Tourism in Dunster study
This is an activity for you to lead, taking pupils out and about in Dunster, a medieval village in Exmoor National Park.
Key stage 2 and 3 - England and Wales
This activity is for you to lead on a day out at Dunster, using the resources below.
This case study helps students investigate the question 'what impact does tourism have on a medieval village'. They will learn what attracts tourists to Dunster, what impact this has in terms of traffic and the local economy. The activity takes around 3 hours and involves students walking around in the town.
Students will learn:
- how Dunster is a 'chocolate box' medieval village that attracts many tourists
- how one of the main roads into Exmoor National Park runs through the town
- the issues created by visitors (parking, traffic jams)
- the importance of visitors to the local economy (what shops are there, what do they sell)
- to discuss how the impact of tourism on the town can be both positive and negative
- making possible suggestions to alleviate traffic problems (especially for residents)
What you will need:
You can download a PDF with suggestions for how to run your Dunster activity here:
Dunster National Park Centre:
You can book a room in the Exmoor National Park centre where you can discuss Dunster tourism findings and carry out role plays.
You can also arrange for a member of Exmoor National Park’s education team to discuss the issues with the children before or after the activity.
Exmoor National Park Centre, Dunster Steep, Dunster, West Somerset, TA24 6SE
Tel. 01643 821835
Curriculum links (England and Wales):
Subject area(s): geography / history
ESD 2 (thinking critically) application:
- Building capacity to think critically about (and beyond) evidence, and test out sustainable development ideas.
Curriculum objectives: geography / history
- Describe, compare and contrast findings s
- Communicate findings in a variety of ways (e.g. role play)
- Identify and describe what places are like (reporting back on the surveys)
- Select and record from observation, experience, memory