Visit Sarehole Mill and learn how Tolkien used real people, places and memories to inspire his story writing.
J.R.R Tolkien grew up just around the corner from Sarehole Mill and often visited. In this session we will explore how his experiences, the local people and places in Sarehole (now Hall Green) inspired his works.
Your class will learn how the local area has changed over time with the use of photos and maps. This interactive tour will begin in the mill, imagining J.R.R Tolkien as a small boy playing around the mill pond and being chased away by the grumpy miller!
We will then take a walk around the local area, learning about Tolkien’s childhood, stopping at points of interest such as his childhood house, the river Cole where he and his brother played, reading quotes from his books along the way.
Ending at Moseley Bog, a beautiful woodland, where your class will have chance to explore and use the inspirations, we have talked about to help develop their story writing skills such as setting a scene and creating a character.
No prior knowledge of his works needed, ideal session for story writing, local history or supporting work around The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings.
The workshop is designed to be delivered outdoors, it will continue to be delivered outside in any weather, unless extreme conditions drive us inside where pupils can take part in wet weather alternative activities. Pupils must be aware of this and be dressed accordingly in thick socks, wellies / boots and waterproof coats, with scarves, hats and gloves in cold weather. It is advised children bring a change of socks and shoes with them.
At Sarehole Mill we can only deliver one taught session at a time. However, you can now bring two classes for a full day and take part in self-led activities whilst waiting for your session.
School visits to Sarehole Mill are available Wednesday - Friday.