Visits -Please use the dropdown menu for a lists of visits for Spring, Summer and Autumn Terms
All School visits are free of charge funded by Natural England, we just need you to fill out a farm visit evaluation form at the end of your visit and hand it back to us.
Primary schools please see list of visits in the drop down menu and secondary schools please contact us for more information.
Unfortunately, we do not receive funding for groups that are not schools, but if you would like to visit, please contact us to see if we accommodate you.
Visits take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and usually last 2 - 2.5 hours, but may be longer depending on the visit type.
All snacks, drinks and equipment will be provided. If there are any pupils in your group with food allergies, please bring your own snacks for them.
Children & Adults will need:
wellies and a pair of shoes to changing into at the end of the visit.
trousers that you don't mind getting muddy, to help protect from nettles and brambles
insect repellent during summer months
suncream/hats if very hot
hat/gloves if very cold
all adults will need to have read the risk assessment/s
Bookings - Please email stating:
the age of the children
number of children in group (Activities are suitable for 18 children or less but please message to see if you can be accommodated if there are more)
the visit that you are interested
name of the school
name of teacher in charge of the visit
Types of visits
There are a range of visits that you can do at Strickley. We are an Organic Dairy Farm so we can do visits linked to food, farming, animal welfare and we are lucky enough to have streams, a beautiful bluebell wood and very large pond with dipping platform.
Dairy Products – Food and Eating, Where does milk come from?
This visit is based around the farm building in which the children will have a farm tour looking out for pictures of cows that have a question for them to answer. On their way there will be activities to do to help learning and jobs to help the farmer.
There will be a visit to the milking parlour where the children will help demonstrate how the milking is done by being either a farmer or a cow.
The morning will finish with a Pass the Parcel Plenary in which the children will answer questions rather than forfeits linked to what they have learnt on their visit.
Stick Man - Autumn Visit
During the visit the children will use their senses to explore the wood. There will be activities, stories and trailer ride.
Easter Dairy Visit – The Cow that Laid an Egg
This visit is based around the story ‘The Cow that Laid an Egg’ by Andy Cutbill. The trip focuses on thanking the cows for our Easter Eggs as it is cows that produce the milk that goes into the chocolate to make our Easter eggs. The visit shows the children around the farm and includes activities and jobs that the children have to do to help the farmer. The morning will end with a Pass the Parcel Plenary.
This visit is suitable for Nursery/Reception/Y1 children. Children will have to look closely at the wildlife all around them and find particular things, before they are allowed to open the envelope with the secret treasure map. Then they need to follow the map to find the Treasure Chest full of gold coins (chocolate!) Children learn to look carefully and to use senses. I have been doing this visit for many years and it is always popular.
Children will follow maps to find instructions to the next clue. As they go they look out for signs of nature and work together to decide the best route.
Pond Dipping – Adaptation
We have a very large pond with dipping platform and also streams which we can use for dipping. At normal water level the becks are safe to stand in and creatures can be compared depending on where they have been found eg running water or still, bottom dwellers or surface. The behaviour and structure of the creatures found can be studied for adaptation.
Wildflower Habitat Study
This visit is suitable for Y2 and KS2 children. Different habitats are explored to see what types of wildflowers there are and how different habitats compare. This is a great Science and Maths activity in which you will be able to take data back to use in class to create Venn Diagrams etc.
Painting in the Bluebell Wood
This is a lovely, captivating activity in which the children sit among the bluebells and use watercolour pencils and paints to create wonderful art works.
In this visit the children can look at the various animal homes. We will explore to see if we can see evidence of wild animals, for although we may not be lucky to see them, we may find evidence to prove that they live there.
Badgers, deer, owls, dormice etc. They can guess what animal lives where and look for evidence.
This visit will look at physical and behavioural adaptation of the local wildlife.
Aimed at Nursery/KS1, children explore different habitats and carry out different activities to help them discover minibeasts. They can record using tally.
We have the ideal place to study different habitats. Wildflower studies are great as we can compare and record what is flowering and the hedgerow and compare it with the woodland or pasture.
Where do dairy products come from? Try some milkshake. Pretend to be a cow. Help the farmer do his daily chores.
We have a very large pond and many becks/streams in which children can study. How are the creatures adapted?