Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Outdoor learning

The Museum is set on a 45 acre site in the heart of the Chilterns, as well as a working historic farm we have both open pasture, and native woodlands . This allows for learning in a natural environment and is an ideal site for a variety of activities, from bushcraft to bug hunting.

We regularly work with uniformed organizations, youth groups, Young Archaeologist Club and others to create tailor made outdoor learning experiences.  We are able to vary many of our workshops to meet your requirements. Browse our schools programme and contact us enquiries@coam.org.uk with your wish list.

Bushcraft School

Learn about the outdoors and build your skills over the summer in our Bushcraft School. We are running a series of bushcraft sessions for 5 consecutive weeks during the Summer holidays. These sessions will run every Wednesday from 2pm – 4pm during the August school holidays and are aimed at children aged between 8 – 10 years. Places are limited and must be pre-booked.


We launched our permanent orienteering course in September 2017. The course is available for schools, uniformed groups and general Museum visitors, if you would like to arrange a date for your group to take part in our orienteering course please contact Sarah on  groups@coam.org.uk

You can choose from three routes of varying difficulty: 1k, 1.5k or 2k courses

All of the markers are located on the Museum’s grounds, so once you have completed the course you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the Museum.

You can download our orienteering course maps here for free of you can purchase them in our shop at £2 per copy.

Chiltern Open Air Museum Easy Orienteering Course
Chiltern Open Air Museum Medium Orienteering Course
Chiltern Open Air Museum Hard Orienteering Course

What is orienteering? Find out more

Sensory Trail

Launching in the summer of 2017 will be a special sensory trail around the Museum grounds. All visitors will be encouraged to explore the trail and engage with their senses. Download your Sensory Trail Map here

Visits outside Museum opening hours

Please be aware that an evening ticket rate applies if we keep the Museum open for you beyond 5pm. We also offer camping opportunities for youth groups please contact groups@coam.org.uk for more information.

For further information on our learning opportunities please contact the Learning Team on enquiries@coam.org.uk or telephone 01494 875 542.

Late evening events for uniformed groups

In 2018 we will be running two special late evening outdoor learning events specifically for uniformed groups. These will be held on the 23rd May and the 20th June from 5.30pm until 8.30pm. Tickets will cost £5 per person. Further details will be available soon.