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Stibbfest is coming

 ...Saturday 12th May, 10am—4pm. 

We’re celebrating a 30th Anniversary. Be part of a fun filled, family open day at Stibbington Centre, Church Lane, Peterborough, PE8 6LP. Entry adults £2, under 16yrs £1. Come and take part in the wide range of activities on offer...pond dipping, environmental art and craft, lessons in the period classroom, village treasure trail...and many more. Refreshments available throughout the day.  See our event poster for more details.

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Join us for a Stibbington Residential Adventure

We appreciate that organising an overnight stay can be a daunting prospect, and our new residential flier answers the following important questions.

 ·        Why should children experience a residential visit?

·       Why choose a residential visit to Stibbington?

·        How long is each visit and how much does it cost?

·        What support is there for organising and planning a visit? 

If you've not yet discovered the Stibbington Adventure we have an introductory offer for you – one free place for every 10 pupils booked. Adult places are free at a ratio of 1:8. 

We would be happy to discuss any further questions with you and invite you to contact us on 01780 782386 or email your enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visits to the Centre are welcomed.

We have handful of spaces remaining for the 2017-18 academic year, but our calendar for the following year is also open. We recommend contacting us soon to secure a place.

Primary Science Subject Leader Meeting—5th June

Richard Green, CEES’ science lead, recently visited the Association for Science Education Annual Conference. There was lots on offer for the enthusiastic scientists and subject leads attending. In this terms subject leader meetings Richard will be sharing some nuggets he discovered on developing resources for science in school in a low cost way using basic every day items.

Call us on 01780 782386 to book your place.  

Could you be our new Trustee?

Stibbington Centre Greener Future Trust (SCGFT) supports Stibbington Centre for Environmental Education to enhance, develop and improve opportunities for the promotion and dissemination of education for sustainable development. We are looking for new trustees with a broad range of skills and interests to join our friendly and dedicated team to support the amazing work of the Centre

See our flyer for more details

The benefits of #BrilliantResidentials - last minute availability March 2018

Evidence for the benefits of #BrilliantResidentials: Good news if you are worried you have you missed out for 2017/2018?

After reading the compelling evidence of the benefits of school residential visits provided by the Learning Away programme, this may be something your school is regretting missing out on this year.   If so, you may be interested in a final slot we have in week commencing 19th March 2018.  This is available due to a last minute cancellation and  since we are often asked for complete weeks when schools require longer stays or wish to bring consecutive classes, it may be of particular interest (it is actually the only available complete week for 2017-18). We are delighted to offer our reduced rates starting at £82 per child for those schools looking to book something last minute so let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in part or all of this slot.   Our new flyer provides ideas for course themes.  

Glassmoor Local Environment Fund enables Fenland schools to discover environmental education

Thanks to support from Fenland District Council through the Glassmoor Local  Environment Fund, over 600 children were able to benefit from environmental education courses led by CEES teachers. The project offered schools in the  Glassmoor area visits to Coldham wind farm along with workshops in schools on themes such as renewable energy, habitats, minibeasts, rocks and rivers.  

 “The workshops have helped the children develop their scientific curiosity and understanding of methodical scientific study. A Brilliant session” teacher, Alderman Jacobs Primary.

Further details on workshops and energy related visits to Coldham.

Stibbington Centre 30th Anniversary Celebrations

We are very excited at CEES to be approaching the 30th anniversary of Stibbington Residential Centre. In May 1988 the current building was opened by its first guests, pupils from Eyrescroft Primary School. Since then the Centre has welcomed thousands of children and their teachers for a Residential Experience. The CEES team would like to invite you join the celebrations at a special Open Day being held on Saturday 12th May 2018. We will be sharing further details as plans develop and arrangements are finalised. Look out for school mailings and keep an eye on our website.

SPECIAL STIBBINGTON MEMORIES – do you have a funny story to tell, a fond memory or photographs of your Stibbington visit to share? We would are keen to hear from past visitors - whether it was last week, last year or 30 years ago - so that we can compile an album of memories as part of the celebration event. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Stibbington Centre on 01780 782386. We look forward to sharing in your memories.

CEES CPD and Events Calendar 2017-18

CEES CPD and Events Calendar for 2017-18 is now available.

CPD includes courses for subject leaders in Primary GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY and SCIENCE, and support for ENGLISH and MATHS outside the classroom.  Forthcoming courses include:

25th September - From the Gruffalo to Kensuke's Kingdom - English in the School Grounds

2nd October - Puzzles, Problems, Numbers and Nature - Maths in the School Grounds

1st November Leading Primary History

29th November - Leading Primary Geography

6th December - Primary Science Subject Leader Meeting

15th January - Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

17th January - Assessment in Geography and History

27th February - Primary Science Subject Leader Meeting

26th March - Seasonal Science

5th June - Primary Science Subject Leader Meeting

13th June - Embedding British Values through primary Geography and History

15th June - Learning outside the Classroom

 To book visit the Cambridgeshire Learn Together Website or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01780 782386.

Share your Stibbington Smiles

We are delighted to announce the launch of our the “Stibbington Smiles” photograph competition for Schools. Help us capture the fun and excitement of your visits to us during the 2016-17 academic year for a chance to receive a £50 voucher towards a Stibbington visit of your choice. To enter either take a look through photographs from recent trips to us (within the last 12 months) or be sure to take some when you next visit. Your smiley photographs need to be in a high resolution format (300dpi or above) and will be used as part of our gallery of changing seasons which will feature on our website.

There are four categories: Spring (March/April/May), Summer (June/July), Autumn (September/October/November), Winter (December/January/February). Entries should be emailed to us, marked with the title “Stibbington Smiles” and the category. Judging will take place by the end of September. Entry submission confirms that you are happy for us to use the photograph submitted in future marketing campaigns and on our website.

5* for Crunchy Carrot Cafe

We are delighted that the Crunchy Carrot Cafe has maintained its 5* rating in its latest Food Hygiene Inspection.

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Friday Bridge and Elm Primary Schools discover energy at Coldham Wind Farm thanks to Whitemill Local Environment Fund

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Thanks to support from Fenland District Council through the Whitemill Local Environment Fund, classes from Elm and Friday Bridge Primary Schools were able to benefit from environmental education courses led by CEES teachers.    The project offered schools in the Whitemill area visits to Coldham wind farm along with workshops in schools on themes such as renewable energy, habitats, minibeasts, rocks and rivers.   Feedback from the classes was excellent from both children and teaching staff.  “Coldham is a great base for learning outside and the children’s knowledge of Energy has greatly increased.   Since returning to School the children have been able to write a more informed piece on how wind turbines work and the pros and cons of Wind Farms.” Teacher, Elm Primary.  “The visit was really fun.  I can’t pick my favourite section but I learnt a lot.” Pupil, Elm Primary.    Further details on workshops and energy related visits to Coldham are available on our website.


Brilliant Residentials 2016

Five years of research by Learning Away has identified that a well-designed and inclusive residential, with opportunities to experience a wide range of new and memorable experiences can;

  • Improve students’ engagement with learning
  • Support students’ achievement
  • Improve students’ resilience, self-confidence and well-being
  • Provide opportunities for student leadership, co-design and facilitation

Read the full report here; http://learningaway.org.uk/residentials/

To support the development of these outcomes, for all young people, a campaign for Brilliant Residentials was launched on the 26th September 2016.  Brilliant Residentials are school trips with at least one overnight stay, which are:

  • Planned so that learning is embedded and reinforced back in school
  • Fully integrated with the school curriculum and ethos
  • Evaluated rigorously
  • Supported by senior leadership and school governors

Cambridgeshire Outdoors, a collaboration of Stibbington Centre, Burwell House and Grafham Water Centre, are supporting the campaign for ‘Brilliant Residentials’.  We want to enable young people in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas to experience more high-quality residentials, which can lead to brilliant futures.

The Learning Away website now hosts over 100 good practice case studies, alongside material to help 'make the case' for residential experiences to school leaders, governors, parents and Ofsted. This includes a series of practical resources for teachers and visit leaders, including planning information, activity ideas, downloadable templates, presentations and films.

Learning Away - Making the case for high quality residential learning

Brilliant Residentials Leaflet


  • Community

    We are extending the range of events we hold which are open to the wider community. See below for details of past events and those which may be of interest in the future.