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. All visits must be booked in advance.  

The cost for workshops and staff-led farm tours is £170 per class (maximum of 30 children with a charge of £5/child thereafter). This includes staff led sessions from 10:30am-12pm with 15 animal feed bags provided, followed by use of our classroom for your lunch from 12pm-1pm. After lunch you can independently explore the Farm until 2pm, we have a self-guided photo trail which is also available on request.

We also offer a self-led option for £60 per class. This gives you access to the Farm from 10:30am – 1pm and includes 15 bags of animal feed and use of our classroom from 12pm-1pm. These visits will need to booked and paid for online in advance.

 

From September – December 2021 we are offering staff-led interactive Farm Tours on Tuesday and Friday mornings. We are also able to accommodate self-led visits on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. 

 

 

School Farm Tour

Farm Tour 

Discover more about the animals that live on the farm including pigs, goats, sheep and poultry with one of our Farmers. 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 a hands-on animal feeding session with the sheep and goats.

Available to book on Tuesday or Friday mornings from September 2021 onwards.

 

From January 2022, in addition to self led visits and farm tours we’ll be offering our popular workshops on Tuesday mornings.

 

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.

Available on Tuesdays from January 2022

Bee Trail 

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.

Available on Tuesdays from January 2022

Vegetable Trail 

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.

Available on Tuesdays from January 2022.

Animals & Their Babies Tour

Young Animals

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.

Available on Tuesdays from April 2022

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.

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