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              Soanes centre workshops:

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              Soanes centre workshops:

he Soanes Centre has a classroom for up to 30 children. The Centre is all on one level land and is fully accessible, including disabled toilet facilities.

About the workshops:

-All our workshops involve investigation and include recording of results where applicable. Please note, the times of year that we offer each workshop will differ in line with seasonal change. 

-Primary school workshops times are usually 10am - 12noon or 1pm - 3pm. These times came be changed by mutual agreement.

Your Preparation:

-We facilitate the workshops, but supervision and health and safety remains the school teacher's responsibility, we request that you bring enough adults for the adequate supervision of the children.


KS1: Please bring a minimum of 4 adults per class (but not more than 12 adults)

KS2: Please bring a minimum of 3 adults per class per class.

If your class has less than 15 pupils, a minimum of 2 adults per class is sufficient. 

-For outdoor sections, please ensure that students (and teachers) are dressed appropriately for a woodland environment. This means sturdy flat footwear, be prepared for shoes to get dirty / muddy.

In addition, in cold and wet weather, students should have a waterproof coat/jacket with hood.

In hot weather a head covering is advisable. Also it is strongly recommended that students have their legs covered to protect from nettles and other thorny plants.

Special Education Needs (SEN):

We welcome children with special needs (both Special Needs classes and individual children) and can adapt any of our workshops to suit your class. The Soanes Centre and its large pond are wheelchair accessible, as are the main paths in the park.

NB: If your class includes children with individual SEN it is helpful for us if you can tell us at the time of booking but it is important to tell us before the start of the class itself!


Please book by phoning Sigrid Werner on 020 8252 6644

Early booking is recommended especially if you have a particular day in mind. And follow us on Twitter where we will also post last minute availability for weeks that were previously booked out. Twitter Handle, @SoanesCentreSLE.

Cost of Soanes Centre workshops:

Each workshop is for a mixamum number of 30 children and lasts between 1:30 and 2 hours.

£120 per 1:30 - 2 hour workshop for schools from outside of Tower Hamlets.

Tower Hamlets' schools will receive a 29% reduction on that price in 2017/2018 and pay £85 per 1:30 - 2 hour workshop.

SEN classes of 15 pupils or less pay £50 per workshop.


NB: One of our workshops, Electric Circuits (Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer), has an additional charge for the cost of materials that the children use and take home with them. The cost is 80p per child. Please advise us at the time of booking how many children will be attending. No changes to this number can be accepted after the invoice has been sent.

Payment has to be received at least 2 weeks before the date of your booking and can be made by cheque or directly into our bank account with remittance advice sent to us by email(

For bookings where payment has been made at this time we reserve the right to cancel the booking.


Any cancellations received with less than 5 full working day's notice will be charged in full. Cancellations are only accepted in writing by mail or email. (

We do not provide lunch or any refreshments.
You can bring a packed lunch that can be eaten in the classroom before or after the workshop, or, weather permitting, you can picnic anywhere is the park.

NB: It is important to book the lunch space at the time when you book the workshop! If the room is not reserved at the time of booking we cannot guarantee that it will be available for your class.

How to get to us

Southern Grove is just off the Mile End, Bow and Burdett Roads.

The nearest Tube Station is Mile End (Central and District Lines) (5 Min Walk); the nearest DLR Station is Bow Church (10 Min Walk)

The following buses stop near Mile End Station: D6, D7, 25, 205, 277, 323, 339, 425.

Children under the age of eleven, up to a max. of 30 children a time, can travel for free on buses. Only the adults in the party have to pay.

The whole school group can travel for free on any public transport by applying 14 days in advance online at