Educational Farm Visits

"Outstanding, Superb, Fantastic"

Visiting year 4 teacher

Visits to Shimpling Park Farm give pupils an invaluable insight into the countryside, the business of farming and the fun of learning outside the classroom.


Shortlisted for a Bayer award for exceptional farm visits and accredited by CEVAS, the farm visits at Shimpling Park Farm are inspirational, empowering and full of fun for all ages. Time on the farm reinforces every aspect of the curriculum from Maths to Art, from Science to English.  

"farm in a match box"



Do we have to be a school to visit the farm?
No, we have visits from wildlife and walking groups to Bishops and interested villagers – send us an email.  


What do the visits cost?
The first 25 in the year for pupils under the age of 16 are free to the school and booked on a first come first served basis - these are supported by Natural England. Email us for available dates ASAP. Thereafter there is a charge depending on length of day and numbers. The average visit costs £120.00


How Long are the visits?  
From 2 hours to 6 hours and beyond depending on the age of the pupils and what they want to achieve.


How many pupils can I bring?
Normally a minimum of 6 and a max of 30 pupils.  Talk to us if you have a double year group.


What do you expect of a Lead Teacher on a school visit?
To complete a pre-visit and a risk assessment if you have not visited before. We also ask that you read our visit guidelines.


What’s the dress code?
Children and adults are encouraged to come with weather proof clothing and permission to get muddy!

"know your trees" game

We encourage pupils to do a return visit in a different season where possible. This consolidates what they learn, leaving them with a life-long understanding of farming, food production and the natural environment.

We have visits from reception class to GCSE pupils as well as those doing Duke of Edinburgh awards  who need a wilder camping experience.

What to do next?

1   Email us to book a visit

2. Let us help you plan your programme

3. Do a pre-visit and risk assesment if you a bringing a school new to us

4. Confirm you are happy with our guidlines

5.  Arrive and have fun!


If you have any questions:

Write to us at:

Shimpling Park Farm


Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk IP29 4HY

or email us on our Contact page

John Pawsey

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