Suitability of activities
All school and children’s clubs are welcome to take part in our education activities. Please contact the School Bookings Officer if you would like to discuss the suitability of any of the activities for children.
You and your adult helpers are responsible for the control and discipline of the children at all times. Please note the information given in the Health & Safety section.
Immediate supervision (i.e. every child must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times), is required for all Manor Farm & Country Park stipulate this and recommend a ratio of at least 1:6 adults for children under 5 years, 1:8 for under 8 years and 1:12 for 8 to 18 year olds, with a minimum of one qualified teacher for every group or class. Loco parentis remains with the accompanying teachers / group leaders throughout the visit.
Please ensure that all teachers and adult helpers accompanying the party are properly briefed about their responsibilities and have all relevant information relating to the visit prior to arrival.
Refreshments and lunch facilities
Please note, for health & safety reasons, no food, including snacks or picnics, may be brought into or consumed inside the farm itself. Picnic facilities are available on the green outside the farm entrance / reception barn and also in Barnfield and Toplands areas of the Country Park. In the event of wet weather cover is usually available for the children to eat their packed lunches. Please seek advice from the farm reception staff on the day.
Refreshments, including tea/coffee and light meals are available on-site from the Café at Manor Farm, if required. The Café is situated between the farm car park and the farm entrance / reception barn and is open every day throughout the year.
Toilets and hand washing facilities
The main toilets and hand-washing facilities, including provision for disabled visitors, are located just outside the farm entrance / reception barn. In addition, hand washing facilities are located outside the farmhouse, in the milking parlour and at the front of reception.
Clothing and costume
The quality of visit, particularly for those participating in the Wartime Week and Victorian Life Special Activities, can be greatly enhance if the children are able to dress in period costume. The discussion and investigation involved in researching the clothing of the period is one example of the many opportunities associated with the classroom study.
However, Manor Farm & Country Park is an outdoor facility and it is strongly recommended that all visitors dress appropriately for this. Please make sure that all children wear suitable outdoor shoes that are flat and bring appropriate clothes to protect them from the prevailing weather conditions. The farm will be muddy following wet weather. Consideration should also be given for suitable sun protection in hot weather.