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"We all learnt a great deal about Farming - it helped the children to understand the idea of Farming more. A real hands on experience!"

By Reading School Year 4 teacher



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It has been a busy week with school visits and camps for the...

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Camping for schools

For self led Duke of Edinburgh camps see Organisations at Rushall farm.

Both Primary & Secondary Schools visit Rushall Farm for residential trips under canvas. The tents are provided and erecting tents and striking camp is an important aspect of the camp.

The length of stay is entirely up to the school, most choose to stay for either two or three nights but one and four nights can be catered for. The programme of activities is organised by the school in consultation with the farm education officer.

Please see the accompanying PDF files that show typical camp timetables for 2 or 3 nights

  1. 29th June to 1st July 2016 Newtown Yr6 Camp
  2. 24th May to 27th May 2016 Katesgrove Yr6 Camp

Most camps will include bivouac building & command tasks (both team building activities), river dipping, swimming (at Bradfield College), pond dipping, a woodland mini-beast hunt, BBQ and a camp fire. The activities are mostly led by trained Rushall Farm staff. New activities include the Bradfield walk using compasses and a tree identification walk.

In addition to the activities we provide it is also possible to hire in outside education providers for other activities such as a bird of prey talk / flying a Harris Hawk, canoeing, a mobile climbing wall and swimming at Bradfield College.

The cost of camping at Rushall Manor is kept to a minimum, and the cost of the camp as a whole depends on the number of nights staying, Rushall farm staff involvement and whether any extra activities by outside providers are required. The Education Officer can book these extra activities and add them to the invoice sent to the school.

The schools book their own coach and organise their own food. Most schools opt to book a supermarket delivery online for arrival a day before the camp or on the first day.


Risk assessment all sites for school visits to Rushall Farm Sept 2019 with tractor ride

Risk assessment for Camping activities at Rushall Farm Sept 2019

Tree Identification v2

The Bradfield Walk

The Bradfield Walk direction sheet