Education & Tours

2014 Education Dates

Programming Information

Programming Time

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.

Programming Cost

  • The cost for all programs, except Education Special Events and Time Travelers Summer Day Camp is $6.00 per student/participant per 90 minute program. 
  • 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.
  • Be sure to stop by Denfield General 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.

Education Programs

 A Day in the Life
(Grades 1 - 6) 

May 20 - November 14, 2014    

  • 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
(Grade 1 - 6)

May 20 - November 15, 2014

  • 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
(Grade 7 - Adult) 

May 20 - November 14, 2014

  • 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 lead you through the Village, giving participants a chance to explore and ask questions.     

FPV Interactive Guided Tour
(Grade 3 - 8)  

May 20 - November 14, 2014

  • 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.  

Education Events

Museum School

Spring 2014 Dates

  • April 22 - 25, 2014
  • May 5 - 8, 2014
  • May 13-16, 2014

Fall 2014 Dates

  • October 14 - 17, 2014
  • October 28 - 31, 2014
  • October 3 - 7, 2014
  • October 10 - 14, 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 Catherine McInnes, Education Coordinator, London Arts Council/London Heritage Council,    

Muskets, Militia and Mayham: War of 1812 Education Day
(Grades 6, 7 and 8) Friday, May 9, 2014
Presented in partnership with the 1st Royal Scots Grenadiers 

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.  To book this popular program, call 519-457-1296, ext.815

Thames Valley Regional Heritage Fair

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (Project Preview Night, Public Welcome to Attend)
Thursday, May 1, 2014 (Heritage Fair Day) 

The Thames Valley Regional Heritage Fair Program is a multi-media learning initiative developed to increase public awareness and interest in Canadian History.  The goal of this program is to encourage students to explore many aspects of Canadian history and to present their results in a public exhibition to be held at Fanshawe Pioneer Village.  To find out how your class can get involved,
contact Renee Shavee, Learning Coordinator at   

World War 1 Education Day
(Grade 8, 10, 12)

Monday, April 28, 2014 & Monday, October 20, 2014

Presented in partnership with the History Matters Association

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. 815. 

Celebrating our Community
(Preschool – Senior Kindergarten)

Available May 20 – June 6, 2014

This JK/SK education program is designed to introduce preschool – Senior Kindergarten students with a hands-on and fun historical experience focusing on our Canadian heritage and cultural traditions.  Students will participate in leisure pursuits such as dancing and 19th century games.  Make a traditional Upper Canada recipe and meet the farm animals.  Contact us at 519-457-1296, ext. 815 for further details!

Time Travelers Summer Camps

Summer Day Camp Date 

Week 1 - (9 to 12 years) July 14 - 18, 2014
Week 2 - (6 to 8 years) July 21 - 25, 2014

Week 3 - (9 to 12 years) August 11 - 15, 2014
Week 4 - (6 to 8 years) August 18 - 22, 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 3, 2014.  Contact us at 519-457-1296, ext. 815 or to register or for further details!      

2014 Summer Day Camp Registration Forms

New Education Programs!

Connecting Our Pasts, Connecting Our Communities

May 20 – November 14, 2014

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.  At the end of the program, participants will be guided through “The Emigrant’s Trunk” Community Exhibition in our Trillium Gallery.  There will be opportunities throughout the program to share and compare stories of cultural traditions.