. The house was lavishly furnished and extended in both the Tudor and early Stuart periods.
We are currently unable to offer learning sessions at The Tower but we still offer outreach and loan boxes and we have developed a series of short films linked to our Learning Sessions. You can view these on our Turton Tower Youtube Channel
Learning Sessions at Turton Tower
For detailed lesson plans and risk assessment visit Turton Tower’s page on Simply Schools website
10am – 2pm
This session aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils will ignite the imagination as they begin to create their own “Mysterious Tales”. This fun, exciting session explores the mysterious side of Turton Tower by introducing the classic ‘antiquarian’ tales of M. R. James and use the Tower itself and the unexplained experiences of the staff who have worked there to serve as the spur for pupils’ own creative writing for this topic.
This session is not about horror but it is about atmosphere and creepiness.
Watch this video on Simply Schools website to see the session in action and hear the views of the children and teachers.
Homes from the Past
10am – 2pm
This is a new session developed in conjunction with Jane Mulqueeny, teacher from Bedford Hall Methodist Primary School, Leigh, Wigan as part of the Pennine Lancashire Museums and Schools Programme.
Ancient loos, a towering four poster bed and an imposing from door help KS1 children appreciate how homes have changed over the years.
Turton Tower originally a medieval fortified house, was expanded and made into a more comfortable home by the Tudors and Victorians.
In this session the children first look around the outside of the house, then enter through the studded Tudor door into the hallway, complete with a suit of armour. They then spend the morning exploring the kitchen, bedrooms,toilets and living rooms, comparing and contrasting them with their own homes.
After lunch, they look through the remaining rooms in the house, studying their contents, drawing and sketching.
“The day was invaluable because children are given the opportunity to explore the building and its contents and make accurate comparisons with houses today.” Jane Mulqueeny, teacher, Bedford Hall Methodist Primary.
Meet the Tudors – Exploring life in a Tudor home
10am – 2pm
Come and meet our costumed interpreters who will lead your children on a tour of the house and give insights into the contrasting lives of the rich and poor in Tudor times. The children will also have the opportunity to handle objects from the period.
Spend the morning touring the house with two of our costumed interpreters; find out about how the house changed in the Tudor period and how the rich and the poor lived their lives.
After lunch you will lead your group on a tour of the outside of the house, looking at how the Tudors made the tower into a home; using workshops provided by us.
A typical visit will last from 10am until 2pm with the Interpreter led sessions lasting for two hours.
We have a room where pupils can eat their lunch as well as a shop with a wide range of pocket money priced items.
Visit the Victorians
10am – 2pm
Pupils will meet a member of the Kay family who lived at Turton Tower during the reign of Queen Victoria and will explore aspects of daily family life.
Discover the useful and sometimes strange household objects that helped the Kay family around the house, experience home schooling and enjoy a pastime playtime with Victorian toys, some of which have adapted and are still played with today.
Booking and charges:
£150 per full day for class of up to 30 pupils plus accompanying adults.
Free site visits for teacher planning a visit.
For more information or to make a booking, please call Ally Hodgson on 01204 852203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that because Turton Tower is a Grade I listed building some parts of the building may not be accessible to people with restricted mobility. If you have any concerns please discuss them with staff before you make your booking.
Wholesome Forest School
Delivered by our outdoor Education partner CommuniTree over a minimum of two terms. These full day, play based sessions are child led and suitable for all ages and abilities. Maximum group size is 18.
Contact Ally Hodgson on 01204 852203 or email email@example.com for more information.
New for 2020/2021
Bring the Tudors and Victorians to life in your classroom
We have exciting discovery boxes available to borrow, each box contains over a dozen original and replica artefacts with teacher’s notes and descriptions.
Mistress Orrell (Tudor) and Mrs Alice Kay (Victorian) can visit your class in full costume with artefacts to bring history alive. Half day or full day available.
To book loans boxes or costumed visits contact Ally Hodgson for full details.