Lesnes Abbey

Lesnes Abbey is a unique urban oasis in the North West Corner of the London Borough of Bexley, overlooking the river Thames and the iconic ‘new town’ of Thamesmead.

The Lesnes Site has the ruins of a 12th century abbey, extensive ancient woodlands and an area for recreation, including a playground, a youth area including a parkour zone, and a multiuse sports area. The Park is 88 hectares in size, with 69 hectares of woods.

The Abbey was founded by Richard De Luci in 1178. It is rumored that it was founded as penance for the murder of Thomas Becket, in which De Luci played a leading role. The Abbey was dissolved in 1525 by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey as part of the desolation of the Monasteries.

In December 2011 the London Borough of Bexley was awarded a Parks for People grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The resulting programme of enhancements has improved accessibility, information and signage, educational and volunteering opportunities at the park.

NWKCP works closely with the Lesnes Abbey team to deliver their education programme, as well as holiday events, walks and talks and occasional practical support.

For more information please see http://www.visitlesnes.co.uk/


Educational Sessions

At Lesnes Abbey we run a range of Educational Sessions for Schools covering a wide variety of subjects all within the national curriculum.


Topics include:

The Romans (learn what life was like as a roman citizen, make mosaics, take part in a gladiatorial battle and compete to build the best roman road)

Rocks and Soils (discover the different properties and uses of rocks and soils through scientific experiments, and hunt for your own prehistoric specimens in the fossil pit)

Habitats (delve beneath the depths and discover what lives in the water with pond dipping and discover mini beasts on our meadow safari)

The Stone Age (build your own shelter in the woods, learn about stone age life before crafting your own stone age tools)

Timelines (discover the changing geography of Bexleyheath throughout the ages, create your own personal timeline, become history detectives and take part in reenactments of  historical events)

Map Making and Geocaching/Orienteering (learn about maps, compasses and co-ordinates before creating your own 3D map of Lesnes, and compete in teams to find all the geocaches/orienteering posts using a map and compass)

We also create and tailor lessons upon request if there is a subject in particular you would like us to cover.


If you are interested in learning more about our sessions or would like to book for this school year please contact:
Stephanie Johnson at Stephanie.Johnson@kent.gov.uk



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