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

We are proud to hold our Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and all staff working with children hold enhanced DBS Certificates.

Below you’ll 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. See below a list of our popular themed days.

For information on costings, please click here.

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

To discuss your visit to Barleylands please contact Karen Watson on 07545 861189 or email

Click here to download our visitor information document and risk assessment

  • BFG Day

    Enjoy a fun filled day in the farm park following our alphabet trail which will lead you to the BFG’s massive chair!  You will make your very own BFG ears to listen to the sounds on the farm and meet our family of animals as you search for the chair.

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

    Our most popular day! Meet and feed our farm animals, learn all about the farming year, explore farming methods and food production in our discovery barn, grind wheat, identify seeds, visit our polytunnel and take a tractor ride around the farm.  Children will 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 and Bird Spotters Day - NEW for 2017 (EYFS, KS1 and KS2)

    Offering lots of fresh air and fun, children will take part in one of our nature detective sessions (activities vary with each season), visit our wonderful free flight bird aviary, home to an array of beautiful birds including finches, canaries, golden song sparrows and diamond doves, and make a bird feeder to take back to school.  There will also be a tractor and trailer ride around the farm.

  • Healthy Lunchbox Days (EYFS, KS1, KS2 all ages)

    Children can discover the origin of their food and what food groups they belong to. They will find out what makes a healthy lunchbox and make a healthy snack from scratch to take back to school. On the farm, visit the animals, walk around our Discovery Barn where you can make a healthy lunchbox, visit our polytunnel and enjoy a tractor and trailer ride around the farm.

    “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! Make a Hungry Caterpillar Delight of layered 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 & KS2)

    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 & KS2)

    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.

  • Changing Materials (KS1 & KS2)

    Take advantage of our kitchen/classroom to explore reversible and irreversible changes in food. Make some butter to take back to school, learn more about how your milk is produced and enjoy a tour of the farm, a tractor ride and a visit to our Discovery Barn. This activity can be combined with our Field to Fork Days.

    “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.

  • Snakes Alive (EYFS, KS1 & KS2)

    Barleylands is home to 55 enclosures of reptiles! We can link your visit to many science and geography topics, incorporating an interactive reptile session plus a cookery workshop, where children will enjoy making calzone snakes from scratch using home grown and tropical fillings while learning how the ingredients are produced. (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 & KS2)

    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 and cook with Emmer wheat, an ancient grain, which was the first wheat ever cultivated. Bake some bread, a stone age stew, and taste some nettle pudding and stone age muesli. There is 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. You will also enjoy a tractor and trailer ride around the farm.

    “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.

  • Medieval Farming (KS1 & KS2)

    Discover how hard life was for the peasants who worked on farms. If the harvest failed the whole village could face starvation in the winter! Learn how the farming year is shaped around the seasons and the weather. Visit our Discovery Barn, look at crops and compare medieval farming to farming today and modern food production. Cook up some medieval creations in our kitchen/classroom. There will also be a tractor and trailer ride around the farm.

    “Right from the initial contact to the day itself, nothing was too much trouble for the Barleylands Team. Their flexible approach and leadership is commendable. I would highly recommend Barleylands Farm for a school trip. We will be back. Thank you very much.” Cunningham Hill Infant School, St Albans.

  • Local History (KS1 & KS2)

    Barleylands is an excellent destination to bring local history to life. The Mayflower set sail for the New World in 1620. A meeting of the Pilgrim Fathers prior to their sailing is said to have taken place in Billericay, and families from Billericay were amongst those who set sail on the ship. Discover how the local lifestyle has changed since then, compared to how we live now; the crops that were farmed and the food that was eaten. Taste some of the food that was taken on The Mayflower!

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

  • Rocks and Soils – NEW 2019 (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!