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Schools at Rand Farm Park

Educating children is extremely important to us at Rand Farm Park. As a school you can choose our ‘Hire an Incubator’ outreach programme, stay on a residential trip, or visit us for a day. Either way, you’ll find us extremely educational, informative and “hands on”. Lots of schools visit Rand Farm Park every year and return again and again. That’s because we make learning about farming, food and the environment great fun!

Schools at Rand Farm Park
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Hire an Incubator

Before your eyes, see new life emerging and hire an incubator for your school.
This is a unique opportunity for your class and truly memorable for pupils.

Schools: Hire an Incubator

On Day 1, an experienced member of the Rand Farm Park Education Team will visit you to set up the incubator with 7 fertile eggs that will hatch in 21 days, as well as give you an Incubation Calendar and Embryo Development Chart

Approximately 10 days later, we will return to school to ‘candle’ the eggs and show the embryos starting to develop inside. But the excitement really starts when the eggs start to hatch and the chicks emerge. After a few days caring for the new arrivals, we will return to pick them up along with the incubator (or you can keep them if you prefer).

As a school, you are also invited to visit our hatchery to view many difference types of poultry at different stages of growth and development. We offer day visits to schools, as well as a residential programme all year round

Links to Key Stage 1

Life cycles

Animals including Humans (how animals have offspring that grow into adults)

Living things and their habitats (food chains – habitats – comparisons)

Links to Key Stage 2

Working scientifically to observe, take accurate measurements and record data

Animals including Humans

All living things

Evolution and inheritance

Links to Key Stage 3

Structure and function of living organisms

Genetics and evolution

What other teachers say

“Our pupils found it so rewarding. We’ve already booked for next year”

The Living Farm Experience

As a working farm, we are able to provide year round baby animals for our full educational programme. Children will obtain a clear idea of where their food comes from and our experienced team will ensure you get the most from your visit.

Schools: The Living Farm Experience

Meet our Farm Animals

On arrival, you will receive a timetable with all the daily activities including lamb or calf bottle-feeding, rabbit and guinea pig handling sessions, as well as plenty of baby animals to see.

For all schools we provide free bags of animal feed and all schools can board our tractor and trailer ride to look at animals outside in the paddocks (weather permitting).

In our chick hatchery, pupils can see the full egg to chick lifecycle, with plenty of interpretation to ensure the topic is brought to life.
We offer visiting schools a reduced fee for our “Incubators in Schools Scheme” if it’s booked as part of a day/residential visit.

Milk cows and make butter

We go beyond baby animals at Rand Farm Park. Children can watch cows being milked in the dairy, see how butter is made and watch sheep shearing or spinning (when in season).

Plenty of Hand washing & Picnic Areas

We actively embrace the Farm Code of Practice and offer plenty of hand washing facilities across the farm to meet strict up-to-date hygiene regulations.

In addition, we offer schools inside and undercover areas for lunch.

Complying with DDA regulations, we have wide doorways, ramps and disabled facilities.

Indoor and Outdoor Play

As part of your visit, you are invited to use our indoor and outdoor play areas. From our 3 level play frame and the Astra slide to the outdoor Go Kart track, all comply with EEC safety standards.

Residentials at Rand Farm Park

As a working farm, we are able to provide year round baby animals for our full educational programme. Children will obtain a clear idea of where their food comes from and our experienced team will ensure you get the most from your visit.

Purpose built accommodation

Rand Farm Park offers farm stay holidays for schools and groups all year round, with a purpose built dormitory sleeping up to 32 children and 5 staff, a restaurant adjacent to the dormitory and new for 2015, a bigger and better onsite classroom.

The aim of Rand Farm Park Residential Courses is that children will hopefully gain a better understanding of farm life, why people continue to do it, where their food comes from as well as the effect upon our environment.


A tailored programme

All residential programmes are individually tailored on the farm. Whilst linked with the National Curriculum and delivered by our educational team, the activities are flexible enough to meet schools individual requirements.

With year round baby animals, children can bottle feed lambs or calves, hold new-born chicks, watch our dairy cows being milked or hand feed the many more animals in the farmyard.

Bringing back skills from days gone by, children can make butter in the buttery or spin wool on the yarn. And to make children more green fingered, we have a vegetable patch especially for our residential groups.

In addition to time spent at Rand Farm Park there are also external visits to other local farms and food producers, who specialise in their own particular type of farming, such as dairy, cheese making, etc.

During the evenings, activities are also planned and vary from ice-cream talks and tasting (always a favourite with the children), countryside nature walks, swimming, archery and more, with plenty of recreational time at the end of a busy day to wind down and enjoy all the activities and facilities at Rand Farm Park.

Our courses provide additional “hidden extras” that prove to be the greatest benefits such as team building, staying away from home in a safe environment and important social skills.


Come and have a look

We’d love to show you our fabulous facilities. If you haven’t been to Rand Farm Park before, call Kay Waring on 01673 858904 or email Kay for more information or to book an appointment.