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Barleylands Farm Park

Bringing the curriculum to life, Barleylands is an excellent venue for school and group visits. We believe we are experts in our field at teaching people of all ages about food farming and the countryside..
We encourage children to explore how their food choices impact on their health, as well as that of the planet and to take the time to discover the pleasure of enjoying real food. Cooking is a life skill and at Barleylands, children have the opportunity to cook a snack from scratch.
We cater for all group sizes from a single year to the whole school, and offer a variety of workshops to fit your curriculum needs and abilities of your group. See growing crops, plant seeds in our polytunnel, explore our farming museum and cook from scratch in our kitchen/classrooms. We have a wonderful selection of livestock to learn about, and we are recognised as an approved Rare Breeds Farm Park by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST).
We have several themed days for schools and groups to choose, and love to create bespoke days for schools, and offer farmer tours for small groups.
Choose from
Field to Fork Day;
Nature Detective Day;
Healthy Lunchbox Day and Food Miles Day;
Little Red Hen Day; Hungry Caterpillar Days;
Gingerbread Man Day; Amazing Kitchen Science;
Edible Science Day; Stone Age to Iron Age;
Rocks and Soils Day; Cow to Cone;
Beatrix Potter Days; Habitat and Foodchains


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  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

Craft Village, where you can see some crafters at work and find unique handmade gifts and items. - The Craft Village is free to browse. The Farm Park is a perfect all weather destination with a variety of animals, a reptile house, a discovery barn, and excellent indoor and outdoor play.


Self guided visits: Costs excluding VAT: £10.00 per person, September to May and £11.00 per person, June & July. Under 2’s £2.00 excluding VAT. Free group leader/staff places are available dependent on the number of paying children in the group. The group booking includes a FREE child ticket for all children over 2 to come back and visit the farm. This ticket is not valid against any future school/group visits)s. Please enquire for further details.
Guided visits:
Costs excluding VAT: September to May £13.00 per child and June to July £14.00 per child. With guided visits, we offer one free adult to every six paying children. Adults accompanying SEN children are also free of charge. Please note our Habitats and Food Chains Day carries an additional cost of £1.00 per child as this includes a session from the Imperial Birds of Prey team. There is also an additional cost of £1.00 if booking an adapted Cow to Cone Day.
For groups bringing fewer than 22 children there is a minimum charge of £285 (excluding VAT) during September to May and £305 (excluding VAT) during June and July for staff led days.
Additional benefits:
Visits include a FREE child ticket for all children over 2 to come back and visit the farm. This ticket is not valid against any future school/group visits.

What we can offer

  • Cooking
  • Growing crops and vegetables
  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Small animal care (e.g. grooming, feeding, handling etc.)
  • Tailored programmes


CEVAS Accredited

This place has CEVAS accredited personnel.

CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. A nationally recognised accreditation, the scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.

Other Accreditations

National Farm Attractions Network - Best in Education 2013, Essex Tourism and Hospitality Winner 2014, Essex Tourism and Marketing Awards 2014 and 2015, Innovation in marketing award, Essex Life Food and Drink Awards (Education) 2016, Lifetime Achievement Award (LOtC), 2017.

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