School visits

Fully Funded Farm Visits for Primary School Children

Talons is based on a farm, near Looe in Cornwall. Working alongside the farmer, we have been successful in applying for a grant to fund free farm visits for primary schools (Key Stages 1 & 2).  The funding is from The Rural Payments Agency as part of their Educational Access scheme. This scheme ‘allows for school pupils to visit the farm to learn, understand and become engaged with farming and the environment’.

The farm keeps a flock of sheep, a herd of alpacas, two Shire Horses and a Clydesdale (predecessors to the tractor!) and chicken and ducks, alongside the less traditional inmates of the Talons’ animal sanctuary. The focus of the fully funded farm visit for primary schools will be very much on conservation and the environment, with plenty of fun games and activities, together with the obligatory ‘meet and greet’ with some of the animals.

Talons care farm and animal sanctuary Cornwall
Talons care farm and animal sanctuary Cornwall
Talons care farm and animal sanctuary Cornwall

There is so much to see and do on your farm visit

  • Meet and learn about the farm animals. Who lives on the farm and why?
  • Visit our large pond, full of water dwelling creatures, for pond dipping fun. Who lives in the pond?
  • There is a ‘hide’ for bird spotting. What can you see flying in the sky?
  • Hedgerow detectives. What lives in the hedges, and why are hedges so important?
  • Wildlife encounters. There are some very special residents to meet and learn about.
  • Games and activities for fun learning.

Fully funded farm visit for primary schools information

  • Visits open to primary schools – Years 1 to 6.
  • We actively welcome SEND pupils, and will do everything we can to accommodate any child with a physical impairment – most of the site is wheelchair accessible. There are no age restrictions for these groups.
  • The farm is near Looe (SE Cornwall), and is open from April to October for the fully funded primary school visits.
  • The visits are fully funded but the school is responsible for the cost of transport.
  • Due to a very narrow access lane, a minibus is the largest passenger vehicle we can accommodate.
  • There is a maximum of 20 pupils per visit.
  • Only essential teaching and support staff to accompany.
  • Children must bring their own food and drink.
  • Sensible outdoor clothing, with sturdy shoes must be worn.
  • We are fully insured and DBS checked.
  • We would advise that the organising teacher MUST visit us beforehand to confirm arrangements, and undertake a risk assessment.
  • A copy of the school’s insurance cover for external visits will be required for our records.

Please contact us for any enquiries, or to make a booking.

Your support is needed, and appreciated, as our running costs continue to rise across the board.