Newstead Abbey was closed on Sunday 3rd December due to adverse weather conditions. If you had pre-booked you will be able to come along another day when Newstead Abbey & Gardens are open or receive a refund.

If you booked Narnia at Newstead House Admission on Sunday, you can simply bring your ticket and we will honour it on an alternative day. If you instead booked a House Tour, Afternoon Tea or Christmas Dinner, please email us to we will be able to confirm your booking for an alternative day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Haiku in the Japanese Gardens


Come and write haiku in the Japanese Garden!

Support KS2 curriculum learning by giving pupils a chance to:

  •  Learn about Edwardian Britain and Japanese culture and approaches to nature, via a history of the Japanese Garden at Newstead
  •  Reflect on what has changed at Newstead since the garden was built, exploring the ‘then and now’ of history
  •  Learn about haiku, a traditional poetry form that has fascinated writers for centuries, combining responses to nature with personal feelings and  reflections
  •  Write their own haiku inspired by the gorgeous surroundings of the garden!
  •  Explore call and response ‘Renga’ – an even earlier form of haiku – to encourage collaborative creative work.

Session Duration: 1.5 hours | 10.30am–12.00pm or 1.00pm – 2.30pm.
Cost: £6 per pupil

Full day with Tour : 4 hours | 10.30am- 2.30pm.
Cost: £10 per pupil

Key Stage: 2/3


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