Outdoor Education Centre

We pride ourselves on making the day bespoke for each school. Rather than have a menu system where schools have a restricted choice, we are happy to plan activities using our resources to fit your needs.

This might mean creating a day centred around a cross curricular topic or a book or character for instance. We take time to plan with yourselves so the day is relevant and engaging for your pupils.

Resources

Click on the tabs below to find out about the resources available to you.

The Farm

  • 250 Milking Cows
  • 500 Cows in Herd
  • Milking Parlour
  • 150 Pig Unit with viewing galleries
  • 570 Sheep (expecting over 1000 lambs, springtime only)
  • Chickens, Ducks and Goats
  • Alpacas
  • Maize, Wheat and Lucerne Crops (in season)

The Zoo

  • Purpose built licenced zoo housing over 125 different species of animals
  • Indoor viewing areas with a selection of reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates
  • Outdoor enclosures with mammals and birds of prey
  • Examples of some animals include; spider monkeys, tapirs, ring tailed lemurs, capybaras, meerkats, wallabies, giant tortoises, water dragon, snakes, cane toads, tarantulas, clown fish, to name just a few!

The Pet Barn

  • Handling opportunities for small pet animals
  • Selection of rabbits
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Rats and mice
  • Gerbils and hamsters
  • Degus

The Woodlands, Parkland and Ponds

  • Grounds of 21 hectares
  • Parkland and lake with a fantastic selection of trees and plants
  • Woodlands with wild habitats, plants and native trees
  • Ponds for pond dipping

Example topics and activities

Click on the tabs below to find out about the example topics and activities we can offer you.

Food and Farming

  • Farm tour
  • Journey of milk
  • Where does our food come from?
  • Day in the life of a farmer
  • Milking Patricia
  • Butter and soft cheese making
  • New life; lambs, piglets and calves
  • Growth and change
  • Animals and us
  • Senses

The Zoo

  • Classification
  • Habitats and adaptation
  • Ecosystems
  • Food chains
  • Lifecycles
  • Rainforests
  • Minibeasts
  • Animals from around the world
  • Teeth and skeletons
  • Animal welfare and being a zookeeper

The Woodlands, Parkland and Ponds

  • Forest Schools
  • Lifecycles
  • Plant and tree identification
  • Structure of plants
  • Habitats
  • Minbeasts
  • Pond dipping
  • Andrew Goldsworthy
  • Environmental art and draft
  • Maps and direction
  • Woodland walks and trails
  • Scavenger hunts
  • The Gruffulo, Stickman, Gingerbread man!
  • Sensory activities