Farms for City Children Outdoor Residential Centre Devon
Region: South WestDisabled Facilities: No
Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips
Address: Nethercott House, Iddlesleigh, Winkleigh, Devon EX19 8SN
Contact: 01837 810785
Nethercott House is a huge Victorian manor house, with beautiful grounds and amazing views towards Dartmoor. Situated just outside the village of Iddesleigh, close to the River Torridge, it is twenty minutes north of Okehampton.
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.
The land surrounding Nethercott House is farmed in partnership with brothers Graham and David Ward, a relationship that goes back to the very earliest days of the Charity when the family partnership of Graham and David and their father John Ward helped Clare and Michael Morpurgo to start Farms for City Children in 1976. Graham has a herd of organic milking Friesians, while David farms sheep and a beef herd. The children also help look after donkeys and a wide range of poultry. There is a large walled kitchen garden where the children help grow the vegetables they eat with their meals.
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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 - £9,360 for up to 36 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?
Catherine Knight – 01837 810025 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