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School visits

Booking ahead

If you are a school or group planning to visit the farm, please remember to book in advance, even if you are doing your own activities. We have a maximum number of 30 children that we can safely accommodate at any one time, and if we get schools or large groups who turn up and are not booked in we may have to turn you away, so please email and book to avoid disappointment.

What type of visit

Entrance for schools is FREE if you are doing your own activities. Your visit to the farm can simply be a walk around by yourselves, you could devise your own worksheets, or you could take advantage of one of the workshops that we offer. Our workshops are based around farming and environmental themes. Have a look at the relevant page to see what we currently offer, or if you have a subject you would like to us cover please contact us to discuss. We also offer a guided tour of the farmyard for £50. A self-guided tour is also available, which can be photocopied and has some activities for children at the back.

How to book

The easiest way to book a visit is to download the school booking form - docx 44.35 kB and email it to education@hackneycityfarm.co.uk. Please include the date and time, morning or afternoon, of your visit, the number of children attending and which workshop, if any, that you are interested in. Alternatively call the farm office on 020 7729 6381 and ask for Roisin, Rita or Charlie the education co-ordinators.

Lunch bookings

We have very limited indoor space at the farm and if you require a room for lunch you will need to book this in advance, and it may not always be available as we have many people using the classroom here at the farm.

We do have a lovely garden area, ideal for a picnic, if the weather is good, but there are not many picnic tables so you might want to bring a rug. There is also a picnic area in the adjacent Haggerston Park, next to the pond, which you might prefer to use.

Risk Assessment

If you would like to do your own risk assessment then feel free to come down to the farm before the visit and look around to assess the risk, alternatively you can download our School Risk Assessment - doc 35 kB. The government have produced their own health and safety leaflet for group visits to farms, this can be downloaded at the following link:

http://www.face-online.org.uk/resources/preventing-or-controlling-ill-health-from-animal-contact-at-visitor-attractions-industry-code-of-practice

We hope you have a lovely visit!

Please send us any comments on how we could improve your visit to education@hackneycityfarm.co.uk