Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Cholderton Charlies Rare Breed Farm, Amesbury Road, Cholderton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0EW

Contact: 01980 629 438



We are a beautiful Rare Breeds Farm attraction, set in over 40 acres of stunning Wiltshire Countryside including ponds, woodlands, vineyards and historical architectural land. The farm itself comprises of three educational classrooms, as well as vast amounts of space outside and undercover to gather your students together. On-site there is also an indoor play barn, outdoor play areas, nest swings, tree houses and a Tree Top Trail which is fantastic for building confidence! The farm animals we have on the farm, consist mainly of endangered English Rare Breed animals, which we encourage to grow with various breeding programmes. Our exceptionally knowledgeable staff are all on hand for topic-specific talks and tours and are happy to accommodate and speak to all ages and abilities, from toddlers, right up to young adults.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

We have ample outside space, with three spacious classrooms available for the duration of the school/educational visit. With plenty of outdoor space to explore, it is the ideal outdoor classroom. We have extremely knowledgeable on-site staff, who are more than happy to create interesting and exciting talks on all sorts of topics, from animal care, to horticulture, gardening to viticulture and any other topics relating to farming and animals. 

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

LOtC (recently applied for this)

What does a typical educational visit include?

Each group has their visit tailored specifically to meet their educational requirements. The groups can pre-book talks and tours with members of staff and the teachers can discuss which topics they would like our staff to talk about during the duration of their visit.

What group sizes do you cater for?

We can accommodate anywhere between 15- 150 pupils at any given time.

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

If this is a requirement of the school, we would gladly produce teachers packs and worksheets. When the group arrive, they will be given various information about the farm itself, what we do and various safety rules and regulations.

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

No restrictions on photos, videos or audio recordings

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessments can be given to the teachers prior to the visit, and the teachers are welcome to come up beforehand to carry out their own risk assessments too if required.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Jodie Sleeman (Farm Manager

Sue Gibbins (Events Manager)

Sophie McConnell (Head of Department)

What is the cost of the visit?

The cost per child is set at £6.50 per child – this includes a bag of animal feed and a tractor ride at either 12pm or 3pm.

ONE teacher goes FREE for every eight children.

Talks and tours are £35 (regardless of group size) and last around 40 minutes

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

During summer, all clothing is appropriate, however no flip-flops or high heels are advisable as these are not permitted on the Tree Top Trail. During winter times, warm clothing, waterproof coats and wellies would be ideal.

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

The majority of our staff are first aid trained – there will always be a minimum of TWO first aiders on site at any given time (usually there is between 5-7 qualified members of staff)

Please list facilities available.

Shop, café, education centre (where children can eat their packed lunch), a bar and picnic areas (in and outdoor). Pocket money would be anywhere upwards of £4

What are your disabled facilities?

The venue is suitable for all ages and abilities, however the Tree Top Trail is not wheelchair accessible

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm (during summer) and 10am – 4pm (during winter)

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

‘Fantastic day out; educational, fun, informative and all the staff were knowledgeable and interactive with the children’

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

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Animal Welfare Duke of Edinburgh Award Farms High Ropes Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Residential School Trips Themed Attractions Walking Tours

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Leisure & Tourism

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

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