Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm Baylham House Farm, Mill Lane, Baylham, Suffolk IP6 8LG

Contact: 01473 830264



Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is in the middle of the beautiful county of Suffolk in Eastern England and is a small livestock farm breeding farm animals that were once common but are now very rare.

It's a great time to bring your whole family to the farm to meet the piglets, feed the goats and let the kids loose in the play area whilst you settle into the calm surroundings with a piece of homemade cake or a cream tea.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is a working livestock farm breeding farm animals that are becoming rare as they try to compete with modern, industrialised and intensive production systems.   The farm caters for both educational and leisure visits.   Visitors with disabilities are made welcome and are catered for with disabled toilets and the majority of paths being wheelchair friendly.  There are toilets, hand washing and baby changing facilities provided.

At Baylham House Farm we are passionate about education and are continually developing the options available to school parties. 

The topics that are currently covered on the educational programme include food and farming, observing nature, animal experiences and environmental studies and cover Key Stages 1-3.  However, the farm is a fantastic educational resource for all ages of children, from nursery right up to A-Level studies and we can tailor your visit to suit your individual school needs.

All school trips will have access to a sheltered, undercover area to use as a base throughout the visit.  A pre-visit is welcome in advance of any school trips, so that you can familiarise yourself with any necessary safety information and discuss the format of the day with us.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Educational Resources we can provide, below are some examples of the educational resources which can be found and made use of at Baylham House Farm.

At Baylham House Farm, we invite you to ‘build your own’ school trip, so the information below is simply an example of what we can offer.

The Farm is a fantastic educational resource for all ages.  Built on a Roman site consisting of two military forts and a large settlement, the farm’s previous use combined with its modern day dedication to the protection and farming of rare breed animals, makes it suitable for the study of a wide range of subjects and topic areas.

A free pre-visit is included with any confirmed school trip, so that you can familiarise yourself with any necessary health and safety information and discuss how the day will work with us.  You will be provided with a sheltered area for bags and packed lunches.

As part of our commitment to offering flexibility to schools, we invite you to select a number of activities from the list below to create your ideal school trip.  Just follow the instructions below, to select the activity options which are most suitable to your group.

Stage 1 – Main Farm Tour (60 minutes)

You will be welcomed to the farm by one of our activity leaders who will lead a general farm tour around all areas of the farm including our fishing lake.  You will have the opportunity to meet all of our friendly, rare breed animals including pigs, sheep, cows, alpacas, chickens, goats and much more.  This element is part of all of our school trips.

Stage 2 – Activity Options

Our activities centre around four key themes: Romans, Food and Farming, Animal and Environment Identification as well as Bushcraft.  You can pick any combination of activities from the list below, with each activity taking a different length of time to enable flexibility in the programme.

You have the option of selecting one activity from the Activities A list, or 2 activities from the Activities B list.

Activities A

• Story of the grain of wheat –a combined learning programme involving plant growth, maths, science, buildings, animal feed and bread. The story begins at school and continues around the farm ending with a bread making demonstration where the group will be able to taste some fresh, homemade bread (2 hours).

• Little and large beast hunt with pond dipping – an opportunity to explore the farm and see how many plants and beasts the group can identify, from insects to pond life and farm animals (2 hours).

• Orienteering – armed with a compass and ordinance survey map, each team must solve cryptic clues found in various locations around the farm (2 hours).

Activities B

• Sausage making demonstration – the group will be able to see how sausages are made and also have the opportunity to taste some different flavours (1 hour).

• Den Building – the chance to explore our woodland area and to create shelters/dens using only materials they can find in the wood (1 hour).

• Fire lighting and cooking over a wood fire – this activity looks at how to prepare, light and cook over a wood fire (1 hour).

• Identification of Roman artefacts found at the farm – the activity will look at the history of the Roman site which the farm now sits on, with an activity to identify the various artefacts which have been discovered at the farm (30 minutes).

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

Both the farm and farm staff used to have the LotC  quality accreditation but we found the qualification was not of interest for visiting groups.  Ian – can we leave this bit out?

What does a typical educational visit include?

Please see above section, but an example timetable would be:

Example School Visit Timetable

An example school visit to the farm may run as follows:

10.00am: Arrival, meeting with Baylham Farm representative.

10.10am: Settling into the schools area, safety briefing from Baylham Farm.

10.20am: Main farm tour.

11.20am: Break.

11.30am: Activity.

12.30pm: Lunch.

1.30pm: Activity.

2.00pm: Wrap up of the day – summary of learning.

2.30pm: Return to school.

What group sizes do you cater for?

We have the flexibility to cater to all school/group visit sizes, although we do recommend smaller groups to ensure each child receives the maximum educational value.  It is possible to provide additional staff to divide a large visiting group into smaller ‘working’ groups if required.  There is a minimum number of 15 children required for each visit.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We do provide teacher's packs giving all the information needed to plan a successful visit to the farm.  If requested in advance, we can produce bespoke projects and worksheets to meet the aims of the visit.

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

Yes.  No restrictions

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We do provide educational visit risk assessments and we offer all teachers/group leaders the opportunity for a free of charge pre-visit. 

Does your venue have an education officer?

We do not have a resident education officer, these duties are shared by the Baylham House Farm Management Team.  Please call 01473 830264 and ask for Neil, Kate or Richard. 

What is the cost of the visit?

This is very important to teachers. Feel free to put a few examples if costs vary or put an average cost. Are there any group discounts? Do any supervising adults go free?

School/group trips ae priced at £7.00 per child, with accompanying adults free of charge.  The sausage making activity incurs an extra £2 charge per child.  All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Each child is also issued with a  free child entry voucher for them to take home after the visit and use if they would like to bring their family to visit the farm as well.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

The group will be outside on a working farm, so practical clothing is advised in line with the Great British weather!  Boots/wellies are recommended.

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

We have qualified first aiders onsite.

Please list facilities available.

•  Toilets,  hand washing and baby changing facilities are provided.

•  A covered area is available if it is wet.

•  There is an outdoor picnic area.

•  We have a shop selling gifts, souvenirs and refreshments.

•  We have a café which can provide light lunches and snacks if booked in advance for visiting groups.

What are your disabled facilities?

Visitors with disabilities are made welcome upon visiting the farm.  The majority of the routes around the farm are wheelchair friendly, but please be mindful that we are a working farm.  We have a dedicated disabled parking area and bathroom facilities.

What are your opening days and hours?

We open from Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, from 10am to 5pm

During September through to Christmas our opening times change and details can be found on our website

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm  is an established educational visit centre, with a wide scope of educational opportunities from farming to Roman studies.  We pride ourselves on offering flexibility to visiting groups, enabling group leaders to build their own trip itinerary to ensure the objectives of the trip are realised.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Bushcraft Farms Historical Heritage Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Food & Nutrition Geography History

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