Arrange a Visit

We can offer farm tours, talks and hands-on activities to groups of all ages, abilities and interests. Students can learn first-hand about farm-related issues such as sustainable land management, biodiversity, farm animal welfare and healthy food production from field to fork.

We can support the school curriculum at all Key Stages, particularly science, geography, environmental studies, PSHE and catering. Each visit is tailored to meet the specific objectives of the group.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer farm tours to individuals or individual families and the Education Centre is always closed at weekends.

Options include investigating the principles of organic farming, touring the farm past our fields of sheep and water buffalo, viewing our buffalo milking parlour, bottle-feeding our buffalo calves, planting salads in pots, appreciating our compost facility and vineyard.  We have a suitable stretch of the River Test can be accessed, by prior arrangement, for your own investigations. From April to June our lovely hand-reared lambs can be petted.

Where relevant to their studies, small groups of older students may visit our licensed soil laboratories, view our mozzarella production through the window and/or visit the viewing gallery of our on-site abattoir (N.B. The abattoir is no longer operational but the slaughter process can still be explained).

You may choose to have a short PowerPoint presentation in the classroom, adapted to your requirements, such as a simple look at why farmers keep animals and grow crops a farm overview that includes slides about selective breeding, slides about organic soil management (farmers/gardeners) etc. etc.

Most visits are with us from 10am to 12pm Monday to Friday and preferably in term time but can be arranged up until 5pm if required. We can host groups of all sizes from 7 to 70.

Your own transport is required all day for touring the farm. All visit destinations are accessible by minibuses and most are accessible by one or two single-decker coaches (no longer than 13m) or a convoy of up to 8 cars.

Outdoor clothing, wellies or outdoor shoes and your own First Aid arrangements are advised. Picnic lunches may be eaten in the classroom or outside on the picnic benches, weather permitting. Mozzarella samples may be pre-ordered at least one week in advance (minimum of 6 x 125g balls for £9).

First time group leaders must attend a pre-visit consultation to tour the farm, sign our comprehensive risk assessment and plan a suitable schedule with us. Please note that our on-site farm shop has closed and we do not offer any items for sale.

 

Contact: Alison Richards

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01256 772 805

 

Voluntary donations to our charity ‘The Laverstoke Foundation’ (reg. no. 1098108) are most welcome and help to meet our running costs.