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East of England

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm Baylham House Farm Mill Lane, Baylham, IP6 8LG

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MONTHS OPEN

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

AGE GROUPS SERVED

PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

We are passionate about education, the topics that are currently covered on the educational programme include food and farming, observing nature, animal experiences and environmental studies and cover Key Stages 1-3 and up to A-Level studies.

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Environmental Studies | Team Building | Historical Heritage | Farms | Bushcraft | Animal Welfare | History | Geography | Food and Nutrition | Wildlife and Nature Reserves


What we offer

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is in the middle of the beautiful county of Suffolk in Eastern England and is a small livestock farm breeding farm animals that were once common but are now very rare.

It's a great time to bring your whole family to the farm to meet the piglets, feed the goats and let the kids loose in the play area whilst you settle into the calm surroundings with a piece of homemade cake or a cream tea.

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is a working livestock farm breeding farm animals that are becoming rare as they try to compete with modern, industrialised and intensive production systems. The farm caters for both educational and leisure visits. Visitors with disabilities are made welcome and are catered for with disabled toilets and the majority of paths being wheelchair friendly. There are toilets, hand washing and baby changing facilities provided.

At Baylham House Farm we are passionate about education and are continually developing the options available to school parties.

The topics that are currently covered on the educational programme include food and farming, observing nature, animal experiences and environmental studies and cover Key Stages 1-3. However, the farm is a fantastic educational resource for all ages of children, from nursery right up to A-Level studies and we can tailor your visit to suit your individual school needs.

All school trips will have access to a sheltered, undercover area to use as a base throughout the visit. A pre-visit is welcome in advance of any school trips, so that you can familiarise yourself with any necessary safety information and discuss the format of the day with us.

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is an established educational visit centre, with a wide scope of educational opportunities from farming to Roman studies. We pride ourselves on offering flexibility to visiting groups, enabling group leaders to build their own trip itinerary to ensure the objectives of the trip are realised.

What makes us a great choice?

Educational Resources we can provide, below are some examples of the educational resources which can be found and made use of at Baylham House Farm.

At Baylham House Farm, we invite you to build your own? school trip, so the information below is simply an example of what we can offer.

The Farm is a fantastic educational resource for all ages. Built on a Roman site consisting of two military forts and a large settlement, the farm's previous use combined with its modern day dedication to the protection and farming of rare breed animals, makes it suitable for the study of a wide range of subjects and topic areas.

A free pre-visit is included with any confirmed school trip, so that you can familiarise yourself with any necessary health and safety information and discuss how the day will work with us. You will be provided with a sheltered area for bags and packed lunches.

As part of our commitment to offering flexibility to schools, we invite you to select a number of activities from the list below to create your ideal school trip. Just follow the instructions below, to select the activity options which are most suitable to your group.

Stage 1 - Main Farm Tour (60 minutes)

You will be welcomed to the farm by one of our activity leaders who will lead a general farm tour around all areas of the farm including our fishing lake. You will have the opportunity to meet all of our friendly, rare breed animals including pigs, sheep, cows, alpacas, chickens, goats and much more. This element is part of all of our school trips.

Stage 2 - Activity Options

Our activities centre around four key themes: Romans, Food and Farming, Animal and Environment Identification as well as Bushcraft. You can pick any combination of activities from the list below, with each activity taking a different length of time to enable flexibility in the programme.

You have the option of selecting one activity from the Activities A list, or 2 activities from the Activities B list.

Activities A

Story of the grain of wheat a combined learning programme involving plant growth, maths, science, buildings, animal feed and bread. The story begins at school and continues around the farm ending with a bread making demonstration where the group will be able to taste some fresh, homemade bread (2 hours).

Little and large beast hunt with pond dipping - an opportunity to explore the farm and see how many plants and beasts the group can identify, from insects to pond life and farm animals (2 hours).

Orienteering - armed with a compass and ordinance survey map, each team must solve cryptic clues found in various locations around the farm (2 hours).

Activities B

Sausage making demonstration - the group will be able to see how sausages are made and also have the opportunity to taste some different flavours (1 hour).

Den Building - the chance to explore our woodland area and to create shelters/dens using only materials they can find in the wood (1 hour).

Fire lighting and cooking over a wood fire - this activity looks at how to prepare, light and cook over a wood fire (1 hour).

Identification of Roman artefacts found at the farm - the activity will look at the history of the Roman site which the farm now sits on, with an activity to identify the various artefacts which have been discovered at the farm (30 minutes).

Accreditation and Awards

Both the farm and farm staff used to have the LotC quality accreditation but we found the qualification was not of interest for visiting groups.

Group Sizes Catered For

We have the flexibility to cater to all school/group visit sizes, although we do recommend smaller groups to ensure each child receives the maximum educational value. It is possible to provide additional staff to divide a large visiting group into smaller working? groups if required. There is a minimum number of 15 children required for each visit.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We do provide teacher's packs giving all the information needed to plan a successful visit to the farm. If requested in advance, we can produce bespoke projects and worksheets to meet the aims of the visit.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes. No restrictions

Risk Assessment Details

We do provide educational visit risk assessments and we offer all teachers/group leaders the opportunity for a free of charge pre-visit.

Education Officer Information

We do not have a resident education officer, these duties are shared by the Baylham House Farm Management Team. Please call 01473 830264 and ask for Neil, Kate or Richard.

Pricing Information

This is very important to teachers. Feel free to put a few examples if costs vary or put an average cost. Are there any group discounts? Do any supervising adults go free?

School/group trips ae priced at £7.00 per child, with accompanying adults free of charge. The sausage making activity incurs an extra £2 charge per child. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Each child is also issued with a free child entry voucher for them to take home after the visit and use if they would like to bring their family to visit the farm as well.

Clothing Requirements

The group will be outside on a working farm, so practical clothing is advised in line with the Great British weather! Boots/wellies are recommended.

First Aid Information

We have qualified first aiders onsite.

Available Facilities

Toilets, hand washing and baby changing facilities are provided.

A covered area is available if it is wet.

There is an outdoor picnic area.

We have a shop selling gifts, souvenirs and refreshments.

We have a cafe which can provide light lunches and snacks if booked in advance for visiting groups.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Visitors with disabilities are made welcome upon visiting the farm. The majority of the routes around the farm are wheelchair friendly, but please be mindful that we are a working farm. We have a dedicated disabled parking area and bathroom facilities.

Opening Hours & Information

We open from Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, from 10am to 5pm

During September through to Christmas our opening times change and details can be found on our website www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk.

Other Information

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is an established educational visit centre, with a wide scope of educational opportunities from farming to Roman studies. We pride ourselves on offering flexibility to visiting groups, enabling group leaders to build their own trip itinerary to ensure the objectives of the trip are realised.


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