Students enjoying a Discovery day in the Royal Parks

Schools bursary scheme

We want everyone to be able to explore the Royal Parks and be inspired by their diverse natural environments in the heart of London.

We understand that the costs of taking a group out on a trip can be challenging for schools and parents. Thanks to generous funding from the Royal Parks Foundation USA, we’re able to offer a limited number of bursaries for schools who would otherwise be unable to visit. 

The Royal Parks’ Learning team works in partnership with the Field Studies Council and The Holly Lodge Centre to welcome groups to our parks across London.

Any non-fee-paying school or alternative education setting in Greater London who can demonstrate a need for the bursary due to at least one of the following: 

  • Over 20% of students eligible for free school meals 
  • Facing challenges in order to provide a quality educational experience, e.g. over 45% of students with English as an additional language; transient student population; etc.


Depending on bursary availability and evidence, successful schools will be offered either part funding or fully funded sessions.

Schools may apply for up to two bursary-funded days per academic year. Each bursary covers a full day of activities in the park, or equivalent. We will work with you to schedule the visits ensuring that you and your students get the most out of the opportunity.

* The Royal Parks bursary scheme does not yet cover visits to Greenwich Park. 

Park* School programme run by How to apply
Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, The Green Park or Brompton Cemetery The Royal Parks Learning Team Choose which session(s) you’re interested in from our programme listing, then submit an enquiry form. When we respond, we will send you a short bursary application form to complete.
Bushy Park or The Regent’s Park    
Field Studies Council
Contact Field studies council 
Richmond Park The Holly Lodge Centre Contact the Holly Lodge centre

Your application will be considered as soon as possible. Bursaries are allocated to schools who demonstrate the greatest need and potential benefit to their students. This offer is available throughout the academic year and is subject to availability. Free visit places fill up fast, especially during the summer term, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For enquiries please use the form below: