School trip to Smithills Open Farm
Set within 70 acres of rolling countryside a few miles north of Bolton, Smithills Open Farm is a family run business where children have the time of their lives and nothing sits still.
The farm itself is constantly evolving, with new animals coming to stay every week. They provide homes for everything from cows, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, llamas, owls, meerkats, donkeys, ducks, skunks and deers. In fact, they have over 25 different types of residents. Some are more furry than others. But all are lovely. Even their Burmese pythons.
Take your class on a trip to the farm
Here at Smithills Open Farm, they love to have school visits. Since wthey opened in spring 2000 they have had lots of schools, nurseries and other organised groups visit them with large groups of children in tow.
Children of all ages, too. Some come from miles away, just to say hello, feed and cuddle otheir lovely animals. As members of Farms for Schools, they encourage schools to link with the curriculum. In particular foundation stage KS1 and KS2. They are more than happy to help you get the best out of your visit.
When booking, please talk to them about your requirements.
Kids are welcome to bring their own packed lunch. They have clean areas both inside and outside where they can eat. They also have a cafe that sells hot and cold food, ice creams, snacks and drinks. There’s also a small shop where you can get a souvenir of your visit.
Their purpose built passenger trailer is towed with a huge John Deere Tractor by one of otheir farmers. You will go uphill to the top of the farm on their tractor track. On the way there are animals in the fields for you to look at, but once at the top you will be greeted by otheir donkeys who will be enjoying their day off from giving rides to the children.
The donkeys all congregate around the trailer and you will be given slices of bread or carrots to feed the donkeys with. This can be enjoyed by adults and children alike and if you also like to look at the beautiful surroundings, you can see right over to Manchester City Centre, the Hilton Hotel being the tallest building on the horizon.
The ride itself takes approximately 15 minutes. The going is slow but bumpy. A proper Tractor experience!