Your chance to visit a working farm and Forest School

Bring your classes or groups to the Mohair Centre for a school visit with a difference. Activities will be tailored to the age group concerned. Your visit will be lead by  a qualified and experienced leader.

A typical day combines Farming, Textiles and Woodland Activities so you can pick ‘n mix your two 60-90 minute sessions with packed lunch in between.

Farming: We encourage children to experience what farming really is and to think themselves into the role of the farmer. Under the guidance of  a qualified leader who is experienced with groups of both children and adults, participation is encouraged. The children will work through routine stock-tasks in adult-led groups using problem- solving techniques.

They will involve themselves with all types of farm animals, the angora goat, the dairy goat, sheep, cattle, calves, pigs and chickens. Milking and bottle feeding are always popular. For any children or adults who are unsure of animals the Rabbit and Guinea Pig Village is the group to choose. It is always stressed that nobody has to go in with any animals if they don't want to.

Textiles: From fibre producing animals through processing their fleece to the finished product. The children will be able to follow the process through to the finished garment. Again we use the 'hands-on' group approach and try to get the children to have a go where possible.

Forest School Activities: We have two Forest Schools sites at the Mohair Centre, both have been turned into outdoor classrooms for use with children & groups. We are Forest Schools trained and can deliver the full range of skills that they offer.

Mohair Centre Safety Rules are spelt out before the children start. Full washing facilities (hot water and soap) are available. Hand washing will be emphasised throughout the visit. Please wear suitable farm clothes and footwear, we are a working farm. Pregnant women should avoid visiting the farm during the lambing/kidding season between March and May. A member of staff will lead your visit, organise your group and give them tasks to do There is a small gift shop where we have a small selection of goodies for children to buy, please let us know if this will be required.

Lunch - we have a picnic area and play area where packed lunches may be consumed away from the animals and there are undercover facilities should it be wet.Tea and coffee making facilities for adults are available on a DIY basis in the Tea Room. Each child will take home a bag of things they've made; spinning, carding, weaving and felt making.

Prices : Children £5.00 per head, min charge £150.00.One class (approx 30) - 4 adults free, two classes (approx 60) - 8 adults free, three classes (approx 90) - 12 adults free. Extra adults will be charged at the rate of £5.00 per head. For groups wishing to to concentrate on specific areas, where extra materials are required (e.g. Weaving, dying or feltmaking) there will be an extra charge.

For more information or to make a group booking please contact us on

01825 872457 or to email click here


Primary School