Newham

Education on the farm

The farm works closely with local schools and community groups to provide a unique setting for children and adults to learn about all aspects of wildlife, agriculture and horticulture.

From a self-guided tour to curriculum-specific workshops, the farm offers a fantastic resource for Outdoor Learning.

​Schools and community groups are always welcome to visit for which we will charge a minimal amount.
So that we can make sure you get the most out of your visit to the farm, we do ask that you please book your visit in advance
Education on the farm

School curriculum

We offer curriculum-specific tours to support a range of QCA units.
 
 

Farm tours

Tours of the farm are the best way to become familiar with the layout and facilities that we offer. There is a great deal to see at Newham City Farm, and there is always a lot going on. By arranging a tour you can ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
 

Guided tours

A member of the farm's staff will take your group on a guided walk around the farm, introducing you to the animals and explaining how the farm operates.

Your group will benefit from a deeper insight into the workings of the farm and will have the opportunity to make close contact with some of the smaller animals.

You will have access to the playbarn as a base for your visit - please note that although the playbarn has a roof, this is an exposed space if the weather is bad.

Tours last 2 hrs and can be adapted to suit the needs of your group with prior notice.
 
 

Farm workshops

Our workshops are particularly popular and give participants some hands-on experience of every aspect of farm life in a practical and fun setting.
 
Our workshops are very popular because they give hands-on experience of many aspects of farm life in a practical and fun setting.
  • All of our workshops are 2 hours in duration and priced at £5* per participant.
  • The minimum group size is 8 people.
 * This is the rate for Lond Borough of Newham-based groups.
 
Our wide range of workshops include:
 

Bird of prey workshop

As they shadow our in-house falconer, participants will learn about the very specialist requirements involved in taking care of birds of prey, their role in nature and most will get the opportunity to witness and learn more about their routine.
 

Horses and their use

Learn all about  the importance of the horse in agriculture, compare the different horses on the farm and learn about their different uses.
 

Bees and honey (currently unavailable)

Learn what goes on in the beehives and how the bees work together to make the honey and pollinate the nearby crops.  Hear all about the important role of the Queen Bee and taste our very own City Farm honey - which is available dependant on the season.
 

The story of milk and butter-making

Ever wondered where the milk on your breakfast cereal comes from?  We will teach you about the journey milk makes from the cow to the supermarket shelves and even show you how to make butter.
 

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

From how we look after the chickens to picking the eggs and preparing them for incubation, we will teach you about the cycle of the chicken and the egg.
 

Planting and sowing

Get your hands dirty at Newham City Farm’s vegetable plot.  Learn how to prepare soil, plant vegetables and discover what a plant needs to allow it to grow.
 

Pond dipping and mini beasts

Discover what lurks beneath the surface of the farm’s wildlife pond – we have newts, frogs, beetles and snails.  You can even try your hand at catching a few creatures.
 

Wildlife around the farm

Come and learn about the wildlife that lives on and around the farm. If you’re very quiet, you might meet birds, squirrels and even hedgehogs.
 
 

Self-guided farm tour

Use our detailed information packs to prepare your own tour of  the farm. For just £1 per child* you will have access to the whole farm together with an information pack. Your group will also be able to use the playbarn for lunch.

* This is the rate for London Borough of Newham schools.
 
 

Planning your tour of the farm

All schools and community groups must book in advance. This is to comply with our health and safety requirements and also to ensure that we can accommodate your group.
 
We would be happy to help you to select the best option to meet your needs and make suitable resources available to you.
 
Read our preparatory brochure and eduction pack for further information and then complete and return the relevant booking forms to theresa.salmon@newham.gov.uk
 

Pre-booking information


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