BFG Trails

We now offer workshops for students in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, which will be available from the summer term, 2018. Workshops for Key Stages 4 and 5 will be available from the autumn term, 2018.

Schools that wish to book one of our workshops are welcome to bring their students to Cumberland Lodge, or host them, with our staff, on site at school.  All workshops are designed to last for around an hour.

Key Stages 1, 2 and 3

Delicious Dahl and the BFG

Developed in collaboration with the University of the West of England, this workshop utilises Cumberland Lodge’s connection to Dahl and The BFG to get young people thinking critically about stories, identity and ideology.

In particular, the workshop uses children’s literature to highlight the way literature can shape our values, and influence social and cultural structures. Dr Ann Alston, who developed the workshop with Cumberland Lodge, is a specialist in children’s literature and a Senior Lecturer at UWE.

The workshop encourages young people to use familiar texts to explore themes of identity, values and ideology – to use books from childhood in a fun and engaging way to explore how stories shape us as adults.

BFG Trails


Key Stages 4 and 5

The following workshops will be available from the autumn term, 2018.


Citizens is a three year project led by Royal Holloway, University of London, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Working in collaboration with Cumberland Lodge and the Justice Museum, the project explores the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform from the Magna Carta to the twenty-first century.

Through a series of workshops, the project aims to encourage young people to become more socially and politically aware, and to encourage them to think critically about their own role in the democratic process – their position as citizens.

There are three workshops on offer, all of which use historical resources to prompt thinking about contemporary issues

  • Protest and Change, which examines the history of protest (including the Suffragettes, the Poll Tax Riots and the Stop the War March);
  • Who Rules? which focuses on the changing nature of sovereignty and the locus of ruling power over time (from Simon de Montfort to Brexit); and
  • Human Rights, which explores the human rights movement and considers whether there is, or should be, a hierarchy of rights (exploring various human rights cases).

All workshops are available free of charge and can be held at Cumberland Lodge, or on site in school. They are designed to last up to an hour, but can be adjusted to fit in with existing timetables if necessary.

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Find out more

If you are interested in booking a workshop for your school, please contact the Education Officer, Dr Rachel Smillie at