School or Youth Group Visits

These are an opportunity for up to sixty people to have the Museum to themselves at times when it is not open to the public. They are available to groups aged 7 to 16 with adult leaders. The exhibition is not suitable for children under seven years of age. A conducted tour normally lasts about 2 hours and we try to accommodate visits at times between 10:00 and 20:00.

When making your provisional choice please avoid any days on which we are open to the public and all Tuesdays. Please consult the museum office and please note that a date is only confirmed once we have received a booking form and deposit and acknowledged receipt of these.  

We insist on the following ratio of adult supervisors to children, made up of teachers, volunteers and parents.

7 to 11 years – 1 adult to each 5 or 6 children

11 to 16 years – 1 adult to each 10 to 12 children

A named group leader must be in overall charge of the party and, for safety reasons, children may not move unsupervised between sections of the Museum. Museum staff must not be expected to supervise children directly.

Please make your applications in writing at least six weeks in advance of the proposed visit. The deposit must accompany a completed Pendon Special Booking Form which is obtainable from the museum office.  The minimum charge, which is also the deposit, is £100.00 and this covers up to 20 people.  If a party is more than 20 people, there is an additional charge of £4.00 per additional person and this is paid at the time of admission. This is a fixed charge and applies to all categories of visitor including Friends of Pendon. The deposit will only be refunded if cancellation is received in writing at least four weeks before the date of the event.

If the group includes people with a disability please read the information here.

The Museum is at the west end of the High Street in Long Wittenham. It is well signed from all directions with brown signs. Coaches or minibuses seating more than 10 (including the driver) need special authority to use the road leading to the Museum. You will need to provide details of the owner and the seating capacity when the booking is confirmed so that a permit can be issued. The driver must carry this permit for the visit.

Books and souvenirs are on sale in the Museum shop during private visits. Hot and cold drinks, confectionery and biscuits are also available.