Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park Cheltenham
Region: South WestDisabled Facilities: Yes
Category: Day Trip Destinations
Address: Cotswold Park Farm Ltd, Guiting Power nr. Cheltenham, Gloustershire GL 54 5UG
Contact: 01451 850 307
We offer an enjoyable educational outdoor learning experience for pre-schools, schools, colleges and universities.
All educational groups can pre-book the activities listed below, which are suitable for pre-school, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 groups. We are more than happy to tailor your visit to your group’s specific needs, regardless of age, so please do contact us to discuss the bespoke package which we can put together for you.
Chick and rabbit chat:
Find out about the hatching process of a chick and learn about handling and caring for rabbits and guinea pigs.
Farm safari and tractor school:
Enjoy a tractor and trailer ride around Adam’s farm and then test your skills on our pedal tractors (peak season).
Grab your expedition pack and head to the woods to gather fuel and create warmth and shelter.
Bug hunting, pond dipping and nature watching in our dedicated conservation area.
Rare Breeds through History:
Take the maths challenge quiz and learn about our British rare breeds and their place in the development of society.
Quest for the Cotswold Lion Maze:
An exciting and challenging maze where you can learn at every turn.
Explore our Cotswold fossils – including dinosaur foot-prints and learn about the formation of the landscape. And when the children want to let off some steam they can head to our adventure playgrounds, including:
- Bouncing pillow (Bouncing Billy for under 6’s, Jumping Jack for ages 6 and over)
- Assault course, including zip-wire and swings
Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Our visitors love the fact that the Cotswold Farm Park is part of a real working farm.
We offer relevant and tailored learning packages across all the key stages. We have a really knowledgeable, enthusiastic team and we offer up information in the same way that people learn from Adam when he’s presenting Countryfile.
What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?
Teachers can pre-book from a range of activities and seasonal farming demonstrations, as listed above, including tours of Adam Henson’s farm. Please feel free to contact us with any special requirements, as we’re happy to tailor-make your school’s trip.
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What size groups do they cater for?
We can accommodate up to 150 people in a group, but will usually divide into smaller groups of 30 to deliver demonstrations and activities.
What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?
We provide curriculum linked activities for key stages 1 and 2, developed in-house. We provide activity sheets for the session and on the back are follow-up classroom activities. Our team of managers are experts in farming and we use external consultants where relevant. We can provide any information before the visit, on request.
Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?
Absolutely – it’s all part of the experience.
How do you arrange a risk assessment?
We provide guidance and a free pre-visit ticket, so teachers can do their own risk assessment if they wish.
What are the contact details for their education officer?
Alastair Blant firstname.lastname@example.org
What does it cost?
Group rates apply and include one free adult per every five paying children. Group rates apply to 20 admissions or more paying in one transaction. Please check the website for current prices.
Is specific clothing required?
No, but we are a farm/predominantly outdoor attraction so suggest weather appropriate clothing.
Do you have first aid on site?
Yes, all our duty managers are first aid trained, but it is advisable for school groups to also include a qualified first aider.
What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?
Shop – including a good range of pocket-money gifts.
Adam’s Kitchen and the Old Spot café offer hot and cold meals, sandwiches, home-made cakes and children’s “lunchboxes”. We have open-air and under-cover areas to eat packed lunches, but it’s always best to advise of your requirements before arrival.
Are there disabled facilities?
Yes, we regularly welcome disabled visitors.
Access to Adam’s Kitchen, Shop, Old Spot Snack Bar, Touch Barn, Demonstration Barn and Stables Snack Bar is by concrete paths with wide aisles.
A solid concrete path leads from the main entrance up to the Touch Barn, Adventure Play Area and on down to the Jumping Pillows and Maze. From here, access continues on to the Rare Breeds through History trail, Woodland Adventure, Hex Swings and Big Dig Sandpit, which is on mown grass but can be a little uneven in places.
Disabled toilets are situated behind the Café and within the park in the ‘Maze field’.
The Farm Safari tractor and trailer has recently been upgraded to include wheelchair access on every ride.
What are your opening days and hours?
15th Feb – 14th March, 3rd Nov – 21st Dec open daily 10.30am – 4.00pm.
15th March – 2nd Nov open daily 10.30am – 5.00pm.
Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?
We are more than happy to provide these on request.
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 Environment Centres Equestrian Activities Farms Green Awareness Historical Heritage Outdoor Pursuits Themed Attractions Team Building Wildlife and Nature
Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Environmental Studies Food & Nutrition Geography History Science
Months Open: February March April May June July August September October November December