Computer Science Trips to London

A combination of workshops, tours and museums around the city prove London to be a great destination for students of ICT. Thorpe Park offers a range of curriculum based programmes involving an informative 45 minute session followed by time for questions which relate to the running of the park and how ICT and Design & Technology are involved.

Prices start from£69pp

Popular itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Early AM depart by coach for London. Arrive Bletchley Park for tour and workshop Visit to National Museum of Computing Check in to your accommodation. Evening meal
2 Visit to the Science Museum Make an App Workshop Evening meal followed by Thames River Cruise
3 Visit to Warner Bros. Studio Tours - Harry Potter. Board coach for return travel. Arrive at school.
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Morning Early AM depart by coach for London. Arrive Bletchley Park for tour and workshop
Afternoon Visit to National Museum of Computing
Evening Check in to your accommodation. Evening meal
Morning Visit to the Science Museum
Afternoon Make an App Workshop
Evening Evening meal followed by Thames River Cruise
Morning Visit to Warner Bros. Studio Tours - Harry Potter. Board coach for return travel.
Afternoon
Evening Arrive at school.

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Meet An App Developer

Your students will learn about the process of developing apps and take a look at some of the current top apps. The talk will also focus on the importance of user experience. The session will culminate in an exercise where your learners will do some of the planning around how they would approach making an app. As a young start-up, the company has already won numerous awards from organisations such as The RSA and Deloitte.

National Museum of Computing

The museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s. New working exhibits are regularly unveiled and the public can already view a rebuilt and fully operational Colossus.

The National Museum of Computing is located outside London at Bletchley Park. If staying in London you will either need a coach to visit the museum or take a 45 minute train ride from London Euston.

Science Museum


The science museum houses exhibits on computing and ICT with a collection representing how the storage, manipulation and communication of information have become fundamental to human existence. These collections cover electronics, information and computing, mechanical computing, media technologies, networks including the internet, printing, radio, satellites, sound reproduction, software and telephony.
 

Warner Bros. Studio Tours - Harry Potter

Go behind-the-scenes in the making of Harry Potter and see how many things the camera never showed. See how technology and animatronics played a key role in creating the effects on film. The studio tour provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making one of the most successful film franchises.

THORPE PARK Resort

A visit to THORPE PARK  Resort provides the environment for learning through enjoyment.  The goal is the harness students’ excitement and provide the framework to challenge and inspire them.   Take a walk on the island’s wild side and enjoy over 30 rides, live events and attractions to choose from inside the Resort, including our family favourite, ANGRY BIRDS LAND with 4D Experience and Dodgems.

Combine a visit with an interactive workshop which uses Derren Brown’s Ghost Train as a  Computing case study for KS3 & 4 students.  See how digital images can be manipulated for effect and investigate future technologies.

Coca-Cola London Eye

The famous Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the world’s highest observation wheels, standing at 135 metres high. The wheel has thirty-two capsules, each of which holds 25 people and views possible as far away as twenty-five miles on a clear day.

The Shard

The view from the Shard is situated on floors 68, 69 and 72, almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, where you can take in all of London at once with 360 degree views of up to 40 miles long.

Sightseeing Tours by bus

Hop-on hop-off bus tours are great for general sightseeing, giving access to all the major sites. Departing from Grosvenor Gardens it includes Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, London Eye and Piccadilly Circus.

Thames River Cruises

A great opportunity for you to discover the 'must-see' sights in London. Watch as the River Thames weaves its way through the heart of London and see the history of this city around every bend. Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo (London Eye) Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier.

The Emirates Air Line

Rising to a height of 90 metres, Emirates Air Line offers you an exciting 1.1km cable car journey across the Thames on the UK’s only urban cable car. Emirates Air Line connects the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Victoria Dock.

The London Dungeons

Transport yourself back to the darkest moments in the capital's history within the deep depths of the London Dungeons.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions with over 400 wax works of celebrities, politicians, pop stars and actors.   A fully interactive experience, Madame Tussauds will inspire, enthuse and immerse pupils in celebrity culture and modern media as they walk among the stars!

Downloadable lesson plans are available to enhance and support your visit which will explore the media, fake news and celebrity culture.   

ArcelorMittal Orbit

The ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford which is the iconic structure of the London 2012 Games and has the longest and tallest tunnel slide in the world. 

Take the lift up to the viewing platform, 80 meters high, and after marvelling at the view take the slide down which lasts a thrilling 40 seconds! Go back to the top and take some time learning about the city on the interactive touchscreens or making use of the free Key Stage 1-4 resources before walking back down the winding staircase with its 455 steps.

You can book with or without the slide and you can choose to stay the whole day in the park by taking a behind the scenes tour at the iconic London Stadium, swimming at the London Aquatics Centre or visiting the Lee Valley Velopark; alternatively, explore the parklands and waterways with a local Blue Badge guide.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, which crosses the River Thames, was built between 1886 and 1894 and is an iconic symbol of London with its two towers and bridge deck which opens to allow tall ships through. You can walk across the lower bridge deck but the twin towers and high-level glass walkways and Victorian engine rooms are part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

Social Media Masterclass

Exclusive to EST

Social media has undoutedly revolutionised how people interact and keep in touch, but it has also become a huge industry in its own right.    During this 90 minute workshop students will strip away what you see on platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram and go underneath to the way these search enqines work and how these platforms choose who sees what content.

Your students will also be introduced to how they can use their own social media as a way of selling themselves, creating the right image for future employers, taking their use of social media from a hobby to a profession.

Bletchley Park Tour and Workshop

Visit the historic and secret site which became the home of the codebreakers of World War II and where the modern computer was born.  A range of guided tours and workshops are available all designed to engage students with the story of Bletchley Park and show how rapidly computing developed under the pressure of the war years.  Bletchley’s wider relevance and the legacy that affects our own lives today is also part of the reason to visit.

Microsoft Tours and Workshops

Microsoft’s new flagship store opened in London in July 2019 and allows visitors able to test and experience the latest technology, products and services from Microsoft and its partners.   The store represents all that is new for the brand with Interactive zones, surrounded by immersive video walls running throughout the store.  This is the best place to get hands-on with Surface, Windows, Office, Xbox and PC gaming, HoloLens mixed-reality and more.

Interactive workshops are available to get more from your visit.  Choose from: ‘Build your Brand with LinkedIn’ or ‘Make Code Arcade’. Groups can also spend time in the Gaming Lounge.

Silicon Roudabout Tech Guided Tour

This is a two-hour walking tour, which begins at Shoreditch Grind outside Old Street Station. This informative tour covers the areas ecosystem- its past, its present and its future. The group will first learn about the origins of Silicon Roundabout, from a grimy roundabout to the third largest tech start-up cluster after New York City and San Francisco.  Walking through the vibrant area of Shoreditch, the tour will end at Google Campus on Bonhill Street, a short walk from Moorgate and Old Street Stations.

Apple Store

Visit the Apple Store in London where your students will enjoy an unforgettable learning experience.  Using Apple products your students will be able to get creative during the hands-on sessions which can be tailored to complement existing classroom projects.   Possible themes and topics include Coding and Robots.

West End Theatre Tickets

The majority of student groups who visit London like to round off their trip by seeing a show. We can also book pre-theatre meals at nearby restaurants for you. Save up to 50% on the normal ticket price by attending a midweek (Mon-Thurs) evening or matinee performance. The majority of top West End shows offer these affordable discounted tickets to student groups year round (excluding school holiday dates).

Wicked

THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WITCHES OF OZ...

WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

WICKED is suitable for a general audience. As a guide to parents and guardians, it is recommended for ages 7+

(Source: https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/london/about/synopsis)

 

School of Rock

Based on the cult film and with a rocking new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock follows slacker Dewey Finn as he turns a class of straight – A  students into an ear-popping, riff-scorching, all-conquering rock band! As they prepare for the Battle of the Bands, can Dewey make them embrace the empowering message of rock?

Recommended for ages 8 and above.

(source: https://schoolofrockthemusical.com/)

Matilda the Musical

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Recommended for ages 6 and above.

(Source: https://uk.matildathemusical.com/about/the-story/)

Mary Poppins

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins returns to the Prince Edward Theatre, it's original West End home, this October.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny is triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. 

(Source: https://disney.co.uk/shows/mary-poppins-musical-tickets)

The Lion King

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's multi award-winning musical uses breath-taking masks and puppetry to create pure theatrical magic. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

(Source: https://disney.co.uk/shows/the-lion-king-musical-tickets)

Mamma Mia!

Set on a Greek Island Paradise, the story of a daughter on the eve of her wedding and her quest to discover the identify of her father, all set to the music of ABBA.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.
Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

Recommended for ages 14 and above

(source: https://www.everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk/)

Waitress

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness. 

Suitable for 13 years plus

(Source: https://waitressthemusical.co.uk/about/)

 


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