We offer a great day out for schools
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.
Tickets must be arranged in advance
"I like a teacher who gives me something to take home to think about besides homework." - Huck
Phone: 01372 235 125
Alternatively fill in the form here and one of the team will get back to you: Schools Enquiry Form
Our Educational Packages
There are a variety of options available for schools that are tailored to Key Stage 1 and 2 of the National Schools Curriculum.
The Hobbler Guided Tour
A curated guide around the different animal walkthroughs at Hobbledown
£8.50 per child, accompanying adults are free.
Interactive Animal Experiences
This lesson allows students to get up close to the animals and learn about specific features and evolutionary adaptations of the animal to their environment.
Please note, we cannot always guarantee your choice of animal for these sessions.
£8.50 per child, accompanying adults are free
Layers of the Rainforest
This is a classroom based session run by Katie and will feature many of the animals that live in the rainforest.
£9.50 per child, accompanying adults are free
Download sample worksheet here
Pre-ordered Pack Lunches
There’s a lot to think about when organising a school trip, so why not let us take care of lunch for you. After all, your day out should mainly be about having a mysterical time!
- Carton of Juice (Apple or Orange)
- Ham or Cheese Sandwiches
- Frube Yoghurt Stick
- A juicy raisin pot
- A piece of fruit
Packed lunches are £5 each. Kindly indicate the number required on your booking form.
Why not reserve a room for your group to eat lunch inside for a £25 one-off charge regardless of how many sittings you need. Rooms must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance, can accommodate around 30 to 60 children and will be allocated on the day.
Lunches can be left in the room when you arrive, but we cannot take responsibility for any valuables.
We also have some lovely outside picnic areas should you prefer.
Book your coach* with local Epsom company Edward Thomas & Son Coaches, and receive a discount when you mention that you are visiting Hobbledown.
Call them on 0208 397 4276 or visit their website. www.edwardthomasandson.co.uk
*Coaches must be pre-booked so that we can allocate a suitable parking space.
Below you’ll find some helpful FAQs. If there is anything else you need to know about or are just curious about that isn’t covered here, please let us know by emailing us or phoning us on 01372 848990
Child Hobblers – how many is too many?
500 is the biggest school group we have booked to date, so numbers are not an issue. However, we will always insist that there is a minimum of 1 adult for every 5 children.
What is the minimum number of Child Hobblers needed to qualify for the school/group rate?
If you have a very small school or only want to treat a very select number of pupils, then 15 is the minimum and all bookings need to be made beforehand. You can complete a booking form here
What happens if one member of our group can’t come?
Hobblers are not unreasonable people, so if there is a genuine issue we will do our very best to accommodate any changes.
When can we arrive?
We open from 9am on weekdays and 8.30am on weekends.
How long can we stay?
We close at 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 6.30pm on weekends. Teachers – if you manage that long we will give you a special medal.
Where can we put all our stuff?
We have large and small hobble-holes at the entrance where bits and bobs can be locked away. However, coaches will be parked quite close to the entrance so bags can be left on board. (Teachers may leave the park to collect them.)
Coaches – can we park them?
Yes! We love coaches but just 5 at any one time. Therefore, please make sure you pre-book your coach so that we can allocate it a space.
Coach drivers – what’s there for me?
We don’t think its fair that the coach driver has to sit in his coach while everyone else gets to have fun, so each school group booking gets a free ‘coach driver admission ticket’ and a free hot drink on us.
Can we bring our own picnics and Hobblenosh?
Of course. We have numerous picnic areas and we even have cover for school groups just in case it rains. We do provide picnic lunches for groups so please remember to request these at the time of booking.
Can you help with our risk assessment?
We have a risk assessment and guidelines that can be used. Please email email@example.com for a copy.
As a teacher, can I come and visit before our trip to help us prepare for our mysterical day?
Of course you can. Once you have pre-booked and paid, you can arrange to come on a free site visit. We offer two teacher induction sessions each year where teachers and their families can come along to visit Hobbledown for free. To ask about the next session and to book a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there a shop where children can buy souvenirs and gifts?
We have the very exciting MERRYMAKERS shop within Hobbledown where there are lots of fabulous souvenirs that can be purchased. Our shop is not big so can we please ask that you visit in small groups and that all children are supervised.
What happens if we lose a Hobbler?
We recommend prior to your visit that you inform all children of the procedure if they get lost. We suggest that the Courtyard by the Hobblings Play Barn be designated as your meeting point and that all children be directed there if they become separated from the group. Also, children can approach any member of staff, clearly identified by their badge or those in costume, for help. Upon arrival, we require schools to leave their completed school information form with the ticket office so we are able to get in contact with the visiting teachers in case of an emergency. We also provide ‘If lost’ wrist bands, which help us reunite any wondering children with their carers.
What our customers say...
"A sunny day and blue skies provided the perfect backdrop for an exciting Year 2 Summer Term trip to Hobbledown. The focus of the trip was to extend scientific learning about animal groups, in particular, vertebrates and invertebrates. The highlight of the day was the mini-beast workshop where alongside learning new and fascinating facts about the creatures, the children got the chance to construct a giant snail habitat as well as carefully handle a variety of mini-beasts and insects. The children explored the mythical world created at Hobbledown which is based on the book by A C Kecojevic. Year 2 are reading this tale as a year group to help develop their creative writing skills."
— Claremont Fan Court School