Orwell Lady hosts an increasing number of school trips every year for most ages, as well as other educational establishments. The trips provide the opportunity to support the delivery of the National Curriculum particularly in the areas of river formation, geography, wildlife, history, and commerce/shipping. Teachers can decide what topics they want the children to cover, and, wherever possible our Skippers, will utilise the vessels’ manoeuverability to accommodate the closest possible viewing of particular curriculum topics, such as mud flats, wildlife and other vessels. Our Skippers will always supply as much information as they can on any chosen subject.
In addition to the educational aspect, children can observe a working lock and gain the opportunity to see the peregrine falcons under the Orwell Bridge, abundant bird life, maybe even a seal!
Orwell Lady has almost all-round visibility from the main saloon. All decks are railed, and the main saloon is completely enclosed. Orwell Lady is fully accredited with the required Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Licenses to trade carrying passengers, complying with all safety regulations, and is rigorously inspected annually by the Harwich MCA Inspectors. We supply, on request, our Risk Assessments that are reviewed annually by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency as part of Orwell Lady’s annual re-certification. Orwell Lady is equipped with the full MCA recommended First Aid Kit, and all our Skippers are St John’s Ambulance Certificated First Aiders.
Schools have to provide the appropriate number of adults to properly supervise the children on a boat trip as we only supply the designated crew on board. If the charter covers a mealtime then packed lunches can be eaten on board by prior arrangement.
We offer a special discounted charter rate for schools. Prices depend upon the length of cruise chosen. Schools typically charter for as little as an hour (to the Orwell Bridge and return), 2.5 hours (most of the way down the river to Pin Mill) or a full 3.5 hour trip down to Harwich Harbour/Port of Felixstowe, in each case returning to Ipswich Wet Dock. However, depending upon the individual requirements of each school, different durations of cruise can be chosen, and prices vary accordingly.
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