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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 12 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
  • Orienteering
  • Growth & Lifecycles
  • Habitats
  • Mini-beasts
  • Jobs & Our World
  • Farm Diversification
  • Organic Farming
  • Different Farming Systems
  • Seasonal activities
  • Animals & their babies
  • World War One/Two - rural issues then and now

Please note that the Forest Adventure Trail is also available for use for school groups.  We are fully 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.

For risk assessments and Health & Safety information please see our blog page - please read this information before all visits and let us know if you have any special needs or requirements

Days out at farms are an enjoyable educational experience for many people. However, animals can carry infections that may be harmful to people, especially children and pregnant women. Please wash hands with soap and water.  For more information about ways people can keep themselves healthy during farm visits, please visit this website

  • Programmes are tailored to the curricula needs of teaching staff.
  • We cater for KS1-3, GCSE and A level field trips for Business Studies, Food Technology, Geography and Biology as well as special needs & individual case studies
  • We 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, although cancellations with less than 14 days notice will be charged a £100.00 fee for pre-visit work etc. These visits are now fully booked for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Non funded visits cost £6.50/head with a minimum cost of £100 for a 4 hour visit
  • 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • CEVAS accredited


  • 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:




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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COFFEE SHOP 01913718382 Open everyday 9am-4.30

FARM SHOP 01913718839  Open everyday 9am-5pm (9.30am-4.30pm on Sundays) 

FOREST ADVENTURE The Forest Adventure is now closed for the winter

Friendly dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.


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 are available through our blog page - please read these before all visits and let us know if you have any special needs or requirements

Our CEVAS & Forest School accreditation means that we have undertaken training and demonstrated best practice for school visits

For Further information please contact Jane Gray or Ruth Moreland


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