Region: Greater London East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Coursers Road London Colney, St Albans Hertfordshire, , AL4 OPF

Contact: 0870 129 9718

Website: http://www.willowsactivityfarm.com

Description

Willows Activity Farm is the result of a farm diversification programme to create one of the leading leisure attractions in Hertfordshire.  With plenty of farmyard animals to discover, the focus is on learning through having fun from its many demonstrations and shows, tractor rides and adventure play.

Ideal for key stages 1 and 2,our curriculum-linked activities and dedicated guides allow you to plan your day at your pace – so you can ensure the children gain the best experience to support learning in the classroom.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Learning through discovery is just one of the reasons to book your group visit to
Willows Activity Farm.

We offer curriculum-linked activities for Early Years Learning and KS1.  You can choose from 5 different KS1 activities including Being Alive!, Animal Homes, Food glorious food!, Sensational Senses and Same or Different? There are teachers resourced to use in the classroom to plan for the trip and to follow up after the trip. For more details on these options please visit our website and download the Educational Group visit leaflet or call 0870 129 9718.'

With so many children growing up in urban areas, a visit to Willows allows young minds to explore the countryside, its animals, where the food they eat comes from, how animals and humans work together and the importance of outdoor activity.

At Willows, the children learn all this and more while having fun!

Your trip to Willows includes an exciting mix of shows, demonstrations and adventure play designed for your group at your pace – because you can decide what you would like to include during your visit from our daily programme.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

 

Demonstrations and Shows
Created for children, our demonstrations and shows are both fascinating and entertaining.

Watch Willows Sheepstakes to see which of our woolly friends is first across the finishing line or listen to Tristan the runaway Tractor’s story, as he takes you on a journey with some unexpected twists and turns!

Learning through Discovery:
Discover the many wonderful animals at Willows as your guide* explains all about them, how they are looked after, what they like to eat and the importance of animals to the countryside.

Children can meet rabbits, lambs, goats and ducks in our Farmyard Favourites pens, plus some bigger farm animals including sheep, pigs, cows and alpacas in our paddocks around the Activity Farm.

Willows Growing Patch.
Children can see many varied crops, vegetables and fruits planted and guess what’s growing above and below ground!

Also Included…

- Pan for gold and win a medal
- Farmyard Favourites
- Willows Sheepstakes Sheep Racing
- Tristan the Runaway Tractor
- Adventure play and fun from bouncy castles, trampolines and the JCB Young Drivers Zone for budding tractor drivers

* Willows Guides:
Our friendly guides ensure that children gain the maximum benefit from their visit as they show you around the Farm Village answering all your questions. Guides are free when requested for bookings of £130 or more. For bookings under this value guides can be booked for a fee.

Woolly Jumpers Indoor Play Barn and Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge
Teachers/Group Leaders have the option, at their discretion, to take their group into Woolly Jumpers indoor play barn and Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge.  Guides are not responsible for the group should they enter either activity.  Height restrictions apply. Arms and legs must be covered to ride the slides in Woolly Jumpers.

All shows, events and activities are subject to seasonal programme changes and are dependent on weather conditions.

Do you have a YouTube Video link regarding your venue?

http://www.willowsactivityfarm.com/videotour/

Are you currently on Twitter or Facebook?

https://twitter.com/willows_farm

What size groups do they cater for?

Our discounted group rates are applicable to groups of a minimum of 15 paying children. Maximum group size on request.

This venue has the following accreditation:

LOtC Badge Holder.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Material for the Early Learning Years and KS1 activities are included together with teachers resources to use in the classroom to plan the trip and for use after the trip.  All our guides will also provide you with relevant information and answer questions during your visit.

See link: http://www.willowsfarmvillage.co.uk/groupvisits/


Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

You are allowed to take pictures of the animals and facilities at Willows and children in your own group only or as advised under the school/group photographic policy.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Willows Activity Farm Village will provides its own risk assessment for a group visit.  We also welcome visits by group leaders/teachers to undertake their own risk assessment and do a familiarisation visit prior to their visit.  You can book your complimentary familiarisation visit by calling 0870 129 9718.

We also provide Health and Safety advice sheets to Teachers and Group Leaders:

http://www.willowsfarmvillage.co.uk/groupvisits/

What are the contact details for their education officer?

We do not have a dedicated education officer but a group booking advisor and support from all the regulatory bodies to undertaken group bookings.

What does it cost?

Group Booking Admission Prices 2015

For pre-booked groups of a minimum of fifteen or more paying children, our group rate from 28th March until 23rd October 2015 is weekdays £9.00 per person (adult and child) and £10 during holidays and weekends (adult and child). For Pumpkin Festival (24th October – 1st November 2015) the price per person is £10.50.).

   

Under 2’s are admitted free to the Activity Farm
   

One adult FREE with every five paying children as part of a group booking.

On the day of your visit, we will issue you an invoice based on the actual number of admissions.

Guides are available when requested on the booking form and are free when the total booking is £130 or more. For bookings under £130 guides can be provided for a fee – please call for details.
    

For help with your booking or for a free familiarisation visit, call 0870 129 9718.

Is specific clothing required?

We recommend that children bring strong outdoor shoes or wellington boots for their visit depending on the time of year.  This is a countryside location and the ground can be uneven and muddy.  We also suggest a rainproof jacket.

Do you have first aid on site?

We have qualified First Aiders on site at all time.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

- Hand washing facilities with warm water are accessible at the Farm Village.
- An undercover lunch area is available and there are also shaded picnic areas. - - - Toilets with disabled access
- Restaurant & Coffee shop
- ice Creams
- Souvenirs
- Baby changing facilities
- Free coach and car parking

Are there disabled facilities?

We provide disabled parking and toilets with disabled access.  As a countryside location the ground is bumpy but can be navigated in a wheelchair with care.

If your group has special needs, please speak to our booking advisor and let us know how we may possibly offer additional support to maximize the enjoyment of the group visit.  If we are able to assist in any way we will be happy to help.


What are your opening days and hours?

9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.


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

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Farms Indoor Activity & Soft Play Centres Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas SEN Themed Attractions Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship English Environmental Studies Mathematics PSHE Science

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


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