This unique residential experience offers schools the opportunity to immerse their pupils in farm life. From mucking out the donkeys to digging up the potatoes they’ll eat for dinner, children will be involved in all aspects of farm life while developing team work and resilience along the way. Evening activities will include gathering around the camp fire, before walking to the tented village where they spend the night in bell tents. The next morning there’s the feed round to do before heading back to school.
Perfect for that first residential experience, this particularly suits Years 3 and 4, but we are happy to consider all ages. To ensure the children and staff get the most out of this opportunity, we take one class or around thirty children at a time.
Your pupils will participate in a range of activities around the farm that focus on food, animals and conservation. The activities on offer will vary with the seasons to reflect the reality of life on a farm. Unexpected events often happen and our staff will endeavour to include the children in these whether it’s fixing the tractor or moving the sheep.
Everyone will work with the farm animals, this might include grooming the ponies, walking the cattle, health checking the sheep, mucking out the stables, or making a mud bath for the pigs.
All groups participate in a tour of the watermill, understanding the journey of wheat from the field to the flour they will use to make their evening meal. Children may make pizza, press apples, churn butter, dig vegetables; they will all do something towards preparing their food.
While every child will get involved with the farm animals and making food, it is not possible for every child to participate in every activity on offer; instead we aim to give the children experiences in small groups that inspire them to share and compare their learning with each other.
Other activities could include a tractor ride, foraging, fixing fences, an evening wildlife walk, toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate around the fire pit.
School staff are also very welcome to run their own activities, possibly including time for reflection, keeping a diary, sketching and games.
Children’s tents have a maximum capacity of four and are furnished with a camping mattress and a storage box for each child and a wind up lantern for the tent.
Staff tents have a maximum capacity of three and contain a camp bed and camp chair for each adult and a wind up lantern.
Staff also have access to a room with tea and coffee making facilities.
You will be provided with contact details for a member of our staff who lives on site for any overnight emergencies.
Is there a risk assessment?
There is a full risk assessment for farm camp as well as industry advice about visiting farms. These will be emailed to you after you make your booking.
When can we visit?
Farm camp is Tuesday to Wednesday or Thursday to Friday.
Arriving 9.30am – 10am and leaving around lunchtime on the second day.
Running May to October.
What does it cost?
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Staff are free at a ratio of 1:5.
As an educational charity, the William Scott Abbott Trust can offer a subsidy for children who would be unable to attend Farm Camp without financial support.
For more information
If you would like more information or have any other questions please get in touch with the education team who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Farm Camp was initiated with funding from the Mick George Community Fund in 2017 and further development was enabled through the Augean Community Fund in 2018.
This exciting programme has been made possible with £21,240 of funding from Mick George Limited through their Mick George Community Fund and £15,683 from Augean South Ltd through the Augean Community Fund. The Augean grant followed a positive recommendation from the King’s Cliffe and Thornhaugh Environmental Associations.