Magdalen is an environmental educational charity set on 132 acres of organic farmland. Based on the Dorset/Somerset borders yet only a few miles from the Jurassic Coast the farm provides a diverse landscape to provide the ideal location for a residential school trip or day visit.
It is our aim to encourage as many people as possible to learn about their environment through hands-on experiences.
We offer a variety of activities to suit all ages and abilities and offer bespoke programmes which can be tailored to suit the curriculum, specific topics and themes or just for fun.
Why are Magdalen Farm great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Our dedicated team of staff are on-hand to ensure that your visit to Magdalen is memorable for all the right reasons.
The tutors have a wealth of experience leading outdoor education activities that are fun and stimulating.
If you are looking to high quality accommodation and fresh homecooked meals then Magdalen is your ideal location for your school trip.
We have dedicated accommodation in 2 buildings providing facilities for both small and large groups.
Our homecooked meals are all produced on-site using the freshest ingredients direct from our own farm if possible otherwise from other local/organic sources. We offer a seasonal based nutritious menu and special dietary requirements can always be catered for.
What activities are available during group visits?
Here are a selection of our most popular activities. Contact us for further details or with a particular topic/theme.
"Hands on Farmers" - Experience life as a real farmer by carrying out valuable and fun day-to-day jobs on the farm, such as sowing seeds, harvesting vegetables, wheelbarrowing watering and animal feeding. We will visit the farm animals, learning about animal welfare and different farming practices. In the kitchen garden we can go on a taste tour, discuss pollination and look at how changing farming practices affect biodiversity on our farms.
"Survival in the Wild" - a chance for groups to experience tribal life, building their own shelters and lighting fires without matches. We will apply tribal face paints and enjoy a drink around the campfire.
"Eco-cooking" - What better way to learn about food than to pick your own fresh ingredients from our kitchen gardens. Choose between using our outdoor cob ovens to cook delicious pizzas or cooking on an open fire to create tasty omelettes. For residential visits, this option includes an activity about seasonality and food miles. For day trips/younger visitors it includes making scarecrows.
"Rivers & Streams" - Why not learn about rivers by standing in one? Magdalen has a beautiful, safe and shallow section of the River Axe where groups can safely wade in to enjoy a selection of fun activities such as: Dipping and ID, Scientific Study, Teddy Bear Raft Racing, River Haikus and River Terminology.
"Low Ropes Adventure Challenge" - Groups must tackle a series of apparatus up to one metre off the ground that act like puzzles. Effective teamwork and communication are vital in these activities that test leadership, the ability to give and follow instructions, trust, coordination, agility, and thinking outside the box. With an underlying focus on personal development and group dynamics, the challenge provides an action packed, creative and exciting experience you’ll talk about for weeks after!
For older students studying Geography, Biology or Environmental Science we can lead your groups on field work or reviewing particular topics.
What size groups do you cater for?
We tailor for groups as small as 12 and as large as 70 people.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Around the farm we have a number of break-out spaces that can be converted to classroom formats for the more in-depth teaching requirements.
Is there first aid on site?
All tutors are trained to Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work. Staff are on-site at all times day and night to provide assistance.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
We have a variety of disabled facilities on-site. This includes *** "Gold-standard" changing place facilities *** Ramped access to the accommodation areas *** Over 1km of easy access pathways *** 2 all-terrain wheelchairs for those less mobile to access a variety of locations on the farm *** Disabled car parking Access statements are available upon request.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Yes we can cater for children with Special Educational Needs and we are especially proud of our on-going work with several local SEN schools.
Special rates for schools
staying with us outside of peak season
School Residentials from £60 per student per night on a working farm
Special offer available for September 2019 to Feb 1/2 Term 2020
The autumn is an amazing time to visit our working organic farm - this is when we harvest all our fruit and vegetables and need lots of help to raise our piglets, baby goats and chicks too.
Alternatively enjoy several challenges such as den building, fire lighting, orienteering and for the more adventurous there is the low ropes course to tackle. Nature sessions include hunting for mini bugs and beasts or wallow in our river. As the nights are drawing in what better way to celebrate the autumn with a campfire and toasting marshmellows.
Our accommodation is warm and comfortable and we provide home cooked seasonal meals.
The complete residential package for your school.
Harvest Festival Day Trips
Harvest is a wonderful time of year to demonstrate where our food comes from, the growing cycle and food chains so we have planned a fun yet educational day on our working farm on the Dorset/Somerset borders.
Students will all take part in round robin sessions which will include:
• Juicing apples and roasting chunks on an open fire
• Tasting vegetables direct from our kitchen gardens
• Visiting our chickens, pigs and goats helping us with feeding and cleaning
• Playing "Harvest" games covering the important food chain
The cost is £8 per student with timings from 10am to 3:15pm.
Places limited so please book early.
valid until: October 2019
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