Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Matlock Farm Park, Jaggers Lane, Near Two Dales, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5LH

Contact: 01246 590200



Matlock Farm Park is a family friendly farm park with a wide range of animals. They also offer horse riding lessons and pony trekking.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

We offer outdoor learning experiences in a scenic, rural environment, home to wide range of native and non-native animals. We offer guided tours and talks and interactive experiences to link in with what is being covered at school, in the settings of farmland, animal barn, wildlife garden and woodland. We have a classroom to offer for any indoor work that schools would like to do as part of the visit, which can also be used for indoor picnicking. We have a large marquee for larger groups to have packed lunches in. There are several outdoor play areas with equipment, large sand-pit, indoor bouncy castle, horse riding school with purpose built arena, café, small go-kart track

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

We aim to tailor make a great value, rewarding visit for each school, suited to individual requirements. We provide experienced staff to be hands-on and personable during your visit, being sensitive to the needs of children and inclusive for all. We offer a variety of sessions which groups can choose from, as well as being able to have free time at the farm park to leisurely wander and allow children to let off steam! Once in the farm park, groups are welcome to stay as long as they like.

What does a typical educational visit include?

General Farm Tour
A fun and informative tour of the farm park and our animals, including meerkats, wallabies, alpaca, sheep, pigs, deer, donkeys, goats, chickens, ducks, peacocks and more…. Animal feed included for children to experience hand feeding and small animal handling to experience cuddling our petting animals, such as guinea pigs and rabbits and maybe have a go at holding our reptiles, such as snakes, tortoises and a bearded dragon. A brief discussion on animal classification and physical features, growth and babies, animal senses, habitats and predator V prey, targeted to the age of the group. More in depth focus can be given to one of these areas or we can link with other relevant topic work and key stages.

Sensory Experience Tour
Using our different senses, enjoy an introduction to some of the items found around the farm, such as an antler set, a range of feathers, sheep wool and more. Feel the pony’s breath and mane, hear the cockerel crow, smell the fresh hay and see the peacock’s glorious colours. Feed the animals and learn more about them as we go.
(for younger children and some special needs groups)

Woodland Adventure
Based on a popular children’s story, we will wander into our neighbouring woodland for a fun and interactive adventure. Thinking about different characters as we go, we will bring to life ideas regarding food chains, animal senses and habitats. Ideal for 3-7 years (a character visit may be added if required)
Fairy House building
Into the woods on the hunt for fairy friends and ‘proof’ that they are real! Children will be able to appreciate their natural surroundings and learn to understand that everyone needs shelter. Collecting natural materials, children can create their own ideal fairy house.
Mini-Beast Mayhem (Build a Bug Hotel)
In our Wildlife Garden, children will look at the features of and identify mini-beasts found, learn what role they play and think about the micro-habitats they live in. With our guide they will then assist in the making a layer of a ‘Bug Hotel’, to attract new mini-beasts to ‘check in’ at their ideal habitat.
Roots and Shoots
In our wildlife garden, children will be guided to identify and name common garden and wild plants, understanding and describing differences. Children will look at the structure of plants and learn about their needs and be able to plant seeds to take away or plant in the garden, labelled with their school name.
Lifecycle of a Chicken
Meet our chickens and find out about their needs and behaviour; learn more about the egg laying process, incubation and meet the end result - our chicks. Get up close to a Mother Hen and chick; see, feel and hear their differences.
Small animal handling
Enjoy cuddling our petting animals, such as guinea pigs and rabbits and have a go at holding our reptiles, such as snakes, tortoises and a bearded dragon.

Farm to Fork
An informative discussion about why we need food, where we buy food from and where it comes from originally. We will visit different animals around the farm, such as hens and cows, so we can see where food such as eggs and milk comes from.
Short pony rides
See how our ponies are tacked up and hear about their needs. Have a rewarding experience with a gentle ride on the ponies, accompanied by our trained instructors.

What group sizes do you cater for?


Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio? 


What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We provide a Risk Assessment for Schools and Groups, which we can email to schools and groups booking with us. Teachers and Leaders are welcome to come and carry out their own Risk Assessment prior to the visit, when arranging a suitable time and date with us to do this.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Education Co-ordinator – Alessa Hardwick Email

What is the cost of the visit?

From £5.50 per child (depending on the number of guided sessions chosen, ie half day or full day), including animal feed and guided activities. Extra sessions may incur a small charge extra per child (pony rides subject to availability) please contact us to discuss your requirements and budget. One adult goes free for every 5 paying children, or 1:1 for children with SEN. Discount provided for parents attending with all children.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

Wellies/boots ideal, or trainers in dry Summer weather. Warm coats, gloves and hats required in Autumn/Winter months, suncream/ sunhats in hotter weather.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

Several first Aiders on site

Please list facilities available.

Large range of animal pens, featuring farm animals and animals from around the world. Opportunity to hand feed and pet many animals.
Indoor petting barn (rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoises)
Ferret Racing (and Sheep Racing Easter-Autumn)
Gift shop, where children can purchase confectionary and items from 50p- £5.00
Café selling drinks, homemade hot and cold dishes, cakes and snacks
Classroom, seating for approx 20 for indoor picnic or work
Marquee seating up to 70 for indoor picnic, with tables reserved for your allocated picnic time. Bouncy castle situated here also. Stage for use.
Several outdoor play equipment areas
Large sand-pit
Small go-kart track (£1 a go)
Large grass area for play
Purpose built horse riding Arena, offering short pony rides and full riding lessons (must be pre-booked). Treks available for experienced riders.
Hand-wash areas

What are your disabled facilities?

Wheelchair accessible paths around the farm park and café. Disabled toilet.

What are your opening days and hours?

Summer 10am- 4.30pm (occasionally 6pm – please check website)
Winter 10am- 4pm (For November, December, January, please check website for opening times)

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

“The day was very well organised with relevant and age appropriate activities for the varying needs of our students” Ms Pawson, Talbot Special School

“Thank you to all the staff for a fabulous day. All the children thoroughly enjoyed it. I’d highly recommend any school group to visit” Mrs Vaughan, Wavertree Primary School


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Animal Welfare Equestrian Activities Farms Green Awareness Picnic Areas SEN Tourism Organisations Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December