Education & Tours

2016 Education Dates

  • Education Programs - May 16 to November 17, 2016
  • An Upper Canada Christmas Programs - November 17 to December 15, 2016
  • Education Brochure PDF

Programming Time

Education programs are 90 minutes in duration. Programs must be booked in advance as availability is limited. Morning sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. and afternoon sessions begin at 12:15 p.m. Please arrive at the Village 15 minutes prior to your start time.

Programming Cost

  • The cost for all programs, except Education Special Events and Time Travellers Summer Day Camp is $6.00 per student/participant per 90 minute program.
  • Payment is due at time of arrival. A receipt will be issued at this time. Schools and Community groups may also request an invoice to be prepared for payment. Please make cheques payable to Fanshawe Pioneer Village.


Unless buses are cancelled or weather becomes extreme (severe blizzards or lightning storms) it is expected that our programming will proceed.

Education Programs

A Day in the Life
(Grades 2/3)

May 16 - June 29 & September 12 - November 17, 2016

  • Children had a busy life in the 19th century. When not working in the fields, they attended school and contributed to household chores. In the fall preparing for the harvest and helping in work bees were important aspects of family life.
  • In this program, students assume the role of children in the 19th century and participate in household chores, a one room school house lesson and learn about the fall harvest and preparing for the winter.

The Village at Work
(Grade 2/3)

May 16 - June 29 & September 12 - November 17, 2016

  • This interactive program allows students to experience work expected of children and apprentices in a 19th century village. In the fall, students will perform farm chores to prepare for the harvest. Students will also experience 19th century printing in our Print Shop and create a hand bill to take home.
  • This program provides children with the opportunity to experience the challenges of work in the 19th century and to understand the differences between tools and technology used for farming and trades.

The Development of Communities in Canada
(Grade 6, full day program, $12/student)

Mondays only or by special booking*
Spring 2016 - May 9, 16 & 30, June 6, 13 & 20
Fall 2016 - September 12 - October 7, November 7-17

This new program designed for Grade 6 provides students with an understanding of the reasons why different peoples settled in the London region. Students will be engaged through hands-on activities and learn the social, economic, political and cultural aspects of life in a settler community by examining agricultural practices, daily work and the dress and diet of settlers. The program will conclude with a role playing workshop. Students will be provided with a background history and assigned various roles in four different settler families and experience the life of a settler community. Cost for this full day program is $12/student.

Celebrating our Communities

(Preschool - Senior Kindergarten) May 16 - June 29, 2016

This JK/SK education program is designed to introduce Preschool-Kindergarten students to our Canadian heritage and local cultural traditions through a hands-on interactive experience. Students will participate in leisure pursuits such as dancing and 19th century games. They will also get to visit and help feed the village’s farm animals.

FPV Guided Tour
(Adult & Senior)

May 16 - October 17, 2016

  • Take a journey back in time to experience the development of Canadian society as represented by more than 30 historic buildings at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. A costumed interpreter will guide your class through the Village, giving students a chance to explore and ask questions.

FPV Interactive Guided Tour
(Grade 7 - Adult)

May 16 - October 17, 2016

  • Take a journey back in time to learn about 19th century life and visit more than 30 historic buildings at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Students will have the opportunity to explore, ask questions and participate in two hands-on 19th century activities. Choose from spinning and carding wool, churning butter, dancing or printing a hand bill in the Print Shop.

Upper Canada Christmas
(Grades JK/SK, GR.½ and Gr.3)

November 22 to December 21, 2016

  • Learn about the Christmas traditions of London Township’s early inhabitants, who managed to celebrate despite cold weather and scarce material goods. Students will make a hand-set Christmas card in our Print Shop, learn the importance of holiday meals, discover the history of the Christmas tree and learn about holiday traditions, and learn the art of candle making.
  • New! The Denfield General Store will be open during our Upper Canada Christmas Program. Teachers must indicate during registration that they would like their students to stop by the store for unique souvenirs, toys, candy and more!

Education Events

Museum School

Make Fanshawe Pioneer Village your classroom! Book the award-winning Museum school program for a week-long experience. For more information contact Ryan Hunt, Education Coordinator at London Heritage Council.

Muskets, Militia and Mayham: War of 1812 Education Day
(Grades 7 and 8) Presented in partnership with the 1st Royal Scots Grenadiers

Friday, May 6, 2016

This exciting full-day, multi-school event gives students a chance to explore the War of 1812 through a series of real life scenarios and vignettes. Join a militia muster, watch a 19th century cannon crew fire the gun and debate views with Villagers loyal to King George and those who support Republicanism. Through active participation in a dozen stations, students will make a personal connection with the War of 1812 and leave with an understanding of how it affected local inhabitants’ daily lives. Special cost for this full day program is $7/student. To book this popular program, call 519-457-1296, ext.817

World War One Education Day
(Grade 8 & 10) Presented in partnership with the History Matters Association and with the Canadian Military Heritage Society

Monday, October 17, 2016


This exciting full-day, multi-school event gives students a chance to explore WWI through a series of real life scenarios and vignettes. Join the Canadian Expeditionary Force and learn the art of the trench raid, participate in a marching drill, learn the role women played in WWI and join in on the battle of Vimy Ridge. Through active participation, students will make a personal connection with WWI and leave with an understanding of how this war affected communities for the next generation. Special cost for this full day program is $12/student. To book this education program, call 519-457-1296, ext. 817.

World War One Day Pamphlet

Fill out and send the World War One Fall 2016 Education Registration Form and send to to reserve your spot.

New Education Programs!

Connecting Our Pasts, Connecting Our Communities
(ESL & Adult Education Program)

Available May 16, 2016 - November 17, 2016

This new program provides participants with an opportunity to build understanding of our local history while comparing and contrasting the immigrant experience with that of the London region’s early 19th century settlers. Participants will be engaged in culinary traditions, trades and techniques from the 19th century. There will be opportunities throughout the program to share and compare stories of cultural traditions.