“I like a teacher who gives me something to take home to think about besides homework.”- Huck
Hobbledown offers an excellent day out for school visits and the Hobblers want to make sure the teachers enjoy the day just as much as the children! That starts with us offering you all the resources you need to make the most of your visit. We want this day to be easy to organise and stress free.
Your day will include one of the following packages. We will happily accept requests but cannot guarantee your first choice package (unless you are booking package 4):
1 Hobbler Activity and 1 Animal Interaction Session
2 Animal Interaction Sessions
2 Hobbler Activities
Package 4: (NEW FOR 2017/18)
1 Animal Education Session – either Minibeasts or Rainforest (+ £1 per child)
Packages 1 to 3 last for 15-20 minutes. Package 4 lasts for 45 minutes – 1 hour. Each activity will be limited to up to 30 children at a time.
Small Animal Interaction
This will involve 2 animals usually a rabbit, guinea pig, mice or rat. This will involve an educational talk with a question and answer session.
Large Animal Interaction
This will involve 1 animal, such as a donkey, goat, sheep, alpaca or pony. This will involve an educational talk with a question and answer session. If the weather is not good enough for this animal to come out, the activity will be cancelled and a replacement activity will be organised. This decision will be made at the discretion of the management.
We offer a range of activities including Glime making, kite making, fairy workshops and storytime. Please note we are unable to take requests for a specific activity. We will allocate one that is best suited to your group on the day of your visit.
Animal Education Session (NEW FOR 2017/18)
Minibeasts – an introduction to invertebrates, including a meet and greet with the likes of our giant snails, cockroaches and stick insects.
Rainforest – an introduction to the amazing diversity of the world’s rainforests. They will learn to identify the various layers of the rainforest, the animals which live in them and to classify them as omnivores, herbivores or carnivores.
We also offer a range of free activities which take the form of trails, puzzles and quests. All of these can be downloaded from our website. The adult helpers in your group may need to help the children to complete these.
Fantastic School Rates
|All Year||Weekdays Term Time Only|
|(Registered Schools and nurseries only)||(Minimum of 15 Children)
|HOBBLINGS (Children 2 Plus)
With Animal Education Package
|£7.50 per child
£8.50 per child
|SCHOLARS AND PROFESSORS
We require a deposit of £112.50 with the final payment due at least 2 weeks before your visit. The deposit can either be paid by cheque made payable to Hobbledown Ltd, credit/debit card or bank transfer. Please make the reference your school name and email us when the payment has been made.
Pre Ordered Packed Lunches
There is a lot to think about when organising a day trip with the school – especially when it comes to packed lunches. Among all the other important things that you have to remember, why not let the Hobblers sort this one out for you. After all, your day out should be about having a mysterical time and not about carrying lunch!
Our hassle-free nutritious lunches consist of:
- Carton of Juice (Apple or Orange)
- Ham or Cheese Roll
- Frube Yoghurt Stick
- A Juicy Raisin Pot
- A Piece of Fruit
Each packed lunch costs just £3, so just tell us how many you will need on your booking form. Packed lunches need to be ordered at the time of booking.
If you would like to eat your lunch indoors, we can reserve a room for you for a single charge of £25, irrelevant of how many ‘sittings’ you need. This would need to be reserved at least two weeks before your arrival date and would be available for you to leave your packed lunches in at the beginning of your visit. We cannot take responsibility for any valuables left in these rooms. The rooms will be allocated according to the sizes of the schools visiting on any particular day. They can accommodate around 30 to 60 children at a time.
Alternatively, you are welcome to eat in any of our outside picnic areas.
What else is there?
We offer exclusive use of our High Ropes Course, Tree Top Climbing Towers and Hobble Hood Archery Tag Arena which can be booked as an activity for your school. These would incur an additional charge of £45 per hour for 20 children.
The High Ropes has a minimum height restriction of 1.3 meters and the Clmbing Towers has a minimum height restriction of 1m. Height checks must be approved by a qualified Hobbledown High Ropes instructor. Participation will be confirmed by Hobbledown Management. Archery Tag is suitable from age 8.
We are delighted to make you aware that if you book your coaches with our local company Edward Thomas & Son Coaches, they will offer you a discount off of their normal price when you mention that you are coming to Hobbledown. Their contact details are: 0208 397 4276, www.edwardthomasandson.co.uk and their address is 442 Chessington Road, Epsom, KT19 9EJ.
* Please note, all coaches must be pre-booked so we can allocate the correct parking space. Thank you.
Any teachers wishing to have a look round to prepare their own risk assessment may do so free of charge providing they bring identification from your school and pre-book their visit.