Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Manor Farm, Blackstocks Lane, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9PH

Contact: 01256 767596

Website: http://www.millersark.co.uk/homepage.aspx

Description

Miller's Ark Animals/Animal Touch are based on the Earl of Malmesbury's estate at Hook in Hampshire and the home farm specialises in breeding Irish Moiled rare breed cattle, traditional Belted Galloways, rare breed sheep, Pygmy goats. Kune Kune pigs, standard and miniature donkeys, ducks, geese, turkeys and chicken

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?
Miller’s Ark Animals was one of the first Mobile Farms in 1991 taking the farm in to schools and nurseries, and 25 years on we are still taking our friendly farm animals throughout the South East and beyond.
In 2015 Miller's Ark opened the home farm in Hook, Hampshire to offer an inspiring educational experience to school and nursery children.

A visit to the home farm can be tailored to your topic or be a relaxed, relatively unstructured interaction with our animals; but it will always give children an insight in to a traditional rare breeds working farm, and a memorable day out in lovely countryside.
Visit content will vary depending on the season, but will always include close and safe contact with goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys, chicken, ducks and geese. There will also be farm machinery and some of our cattle on view; and time after for letting off steam in our giant straw play area for children of a suitable age.

The main focus is to give children a unique and memorable hands on experience of friendly farm animals and an understanding of their life cycle and care needs. We see how the animals are fed, housed and groomed. Children can collect eggs and learn about poultry, ducks and geese, and see different types of wool and the sheep that produce it.
A farm visit is ideal for nurseries or Key Stage 1 and 2 children and can be linked to most aspects of the curriculum including geography and environment, PSHE and citizenship, science – life cycles, habitats, care of living things, history, English, maths and art and design.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Offer an inspiring educational experience to school and nursery children. Unique and memorable hands on experience of friendly farm animals and an understanding of their life cycle and care needs.

What does a typical educational visit include?
Our friendly farm animals include:
* Miniature donkeys
* Sheep and Lambs
* Goats and kids
* Pigs and piglets
* Ducks
* Chickens
* Geese
* Cattle
* Rabbits and guinea pigs
We still have some old farm machinery dotted around the farm.

The standard structured schools programme includes:
* Entrance to the farm for the whole day-and no other groups!
* Lamb bottle feeding (depending on time of year)
* Sheep feeding
* Miniature donkey talk
* Bird talk
* Small animal handling session
* Farm animals talk
* Land train ride (for an extra fee)
* Use of our heated traditional barn or grass picnic area for lunch

In addition to our standard programme, we are also happy to add in other topics you may be studying in class including:
* Life cycle of chickens
* Food chains
* Grouping of animals
* Diets of farm animals
If there is something you would like us to cover please call and speak to one of the team ahead of your visit.

What group sizes do you cater for?
A maximum of 150 children per day.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Any further information or resources can be provided with some notice (additional charges may apply, contact us for further details).

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Photos, video or audio are welcome. but any photos shared are much appreciated for our future marketing.
See our Twitter or Facebook.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Risk assessment available to download from the website or Teachers can arrange to visit the farm in advance to carry out their risk assessments.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Education Coordinator
Elizabeth Miller
Phone: 01256 767596
Email: elizabeth@millersark.co.uk

What is the cost of the visit?
£10 per child — 1 adult free per 5 paying children.
Additional adults: £3

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Please come dressed comfortably for all weathers and with wellies or strong shoes.

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

Please list facilities available.
Kids lunch boxes are £5 each. Most school groups bring their own packed lunches.
Indoor and outdoor dining areas. Allocated picnic barn or the lawn for packed lunches. , indoor and outdoor farm attractions, free on-site parking.

What are your disabled facilities?
All areas of the farm are easy for all to access, although some areas can be a little muddy at times. Disabled toilet facilities available.

What are your opening days and hours?
Open every day except Christmas day and boxing day, 10am 4pm depending on the time of year.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
http://millersark.co.uk/mobilefarm/testimonials.aspx

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Geography & Diversification
We are based on the Earl of Malmesbury's estate at Hook in Hampshire and the home farm specialises in breeding rare Irish Moiled cattle, traditional Belted Galloways, rare breed sheep, Pygmy goats. Kune Kune pigs, standard and miniature donkeys, ducks, geese, turkeys and chicken.


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

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Farms Outdoor Education Picnic Areas Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Food & Nutrition Mathematics

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


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