Seaside Day...have a seaside day in your own school!


About the workshop

Having your own seaside day in school is a great alternative to arranging a school trip to the seaside

Our Key Stage 1 Seaside Day is the perfect way for your children to learn interesting facts and information about the seaside.


The workshop is age appropriate with lots of fun and joining in. As well as listening and learning there are practical activities too.

Because we are very experienced at working with younger children you can be sure that everyone will be fully engaged from start to finish.

The children will learn about:

  • The seaside then and now.
  • The history of the seaside and why people went there.
  • The industrial revolution.
  • Victorian and Edwardian seaside holidays.
  • Bathing machines
  • Seaside entertainment
  • Punch and Judy

The highlight of the day is watching a traditional Punch and Judy Show. In past times no trip to the seaside would be complete without an ice cream, a donkey ride and seeing at least one performance of Punch and Judy.

Workshop photos

Children watching the Punch and Judy Show

These children are watching the Punch and Judy Show. It was a lovely sunny day and so we were able to set up outside.

Victorian seaside cartoon

Seaside holidays became increasingly popular in Victorian times. This cartoon shows a family disembarking from a steam ship.

Punch and Judy Puppet Theatre

It is surprising how many children have not seen a Punch and Judy Show. Our puppet theatre is very impressive and watching the show is a very exciting and memorable experience.

3D Donkey

Our seaside day includes a number of practical activities including making a 3D donkey.

Vintage Punch and Judy puppets

Another highlight of the day is the chance to examine our collection of vintage Punch and Judy puppets many of which are extremely valuable.

Children cutting out

Children busy making a miniature Punch and Judy Show from card. We usually do this step by step sometimes with as many as ninety children in the school hall all following on.

Steam train

Steam trains are covered when we are learning about the history of the seaside. It is hard for children to imagine a time when there were no or very few motor cars.

Fishing boat

Ron's grand father was a fisherman and owned a boat like this one. This photo was taken at the seaside where Ron grew up.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do we need to provide?
We require the use of a computer, projector and screen in the morning. There may also be some photo copying to be done for some of the activities. Crayons, scissors and writing materials will also be required.
How long does the Punch and Judy Show last?
The Punch and Judy Show lasts for approximately thirty minutes.
Do we need the school hall?
For one class we can work in the classroom but for larger groups the hall would be useful.
What is the format for the day?
When you send in an enquiry we will reply with a quotation and a timetable for the day. We are flexible on timings and will adjust to fit in with your needs.
How many children can take part?
We can manage two classes comfortably. Up to four classes is possible.
How much do you charge?
Prices vary. Please submit the enquiry form to receive a quotation.

Comments (30)

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Faye Barker says...
Key Stage 1 has had an amazing ‘Seaside Day’ with Mr Ron! We have all learned so much about the history of the Seaside which was topped off with a wonderful Punch and Judy show in a real full sized puppet theatre. It was so exciting to see inside the puppet theatre and to learn Ron’s puppet secrets. Ron was incredibly professional and educationally savvy adapting the afternoon activities to our age group. He kept all the children engaged and had them squealing with laughter. Read More
13th July 2016 3:37pm
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John Ray Infants-Braintree says...
What an amazing day! 120 Year 1 children plus staff had a journey in a time machine, taking us back to the days before holidays to the seaside today. The children were transfixed from the start, Ron knew just how to keep their attention. They were fascinated with the Punch and Judy Show and enjoyed the opportunity to look at and hold the puppets later in the day. Today History came alive! We can't wait to invite him back next year.
22nd June 2016 12:53pm
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Hilary Horsfield says...
Wow! What an amazing day! Ron came to deliver the Seaside workshop for our KS1 children and they all had a really fantastic day. The content was pitched at just the right level for the age of the children and it was fun packed activities for the whole day. They learnt lots of interesting history facts without realizing it and also had to practice their listening and following instructions skills as well. The children really enjoyed the Punch and Judy show and handling the puppets so much Read More
17th June 2016 1:23pm
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Louise Baker says...
We had Ron at our school Yesterday for The Seaside Workshop. What a fantastic day the Year 2 children had ! A full day of activities and learning. The Punch and Judy Show for the whole school (including nursery) was excellent. We would say book now!!
1st July 2015 11:57am
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Joanne Ormondroyd says...
Ron came to our school as a starter for our Seaside Topic in Year 2. The day was pitched appropriately and was interactive throughout. The children enjoyed every second, whilst learning lots along the way! They particularly enjoyed watching the Punch and Judy puppet show, as well as being able to handle the authentic puppets afterwards.

Thank you

8th June 2015 4:44pm
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