BFG Trails

Our dedicated programme of work with school children launched in 2015. It focuses on local schools in Windsor, Slough and the surrounding areas.

It aims to promote greater social and civic awareness and to help nuture the change-makers of the future.

We currently offer a series of free, interactive workshops for school children and young people in Key Stages 1-5, delivered here at Cumberland Lodge or in school. They are designed to take about an hour.

We also work closely with local branches of the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme, as part of our education and community outreach work.

Key Stages 1-3

Developed in collaboration with the University of the West of England, our BFG-themed workshop draws on our own connections to The BFG story, to help children think more critically about stories, identity and ideology.

We use children’s literature in a fun and engaging way to help children explore their own values and identities, and to think about how stories shape us and influence social and cultural structures around us. 

The workshop has been devleoped in collaboration with Dr Ann Alston, a specialist in children’s literature and a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England.

Find out more about one of our recent workshops here.

BFG Trails

Key stages 4-5

Our 'Citizens' workshops are part of a three-year project led by Royal Holloway, University of London and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Working in collaboration with the Justice Museum, this project explores the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform from the Magna Carta to the 21st Century. It 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.

We offer three workshops, each of which draws on historical resources to prompt thinking about contemporary issues:

  • Protest and change - the history of protest (including the Suffragettes, the Poll Tax Riots and the Stop the War March)
  • Who rules? - the changing nature of sovereignty and the locus of ruling power over time (from Simon de Montfort to Brexit)
  • Human rights - the human rights movement and considers whether there is, or should be, a hierarchy of rights (exploring various human rights cases).
Cumberland Lodge 'Bigger Picture' workshop at Langley Academy, Slough, in 2017

National Citizen Service

Since 2015 we have enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the NCS, supporting 16- to 18-year-olds from the local area who are participating in the scheme.

For example, in 2016 we joined forces with The Challenge to bring 36 young people from local schools to the Lodge to complete a 'Social Action Project'. They were tasked with devising a conference programme to address a social issue facing young people today, together with a publicity and recruitment plan.

In August 2017, NCS participants are helping us to facilitate BFG-themed Family Trails in the grounds of the Lodge, for local children and their parents and guardians.

NCS participants helping to lead children's activities at Cumberland Lodge, August 2017


NCS participants have also taken part in 'Professional Visits' to Cumberland Lodge, where they have presented their ideas for new Social Action Projects, in the style of a BBC Dragon's Den pitch, before receiving constructive feedback.

Find out more

If you are interested in booking a workshop for your school, or partnering with us, please contact our Programme Department at