The Venue

The Farm

Our 17th Century Farm Buildings

The Farm was converted to an outdoor children’s centre in 1993 and is equipped to offer an amazing experience for young people to learn outside the classroom.

Play Barn

Play is serious business in the Play Barn where we have an indoor archery range and climbing activities. Dare you climb the famous Jacob’s Ladder and the 30-foot Climbing Wall? We encourage children who are scared of heights to set challenges for themselves and many of them are surprised at what they can achieve.

Outdoor Low Ropes Course and Archery Range

The children work in pairs to support each other on the Low Ropes elements.  The final challenge involves them working as a team to swing over and balance on an ever decreasing sized platform! We now have an outdoor archery range with shelter in this area.

Sensory and Vegetable Garden

This is a peaceful part of the farm where children can listen to and watch the birds feeding, examine the pond life and smell the herbs in the flower beds. We grow various vegetables and fruit in the garden so there is often a chance for them to taste food and learn about how it grows.  We have a demonstration bee hive and love to teach the children about the importance of bees in food production.

Wooden Classroom

This is in the planning stages but it will give us an undercover area to learn about  wildlife and do natural crafts when the weather is challenging.

Sensory Caravan

Orienteering/ Performance Area

We will use this as an outside base for running orienteering from, but it will also be a great place for our visiting groups to perform their talents!

Outside Dining Space

Often a sun spot in summer, this is a lovely space for outside refreshments and spotting Jeff the peacock.

Animal Enclosures

Our feathered and furry residents live in various paddocks and barns around the main building.

Inside the Main Buildings

Lounge

A spiral staircase leads down from the Lark, Curlew and Burdon bedrooms to the cosy sitting room – with big, squidgy sofas and a big open fire. If you fancy a quiet read after a hectic day in the outdoors, you’ll love our library area – it’s filled with all kinds of kids’ books.

Games Room

There’s just as much to do inside the Farm as out. You can play pool, table football and table tennis. There’s also space for noisy group games or to just sprawl and chill out, or chat with friends.

Dining Room and Kitchen

We have a spacious dining room  and well equipped kitchen to provide our visitors with tasty, healthy food.

Bedrooms

We’ve got 13 bedrooms with bunk and single beds (7 in the main building, 3 in the annexe and 3 in the cottage), each named after our favourite birds. Will you stay in Owl, Robin, Lark or Kestrel?

Cottage and Annexe Accommodation

These have extra bedrooms and bathrooms for our residential guests.

The Surrounding Land

Woodland, Wetlands and Fields

The Farm is surrounded by fields, woods, wetlands which provide habitats for many different kinds of wildlife. We frequently find evidence of this wildlife – owl pellets, nibbled nuts, droppings and footprints.  Now that we have a trail camera we can see just who is lurking around when the farm is quiet.  Recently we have captured video of foxes, deer and a badger, along with the more common squirrels, rabbits and birds.

Many of our activities are based in the wider farm site – nature trekking, cycling, orienteering, pond dipping, country walks, nightline assault course, bush craft and den building.  We have various magical places where larger groups can meet up for a campfire experience.