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

 

Contact

 

"I like a teacher who gives me something to take home to think about besides homework." - Huck

Phone: 01372 848 990
Email: epsominfo@hobbledown.com

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. Take a look:

Please note: There are no guaranteed animals for these sessions, and we cannot take requests. We will match the animals used based on the age of the children and the topics we are covering.

 

 

 

Activity sheets and downloads

 

The Schools Brochure >>>

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Rainforest Worksheet >>>

Minibeasts Worksheet >>>

Schools Trip Risk Assessment >>>

Guided Tour

The Hobbler Guided Tour

A guided tour through 3 of our walkthroughs with an qualified animal keeper discussing habitats, adaptations, identification and features.

Suitable for: Early years, KS1 and KS2
Length of experience: 20 minutes
Students: up to 30
Animals: Varies depending on age group and school learning.

£9 per child, accompanying adults are free.

Experiences

Interactive Animal Experiences

 

A meet and greet with a farm animal with an qualified animal keeper discussing habitats, adaptations, identification and features.

Suitable for: Early years, KS1 and KS2
Length of experience: 20 minutes
Students: up to 30 – which will then be further split into groups of 5 for the session.
Where: Animal barn or grass area at the end of the goat walkthrough.
Animals: Varies depending on age group and school learning.

£9 per child, accompanying adults are free

Layers Of The Rainfores

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.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2
Length of experience: 45 – 60 minutes
Students: up to 32
Where: Thinkery
Animals: Variety of animals but mainly reptiles and insects.
Summary of the package: A journey through the layers of the rainforest, the differences in the layers, and the animals that live there. We look at why the animals are suitable to live in the rainforest and why they live in the layers that they do. This session includes live reptiles and insect meet and greets.

£10 per child, accompanying adults are free

Download sample worksheet here

Mini Beasts

Mini Beasts

 

A classroom based session that focuses on invertebrates such as giant snails, cockroaches and stick insects.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2
Length of experience: 45 – 60 minutes
Students: up to 32
Where: Thinkery
Animals: Insects and reptiles
Summary of the package: This session mainly looks at defining what a mini beast is, the difference between a variety of mini beasts and how they have adapted to survive.

£10 per child, accompanying adults are free

Download worksheet here

Also available:

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.

Lunchbox 1

Room Hire

 

Why not reserve a room for your group to eat lunch inside - it only costs a £30 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 to eat outdoors.

Coaches

 

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

 

All coaches must be pre-booked so that we can allocate a suitable parking space.

FAQs

 

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?

School visits take place on any Off Peak days, subject to availability. Off Peak is Monday to Friday Term Time.

 

How long can we stay?

On Off Peak days we open at 9.30am and close at 5.30pm (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 it's 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’, including a 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 epsominfo@hobbledown.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 2 complimentary adult tickets for this purpose. Please email epsominfo@hobbledown.com

 

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 wandering 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