Group and school visits
Schools and Colleges are welcome to visit Riverford to learn more about farming and food.
What the trip includes:
A typical visit lasts 2 hours and will include a walking tour of the farm. The tour takes in the vegetable fields, clover leys, pasture, hedgerows and superb views of the surrounding countryside.
Topics include; wildlife & plant identification, crop growth, usage and rotation, the farming year, water cycle, the history and geography of the local area and discussing the nutritional values of each crop, offering children a chance to pick and taste some of the produce.
Tours are led by our gardening expert Penny Hemming and once booked, she will be happy to talk to you to ensure the objectives of your visit are met. Penny's availability is limited, so advanced booking with as much notice as possible is advisable.
Educational Visits Price:
Primary & Secondary schools:
- £3.50 per child, with a minimum charge of £80
- Teachers & assistants free, we require one responsible adult per 6 children.
- Anytime between April and October to suit yours and Penny's availability
Educational Visits booking info:
Contact Riverford Field Kitchen on 01803 762074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment can either be made by card prior to arrival or we can arrange for you to be invoiced afterwards (normally preferred with Schools).
A booking will remain provisional until the method of payment has been confirmed and if a purchase order is required for invoicing, we will need to have received it. Once this has all been completed we will amend your paperwork to reflect a confirmed booking and re-send everything for your own records, along with a generic risk assessment for farm visits that will assist with your own risk assessment for the educational visit.
- All prices include VAT at the current rate of 20%.
- The maximum number of people for group visits is 35 people, you are welcome to combine classes, as long as our maximum of 35 is not exceeded. If there are more than 35 in the group it will need to be divided into two.
- This is a working farm so we do not have the facilities to allow groups to arrive early or stay late to play before or after their visit.
- You are welcome to stay & eat your packed lunches on site – this can either be on the grass and picnic benches, unfortunately, in the event of bad weather we do not have any sheltered seating areas available.
- Sensible footwear and clothing is essential as the ground on a working farm will be uneven (and muddy!) and the weather can be changeable.
- There are many natural hazards on a working farm (moving vehicles, uneven ground, brambles, deep mud, reservoirs etc); visitors to this working farm are responsible for their own safety.
- Tours may be cancelled by Riverford in the case of severe weather, they are not cancelled due to rain.
- When raining the Educational tour plan may be altered accordingly at the discretion of Riverford.
- We will provide you with a generic risk assessment for farm visits to assist with your own risk assessment for the educational visit.
- Cancellation policy - Once a booking is confirmed you must inform the Riverford Field Kitchen at least 1 week prior to the visit date. If a cancellation is made less than 1 week in advance the visitors will be charged 50% of the total cost.
- All information is correct at June 2019.
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