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New Hall Farm, Ardsley

New Hall Farm, Ardsley

A real working farm on the outskirts of Barnsley, hosting educational access visits from schools, universities and special interest groups. The farm grows milling wheat, feed barley, oilseed rape and has a small flock of sheep. Environmental stewardship has been a major element of the farms management since the 1980’s. Visits are farmer led and tailored to the interests of each group.
Come and see how the crops are grown that go to the millers and bakers who then supply the shops and supermarkets. See how the hedges and margins are managed to support and encourage wildlife or look at the machinery, discuss what it does with the possibility of a sit in a tractor! Take part in some of our hands-on activities designed to support the topics covered in the visits, or how about some applied maths? Such as working out how much seed we need to buy to plant a square meter, a field or the whole farm.
Farm visits are hosted from our recently restored 16th century cruck barn. We do our utmost to cater for all requirements providing a risk assessment and strongly encouraging a pre visit from group leaders to discuss and plan all aspects of the intended visit.


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  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets

16th century cruck barn housing a collection of old farming and domestic equipment. Equipment for practical activities


The farm can offer 25 visits a year free of charge, funded by Natural England, thereafter £120 for 2 hours, each additional hour £30 pro rata. (includes pre-visit, preparation time, farms public liability insurance etc). Multiple visits and/or additional farm staffing negotiable.

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Tailored programmes

We do our utmost to provide an enjoyable and educational visit, we are keen to offer visits to all ages and abilities, and encourage group leaders to get in touch to discuss options, and visit us to assess whether what we can offer is suitable for your group.


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.

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