Youth Opportunities

Here’s a quick run-down of our youth offerings. Due to covid and our staff availability some may not be running in 2021, but we plan to bring them all back for 2022.

Age 3-7: Beaks & Squeaks

Our youngest young farmers will continue to join our Beaks & Squeaks events. Introduced in 2019, these 2-hour sessions children meet The Beaks and The Squeaks with their parents/carers then do some themed crafts.

£8 per session, booking essential.

Age 3-7: Herbies!

New for 2020, Herbies! is an alternative event for the under-8’s where intrepid youngsters engage with nature, mud, and plant seeds on the farm and to take home.

£8 per session, booking essential.

Age 8-10: Farmer For A Day

Farmer For A Day allows children to get a taste for farming by spending the day with us. They get to learn what farming is like and how we care for farm animals – including the mucky jobs!

No experience required. £20 per session, booking essential.

Age 8-15: Own a Pony Day

Learn what it’s like to own a pony, spend a day with our ponies in small groups experiencing a wide-range of pony-related tasks, including basic pony-care, grooming, exercise and a bit of pony-glam!

Age 11-17: Give Something Back Project

Thanks to The Jack Petchey Foundation, we now have funding available for staff to supervise a total of 2020 hours of volunteering in 2020 and due to the pandemic this scheme has been brought forward to 2021.

We are looking for young people aged 11-17 to join us for volunteering outside school/college term time. After a brief induction we have a wide range of opportunities for volunteers. Tasks are wide-ranging and can cover every aspect of our farm, they include helping to care for our animals, growing/tending crops in our market garden, helping to improve farm facilities for visitors, minding the shop, creating content for our website and more.

Free, but places are limited.

Please Contact Us if you or your child is interested in joining this scheme.

Age 8-15: Young Farmers

Our long-running Young Farmers scheme is a regular weekend session where we introduce young people to farming. Under supervision, Young Farmers learn the practical side of caring for our animals, proper animal handling, health checks, and basic treatments as well as some of the more theoretical side like the 5-freedoms.

Young Farmers also develop in their confidence and teamwork. In addition to the regular sessions, young farmers are invited to represent us at events on and off-site, fielding questions from the public, demonstrating how to handle animals, and competing in country shows. Young farmers have used their experience to set them on a path to a range of animal care jobs including vets, farmers and in organisations like the RSPCA.

£6 per week, our waiting list for new young farmers is currently closed.