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Learning about the Gloucester Old Spot free-range pigs
Forest school area
Den building challenge in the woods
Pond dipping
Egg hunt!
See the butcher at work
Learning about the Gloucester Old Spot free-range pigs
Forest school area
Den building challenge in the woods
Pond dipping

The Straw Lodge at Fordhall Organic Farm, Shropshire

10 - 31 4 Bed

Youth group bunkhouse venue near Market Drayton sleeping 31 with on-site cafe and activities for school residentials

For educational visits, retreats, youth groups, corporate events and weddings

A residential visit to Fordhall Organic Farm offers groups the opportunity to immerse themselves into life here at Fordhall Organic Farm, England’s first community owned farm. School/community group staff are welcome to run their own activities and catering or you can opt for a fully catered residential with activities included.
For example, in the morning, you will get stuck in on our Farm to Fork tour learning about everything from worms and grasses, to livestock and food miles; followed by an instructor-led afternoon in our very own woodland, focusing on team-building with child-led activities. Options include building shelters, slacklining, nature play and crafts.
The evening will consist of a hearty shared meal prepared by our on-site chef and finished off by yourselves before having the opportunity for an evening of free time. Evening activities led by us are available as an optional extra.
The next morning is dependent on the season but is likely to involve a conservation task or lending a hand in our Community Garden; tasks that could see us doing anything from planting seeds and weeding the beds to creating mud baths for pigs and making natural bird feeders. This will be followed by a short habitat hunt to explore and discover the many bugs and insects in their natural environment hidden around the farm. If you opt for the 2-night itinerary there will be extra activities included.
We are happy to consider visits for all ages but feel it particularly suits years 3/4 for their first residential visit. We are able to offer Straw Lodge accommodation for up to 30 children and 4 adults.
This is a working farm and, although we cannot guarantee any hands-on experience with the animals, we will definitely get as up close and personal to some worms and other livestock as we can. Depending on the time of the year, there may be the opportunity to feed pigs, cows and chickens. If running your own sessions we have a forest school type area in our woodland.

Facilities

WiFi

There is no phone. You do have Fibre WiFi internet access. Mobile reception is good on most major networks.

Disabled Facilities

Ramp to access building. Accessible bedroom with accessible wet room style shower room en suite.

Pets

No pets permitted.

Kitchen

Commercial grade kitchen including large electric oven/hob, dishwasher, double sinks, fridge/freezer unit.

Dining Room

Large open plan space used as sitting and dining area, feature wooden frame and beams. Seating is on stackable chairs with tressel style tables.

Sitting Room

Large open plan space used as sitting and dining area, feature wooden frame and beams. Tressel style tables with stackable chairs.

TV and Music Facilities

No TV or music facilities.

Games Room

No games room.

Heating and Open Fires

Central heating with a log burner in the living/dining area.

Bedrooms

2 dormitory style rooms with bunk beds to sleep 13 in each, 1 private room with one set of single bunk beds, 1 private double room en suite.

Linen

Mattress protectors, pillows with pillow protectors and uncovered duvets only supplied. Bed covers can be hired or you can bring your own.

Bathrooms

One accessible bathroom en suite to the double room, 4 further shared toilets and 2 private showers are available to share between other bedrooms.

Children's Facilities

High chairs available on request. Children's educational sessions available on request and may be subject to a fee.

Outdoor

Enclosed rear garden area with picnic benches.

Swimming Pool

There is no pool.

Parking

Parking for 23 cars outside the property.

Smoking

Building and site is entirely non-smoking.

Booking Information

For educational visits, retreats, youth groups, corporate events and weddings only (sep terms for weddings).
£50 per night deposit to secure, balance of payment 8 weeks prior to arrival. Security deposit of £300 to new users.
Minimum stay at some peak times. Check in from 5pm, check out at 10am.

Show Availability

Please contact the owner for availability dates

Location

Located on the outskirts of Market Drayton in North Shropshire. We are within 16 miles off the M6 J15, between Stoke-on-Trent and Shrewsbury. Great central England location.

  • Market Drayton (no Sunday services).
  • Shrewbury.
  • Market Drayton.
  • Fordhall Farm Shop (on site).
  • Arthur's Farm Kitchen (on-site Cafe, breakfast and lunches only).
  • Birmingham.

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Planning an Event?

This venue is available for Business Groups and Youth & School Trips

Group discussions
Firelighting challenge

Business Groups

Built by the community for the community, our Straw Lodge provides an inspiring base for people to learn and connect.It also showcases environmentally-friendly and traditional building methods.

Group photo
Learning about the Gloucester Old Spot free-range pigs

Youth & School Trips

A residential visit to Fordhall Organic Farm offers groups the opportunity to immerse themselves into life here at Fordhall, young people can connect with nature and our organic farm environment.

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