Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1PG

Contact: 01275 852606



Set in a hundred acres of beautiful Somerset countryside, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm offers everything you need for an educational, fun-packed school trip in all weather. We have over 100 different animal species, from farm animals to Big Zoo animals such as bears, elephants, giraffes, lions, and rhinos! Educational field trips are a great way to learn and a day out at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm can provide great learning opportunities for all ages and abilities.

Our 'Learning Outside the Classroom' accredited Education Programme offers an extensive variety of teaching sessions and learning resources to help you communicate the National Curriculum in a fun, exciting environment. We offer a comprehensive range of workshops, all delivered with a hands-on focus which offers the opportunity to meet exciting live animals up close! Animal artefacts such as skulls, skins and feathers are often used to support learning. As well as our standard topics, we can also create a bespoke workshop on a topic of your choice, although we do require at least 4 weeks' notice for this.

Most sessions are 30 minutes long but extended sessions can be offered. We can offer education sessions to any group, from early years to degree level, including groups with special needs. There is a maximum class size of 30 for students KS1-2, and 25 for KS3 + students. Education sessions are available weekdays throughout the year. Please note, these sessions must be booked in advance.

We also have an action packed programme of daily events for you enjoy; there is something going on every 30 minutes! Our talks are delivered by our keepers and offer up-close experiences with some amazing animals. These include a morning meerkat feed, seeing the lions and tigers being fed during the ‘Big Cat Talk’ and meeting our giraffe family at the daily encounter. Our educational Animal Show is very popular and ends with a chance to bottle feed our lambs.

We have plenty of indoor and outdoor areas for children to have their lunch and there is a room onsite where lunch bags can be stored throughout the duration of the visit.

We have a teacher resources page on our website to help you plan your trip; this includes guidance notes and a general risk assessment. If you are interested in a school trip to Noah’s Ark, you can arrange a free teacher visit where you’ll have the chance to pick up an education pack, take a tour of the site and see all of the facilities on offer.
If you can’t make it to the zoo, then let us bring the zoo to you! Our education team can provide visits at a venue of your choice.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

With a host of impressive animals, including African elephants, Andean bears, white rhino, big cats and giraffes you’ll be amazed at the variety of nature you’ll see within the biggest zoo in the South West! Over 100 acres of countryside and 100 animal species to match!

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

What does a typical educational visit include?
What’s on offer at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm;
• A wide selection of big zoo animals to see and enjoy
• Many other animals as well as the big zoo animals: crocodile, snake, tortoise, bison, red deer, tapir, lemurs, gibbons, birds of prey, camels and many, many more...
• Huge adventure playgrounds, indoor and outdoor
• Free educational Animal Show in the indoor arena, featuring live animals and a chance to bottle-feed our lambs
• Hands-on approach to the animals; children can hold chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits
• Animal food can be purchased from the shop to feed our camels, deer, llamas, sheep and pigs
• Keeper talks throughout the day, including a Big Cat feeding talk and Giraffe talk
• Fun, bumpy and educational tractor rides at £1 per child
• Selection of interactive workshops linked to the National Curriculum in the indoor classroom (£25 per session) for all ages and abilities
• Comprehensive Teacher and Group Leader downloadable resources including Teaching Ideas sheets
• Free Coach Parking, free entry and complimentary cafe voucher for the driver
• Ice creams (£1) and goody bags (£1.50 or £2) can be booked in advance

What group sizes do you cater for?
Due to having such a large site, we cater for groups of all sizes. However, if you would like to book an educational workshop we are limited to 25-30 students in each session (depending on their age).

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We have a nature trail on site which is a great addition for a school trip. You can pick up a free trail map from our ticket office and learn about the wildlife around you.

On our teacher resources page we have a number of teaching idea sheets for you to use and help plan/structure your day.

If you need help planning your day or would like more information about any of our amazing animals or workshops topics, just contact our friendly Education Team who will be more than happy to help you.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
We welcome cameras on site, as long as you have the subject’s consent and it’s for personal use only.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
If you are interested in a school trip to Noah’s Ark, you can arrange a free teacher visit where you’ll have the chance to pick up an education pack, take a tour of the site and see all of the facilities on offer.
Our general risk assessment for schools can be found on our website.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Yes, we have a team of two experienced staff in our Education Team who deliver our Education Programme to schools, colleges and other groups

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If you would like to speak to us in person please call 01275 852606 and ask for Rachel or Paula

What is the cost of the visit?
£7 per child (groups of 10 or more)

1 free teacher with every 6 paying children

Essential carers free when accompanying a full paying visitor

£25 per workshop

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
We recommend that every class comes prepared for all weathers as our outside areas are exposed to the elements. Warm and waterproof clothing in the winter and hats and sunscreen in the summer. We also recommend sensible footwear.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Yes, we always have trained first aiders on site.

Please list facilities available.
• Shop (gift shop offers a range of gifts to suit all budgets)
• Café that serves hot and cold food
• Picnic areas both indoors and outdoors

What are your disabled facilities?
We welcome visitors of all ages and abilities. We have disabled toilets around the site and a number of changing facilities.

We work to ensure access for everyone and most areas are wheelchair accessible. We work with Bristol Mobility Centre and now have a limited number of wheelchairs available to hire.

The Ark Arena has a hearing Induction Loop installed. We have a loud, clear PA system and make use of visual aids including highlighted steps, high contrast signs and painted picnic tables.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm.
In December and January we close at 4pm.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“We had a fantastic day and our children gained lots of positive experiences.” – Studley Green School.

“We loved the visit and love the zoo! Keep up the amazing work.” – St Joseph’s Primary School, Bridgwater.

“Amazing day! Staff were extremely friendly and accommodating.” – Durand Primary School.

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 Bird of Prey Centre Environment Centres Farms Field Studies Green Awareness Outdoor Education SEN Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Environmental Studies Religious Education Science

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