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Sandford Mill Road,


From April to October we run taught sessions covering KS2 science topics: friction, electricity, light, sound and structures and materials, as well as KS2 and KS1 river trails, and KS1 'Feeling Forces'. Sessions last for two hours and are from 10-12 and 13.00-15.00.
Our large spaces allow us to use parts of the industrial collection and purpose-built equipment to bring these physical sciences vividly to life in ways children cannot experience in school. Children respond with enthusiasm to the mixture of hands-on discovery and questioning and exploration of ideas they experience here. Teachers often make new discoveries about the abilities of their pupils as they take part in our sessions, and always comment on how much the children learn learn here. The many letters we receive confirm how much the children enjoy their visit, and often they return with their families on our public open days.
See our website for more details about the sessions.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

Booked sessions only between 01/4/09 and 20/4/09.


Our site sessions for schools are £75 per class, except the river trails which are £45.



Plan route to Sandford Mill using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 738061  Lat: 51.72667 Long: 0.51509

By Road:
From the Army and Navy Roundabout head for Colchester (A12) for about half a mile, then bear right at mini-roundabout for Chelmer Village, straight on at next mini roundabout, and follow brown sign to turn right into Sandford Mill Road. At the T junction turn right and follow the road for about half a mile, crossing the bridge by Sandford Mill lock, then round a right hand bend to find Sandford Mill gates on your left. Disabled parking is then straight ahead, at the corner of the Engine House, a few metres from the main door and reception. For general parking turn right once inside the main gates.

Parking: free


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed