SCHOOL VISITS THAT BRING FARMING TO LIFE!

If you’re looking for a school trip that will engage and inspire pupils, you’ve come to the right place.

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We are passionate about helping the next generation understand the ‘farm to fork’ process and our role as farmers in conservation on our 750-acre working family farm. Our progressive approach sees us produce traditionally reared, grass-fed beef cattle and sheep kept to the highest welfare standards alongside sustainably grown arable crops, including wheat, oil seed rape, maize and sweetcorn. We also grow potatoes, carrots and pumpkins; giving us a diverse crop rotation.

We take our role as guardians of the countryside very seriously, planting trees and actively encouraging wildlife to make the farm their home and also embrace the latest technology to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

TOPICS TO SUIT YOUR CURRICULUM…

Our visits are split into three main themes – activities will depend on the time of year you visit, but content can be tailored around the age of your pupils and what you are focusing on in the classroom:

FARM-TO-FORK

Learn about what we grow on the farm and what it is used for.

We’ll give you an overview of what we produce throughout the farming year, but what you see and do will depend on when you visit.

For example, during January, we will take the children on a trailer ride to the wheat fields (wellies needed!) where they’ll learn about sowing and harvesting, before seeing the Oil Seed Rape in its early growing stages.

If you visit in Spring, you’ll see these two crops growing fast, ready for harvest in August.

In September, you’ll get to see some harvesting in action, while during late autumn visits, you can see crops in store; look at our vast pumpkin fields or find out what crops are being sown ready for next summer’s harvest.

Children can even pretend to be ‘little farmers’ – planting seeds, bulbs or trees (depending on the time of the year) or maybe picking/digging some fresh veg to take home and enjoy with their families.

NEW LIFE

On our farm you can learn about farm animals and their young.

Our very own Farmers will give you a fascinating talk on the animals that call the farm home with lots of fun facts.

You can then visit our Animal Zone to meet some of our friendly animals, which will vary depending on when you visit (during winter our beef herd will be indoors sheltering from the weather on thick straw beds, and during February and you can see our lambs and ewes in the lambing barn).

In Spring, Summer and early Autumn you may also get to hop on our farm trailer ride (weather dependent) to visit lots of other animals – great and small – including some of Farmer Ray’s more unusual pets, which include llamas and emus!

THE WORKING FARM

Come and take a look ‘behind the scenes’ and learn about the busy, varied life of a farmer!

Children will enjoy a fun, informative talk from Farmer Ray, Farmer Richard, Farmer Roger or Farmer Connie – who’ll share their vast farming knowledge with plenty of entertaining anecdotes alongside fascinating farming facts.

They’ll also learn about the impact farming has on each and every one of our lives and the different types of farming that help put food on our tables.

You’ll then learn about harvest time and get to ‘meet’ the machines that are so key to the success of the farm; discovering what they are used for and seeing how technology has changed farming over the years.

You may also have a chance to climb inside our Combine Harvester for real a ‘Farmers’ View’ of the world (please pre-arrange this with our Schools Co-ordinator).

FARMING FOR THE FUTURE

As an intergenerational farm, you will learn how our role is changing as an industry, as we adapt to and mitigate against Climate Change and strive to hit the target NetZero in terms of carbon emissions by 2040. Older school children can study our carbon audit, which was undertaken by McDonald’s in 2022 (and to whom we are proud to sell our beef), while younger school children can help ‘do their bit’ by planting a tree in the winter.

This makes us ideally placed to offer educational visits on a diverse range of topics to suit different ages and areas of the curriculum, with a focus on STEM learning. But our school visits aren’t all about learning – children will also enjoy access to the huge indoor and outdoor play areas in our onsite PLAY@ farm attraction as part of their visit – making it truly a day to remember!

ACTIVITIES THAT CHANGE WITH THE SEASONS

Our visits are built around children experiencing ‘live’ farming – so the activities will depend on the topic you choose and what’s happening down on the farm at the time of your visit. Whatever the time of year, you can rest assured of a great mix of interactive learning, ‘hands-on’ activities and exploring our large & small animal zones before letting off steam in the play areas. Here’s a rough guide of what to expect throughout the farming calendar:

Pumpkin field

September & October

Harvest time! Get hands-on picking potatoes, carrots, sweetcorn or pumpkins. Children will also see the planting of our winter crops – Wheat and Oil Seed Rape – and have chance to ‘meet the machines’.

Wildflower field

November

November’s ‘hands on’ activities include planting bulbs and trees.

Lower Drayton Farm Christmas - Santas helpers

December

Christmas is a magical time at the farm. Our XMAS@ immersive experience is perfect for younger children – as well as meeting Santa and enjoying festive crafts in the elves’ workshop, the adventure includes a Christmassy tale in the Haybarn Theatre and fun indoor faux-snowball fun.

Close up of a goat

January

Plant bulbs and trees, hop on the farm trailer ride to see how the winter crops are growing and help us feed the wildlife.

Sheep and lambs

February & March

With lambing season well underway, you’ll join us in our purpose-built lambing barn to meet the new arrivals – and their mums! Planting potatoes may also be an option at this time of year.

Trailer ride to see cows

April & May

With Spring in full bloom, now’s the time for planting pumpkin, sweetcorn and sunflowers seeds, with trailer rides to the livestock fields to see our animals and their babies.

Treetop slides

June

This time of year sees our legendary trailer ride really come into its own – see the crops before harvest, plant some wildflowers, and meet the machines before making the most of our outdoor adventure playground.

A TAILORED EXPERIENCE…

Every one of our school trips is unique; our school coordinator will work with you to tailor a trip with activities that support the curriculum and are suited to the age and abilities of your group.

Half-day or full-day sessions are available as a cost of £10-00 per person (half day) and £12.50pp (full day). Children should bring their own packed lunch and dress suitably for time on the farm – wellies and a warm, waterproof coat are recommended to change into for outdoor elements.

HOW TO BOOK

Contact our school coordinator by email on [email protected]

You can also check our availability and make a reservation by following the link below.

Feedback from Schools

Vicki Hill, Veritas Primary Academy

“The children and the staff really enjoyed the trip. The children could not stop talking about it- even after the Easter holidays.

The staff said it was very good and the children learnt a lot from it so thank you to everyone involved in making the day memorable for the children.”

St Joseph’s Catholic Academy

“The whole of the nursery staff and children would like thank everybody at Lower Drayton Farm for the planning and execution of the most amazing trip. The children absolutely loved their day, all the activities and information was tailored to match their age and engage each child – which was greatly appreciated.

The subject knowledge of everyone at Lower Drayton Farm was great! We learnt lots of amazing facts and the children have loved sharing the facts with everyone today at school. Both group leaders were amazing with the children, particularly with some of the quieter children – making their experience memorial. The day was planned perfectly, having the appropriate amount of play, learning opportunities and experiences. The variety of animals we saw and handled was also amazing.

The nursery staff loved that they had the opportunity to take a step back and enjoy the trip as much as the children. One member of staff has commented to say it was the best trip she had ever been on.

The facilities were extremely clean and it was amazing to have the whole farm to ourselves, it made the experience so much more enjoyable for everyone! We would highly recommend coming to Lower Drayton Farm for a day or school trip and we defiantly hope to come back soon!

Thank you so much for a great day! We had the best time and created memories that will hopefully forever.”

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Rebecca Bray
21/07/2023
WOW! Teacher here.
We took 78 children to Lower Drayton Farm, it's safe to say that staff felt anxious about the trip. However, we had nothing to worry about.
From booking right through to leaving the customer experience has been incredible. Jaunine was amazing and responded to my many emails swiftly and sent over everything that we needed, and more!
Kat, Millie and Ellie were absolutely incredible with our children. They were professional, approachable, organised and friendly. They made our visit so special, they've even stayed with us on the car park while we waited for our coach that was delayed. They helped keep the children safe and entertained. All the feedback from teaching staff has been so positive, many of the staff have been teaching for over 15 years and have said they have never been on a trip that's been so orangised and safe. I know that the children and the staff will remember this day for a while. We will definitely be back again in the future. Everyone should go on a school trip here!!!
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Alexander Ruston
14/06/2023
Absolutley incredible place. We used this for a school trip and on both days the staff could not be more accommodating and helpful. We had the place to ourselves, the children had ample time to explore and ask questions and the staff were incredibly knowledgeable and pitched all the content at the exact level. Superb equipment with plenty to do and we felt really looked after, the best trip I've been on personally. Excellent all round and we can't wait to visit again.
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