Literary Landscapes - a Professional Development tour for Primary & Secondary teachers of English, History and Drama

Literary Landscapes - a Professional Development tour for Primary & Secondary teachers of English, History and Drama.

This inaugural Professional Development tour offers a chance to develop and extend your English, History and Drama teaching resources as well as provide 48 HOURS of NESA - accredited Professional Development. Not a teacher ? Then join us just because you love Jane Austen, Shakespeare, the Brontës, Dickens etc and would love to wander their streets with like-minded souls.

If you are not a teacher and wish to join, you would be most welcome, though we would expect that you would have a strong interest in the literary themes and ethos of the tour.


  • July 2020
  • 12 nights / 13 days

  • Immersion in the world and landscapes of some of England's most significant and loved literary figures.

  • $AUD 5600.00 per person on twin share basis ex London.

  • Single supplement: $AUD 1000.00 per person ex London

This carefully crafted, subject-focused tour is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge of the content of their subject areas (English, History and Drama), while also emphasising the significance of context in the promotion of deep understanding. Under the guidance of experts, teachers will explore England’s literary landscape and learn how important historical events impacted upon the social, economic and artistic development of specific eras. A range of practical experiences will provide new insight into the lives and works of famous literary figures (relevant to Stages 2, 3, 4 & 5 English and Drama) as well as the British perspective of life in London during the Industrial Revolution (relevant to Stages 2 & 3 History). Time for note taking, reflection and collegial discussion is embedded into each session.



    • Welcome dinner (restaurant TBC)
    • The Old City of London, visiting the haunts of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens (guided walking tour)
    • The Globe Theatre, Bankside and the Globe Exhibition
    • The Borough Markets
    • Dinner at The Swan
    • Performance at the Globe Theatre (title of play TBC)
    • Hampstead village and the John Keats’ House Museum
    • Treasures of the British Library Exhibition (guided tour)
    • Bloomsbury (guided walking tour)


    • Haworth village and the Brontë Parsonage
    • The Yorkshire moors, visiting sites associated with the Brontë sisters and their works (guided walking tours)
    • Ironbridge – ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’ (guided tour of town and museums)


    • Performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company (title of play TBC)
    • Shakespeare’s Birthplace 
    • Guided tour of town and historical sites
    • Backstage tour of RSC’s current production
    • ‘Teaching Shakespeare’ – workshop conducted by RSC
    • Dinner at the RSC’s Tower Restaurant


    • Guided walking tour of the town and university
    • The Bodleian Library
    • ‘Teaching Creative Writing’ – private workshop

  • BATH

    • Guided walking tour of significant literary and historical sites
    • Bath Spa - Roman treasures, baths and temple complex
    • Torchlight tour of the 2,000 year-old suite of bathing pools
    • Dinner at the Roman Baths Kitchen
    • Jane Austen’s house (from 1801-1804)
    • Governor Phillip’s house (from 1805-1814) 
    • Georgian terraces of the The Royal Crescent and The Circus
    • Bath Assembly Rooms
    • Pulteney Bridge and Great Pulteney Street
    • Laycock Village (setting for BBC’s 1995 series of Pride and Prejudice)


    • Winchester Cathedral
    • Jane Austen’s House Museum
    • Chawton House and Library