Magdalen Farm

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We are here to help you and your students get back to some sort of normality after such a difficult period for all. Children have missed out on so many opportunities and experiences that we have a pick n'mix of options to suit everyone

* Flexible payment terms– don’t pay anything until February 2021 to ensure that you have the dates that suit your school calendar.
* Full refunds if Magdalen is closed or unable to run any prebooked sessions.
* Prices held for 2021 – no price rises despite extra Covid-19 costs
* Sole use accommodation for each group
* Dedicated play space for each accommodation block – campfield with climbing frame and zip wire for Centre users and garden grounds for Farmhouse.
* Reduced minimum group numbers on residential trips – stay in the Centre now with a group of 20 + or Magdalen Farmhouse with 10+ students.
* Covid-19 response with enhanced cleaning, and updated risk assessments

Whilst residentials still remain off limits we can offer your school a fabulous day trip with everything you would so on a residential except for the sleeping part - ask us about our "Dawn to Dusk" days.

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.

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Why book Magdalen Farm for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?

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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.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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We tailor all our sessions to suit the needs of your group. Tell us more about the aspects of the curriculum you wish to cover and let us come up with fun yet educational activities for you.

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We tailor all our sessions to suit the needs of your group. Tell us more about the aspects of the curriculum you wish to cover and let us come up with fun yet educational activities for you.

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Curriculum topics available: Healthy Living, Healthy eating, Teamwork and resilience, Mental health and awareness.

We tailor all our sessions to suit the needs of your group. Tell us more about the aspects of the curriculum you wish to cover and let us come up with fun yet educational activities for you.

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As working organic farm we will take you and your students on the journey of where our food comes from. Visit our animals - pigs, goats, chickens, sheep and cows, or take taste tours in our kitchen gardens and polytunnels. A totally hand-on experience with something for everyone.

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Join us on our working organic farm - see how we live side by side with nature to grow our delicious food.

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Visit our working organic farm and see the positive impact that being organic has on nature and wildlife. Visit our special scientific sites of interest, check our vole ponds and bat boxes and become Habitat Hunters for animals of all shapes and sizes.

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Curriculum topics available: Plants, Animals including humans, Everyday materials, Living things and habitats, Ecology and environment, Life Cycles, Habitats, Underwater Animals and Habitats.

Visit our working farm to investigate our ecology and natural habitats. What better way to learn than to actively take part in activities at Magdalen Farm.

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We tailor all our sessions to suit the needs of your group. Tell us more about the aspects of the curriculum you wish to cover and let us come up with fun yet educational activities for you.

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We tailor all our sessions to suit the needs of your group. Tell us more about the aspects of the curriculum you wish to cover and let us come up with fun yet educational activities for you.

What activities are available during group visits?

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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?

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We tailor for groups as small as 12 and as large as 70 people.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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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?

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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?

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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)?

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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.

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Special Events
Dawn to Dusk Day Trips to Magdalen Farm

Dawn to Dusk Days – Magdalen’s Residential replacement
Your children would have been looking forward to their school residential trips - they have missed out on being with their friends, taking part in fun activities and enjoying time away. At the moment the Government is advising against all school residential trips but ...

... Magdalen can offer all aspects of a residential without the sleepover part.

Let us build you a bespoke day which can include:

* Flexible timings from 8am to 8pm
* Parent drop off & pick up - no need for coaches
* Breakfast , lunch and supper options - enjoy meals together
* Activities out on the farm including the famous Magdalen Campfire - all tailored to suit your requirements.
* Class bubble activities - we have enough space on the farm for 3 class bubbles at any one time
* Tell us about a topic or theme and we will plan a fun and exciting day out that your students will remember.

Flexible costs with a pic n'mix of options to suit you - contact us for more details.

valid until: April 2021

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