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Group visits to Southampton City Farm are an exciting and enjoyable way to engage people of all ages with animals, plants and the natural environment. Our passionate staff are knowledgeable and experienced in helping learners of all abilities get the most out of this unique urban setting. We have found that the farm often brings out a side to young people rarely seen in the classroom, offering opportunities for team-work, leadership, problem solving, social development and self-awareness. Farm visits can be tailored to any age group, from Early Years right through to University students. We pride ourselves on delivering inclusive sessions for all abilities.
School Visits: School visits usually take place on Wednesdays, with groups spending 2.5 hours on the farm, either in the morning or the afternoon. Please reserve your place using the booking form at the bottom of the page
After a Health and Safety Briefing in our community room (with help from Doctor John the Tortoise for younger visitors), classes will usually split into two groups. One group will begin with a tour of the farm. Guided by staff, this is an opportunity to meet and feed our outdoor animals. This might involve picking willow for our pygmy goats, feeding farm-grown courgette to our chickens, hunting for freshly laid duck eggs or grooming our golden guernsey goats. All farm tours can be easily tailored to curriculum requirements – just let us know your needs!
The second group will start with a curriculum-linked farm activity. We offer either small-animal handling (with a focus on food chains or adaptations, for example) or a garden activity (picking produce, making compost ‘cakes’). Groups then swap over. All staff are qualified first-aiders and DBS checked. There is parking nearby for minibuses and coaches. We have toilets and handwashing facilities. If groups would like to stay for lunch, both indoor and outdoor spaces are available. Download our risk assessment and code of practice below.
Other Group Visits: We offer a unique and custom farm experience for a range of other groups outside of Educational School visits, from PAUSE groups, to care home visits, to university visits. If you are part of a group that would like to visit the farm, contact us and we can organise the very best farm experience for you. Please use the group booking contact form at the bottom of this page if you would like to enquire about a visit.
Our own risk assessments to aid the development of yours
Health and safety documents
Free community room/class room use
For schools, we recommend coming for a site pre-visit to help you complete your risk assessment if you have not visited before. These take place each half-term, so please contact us to find out the next available date. As well as this, If you would like a full day school visit, Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org