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School and Educational Visits

Book a visit to our exciting farm studies centre at Broom House Farm, 5 miles west of Durham. Here we are passionate about getting children on to the farms so that they can learn about farming in the 21st century, the relationship between the countryside and their food.  Let’s get children into the countryside for hands-on learning and fun!

Broom House is a working organic farm, with main enterprises of Sheep and Beef Cattle plus arable, pork and egg production.  We have been offering school visits with a difference for 10 years and have won awards for leading the way in outdoor education. Our educational visits are planned to fit around the needs of the group and take into account the seasons and what is going on on the farm at the time of the visit.

The following topics can be covered

  • Food – Field to Fork
  • Growth & Lifecycles
  • Habitats
  • Mini-beasts, pond dipping
  • Jobs & Our World
  • Farm Diversification
  • Organic Farming
  • Different Farming Systems
  • Seasonal activities
  • Animals & their babies
  • Orienteering

Please note that the Forest Adventure Trail is also available for use for school groups.  We are Forest School trained and can do Forest School activities.   There are also  quizzes  based around the idea of being nature detectives and the trails can be used for orienteering and team building work.  In addition we have an Adventure Climbing Trail.

  • Programmes are tailored to the curricula needs of teaching staff.
  • We cater for KS1-3, GCSE and A level field trips as well as special needs & individual case studies
  • We also offer visits to non school groups eg: Brownies, Holiday Clubs, Home Educating groups
  • Some visits are funded by the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and these are free of charge
  • Groups are welcome morning and afternoon or for full day visits
  • Risk assessments and Previsits available
  • Tailored downloadable visit plans
  • Follow on activities for teachers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LotC & CEVAS accredited

FACILITIES

  • Lots of handwashing stations, toilets, kitchen.
  • Ample parking for coaches
  • Full disabled facilities and access
  • Visits include free admission to Adventure Nature Trail
  • Trailer rides
  • Treasure Hunts
  • Large areas for play/games
  • lunch space/picnic area
  • wet weather classsroom   
 E COLI - for the latest HSE advice please check this link: www.hse.gov.uk/campaigns/farmsafe/ecoli.htm

 FEEDBACK

Just a formal thanks for the wonderful visit on Tuesday.  We had a fabulous day and came away buzzing with information and facts about farming.  The children learned so much about real farming. Thank you, thank you, thank you !!!

Hi Jane
Thank you for a wonderful visit today. 
It was absolutely perfect for our children and everyone enjoyed every minute. R will be talking about being a sheepdog with farmer Mark for a very long time.  He was keen to tell everyone when we returned to school! Thank you for making us so welcome and for all your efforts in making everything so easy and accessible. You pitched everything 'just right' and it was so good to see the children interacting with the animals. The lunch was a real hit with everyone and I think a few members of staff are planning to sample more of your menu. They were telling everyone how wonderful the day had been.  Once again many, many thanks for everything, and to Mark too.


Hi Jane,I would just like to say a big "Thank You"to you and Ruth for making our visits to the farm so enjoyable. Once again the children throughly enjoyed the visits, even though the weather was not too kind to us and they learnt a great deal about life on a farm.  Ruth was quickly able to "tune in" to our childrens levels of understanding and did a fantastic job.Please pass on my thanks to her.

Hello, Thank you very much for a fabulous trip today.  It was perfectly tailored to consolidate work we have done in class and it was great that the children got to be hands on and experience things first hand.  The children (and adults) all had a brilliant day and I've had several requests to come back for another visit. Ruth mentioned some other activities that might fit in with some of our science topics later in the year so I think it is highly likely we'll be back.  I think it has been one of the best trips we've done and I'm sure will be very memorable for the children.

 

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 Our Coffee Shop is open daily 9.30am-5pm with lots of delicious meals being served (last food orders 4.30 please)!  The Farm Butchery is open everyday 8am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 4.30pm on Sundays.  Our Forest Adventure is open daily, closing for the winter after 3rd November 2014.

We are open on Bank Holidays.

This award winning farm leads the way in outdoor education.  Children of all ages and abilities can learn about farming in the 21st century, the relationship between the countryside & their food - and have some fresh air and fun!

Copies of our health and safety policy and risk assessments will be available before all visits and individual pre-visit risk assessments will be carried out with staff.  Our CEVAS and LoTC accreditation means that we have undertaken training and demonstrated best practice for school visits

For Further information please contact Jane Gray

 


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