Groups

At Sandfield Farm we take a very flexible approach and are happy to create a bespoke experience for a wide range of groups. In addition to normal working hours, if it better suits the group, evening and weekend visits can be accommodated.

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Although lots of children visit the farm, we can equally cater for adult groups. The visitor room provides a very pleasant environment for meetings or talks and can comfortably seat sixty. Rob and Emma have lots of experience delivering presentations on a particular theme and then following up with a tour of the farm. Some adult groups may prefer a more hands on experience…

‘The oldest pond dipper we have had on the farm was well into her eighties! After pond dipping, the group boarded the passenger trailer and travelled into the traditional orchard to listen to the bird song and mould clay faces onto the one hundred year old tree trunks’  

Please contact emma@sandfieldfarm.com for more information.

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FAQ

What to bring and wear:

Group Visits

  • Group Leaders are responsible for bringing a first aid trained member of staff, a first aid kit and any relevant medication. Farm hosts are also paediatric first aid trained and there is a first aid box in the classroom.
  • If applicable a snack and/or lunch boxes and a water bottle
  • All visitors must have either a sun hat or a winter hat
  • All visitors must have either a rain coat or a winter coat
  • If possible, visitors should have water proof trousers to keep out the wind, rain and mud. 
  • All visitors to wear suitable footwear, preferably wellies. It is highly recommended that all visitors wear wellies even in the summer. Wellies are useful if there are summer puddles, for walking through long grass, for avoiding stinging nettle stings and during pond dipping. 
  • It is highly recommended that children wear ‘play clothes’ to the farm and bring a spare set of clothes with them, including spare socks.
  • It is highly recommended that all visitors wear long sleeve tops and trousers. In the summer long sleeves and trousers reduce sun burn and stings from stingy nettles.
  • All visitors to bring sun cream in hot weather.
  • Some spare coats, hats and wellies are available on the farm, should any visitor forget to bring their own.

Birthday Party

  • At least two adults to attend the party. Farm hosts are paediatric first aid trained and there is a first aid box in the classroom.
  • Please be aware of any emergency numbers, allergies and relevant medication taken by ‘unaccompanied’ children at the party.
  • Please bring party food, birthday cake, candles, napkins and if applicable party bags. A cake knife and matches are available on the farm.
  • All visitors must have either a sun hat or a winter hat
  • All visitors must have either a rain coat or a winter coat
  • If possible, visitors should have water proof trousers to keep out the wind, rain and mud. 
  • All visitors to wear suitable footwear, preferably wellies. It is highly recommended that all visitors wear wellies even in the summer. Wellies are useful if there are summer puddles, for walking through long grass, for avoiding stinging nettle stings and during pond dipping. 
  • It is highly recommended that children wear ‘play clothes’ to the farm and bring a spare set of clothes with them, including spare socks.
  • It is highly recommended that all visitors wear long sleeve tops and trousers. In the summer long sleeves and trousers reduce sun burn and stings from stingy nettles.
  • All visitors to bring sun cream in hot weather.
  • Some spare coats, hats and wellies are available on the farm, should any visitor forget to bring their own.

Is there enough parking?

Outside the visitor room is a large car park with plenty of room for a coach. Sandfield Farm is at the end of Sandfield Lane and although it is single tracked, there are dedicated passing places.

What facilities do you have?

  • The large heated visitor room can comfortably accommodate a class of thirty children, with a separate seating and lunch area. For other events, up to sixty chairs can be arranged with a presentation area. Within the visitor room is a kitchen area which has a kettle, microwave, fridge and cooker.
  • There are three toilets, one of which is a disabled toilet with an adult sized changing table. A hoist will be available from summer 2017.
  • Wellie washing can be done at the hosepipe outside the visitor room and the handwashing trough can accommodate eight people at a time for a fast throughput of visitors.

What about Food and Drink?

All visitors need to bring any required food and drink. We have found that fresh air and exercise tends to increase the appetite. We don’t have domestic recycling facilities at the farm and so prefer visitors to take home their own rubbish. Drinking water is available in the kitchen area of the visitor room.

Do you have first aid?

For general group visits we expect group leaders to take responsibility for a first aider and first aid box. In the event of a birthday party, Emma is first aid trained and has a first aid box in the visitor room.

Are pets allowed?

Well behaved dogs are allowed on the farm with prior permission.

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