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South West

Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon, SN6 7QG

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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

Roves Farm is a family run, working farm open to the public. We are located three miles east of Swindon and offer days out and school visits year round, with particular emphasis on hands on learning.

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Environmental Studies | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Walking Tours | Outdoor Education | Ecology & Green Awareness | Farms | Animal Welfare | Adventure Playgrounds | Tours and Trips | Science | Geography | Food and Nutrition | Conservation


What we offer

Educational visits are tailored to cover the topics and learning outcomes appropriate to you.

Our visitor centre facilities and experienced staff make an ideal safe place for schools to visit. We will help you and your class to expand your knowledge, gain hands on experiences, put classroom theories into practice and most of all have fun!

Our animal areas house a variety of friendly pet animals that can be fed and handled on every visit. As a working farm we also have a range of commercial animals including sheep, Gloucester Old Spot pigs, Sussex cattle and Highland cattle. Learning about these animals, their welfare and purpose, can be incorporated on a tractor ride exploring the farm.

We are passionate about teaching and showing people of all ages where their food comes from; from rearing the animals in the fields to the end food product in the farm shop. With our new farm shop opening in 2017 stocking our very own beef, pork and lamb, we have the perfect facility for showing children the whole process from the animals on the farm to the food on their fork.

Other features of the farm that can be explored on a guided walk or tractor ride include woodlands, ponds and wetlands, River Cole, flower rich meadows, grass field margins and wild bird covers. These habitats are a haven for a diverse array of wildlife and offer many exciting learning opportunities every season relating to farming, the environment and countryside.

What makes us a great choice?

Roves Farm offers excellent facilities for group and school visits, including our large heated visitor centre barn (so there is no need to worry about the weather!). We are a family run working farm with all the benefits and facilities of being open to the public year round. Our experienced and knowledgable teachers and staff will lead your tailor made visit, adjusting their talks and teaching to the age, abilities and desired learning outcomes for your group. We hope that a hands on, outdoor learning approach will engage and inspire young and inquisitive minds.

Roves Farm is easily accessible by coach from the M4 motorway and main roads (A419, A361 and A420).

Accreditation and Awards

Roves Farm is a member of the National Farm Attractions Network (www.farmattractions.net) , as well as Farms for Schools (www.farmsforschools.org.uk) and Countryside Learning (www.countrysidelearning.org).

Group Sizes Catered For

Groups of 15 - 200 people

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

Worksheets and information packs are used where appropriate. To discuss individual requirements please contact us in advance so that necessary information can be put in place before your visit.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes, we have no restrictions.

Risk Assessment Details

Risk assessments are provided on booking or available on request. If you would like to carry out your own risk assessment then a prearranged complimentary visit is available to the teacher before the day.

Education Officer Information

For all educational visit enquiries and booking please contact our Reception.
T: 01793 763939 E:  W: http://rovesfarm.co.uk/

Pricing Information

Please visit our website at http://rovesfarm.co.uk/ for up to date pricing.

Clothing Requirements

Hats, sunscreen, raincoats and good footwear are advised May - September. Warm coats and wellies are recommended October - April. If you are unsure about the conditions for your visit, please contact us for advice.

First Aid Information

There are at least two members of first aid trained Roves Farm staff (including your guide) on site at any time, usually more. First aid boxes are located at Reception and on tractor rides, and emergency procedures in place.

Available Facilities

Hand washing facilities
Toilets (including disabled)
Tearoom
Gift shop (£2.50 - £5.00 per child would be a suitable guide)
Indoor picnic tables in the heated barn and covered picnic areas in summer
Plenty of coach and car parking
Heated activity and play barn

We are currently building an extension to our existing visitor centre facilities (for summer 2017). The new building will include a large education area with four brand new classrooms to accommodate groups of up to 120 people (with extra space elsewhere for larger groups). Although most of our teaching takes place outdoors, these new spaces will provide each class with a dedicated space for the duration of their visit for leaving lunch bags and for warm undercover teaching in adverse weather.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Close drop off for disabled visitors if needed, disabled toilets, room for two wheelchairs on tractor rides, wheelchair access to animal barns, reception, tearoom, picnic areas and activity barn. To discuss your individual requirements please contact us.

Opening Hours & Information

Open daily: 2nd January - 23rd December
10.00am - 5.00pm (close at 4.30pm Nov - Feb)

Testimonials

THANK YOU for such a fabulous day of activities on Friday. Our children had such a fabulous time, as did the adults. We had so much packed in...it was perfect!
Lynda, EYFS Abingdon School


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