Farm & Beach school packages for all ages
Our head ice cream maker, Becky Trafford, is also a qualified teacher and as well as developing new flavours and making ice cream in the parlour, Becky delivers both farm and beach school packages for students of all ages.
We offer a selection of educational, enjoyable and challenging activities which can be tailored to suit each group, based at nearby Battisborough House, on the farm, the beach and in local primary schools.
Becky says: “Through being outside, whittling sticks, cooking bread over a fire, damming a stream, having fun and enjoying themselves children become resilient, independent and motivated learners who equip themselves with the dispositions necessary to be become lifelong learners and achievers.”
“Our farm visits are about putting children in touch with a working farm and agriculture and giving them an insight into farming as a profession. When children are watching the cows being milked or helping to feed the calves, they are excited and curious which gives rise to meaningful questions and learning about the yearly cycle of farming and food production. They see the milk come from the cow into the Surfing Cow ice cream processing unit and turned into a delicious treat!”
Below is our selection of activities, but please feel free to contact Becky with any requests and for pricing information
A Surfing Cow ice cream day! Whole day
This is a day immersed in ice cream! Part 1: - The history and science of ice cream, the ingredients and process of making ice cream, including labelling, allergens and flavours. Part 2: - The group will consider the importance of food safety and hygiene, a brief comparison of Parlours in the past and present before finding out about the Surfing Cow story at South Battisborough farm. The afternoon will include a trailer ride around the farm so you can see the perfect views out to sea our cows enjoy, observation of milking in action and ending up with an ice cream from our Parlour.
Plastic fantastic - half day or whole day
We talk about the impact of marine plastic and what we can do about it
Beach visit for nurdle hunt/beach clean and biodiversity topics- tides, zones, erosion, life cycles, food chains, sundials, scavenger hunts,
A year in the life of a dairy cow - half day
Talk about the farm, trailer ride, milking, ice cream
Survival in the wild - half day
Bush craft, fire lighting challenge, cooking on the fire, den building, stick whittling.
The orienteering challenge – half day
Long or short course
Team building and problem solving - half day
Spider web, steeplechase, blindfold walks, plank walking
Marine minibeasts and seaweed search
Come and see the bivalves and gastropods! Leave your fishing nets at home, we follow the seashore code and will provide buckets.
Seashore strandline detectives and rockpool surveys
Pirate day and sand art!
Find the hidden treasure and design your own treasure maps