Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney, OX28 3LA

Contact: 01993 772602



Cogges Manor Farm in Witney, West Oxfordshire is a special place with 1000 years of history. The site appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 with a listed manor house dating back to the 13th Century and 17th and 18th Century farm buildings.

The story of Cogges is an interesting tale involving moats, wool merchants, archbishops and of course farming. This heritage makes Cogges Manor Farm a popular place to visit (animals to feed, an adventure playground to play on and a great café to relax in), to film (Cogges is the location for Downton Abbey’s Yew Tree Farm), to celebrate (the barns are popular with weddings and parties) and most importantly – to learn.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Each subject area is led by our trained Educational Facilitators and volunteers and has been carefully constructed to work in line with the National Curriculum covering key subject areas including history, geography, mathematics, literacy, citizenship, science and design.

Our aim is to harness the unique environment at Cogges Manor Farm and create interactive learning experiences, both inside and out, to inspire children of all ages. Children who visit are highly engaged by the hands-on elements of the programme, as well as by the diversity we offer within each half or one-day session.

The staff at Cogges Manor Farm feel passionately about educating and inspiring the next generations. We believe that our Schools Education Programme has something for everyone and we feel strongly about including all children in our sessions so that they feel excited and engaged with what they have just learned. Our sessions cover many aspects of the National Curriculum and if time is tight, many can be tailored to your needs.

We are open for school visits year round.

What does a typical educational visit include?
There are five different programmes covering different age ranges from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 2. The programmes are as follows:
1. Farming for Food
2. Time Travellers – this covers Saxons and Victorians
3. Wildlife and Growing – seasonally tailored
4. Old MacDonald – Story and Rhyme – Half Day session
5. Little Red Hen and Farmyard Friends – Half Day session

Each programme includes a variety of different activities for the children to rotate around. Each session is themed around the topic for the day, located in the house or around the site. They could involve, for example, shelter building, baking, storytelling, and planting, with each activity taking inspiration from the resident farm animals, the woodland, walled kitchen garden and 13th century manor house.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We take a maximum of 60 children, in groups of 12.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We encourage teachers to get in touch prior to the day to discuss any specific requirements you might have for the day and how the sessions can support your classroom based learning.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Children are welcome to take photos, video or audio.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Cogges can provide teachers with risk assessments for our activities and can offer pre-arranged site visits prior to the day.

Does your venue have an education officer? 
Laura Dean, Cogges Operations Manager is the main contact for our Education Programme, and can be contacted on 01993 772602 or

What is the cost of the visit?
A half-day session is £52 (10am, - 12.30pm) per group of 12 (maximum 5 groups). A full day is £78 per group of 12 (10am – 2pm).

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
No, but we would recommend coming dressed appropriately for the weather.

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

Please list facilities available.
Facilities are available for your group to eat their own packed lunches. Picnic tables are available in the Orchard and there are also tables under cover in front of the large barn. Our coffee shop is open for teachers to buy from throughout the year. The shop on site is also available and please inform staff before you come if you require us to do this for your class.

What are your disabled facilities?
We have disabled toilets facilities, but the Cogges site is very old and ground uneven. Please call to discuss your needs.

What are your opening days and hours?
The education sessions run 10am-12.30pm or 10am – 2pm, Monday to Friday.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for such a wonderful day. All the boys had the most amazing day and produced some excellent work to follow up our trip. The lady who ran the day was superb, she held their attention brilliantly and the pace of the trip was just right. I have been on several farm trips now but our day at Cogges was certainly the best I have been on.”

“A fantastic visit once again! The staff were amazing, the activities really appropriate and children loved it. See you next year!"

“It was a lovely trip, the children were wowed by how much they found out. The activities were engaging and exciting and we had lots of fun. Thank you to all the staff they were great and very helpful. We will definitely plan on coming back next year.”

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

Type of Visit: Farms Green Awareness Health & Nutrition Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Design and Technology Environmental Studies Food & Nutrition Geography History Science

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