Education & Tours

Program Information

Education Programs are offered April to December and must be booked in advance. Bookings are subject to availability.

Please see Education Programs below for dates offered (Spring 2017 Education Brochure PDF)

Programming Time

  • Education programs are a full 90 minutes in duration.

Please ensure you arrive at Fanshawe Pioneer Village at least 15 minutes prior to your Program Activties. This allows staff to welcome your group and drop-off any back-packs/lunches. Please also remember to leave time after your program ends for students to collect their belongings and walk down to the pick-up area.(It is suggested to leave 15 minutes after activities end to walk down to bus.)

  • Morning Sessions
    • Arrival is 9:45 a.m.
    • Program Activities run from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon Session
    • Arrival is 12:00 p.m.
    • Program Activities run from 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Full Day
    • Arrival 9:45 a.m.
    • The schedule follows both the morning and afternoon activity schedules with a short lunch break in between.

Programming Cost

  • The cost for all programs(except Education Special Events, Summer Day Camp, and Adult Programs) is $6.00 per student/participant per 90 minute program.
  • All chaperones and teachers are free. It is recommended one chaperone for every six students.
  • 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.
  • If you are receiving funding from your school board and have a Trip I.D. Number, please inform our Education Coordinator and we will include it on your invoice.


  • Unless buses are cancelled or weather becomes extreme (severe blizzards or lightning storms) it is expected that our programming will proceed.
  • Please Note: Any Groups cancelling less than 72 hours in advance of their booked trip will be charged a flate rate of $50.00, unless they are able to re-schedule.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village is an outdoor site. Please Dress for the Weather.

Lunch Facilities

  • Fansahwe Pioneer Village has picnic tables throughout the museum.
  • The Village barn may be requested, but is based on availability. The barn is only available in May, June, September and October from Monday to Friday.
  • Student Participants must bring their own packed lunch and water bottle. Please note there are NO drinking fountains at the museum.


  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village is located in the Upper Thames Conservation Area. Please make sure you enter at 1424 Clark Road and follow the orange directional signs to the Museum Entrance.
  • Our education staff will meet you at the Village’s Visitor Entrance. Buses should drive up to the entrance to dropoff and pickup students.

Denfield General Store Visits

  • The Denfield General Store offers unique souvenirs, toys, candy and more! It is available for school trips by special booking during Spring and Winter Programming. If you plan on visiting with your group please arrange this at booking.
  • Please note this is separate from the scheduled student activities and teachers should schedule extra time to visit before or after their program.

Education Programs

A Day in the Life
(Grades 2/3)

Spring 2017 - May 9 - June 29

Children had a busy life in the 19th century. When not working in the fields, they attended school and contributed to household chores. Those jobs included doing laundry, carding and spinning wool, and other daily domestic chores. In the fall, preparing for the harvest and helping in work bees were important aspects of family life. In this interactive 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 how the community celebrated after a hard day’s work.

The Village at Work
(Grade 2/3)

Spring 2017 - May 9 - June 29

In the 19th century the village was a busy place, always hard at work. Throughout the year children were busy helping their families, while apprentices spent their day learning the tools and techniques of their trade. During this interactive program students will perform farm chores and will experience the life of apprentices at our Blacksmith and Print Shop. Students will also explore the differences between tools and technology used for farming and trades while discovering the challenges of working in the 19th century.

The Development of Communities in Canada - REVISED!
(Grade 6, Full Day Program, $12/student)

Spring 2017 - May 9 - June 29

This program provides students with an understanding of the reasons why different people 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. This program is divided into two parts with an introduction and guided tour of the museum in the morning and a chance to explore hands-on activities in the afternoon. Students will begin to understand how London developed from small early settlements in the 1820s into a community with a strong sense of identity by 1920.

Celebrating our Communities
(Preschool - Senior Kindergarten)

Spring Only- May 23 - June 29, 2017

This education program is designed to introduce Preschool-Kindergarten aged 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 and learn about how even young children helped with chores.

Upper Canada Christmas
(Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, 3)

Check back later for Winter 2017 Dates!

Learn about the Christmas traditions of London’s early inhabitants, who managed to celebrate despite cold weather and scarce material goods. Students will participate in four interactive activities including printing a hand-set Christmas card in our Print Shop, learning the importance of holiday meals, discovering the history of the Christmas tree and holiday traditions, and learning the art of candle making.

This is an outdoor winter program. Students should dress for the weather.

  • This program is offered during both the morning and afternoon sessions. Please note there are no lunch/snack facilities available during this program.
  • 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! Please note this is separte from the four scheduled activities.

Interactive Guided Tour
(Grade 7 - Adult)

Spring- May 23 - June 29, 2017

Discover life in the 19th century by visiting our historic buildings at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Students will have the opportunity to explore, ask questions and participate in two hands-on activities during this guided tour. Choose from spinning and carding wool, churning butter, dancing, or printing a hand bill in the Print Shop.

Education Events

World War One Education Day
(Grade 8 & 10, Full Day Program, $12/student)
Presented in partnership with the History Matters Association and with the Canadian Military Heritage Society

Monday, May 8, 2017

This exciting full-day, multi-school event gives students a chance to explore World War One through a series of real life scenarios and vignettes. Join the Canadian Expeditionary Force and learn the art of the trench raid, participate in battle school, and discover the role men and women played in World War One. Through active participation in various stations, students will make a personal connection with the Great War and leave with an understanding of how it affected those overseas and at home.

Please Note New Event Times (Registration 9:30-9:40 a.m., Activities 9:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Departure 1:35 p.m.)

Fill out and send the Spring 2017: WWI Education Day Registration Form to to reserve your spot.

Muskets, Militia and Mayham: War of 1812 Education Day

(Grades 7 & 8, Full Day Program, $7/student)
Presented in partnership with the 1st Royal Scots Grenadiers

Friday, May 12, 2017 –Please Note this program is now full for 2017–

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 discuss the role of indigenous peoples. Through active participation in various stations, students will leave with an understanding of how the War of 1812 affected local inhabitants’ daily lives.

Book early! Registration opens September 12, 2016. To book call 519-457-1296, ext.817

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.

Don’t forget to visit our Guided Tours and Summer Day Camp pages for more information!

Contact Information

Morgan Shropshall | call 519-457-1296 ext. 817