Farmer Palmer Groups
We offer a massive 40% discount on admission prices for all pre-booked groups consisting of over 20 people
Our Farmer Palmer group discount is perfect for any groups with under 8's, including -
- Mums & toddler social groups
- Tiny tots & friends
- Coffee morning get togethers!
Please note: Must be pre-booked groups to qualify for discount (of 20 or more paying persons)
Farmer Palmers Farm Park is a fantastic destination for school groups delivering masses of hands-on learning, bucket loads of farm-themed education and best of all....animaltastic fun!!
We are proud to have achieved our Farms For Schools Acredditation which is nationally recognised by DEFRA, so you can be assured for a safe activity day with us!
We provide you with a downloadable PDF of School Visit Information & Teachers Guidance notes at the bottom of this page. Our Risk Assessment and Access Statement can also be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
We do advise a (Free) pre-visit to our farm, during which you can carry out your own risk assessment and become familiar with the site.
Also, you can download the Health & Safety Executives Agricultural Visit Avoiding Ill Health information pages and Additional HSE school search page
You'll need Adobe Acrobat to read these PDF's - you can download Adobe Acrobat here.
A copy of the Farmer Palmer’s EDUCATION PACK is available on request.
You may also find the "Food a Fact of Life" website useful resource for educational material.
What you a typical visit to the farm includes:
- Upon arrival everyone can congregate in the Milking Demo Theatre to leave bags etc.
- Depending upon numbers we suggest the group is split into two for the guinea pig handling from 10.15–10.45am. One half visits at 10.15 while the other play then the 2nd group visits at 10.30am. Please then join in the Animal Barn activities in the timetable as they happen. In between we suggest the children do one of the other activities on offer, such as playing, the tractor ride or a counting activity.
- When busy there will be a milking demo and a lamb feed at the same time to ensure everyone sees everything.
- Before lunch, children are taken to wash their hands and then they eat their lunch. Lunch takes place in the party rooms if it is cold or wet i.e.Oct – March or in the picnic area in good weather.
- In the afternoon, many groups resume the timetable or choose to do the Woodland Walk following the route on the map. This takes about an 15-20 minutes to complete.
- The day finishes back in the Milking Demonstration Area with the real cow milking demo. (Please note all bags etc may need to be returned to the coach by 1.30pm as this is also a public demonstration).
Areas available for your own fieldwork:
- Animal Barn for animal studies, counting, colours, movement & sound
- Buildings for shapes and materials
- Duckpond & woodland walk for habitat
- Milking Demonstration Area for food chain study
- Play areas & equipment for physical & emotional development
- Woodland and river for wildlife investigations
Activities we can provide on the farm:
- Learning about animals/Habitat/Life Processes - “Hands-on” interaction with a variety of animals including talks from the dedicated staff, explaining more about the animals and how they are kept at Farmer Palmer’s
- Various mediums of indoor & outdoor play equipment –sand, straw, motion tractors, bouncing castles
- Trailer ride around the farm @ 11.45 or 1.15
For Key Stage 1 we can incorporate....
- Science - Life processes/seasonal changes/habitats/care of living things & food chains
- Mathematics – Counting/shapes/measuring growth & collecting data
- English – Reading & writing animal stories & looking at topical issues
- Art & Design – Animals & plants in design & photography
- Drama – Role-play/enacting life cycles/making masks
- Geography – Human influences on the environment/water cycle
- PE – Animal movement & the children’s
- PSHE & Citizenship – Question time
- A covered area suitable as a meeting point, for packed lunches or for wet weather activities: In the Milking Demonstration area or Party Rooms (In Winter)
- Picnic areas: Milking Demo, Outside Picnic Tables or Party Rooms (in winter)
- Toilets: In the Hen House Restaurant Building
- Hand-washing facilities: On the Restaurant wall in the centre of the yard & inside in the toilets.
- Access for those with disabilities: All of Farmer Palmer's Farm Park has disable access (although fields can be unsuitable after heavy rains)
- Meeting point if children get lost: Any lost children should be reported to/or brought to the shop or restaurant where a member of staff will help. A suggested meeting point is at the front of the Hen House Restaurant near the railings
- Place to go to if there is an emergency: All staff wear Farmer Palmer’s T-shirts and all departments have a radio