Schools: How To Book and FAQs
We hope we’ve covered the most commonly asked questions regarding our Education Programme below. If you have any further queries or would like to discuss your requirements please don’t hesitate to contact us by completing a booking enquiry form.
Or you can email the Education Team at [email protected]
Complete a booking enquiry form
What type of visits do you offer?
Self-Guided Visits – If you are looking for a great value, less structured day, you can enjoy the daily activities in the Farm Park, and enjoy our indoor and outdoor play with a self-guided visit. Click here for more information.
Upgraded Self-Guided Visits – these visits give you the added benefit of a base for your group, some free animal feed and your own scheduled tractor and trailer ride.
Fully Guided Themed Visits – These are our most popular visits, are curriculum linked, and the majority include a cookery workshop. We can plan these days to link to your curriculum topic and suit individual needs. We offer a selection of cross-curricular days, which are facilitated by our Award-Winning Education Team. Please click here to view the options available.
What is the cost of a visit?
We have prices to suit all pockets, full costs can be viewed here and are dependent on the type of visit you require.
How do I book?
We have a simple booking form which you can find here, once we have your information we will be in touch regarding dates and to discuss finer details.
Do I need to complete a booking form?
We aim to make the booking process as simple as possible. Filling out our online booking form ensures we have all the details we need to process your booking quickly.
Can I visit before I bring my group?
Yes, you can! Once you have booked your visit and received a confirmation email, we offer free admission for up to two teachers to complete a risk assessment. (Please note our own risk assessments are sent to you with your confirmation. They are also available to download here). Pre visits must be pre arranged by e-mailing [email protected] with your preferred pre visit date.
Please bring a copy of your confirmation with you when you come for your pre visit to show to the Farm Park staff on the kiosk. If you wish to bring any family with you, entry can be paid for online before you visit.
When and how do I pay?
Your confirmation e-mail generates an invoice from the accounts team. Payment is due two weeks before the visit unless otherwise arranged.
Invoices can be paid by BACS, by cheque, or by phoning the accounts team on 01268 290219 and asking for Natalie Wren.
Cheques need to be made payable to HR Philpot (Barleylands) Ltd
BACS details: Account No – 88407020 Sort Code: 60 02 30
Do you offer free adult places?
Yes we do! We offer one free adult for every six playing children, and adults accompanying SEN children are also free of charge.
Do you have any special offers?
Every paying child booked on to a guided visit or upgraded self-guided visit, receives a ticket to return to the Farm Park free of charge at a later date and schools can ask for up to two free family of four gift vouchers to use as raffle prizes or for fund-raising.
Some children in my class are Members of Barleylands, can they come in for free?
Our Barleylands Membership cannot be used against school visits. Our school visits are very different to a general visit to the farm with lots of additional benefits including a ticket for every paying child to return to the Farm Park at a later date free of charge and schools can ask for up to two free family of four gift vouchers to use as raffle prizes or for fund-raising.
- Will we have a guide for our visit?
What time do I need to arrive and what are your timings for the day?
We suggest 4 hours for the visit. Arriving at 10.00 a.m. when we will meet and greet you in our large coach park. Visits usually finish around 2.00p.m. but we don’t throw you out, and should you be running late, we always aim to adjust the day to make sure we complete all the activities we have planned for your particular visit.
Where can we park?
We have a large car park with ample free parking for coaches. Coach drivers receive a free hot drink at Tiptree Tea Rooms, located opposite the Farm Park entrance.
Will we be met on our arrival?
With all guided themed days and upgraded self-guided visits, we meet and greet you in our coach park. We only ask if you are running late that you phone ahead and let us know so we can reorganise our plans for you. The number to call will be on your booking confirmation e-mail.
Will we be given a timetable for the day?
Groups who have booked a fully guided visit will have a schedule in the visit information document attached to the booking confirmation.
With some groups we do send specific timetables, however we prefer to keep to the schedule outlined in the visit information document, which allows us to ensure you complete every activity we have planned without missing anything, if for example you are running late.
Groups who have booked a self-guided or upgraded-self guided visit will be sent a link to our daily activities in their booking confirmation, and if booking an upgraded self-guided visit, any times, e.g. tractor rides, will be given out on arrival to the farm.
You will have the team with you all day unless you are a self-guided visit and will receive first-class customer service.
Please see comments from other visiting schools below.
“Our year 2s visited your farm yesterday… The day was amazing! Well organised, incredible staff and full of fantastic opportunities for the children. “
Stanway Fiveways Primary – May 2021
“Great fun, lovely staff, well organised. AMAZING!”
Oaklands School – November 2019
“We always love it here. Staff are excellent and co-operative. We come every year!”
Bishops Stortford College – October 2019
“We had an excellent and informative visit. The staff were fantastic. Thank you!”
Parsloes Primary – February 2020
Where can we eat our lunch?
If you have booked a fully guided themed day, you will have the classroom you are based in for the day, and can eat lunch in here. We always hope the weather will be kind enough for you to enjoy our lovely large Farm Park and eat outside.
I have booked a self-guided visit. Will we have a base for lunch?
We have lots of areas around the Farm Park for self-guided visitors to enjoy a picnic lunch.
There is an option to upgrade your self-guided visit, and for a small additional cost will have a base for the day, a personal, timed tractor and trailer ride for your group, and some free animal feed.
Is there cover/ shade for outside eating?
We have some shaded areas outside. We generally plan somewhere for you to eat out of the sun, however if you book a self-guided visit without an upgrade, we do not offer a base.
Where can we put our lunch things?
We have large lunchbox trollies where you can store your lunch and take them to other areas of the park to picnic.
Lunch box trollies must be returned to the area they were collected from at the end of the day.
Is there somewhere to get drinking water, a hot drink or snacks?
Unfortunately all of our drinking fountains are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. We do however have Tiptree Tea Rooms based just opposite the Farm Park that sells hot drinks and food. Tiptree also have a small kiosk within the Farm Park Indoor Play Barn, which sells hot/cold drinks and snacks.
Where are the toilets ?
We have toilets in various parts of the farm, and encourage schools to come for a complimentary pre-visit to familiarise themselves with the Farm Park. We will however let you know where the toilets are during your health and safety talk at the start of your day. You can also view our recently updated map of the Farm Park, by clicking here.
Will anyone else be on the farm?
The Farm Park is open to the public, but we have plenty of space, and our themed educational visits are planned in such a way that you have your own classroom, and will be in areas of the park where the public don’t have access. We have capacity to accommodate up to three schools on any one day, all separate from one another.
- We have children with allergies, can you cater for them?
Do you use nuts in the cooking?
We do not use nuts at Barleylands, but cannot guarantee there has been no cross contamination in the manufacturing process. Please see information in our comprehensive Risk Assessments by clicking here.
Do you cater for Special Educational Needs groups?
Yes, we do! We have several SEN groups who regularly visit throughout the year. We generally suggest you book a self–guided visit and enjoy the many activities set out by the Farm Park, but there is an option to book a ‘Farmer Tour’ giving you an hour with one of our qualified team, click here for more information.
Do you offer visits for home schooled children?
We offer a group rate for registered groups of home schooled children. You must be a group of 15 or more paying customers to qualify for the group rate.
How does the Hatching Programme work?
Schools and Groups can now take advantage of our chick hatching programme, offering the chance to interact, care and learn about chickens. See new life emerge before your eyes. This is a unique opportunity for your class and truly memorable for pupils. Click here to find out more. You can download a risk assessment here.
What is the difference between guided and self-guided?
Our guided visits, are staff led themed days, so you will have education assistants assigned to your group. We have a range of different themed days to choose from.
Our self-guided visits, offer you the flexibility to enjoy the daily activities in the farm park, and time to enjoy some indoor or outdoor play (these are particularly suited to pre-schools and nurseries, or groups bringing a large number of adults. They are also particularly popular with small SEN groups for who there is no minimum number of children. Small groups of up to 10 people can add a one hour Farmer Tour to their booking.