Here at Nortons Dairy, we like to think we can provide a unique and personal outing for groups of all sizes. We have made it our aim to offer transparent, educational visits in order to enhance the learning experience for pupils and teachers alike.

Visits to the farm can be tailored to meet the needs of your children. We can provide trips for EYFS, Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, and we have also hosted visits by a range of complex needs schools as well. Because of our wide experience of the curriculum, we are able to provide you with a cross-curricular learning experience which engages and includes children with a range of abilities and interests. We can also help with follow-up lesson ideas and information in order to create an immersive experience which carries on long after you have returned back to school.

A standard tour last for 90 minutes and consists of visiting different areas of the farm to explain what we do and why we do it. The key parts of the trip include visiting Merlin, our robotic milking machine, visiting our calves, learning about the range of crops we produce and experiencing the machinery that is essential to modern-day farming.

It is our aim to offer a personalised experience so we are happy to either do a general tour or focus on specific areas, such as food production or life cycles. This is a question which may be asked at the time of booking in order to prepare the trip to be as educational as possible. We cater for a range of curriculum subjects from English and Science to Art and Business Studies so whatever your aim, please ask and we can support you in choosing the best aims for your children.

As we are a working farm, we require all visitors to wear appropriate clothing for the time of year. If the weather isn’t so good, the main areas are undercover but moving between areas can require going outside so all visitors need to be dressed accordingly. If this is an area you would like some advice on, please ask.

We do not allow the children to touch the animals or cows while at the farm because we do not have hand washing facilities. For the 90 minute sessions we are unable to provide toilet facilities however, if you wish to extend your visit, we are able to book the use our local village hall which has such facilities. The village hall also allows a safe space for the children to have a lunch break and all-important run-around.

The tour can be as educational or as fun as you’d like to make it – kids and grown-ups alike love to see the animals and machinery, but it is also a great opportunity to find out about milk, farming and the countryside around us.

We are able to provide you with a risk assessment that covers the trip which can run alongside your own school risk assessment,

There is lots of information on our website about what we do at Nortons Dairy, but if you would like any further information, please call us on 01603 736569 or email us at hello@nortonsdairy.co.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you onto our farm very soon!