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Deciding on the types of visits to offer

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Depending on the size and type of farm you have, the facilities available, and your own expertise, there are many types of visit you could offer. Farm visits case studies will give you some ideas. To attract schools you should keep the relevant curriculum in mind. National curriculum structure, Farm visits and the curriculum and Learning through food, farming and the countryside, should help.

Types of visit include:

  • a general farm tour on foot or on a suitable trailer
  • a whole day or half a day
  • seasonal visits – the most popular time with schools is from March to July
  • workshops or specific activities such as tasting foods from your farm, cooking with seasonal fruit and vegetables or studying wildlife. Think what will make visits to your farm different from competing attractions
  • a themed event centred on particular farm activities for example lambing days, soft fruit picking, apple days, harvest thanksgiving
  • visits aimed at specific age groups. Primary schools find visits easier to organise than secondary schools as their classes usually have the same teacher for the whole day. The primary curriculum is divided into into Foundation Stage (reception class) aged 4-5, Key Stage 1 (infants) Years 1 & 2 aged 5-7, and Key Stage 2 (juniors) Years 3,4,5 & 6 aged 7-11.