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.

Who wants a pet Bear?

Poetry Session


English: Writing, composition skills, planning writing, evaluating and editing, reviewing and sharing work.

History: significant person in history

In this session:

  • Find out about the famous poet Lord Byron and his amazing menagerie of animals that lived with him at Newstead Abbey including Boatswain, Byron’s beloved dog and Bruin his pet bear
  • Create a word bank to describe and talk about their ideal pets
  • Play with adverbs, nouns, adjectives and synonyms to create their own menagerie poems

This session can be combined with a Byron focussed tour of the house, or our animal themed tour to create a full day for your class.

Duration: 1.5 hours | 10.30am–12pm or 1pm–2.30pm
Cost per session: £6 per child

Key Stage: 1/2


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