The gateway to learning…
While there’s plenty of fun and adventure to be had ‘down on the farm’, education is very much at the heart of what we do – whether you’re visiting as a family or as a school or nursery group.
A fun – yet educational – family day out
We believe it’s important that children understand where their food comes from. During your visit you’ll notice lots of opportunities to engage children in learning – from offering toddlers the chance to learn through role play tailored around the farm-to-fork journey (who do you want to be, a mechanic? A vet? A shopkeeper? A café owner?) to educational displays in the animal zone that mix useful knowledge with fun facts to help engage even the most reluctant learner.
Our Farm Trailer Ride (seasonal, weather permitting) and themed talks offer a unique insight into life on the farm – with Farmer Ray, Farmer Richard or Farmer Roger explaining what’s happening at the time of your visit and how we combine food and energy production with conservation to encourage wildlife to make its home on our 600 acres.
Schools and nurseries looking for an engaging class trip that will help children understand the ‘farm to fork’ journey, look no further. As long-standing members of LEAF Education (Linking Environment and Farming), we have over a decade’s of experience of delivering school visit programmes that meet curriculum requirements while helping children make memories that will last a lifetime. Whatever time of year you visit, there’s always something different happening in the farming calendar – from lambing to ploughing, fertilizing to combining, and both Farmer Ray and Farmer Richard have a wealth of knowledge to share; drawing on up-to-the-minute stats for food production.
Alongside producing food, we take our impact on the environment very seriously and are continually looking for ways to grow sustainably. Clean energy production is a big part of what we do and, alongside our conservation efforts, makes a very interesting topic for older learners to focus on during their visit. When the learning’s done, youngsters can meet our friendly animals before exploring our huge indoor and outdoor play areas to ensure they remember their visit for being fun as well as a great learning experience.