Education

Ferne is ideal for a school or group visit

A wide variety of domestic and farm animals to see; lots of wildlife friendly areas to explore; and plenty of space and play areas to let off steam.

We can do a whole range of Learning and Discovery sessions covering a wide range of the curriculum, plus guided tours too.

We can also come to you and do talks, outreach visits, and school assemblies.

Bookings

Call us on 01460 65214 or e-mail education@ferneanimalsanctuary.org for bookings or more information.

Prices

Prices for educational visits are based on the normal entrance fee of £3.95 per child.  The discount that educational groups receive is that supervising adults will go free in the ratio (or part thereof) of 1:2 for Reception and pre-school, 1:6 for KS1 and 1:10 for KS2 and above.

Group Numbers

Ferne is able to take a maximum of 60 children (usually two classes) at a time.  This is due to limited facilities and space, plus the fact that we have to think about the well-being of our animals.  We also think that children will get more out of a visit if just one class came at a time.  One option, which would also maximise coach cost efficiency, is to have one class visit in the morning, and one in the afternoon – this is particularly suitable for local and/or Reception and pre-school classes.

Timings

Schools usually arrive between 9:30 and 10:30 depending on locality, and leave by about 2:15.  We do recommend a half day visit for Reception age or younger, as that still leaves plenty of time to see all the animals here.

Discovery and Learning Sessions and tours last between 45 mins to an hour.

Parking

The Sanctuary has a free car park, but for safety reasons during peak times (April -September) coach drivers will need to drop classes off and can park at a nearby lay-by on the A30.  From October-March coaches can stay and take up car a row of the car park.

Lunchtime Arrangements

We have an Education Room where lunch can be eaten as well for storing bags.

We also have a large covered gazebo where a class can have lunch undercover, and various other places suitable for a dry weather picnic.