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Visits are tailor made to meet your requirements; our aim is for visitors to have enjoyed their day and for everyone to have learnt something – including us! Visits hosted have ranged from reception classes to post graduates and beyond.
Options are diverse and vary with the seasons -
Food and farming: farm walk, study crops in field and in store, crop use – handle and grind grain and maybe even bake something nice, look at sheep (fit for purpose?) and ponies and talk poo (it never goes unnoticed!) chickens, collect eggs, machinery, ...
Environment: farm walk, study habitats, relationship of crops to habitats, landscape scale environmental management, food chains, hedgerow/woodland foraging, search for evidence of wildlife......
Art and Language: (often in conjunction with the above, helps focus on the subjects being studied) Various activities, looking at colour, shape & texture, collecting materials, rubbing leaves for stains, using clay to collect textures, develop faces on trees, using a special find to build up a verse or similar, Scarecrow building (includes rhyme, rap or other scarecrows related stories)
History: Study 16th century barn – how it was made, how it was used, farming through the ages, demand for food ~ changing needs
Conclusion: for younger visitors we look to have a hands-on activity to finish the day (time permitting) and discussion about the best and worst bits of their visit, what we missed
Special Needs Visits: We are also involved in a project called ‘Let Nature Feed Your Senses’, encouraging visits from special needs groups. For more information please click on the link and ‘contact us’ to discuss your requirements.
We do encourage a group leader to call at the farm prior to the actual visit to familiarise themselves with the site, and to help us best design the day to suit your needs. We would also appreciate advice on any possible issues within a group, for example asthma, fear of, or allergy to animals, etc, we can then tweak the day to suit.
It should be noted that pregnant ladies are advised to avoid visits during lambing (mid March to mid May), or to let us know in advance, so that we can make arrangements for that individual to bypass the sheep field.