Educational Visits


Educational visits have been a big part of our work for over a decade now and we have been delighted to work with a huge number of schools, educational establishments, residential homes and social groups during this time.   We have had visitors aged 0 to over 100!


Prices for 2019

  • A 1.5 hour group visit* is £50 + VAT (£60 in total). These are especially good for early years groups, uniformed groups or as a quick introduction to the farm.
  • For a 2 hour group visit, the cost is £66 + VAT (£79.20 in total) - our most popular option.
  • For a 3 hour group visit, the cost is £100 + VAT (£120 in total).
  • For a full day group visit, the cost is £167 + VAT ( £200.40 in total; a two course organic lunch, which we provide, is an additional £2.50 per pupil and £3 per adult.)  
Please be aware that we do not allow packed lunches to be eaten on site.  This is because we are so passionate about great quality food.  All our food is prepared in our kitchen with our own organic meat and locally produced  - as far as possible - ingredients with no added colours or preservatives. We are very happy to work around dietary needs; just let us know when you are booking.  And we have years of experience of fussy eaters! 


Discounts: because of how we are using our Countryside Stewardship funding, we have a number of £100 discounts available for those groups who choose to come do a full day 'Gather, Prepare, Cook and Eat' session with us.  It's the perfect opportunity to meet your DT objectives, build life skills and can easily be tied in to another curriculum area.  


Fancy a change of scene?

Some of you may know the education building used by Eden Rivers Trust at Aglionby.  As we rent and farm land down there,  we can  now run the same kind of farm visits there as at The Croft.  The land is very beautiful, close to Carlisle, full of wildlife and private property, which means a visit here is a real treat which you might otherwise miss.  Visits here would be ideal for those wishing to look specifically at wildlife, farming, science or the Cumbrian landscape.  


Science objectives we can meet during an Aglionby visit: 
Year 1: exploring the world around, observing, identifying and classifying
Year 2: identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
Year 3: explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal
Year 4explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
Year 5describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
Year 6: give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics

We can also link objectives to geography (key physical features) and design technology (understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed).  


These visits will be run again late winter/early spring.  We have a number of grant funded visits available during this period.  Please get in touch for more information.  


Lambing Visits

We expect lambing to start on Tuesday March 12th and visits can be linked to topics of spring, ourselves or life cycles.  These sessions are always very popular and get booked up quickly so do let us know if you would like to come along.  Please note that pregnant women should not take part in these visits due to the risk of infection.    


Contact Ruth on 07862254575 or by email at for more information or to make a booking.


*A 'group' is generally classed as a typical school class of around 30; bigger groups may be accommodated by prior arrangement.