Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: : Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm, Warbage Lane , Dodford, WORCS. B61 9BE

Contact: 01527 878245

Website: http://www.dodfordfarm.co.uk/

Description

We are a long established, small charity offering residential stays to children up to the age of 9.  Many are from underprivileged backgrounds/areas or are disabled but not exclusively. We can facilitate a stay in the Worcestershire countryside on a non-working farm where our staff will enable the youngsters to have close contact with a range of animals. These include donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and rabbits which children can interact with each day including collecting eggs and having a donkey ride or local walk.  We provide the resources for schools to then personalise a visit to the needs of their own learners. We have a very small staff and our visits are very low cost as a result.

The farm is in Bromsgrove which is 30-40 minutes drive from most areas in Birmingham and 30 minutes from Worcester.  The farm is in a rural area but less than 10 minutes drive from Bromsgrove town centre and the local hospital (8am-8pm)

Two members of staff live on site and one of them is available at all times 24hours a day.  All staff are DBS checked and have first aid qualifications.

Are you on twitter or facebook?

https://twitter.com/DodfordFarm

What group sizes do you cater for?

We have 22 beds within 3 rooms in the farm house (including adults).  There is also a self-contained flat which can accommodate a further 2 people.  For day visits our limit is 30 people.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

Room 1 – 10 beds – ground floor

Room 2 – 7 beds (including a bunk and 2 very small beds)

Room 3 – 5 beds

Rooms are basically furnished with single beds and a large drawer under each bed. Very child friendly décor.  Bathrooms on each floor are shared

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Charges are per group unless otherwise stated

A five day stay costs £700 for the whole group (up to 22)

A five day stay with a changeover on Wednesday costs £800

For residentials of less than five days we charge £160 per day

Use of flat - £60 for 5 days

Day visits - £4.00 per child without food, £6.00 per person with a 2 course meal

Autumn/Winter discounts available in September, November, December & January

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessments are available on our websites.  We encourage the leader of each group to visit the farm to do their own risk assessments. Fire drills are carried out with each group. Play equipment is checked by ROSPA. Catering facilities have a 5* rating from our local council.         

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

Contact for booking – Kelly Broadfield – info@dodfordfarm.co.uk, 01527 878245

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

Qualified first aider on site

Please list facilities available.

Outdoor play areas

Indoor soft play barn

Tiled, shallow outdoor pool (Apr-Sept)

Stream, meadow, fields, woods all on site

Forest School sessions available

Stream dipping area

Dining room

Conservatory for drawing, games or eating

Lounge with TV and DVD player

Toys and books in lounge

Meals are included in residential prices above (1 cooked meal per day, 2 self service  meals)

Free Wi-fi

What are your disabled facilities?

Downstairs rooms and bathroom are wheelchair accessible.

Animal areas and play areas are wheelchair accessible.

We do not have hoists but will have a wet room available from Autumn 2017

What are your opening days and hours?

Groups can stay at the farm at any time except for December 19th - January 6th 2017

Office hours are Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit that we can include in your section?

“We have once again thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night residential. All the staff are approachable and accommodating” Victoria Special School

“The opportunity for Self-discovery that the freedom of the farm offers is wonderful. The children are ‘learning’ without being taught and this is something to cherish” Perryfields Day Nursery

“Thank you for such a lovely welcome and for taking very good care of us” Gunter Primary School

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

Please note that teachers do not have separate facilities unless one of the rooms/flat is designated solely for staff use.  Children are the responsibility of visiting staff at all times.


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

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

Accommodation Type: Farmhouses Outdoor Residential Centres


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