School Workshops & Tours
Surrey Docks Farm has an excellent educational reputation. We offer a range of hands-on practical workshops and guided tours tailored to support the National Curriculum and specific teacher requirements. We have a fully equipped classroom, hand washing and toilet facilities.
The main farm site remains closed to visitors on weekday mornings so we can safely accommodate schools, nurseries and group visits. These visits must be booked in advance and at present we’re not able to offer self-guided group visits.
The cost for workshops and tours is £170 per class (maximum of 30 children with a charge of £5/child thereafter). This includes use of our classroom for your lunchtime and 10 bags of animal feed. After lunch you can independently explore the Farm and pupils can feed the animals. We have a self-guided photo trail which is also available on request to use after lunch.
Below is a list of our current workshops and tours on offer for Summer 2021:
Discover more about the animals that live on the farm including pigs, goats, sheep and poultry. This is an excellent opportunity for children to learn more about where their food comes from and to get up close and touch the animals. We will discuss the origins of different food including meat, eggs, bread and vegetables. Includes an animal feeding session.
This workshop enables children to explore the life of a honey bee and identify pollinators around the Farm. Children learn about bee products, looking at examples in the classroom and will get to roll wax to make their own candles.
In this Spring/Summer workshop children will meet our young animals out on the Farm, including lambs and goat kids. They’ll learn new vocabulary and carry out a stamp collecting activity in our classroom. This workshop is best suited to younger age groups.
Children will look at the range of fruit and vegetable plants grown on our Farm and discuss the uses of plants in food. We’ll also explore plant care and growth, with a seed sowing activity in the classroom with children taking a pot away with them to care for.
Composting and Recycling
This workshop teaches children about composting, food webs and biodiversity. They’ll learn what goes into a compost heap, get up close to the minibeasts that live there and will sieve their own compost.
Teachers and educators are welcome to visit the Farm before booking an activity or to prepare risk assessments, please get in touch to arrange this to ensure you arrive when the site is open.
If you would like to book a workshop or tour, please complete the above enquiry form. If you would like further information please contact Gemma Hooper, our Manager by email.