Farms for City Children Outdoor Residential Centre Gloucester
Region: South WestDisabled Facilities: No
Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips
Address: Wick Court, Overton Lane, Arlingham, Gloucester GL2 7JJ
Contact: 01452 741023
The farm is on a bend of the River Severn in Gloucestershire. The house, is a Grade II* listed manor house with an intact, square-shaped moat.
Children’s author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare founded Farms for City Children at Nethercott House in Devon in 1976. The charity offers urban children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside. It is an intense, ‘learning through doing’ experience of a different life – for children who may not know where their food comes from and have limited opportunities to explore the outside world.
We now have three working farms, where we welcome around 3,000 children and 400 teachers a year.
Wick Court is a small-scale traditional livestock farm, with sheep, beef cattle, pigs and poultry. Wick Court also has a busy stable yard, where the children help care for ponies and horses. To illustrate the contrast in farming styles, the children also work at a neighbouring commercial dairy farm with father and son Tim and David Merrett.
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What group sizes do you cater for?
Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
All children sleep in dormitories with bunkbeds and between 6 and 10 children per dormitory. Teacher’s rooms are a mixture of single and twin rooms. There is no T.V but Wi-Fi access is available.
What is the cost of the accommodation?
2016/17 - £8,840 for up to 34 children and 4 adults
What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
A full information pack is sent to every school well ahead of their visit. We encourage pre-visits from all our schools to ensure quality and safety of your visit. All our farms are accredited by the following organisations: Quality Badge awarded by The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, National Farm Attractions Network membership, Farms for Schools Accreditation from Countryside Learning and Learning Destination with the Children’s University.
Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Heather Tarplee – 01452 741670 firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Senior staff at the farm all hold 3 day First Aid qualifications and most other staff hold 1 day emergency First Aid qualifications.
We encourage schools to ensure that all adults accompanying the children are First Aid trained as our staff are not present overnight.
Please list facilities available.
We supply full catering for all schools who visit – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our menus are seasonal and include lots of produce from the farm as well as other local suppliers. Access to a landline, computer and Wi-Fi is available.
As well as living space, each farm has a play area as well as games for children to use outside for organized activities. There is also a library and classroom for schools to use at their discretion to expand the experience we offer them.
What are your disabled facilities?
We encourage children of all abilities to visit the farm and regularly host groups with all sorts of physical and mental abilities. However, our heritage buildings and countryside setting can pose a challenge for some and it’s important that you discuss all such issues with us ahead of your visit.
What are your opening days and hours?
We are open every week in term time throughout the year for school bookings. Outside of term time, we host holiday lettings, summer camps and a variety of other events.
Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years
Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December
Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres