Education and Specialised Trips

The world is our outdoor classroom! Join us for a unique learning experience aboard our Victorian Tamar Barge, Lynher!
We provide several excellent educational workshops suitable for children and young people, covering a range of topics such as:

  • STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics)
  • Renewable energy
  • Biodiversity
  • History
  • Geography and more



The Year 5 children had a fantastic day exploring their local area. They gained valuable understanding of how to harness tidal energy and absolutely loved boarding the Lynher.

Carbeile Junior School

Tides and Renewable Energy Workshop

Understand how the tide works and see how it’s power could be harnessed. Mechanical Advantage is explained and demonstrated.

  • KS2 STEM Education Workshop.
  • Primary schools or families.
  • Tailored for 4 hours.
  • Mechanical Advantage is shown and explained on board.

Become Victorian Crew!

Be transported back in time to the late 1890s… Tamar Barges are the fastest means of transport in the Plymouth waterways and as crew you are required to move cargo from the historic Quay at Cotehele onto the Lynher Barge.

You will learn the skills required to be traditional barge crew, from ropework to crane handling. You will also experience making a real Victorian meal with seasonal produce from the Tamar Valley.

Duration of all workshops is 4 hours.

All workshops are appropriate for 6 to 12 people of all ages. Prices start at £390 (up to 6 people) or £750 (up to 12 people) 



Discover Plymouth Sound

Lynher’s Voyage of Discovery of the Plymouth Sound will help you identify and recognise symbolic land and water marks from the heart of the Sound. From Francis Drake’s to the Eddystone Lighthouse, the Hooe and the Breakwater, there is plenty to learn about the history and beauty of this natural harbour. 

The Plymouth Sound National Marine Park is also rich in biodiversity, its beautiful waters are host to endangered species such as the seahorse and the Shad.


Lynher’s crew are qualified, professional and have experience working with people of all ages and abilities.

The children and staff from Ford Primary very much enjoyed their day spent taking part in the Lynher Voyage of Adventure workshop. We spent in the day in a beautiful location taking part in several well-organised, engaging activities to help us learn more about the tides, renewable energy and our local area and its history. The ultimate highlight of our day was being abroad the Lynher – this is something all of our children will remember for a very long time to come!

Ford Primary School