Education & Tours
2013 Education Dates
- Winter Education Programs - September 17 to May 9, 2014
- 2013 Education Brochure
Core and seasonal 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.
- The cost for all programs, except Educational Special Events and the Early Settler Life Outreach Education Program is $6.00 per student/ participant.
- One chaperone will be admitted free for every six students in the group. Teachers are free.
- Payment is due at time of arrival at the Village Visitor Entrance. 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.
- The cost for the Museum School Program is $1500/ per week. Special funding may apply. Please contact Fanshawe Pioneer Village for further details.
- NEW! Denfield General Store will be open by request during our Upper Canada Christmas Program. Teachers must indicate during registration that they would like their students to visit the store for unique souvenirs, toys, candy and more! Available November 26 - December 19, 2013
Unless buses are cancelled or weather becomes extreme (severe blizzards or lightning storms) it is expected that our programming will proceed. If we are not able to re-book cancelled school visits, schools canceling less than 72 hours in advance will be charged a flat rate of $50.00.
Fanshawe Pioneer Village is an outdoor site.
Please dress for the weather.
Be sure to stop by Denfield General Store for Unique Souvenirs, Toys, Candy and more! Available September 1 - October 14, 2013.
Day in the Life
September 17 - November 15
- 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 spring, those jobs included laundry, carding and spinning wool, gardening and other daily domestic chores. After the household chores were completed, children attended lessons at a one room school house.
- In this program, students assume the role of children in the 19th century and participate in chores and a one room school house lesson.
The Village at Work
September 17 - November 15
- This interactive program allows students to experience work expected of children in a 19th century village. In the spring, students will perform farm chores such as flailing wheat, feeding and caring for animals and cleaning seed for planting. Students will also experience 19th century trades by creating a hand bill in the print shop and learn the art of blacksmithing.
- Through this program, students will experience the challenges of work in the 19th century and learn the differences between tools and technology used for farming and trades.
FPV Guided Tour
September 17 - November 15
Take a journey back in time and experience the development of Canadian society as represented by more than 30 historic buildings at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. A costumed interpreter will guide you through the Village, giving participants a chance to explore and ask questions.
FPV Interactive Guided Tour
September 17 - November 15
- Discover life in the 19th century life by visiting more than 30 historic buildings at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Students will have the opportunity to explore, ask questions and participate in 2 hands-on 19th century activities. Choose from spinning & carding wool, churning butter, feeding the animals, 19th century dancing or printing a hand bill in the London Free Press.
Upper Canada Christmas
Nobember 26 - December 20
- 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 sand-set Christams card in our Print Shop, try their hand at preparing a traditional cookie recipe, listen to a Christmas tale, enjoy holiday entertainment in the form of traditional dancing and learn about the art of candle making.
Fall 2013 Dates
- October 8-11, 2013
- October 15-18, 2013
- November 19-22, 2013
Spring 2014 Dates
- April 22-25, 2014
- April 29-May 2, 2014
- May 5-8, 2014
- May 13-16, 2014
- Make Fanshawe Pioneer Village your classroom! Book the award-winning Museum school program for an intensive, week-long experience. Fanshawe Pioneer Village will provide five, two-hour programs to complement a chosen curriculum topic or unit. For the rest of the school day, teachers are welcome to use all the resources of this outstanding living history site. For more information
on how your class can participate in the Museum School program, contact Lana Pharoah, Education Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time Travelers Summer Camps
Summer Day Camp Dates
- July 2014
- August 2014
Cost: $135.00 week/per child
It’s the ultimate summer adventure – travel back in time! Fanshawe Pioneer Village offers a Summer Day Camp experience for children 6 – 12 who will become part of Village life. Campers will engage in farm and household chores, become apprentices in our Print, Woodworking and Blacksmith shops, learn and play 19th century games, create Victorian crafts and celebrate the end of their week with a proper 19th century social.
Camps are 5 days and operate Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Children may only register for one week.
Camp Registration begins March 1, 2014. Contact us at 519-457-1296 or email@example.com for further information.
Families can download the Summer Day Camp Registration Forms/Parent Information and email registration forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
When the forms have been received you will receive a confirmation email. Payment is due on the first day of camp.
Camps are 5 days and operate Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm. Children may only register for one week. Registration begins March 1, 2014. Contact Lana Pharoah at 519-457-1296 for further details.
World War 1 Education Day - Monday, October 21, 2013 & MOnday, April 28, 2014
Presented in partnership with the Canadian Military Heritage Society and History Matters Association
Monday, October 21, 2013 & Monday, April 28, 2014
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 $10/student.
- For further details or to register contact Lana Pharoah, Education Manager at 519-457-1296 or email.
Border Stories: A Musical Journey into the War of 1812
Performances will take place in the Spriet Family Visitor Centre.
March 17 - March 21, 2014 and March 24 - March 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
- Original words, music and narrative by Rick Taylor and Paul Campbell.
- The War of 1812 between what is now Canada and the United States of America was a defining period in our history as a nation. Border Stories is a one man narrative that delves into the interpersonal relationships between friends, loved ones, neighbors and soldiers, who fought and struggled during this war from 1812 - 1814.
- Through music, songs, spoken word, letters and memoirs, singer song-writer Rick Taylor takes us on a musical journey into this emotional landscape; peering into the hearts and minds of ordinary people in their struggles and losses on both sides of the border. This one hour performance will be followed by a 30 minute workshop where students are free to discuss the play and interact with the performer.
Musket, Militia and Mayhem: War of 1812 Education Day
Presented in partnership with the 1st Royal Scots Grenadiers
Friday, May 9, 2014
- 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 more than 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.
A Haunting We Will Go!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. $5/person
On Saturday, October 26th, come out and celebrate a hsitoric Halloween! Trick or treat in the Village, bob for apples, hear a ghost story and participate in many other ghoulish activities.
Bring a Trick or Treat Bag and Costumes are encouraged!