“Learning is experiencing, everything else is just information” Albert Einstein
FREE Visits For Schools
At Fordhall we offer stimulating educational experience days for groups of all ages.
A day at Fordhall will bring to life many areas of the National Curriculum, including Science, PSHE, Geography, History, English, Art and Citizenship.
Here are some of the many topics a visit to the farm will cover:
- Community land ownership
- Pig rearing
- Organic farming principals – even a bit of Foggage!
- Habitat studies – streams, woodlands, wetlands, rivers, grasslands and hedgerow
- Organic sheep and cow production
- Free range chicken production
- Ring and Bailey Castle studies
- Local history – Fordhall was one of England’s first commercial yoghurt producers
- Geographical river studies
- Land use and woodland management
- Food miles and local food production (in conjunction with a visit to our farm shop)
- Mini-beast studies
- Arts and creative crafts
Our group facilities are improving constantly. We have a dry classroom and a brand new human pig-arc for indoor activities, a forest school area, a picnic area and of course, access to the fields, meadows and woodlands. Coach parking is available and we have a thought provoking compost loo (in addition to conventional toilets).
Programmes can be tailored to suit your group’s needs and whilst visits are generally planned and delivered by our experienced education staff, schools are welcome to lead their own visits. Please contact us to discuss your requirements, for support in planning and to make your booking.
We can currently offer one free visit per school per year subject to availability. Contact us to check if we have any available for your school.
All visits must be booked in advance and we encourage a pre-visit by group leaders.
Download our TEACHER’S PACK 2017
For testimonials from some of our past school visits click here
For Interest Groups
We can also cater for your local group whether it is U3A, WI, Rotary, Natural History, Organic Gardeners or other. Why not choose something different and arrange a visit to England’s first community-owned farm.
We offer guided walks by Charlotte Hollins around Fordhall. These generally take about 1.5 hours and provide you with the inspiring behind the scenes story of how this historic farm was saved from development by thousands of people across the world. The walk also covers the unique Foggage farming system, organics, volunteering and more.
Walks can be offered free of charge, and refreshments can be organised on request for a small charge. This may consist of anything from a cup of tea and cake to a full buffet. Or you may decide to bring your own picnic and make an afternoon of it in the picnic area.
Walks need to be booked for a minimum of 10 people with a maximum of 25. The terrain is variable with moderate hills and there are no styles to climb.
If you are interested in booking a walk at Fordhall please contact the office on 01630 638696 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.