Guided Visits

Guided Visits for schools – Cross curricular days facilitated by our Award Winning Education Team

We are proud to hold our Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Below you will find details of our most popular themed guided visits, including literary themes and historic days. We love a challenge here at Barleylands and can adapt most of our days to fit your topic. Over the years we have arranged bespoke days for schools to fit their curriculum needs. Please speak to us if you have an unusual topic.  We love a challenge and have won awards for some of the themed visits we have facilitated.  See below a list of our popular themed days.

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We have a large FREE car park for coaches and cars and we offer coach drivers a voucher for tea and Tiptree Tea Room.

Some of our guided themed topics:
  • Cow to Cone Days - NEW Spring/Summer 2022 (KS1&2)

    Have you ever wondered how ice cream is made?  Cows provide the main ingredient for ice cream, so the farm is a great place to learn how ice cream is made and make your own!

    Enjoy a day on the farm with lots of outdoor play, animal feeding, visiting the aviary, reptile house, Discovery Centre, a tractor and trailer ride,  and make your own delicious ice cream to eat during your visit.

    Our Cow to Cone day can be adapted for KS2 children, with more focus on STEM education, to include making ice cream without a freezer! (additional costs apply)

  • Field to Fork Days (EYFS, KS1, 2, 3 & 4)

    Learn about food, farming and nutrition, exploring different farming methods and how we can ensure the food farmers produce can continue to be produced for years to come while looking after the environment at the same time. Great for topics relating to the environment and climate change. Children will identify seeds, visit our polytunnel, crop tyres and take a tractor ride around the farm. They will also cook a healthy snack from scratch in one of our kitchen/classrooms to take back to school.

    “What an amazing, well organised, purposeful, fun and stress free day.”Kingswood Primary.

  • Nature Detective & Bird Spotters Days (EYFS, KS1 & 2)

    Offering lots of fresh air and fun, children will enjoy a bug hunt in our woodland walk,  visit our wonderful free flight bird aviary, home to an array of beautiful birds, learn about the Woolly Bear Caterpillar and make butterfly biscuits to take back to school.  There will also be a tractor and trailer ride around the farm.

  • Healthy Lunchbox & Food Miles Day (KS1 & 2)

    Find out what makes a healthy lunchbox and how far your food has travelled. Our interactive game is a great way for children to learn about food miles.

    Children will make a seasonal fruit salad and a fresh bread roll using locally produced flour to take back to school.

    “We had a lovely time, it was 100% successful”. St Joseph’s.

  • Little Red Hen Days (Excellent for EYFS)

    Where better to follow the story than on the farm itself! Look at growing wheat, take a tractor and trailer ride around the farm, grind some wheat in our Discovery Barn, and see it turn into flour, make bread in our kitchen/classroom (just like the Little Red Hen), and visit the animals on the farm.  You can take a peek to see if our hens have laid any eggs!

    “I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely day, the children have a really nice day and it really brought the story of The Little Red to life for them. The staff were lovely and everything ran as smooth as clockwork.” Shenfield St Mary’s School.

  • Hungry Caterpillar Days (EYFS & KS1)

    The Farm is an excellent destination to link the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to science, literacy, and D & T. Learn about the different foods grown on the farm and which ones the Hungry Caterpillar ate! Each child will make a Hungry Caterpillar layered rainbow salad with healthy fruit and vegetables; some picked from our polytunnel. Explore the farm, meet our animals, take a tractor and trailer ride, and enjoy a bug hunt in our wildlife area while hunting for our beautiful butterfly.

    “Very positive Day – a repeat visit and the educational advisor was brilliant”. Woodlands Hutton Manor.

  • Gingerbread Man Days (EYFS & KS1)

    Linking traditional tales in literacy with geography and science, children will learn more about this story as they participate in a gingerbread making and decorating baking session. Understand facts about the ingredients used, including how and where they are grown. On the farm, engage in learning more about the animals that chased the Gingerbread Man whilst meeting our very own farm animals, and enjoy a tractor and trailer ride around the farm.

    “Super day with helpful friendly staff – it was perfect”. Bishop’s Stortford College.

  • Beatrix Potter Days (Peter Rabbit & Other Stories (KS1 & 2)

    This extremely cross curricular day will bring the tale of Peter Rabbit to life. Visit Mr McGregor’s polytunnel, follow a trail to find Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, and the scarecrow wearing Peter’s jacket! Jump on board our tractor ride around the fields and hedgerows and look at how farming and life in the countryside differs between Essex and Beatrix Potter’s home in the Lake District. Cook some blackberry and apple crumbles in one of our kitchen/classrooms to take back to school. The blackberries have of course been picked by Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail!

    “The staff were fantastic and so friendly with the children. The whole day was expertly led and a real pleasure. Please pass on our praise and thanks to all involved. Thank you also for dealing with our booking so efficiently.” Widford Lodge School.

  • Amazing Kitchen Science (KS1 & 2)

    Children are natural scientists. Our kitchen science allows them to be creative, make predictions, and have fun using everyday farm grown ingredients to experiment in the kitchen and investigate physical and chemical transformations. From Cornflour Slime to Lava Lunacy and Magic Skittle Science, the list is endless. This activity can be combined with our Field to Fork days with children turning their hands to our science activities instead of making healthy pizzas.

    “Just wanted to say thank you so much for a great trip today – all the children and staff really enjoyed it. Nicola & Lizzie did a great job of guiding us through the day, making it all go very smoothly. Thanks again.” Kelvedon Hatch School.

  • Edible Science (KS1 & 2)

    Discover the wonders of milk and how it is produced. Learn about the animals that give us milk, the foods made from milk, and make your own butter on the farm. You will meet our other farm animals and enjoy a tractor and trailer ride around the farm.

    “It was such a well organised day and both staff and pupils had a great day. We were particularly impressed with how well you organised the day for such a large group (240 children!!)” Manor Infant School.

  • Habitat & Food Chains (EYFS, KS1 & 2)

    Imperial Birds of Prey based at Barleylands are specialists in Birds of Prey and Reptiles. We can link your visit to many science and geography topics, incorporating a Reptile Workshop from the Birds of Prey team (additional costs apply).

    “I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely visit to Barleylands. We all enjoyed it. The children were talking about it non-stop today. Thank you to all of your staff for making it a wonderful day.” Clockhouse Primary School

  • Stone Age to Iron Age (KS1 & 2)

    Travel back in time and learn how we began to grow food and domesticate animals. Meet our animals on the farm, grind grains into flour using a quern,  and cook with Emmer wheat, an ancient grain, which was the first wheat ever cultivated. Make a stone age stew using berries from the hedgerows and other ingredients that were around during the Stone Age. Try to catch your dinner (our giant cut out Saber Tooth Tiger and Mammoth)  with spears and stones (we use foam javelins and beanbags) There is also an opportunity to do some Cave Art, learning how paints were made and coloured.  Children can visit crops and veg in our polytunnel, incorporating a little maths, as children learn the difference between how we are farming in the 21st century compared to when the Celts were farming.

    “Thank you so much for a wonderful day. The children and the adults have had a fabulous time. We will be back next year! Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Elm Park Primary.

  • History Days (KS1 & 2)

    Barleylands is an excellent destination to bring your history topic to life.  We facilitate history days to link with a wide range of topics and love a challenge, so please contact us at [email protected] to discuss a visit.  We have facilitated a Florence Nightingale Day, The Mayflower, Barleylands and local history, The Aztecs, The Great Fire of London, and WW2.  

    “Children were engaged and learned a lot. Excellent staff, friendly and very informative. I would recommend this trip to others.”Trinity St Marys School.

  • Rocks & Soils (KS2)

    Science on the farm is fun, and our rocks and soils workshops allows children to touch and squish soil, and work out what it is composed of.  Children will find out why soil is so important to farmers, learn about different types of soils, and take part in experiments.

    In the Barleylands kitchen, children can create an edible soil horizon using sweets, and biscuits to take back to school.  Alternatively, the children can create healthy pizzas in the kitchen, learning about foodstuffs grown in our polytunnel. After all, without soil, we would have no food!

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