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School trip ideas – Get out of the classroom and visit Godstone Farm in Surrey

  • School trip ideas – Get out of the classroom and visit Godstone Farm in Surrey

School trips are all about making memories. 

But each term it gets harder to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to choosing where to go. 

There are plenty of places to visit but do they offer valuable interactive learning experiences come rain or shine that everyone will still be talking about in years to come? Are they value for money?

Outdoor learning adventures

Selecting a destination that fits both the learning objectives and the needs of your children is important – rather than expecting individuals to fit the venue. 

A truly joyous action-packed trip that is guaranteed to be hands-on, minds-on and hearts-on is visiting a farm, and Godstone Farm has it all.

Accessible from London

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just off J6 of the M25 and easily reachable from Surrey, Sussex and Kent, Godstone Farm is the perfect choice for fun, immersive and exciting outdoor learning adventures or reward trips that will have children smiling from ear to ear. 

Let children step into a different world, enjoy the magic and antics of over 500 animals and spend a jam-packed day of wholesome fun in the fresh air learning about livestock, numerous animals and the natural working environment. 

Choose an activity to suit your class

With over 40 years of experience when it comes to providing educational experiences for children, Godstone Farm offer structured educational visits for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 that include a wide range of options, including:

  • Entrance to the farm for the whole day
  • A morning of outside activities with a professional experienced farm worker
  • An afternoon activity or free time to explore the farm
  • One free adult per 5 children / One free adult for any 1:1 children
  • Free parking
  • A picnic area for lunch
  • Curriculum subject visits tailored to your school

Educational visits to a farm can offer practical learning opportunities linked across the curriculum and are particularly suitable for studying the environment, animal habitats, animal classification or any animal-based topic. 

Godstone Farm is one of the south east’s favourite choices for a farm adventure to discover, explore and play. 

The one thing children always delight at on a farm visit is the opportunity to get up-close and personal to nature and a huge range of animals. 

Outdoors they can explore the farm and meet a wide range of friendly animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, cows, llamas, alpacas, birds and poultry. They’ll have a field day! 

There’s a wonderful dedicated indoor animal holding barn that’s open all day so children can enjoy different handling and petting experiences with guinea pigs, rabbits, chicks, chickens, hedgehog and tortoises. 

The farm is also home to chinchillas, terrapins, tortoises, degus, ferrets and other small fluffy, furry and friendly animals from all around the world, as well as fascinating artefacts! 

Children will also get to meet a whole host of babies from piglets and calves to chicks and lambs. 

All of these real-life animal encounters will make a lasting impression and provide unforgettable experiences and moments to cherish.

Unforgettable workshop

Godstone Farm’s animal encounters are unbeatable and with a range of farm animals, big and small, children will be in their element! 

These first-hand experiences can help make subjects back in the classroom more vivid and interesting for children and so enhance their understanding. 

Activities to choose from include: 

  • Duck talk with pond feeding session
  • Barn animal talk
  • Horse, Shetland pony, donkey talk
  • Meet the animals
  • Mini beasts walk
  • Pig feeding
  • Pond dipping
  • Farming foods with Mike
  • NEW for 2022 – chicken chat

Godstone Farm caters for group visits in all weathers and with countless activities and play areas to enjoy, children can unleash their imaginations through engaging and interactive learning experiences that are highly educational and hugely enjoyable. 

Plan an extra-special school trip

Exciting, practical, motivating, refreshing and fun, Godstone Farm is an extra-special trip. 

Godstone Farm prides itself on being inclusive and interactive and SEND visits for those children with additional needs and disabilities can also be arranged. 

Facilities at Godstone Farm are extensive and include: 

  • Designated coach and mini-bus parking
  • Toilets, hand washing and changing room
  • Designated picnic barn for lunch
  • First aid room
  • Courtyard kitchen
  • Gift shop
  • Extensive outdoor play areas

Pupils will also have the opportunity to explore their outdoor surroundings. 

Why not take them around ‘The World of Dinosaur Roar!’, a new discovery trail with life-size dinosaur models in a natural woodland setting, with activities and events all aimed at young children.

Blow off steam in the park

As well as the educational facilities available, the farm also boasts a giant adventure playground, toboggan run and sandpits, so there’s plenty to do. Go hog wild and let off steam!

Learning and education

Whatever age children are, there is something for everyone on a visit to Godstone Farm, a place that thrives on learning and education and has a reputation for the highest standards of animal welfare and enrichment. 

Set in 80 acres of stunning Surrey Hills countryside, with an impressive collection of captivating animals, Godstone Farm guarantees a unique animal experience. 

You can also enhance your visit to Godstone Farm and take the fun back to the classroom by downloading various free school resources from its website. 

You can be certain of a fun-filled day of fresh air, sights, smells and active learning at Godstone, where all pupils will feel welcome and experience all the fun of the farm. 

It’s the perfect place to make memories and it’s one trip that you can’t replicate in the classroom. 

An inclusive trip is a success when everyone is learning and achieving, experiencing success, being challenged, learning within the curriculum and participating with enjoyment. 

This is why a visit to Godstone Farm is a great choice because it embeds learning in experience and is a valuable chance for children to learn outside the classroom.

Outdoor activities for primary school pupils

Learning and playing in a natural environment, surrounded by a wide variety of animals, can help boost children’s health and wellbeing. 

Nature is important to children’s development intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically, so spending time outdoors and connecting with nature on a visit to Godstone Farm is a trip with lots of benefits. 

Godstone Farm provides opportunities for children to experience wonder and awe at the world around them. 

It gives them a sense of place and promotes pro-environmental behaviour. 

Their engagement with the animals and environment on the farm will help build their connection with other natural environments which improves their ecological literacy and sustainability learning.

South East England day trip

Particular places can have a special significance, bringing extra depth to children’s learning and experience. 

Godstone Farm is a very special place to choose for your educational trip.   

One thing is certain, after a day at Godstone Farm, children will soon be ready to hit the hay!       

Godstone Farm is open all year round, come rain or shine, with heaps of weatherproof fun.

There’s no need to wait for a sunny day – the team of farmers can offer learning experiences in all seasons. You just need to grab your wellies and coat!

Find the farm on Twitter at @GodstoneFarmUK and read feedback from families, groups and schools about how much they enjoy spending time on the farm. 

School and nursery visits to Godstone Farm are now available and bookings can be made via the Godstone Farm website.