School and community group visits
We work closely with local schools and community groups to provide a unique setting for children and adults to learn about all aspects of farming, animal care and wildlife. We offer self-guided and guided tours which can be tailored to specific topics.
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.
We also offer curriculum-specific tours to support a range of Qualifications and Curriculum Units.
Tours can be self-guided where you show yourself around or guided where 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.
All tours have access to a space for lunch as a base and the last two hours and can be adapted to suit the needs of your group with prior notice.
Our workshops are particularly popular and give participants some hands-on experience of every aspect 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 London 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.
Horses and their use
Learn all about the importance of the relationship between horses and humans through history to today. Compare the different horses on the farm and learn about their different uses.
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, goat and sheep 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 in our 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. You will see a wide variety of birds (and lots of squirrels) but also learn more about their habitat.
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 education pack <LINK to: farmpreparingforvisitbooklet.pdf> for further information and then complete and return the relevant booking forms to [email protected]