School trips

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.

Contact

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

Phone: 01372 235 125
Email: schools@hobbledown.com

Pricing

A variety of options available for schools.

Play and learn

Action-driven day with choice of animal or Hobbler activities.

£7.50 per child

Curriculum-inspired learning

Fun-packed day with more of an educational focus.

£8.50 per child

Packages

All visits include a full day at Hobbledown with a range of Hobbler led or Animal activities. Choose one of the following packages:

1

Hobbler Activity and Animal Interaction Session

A fun Hobbler activity (glime making, storytime or guided tour) plus an interactive session with one of our animals.

2

Two Animal Interaction Sessions

Enjoy interacting with our animals, both large and small,  in two separate sessions.

3

Two Hobbler-led activities

Immerse yourself in the Hobbledown book during story time, enjoy a guided tour of the site or make your own glime.

4

Animal Education Workshop

KS1/2 Curriculum-based Animal Education Workshops - choose either Minibeasts or The Rainforest.

Packages 1 through 3 last for 15-20 minutes. Package 4 lasts for 45-60 minutes. Each activity will be limited to up to 30 children at any one time.

Small Animal Interaction Session

15-minute talk includes a Q&A session. An opportunity for children to see, touch and handle two of our small animals, such as a rabbit, guinea pig or small tortoise and to learn more about them.  

Large Animal Interaction Session

15 minute talk includes a Q&A session. An opportunity for children to interact with one of our large animals such as a goat, sheep, alpaca or pony*.

*Weather dependent - if the animal cannot come out due to the weather we will organise a replacement activity.

Hobbler Activities

A variety of fun Hobbler led activities to choose from.

Storytime brings Hobbledown and its characters to life with a Hobbler led reading of our famous book and other stories. Learn how to Make Your Own Glime during Glime Time, or enjoy a Hobbler Guided Tour of the park.

Animal Education Workshops

Mini-beasts

Links in with the KS1 and KS2 curriculums, introducing children to the wonderful world of invertebrates. They will learn to identify animals and get up close and personal with the likes of our giant snails, cockroaches and stick insects.

Download sample Worksheet

Rainforest

Links in with the KS1 and KS2 curriculums and teaches children about the diversity of the world’s rainforests. They will learn to identify the different layers of the rainforest, meet some of the animals which live in them and classify them by eating type.

Download sample Worksheet

Additional Activities

High Ropes Course

Exclusive use for your school - £45 per hour, for 20 children.

Minimum height restriction of 1.3 meters.

Zorbing

Exclusive use for your school - £45 per hour, for 20 children.

Hobblehood Archery

Exclusive use for your school - £45 per hour, for 20 children.

Suitable from age 8.

Extras

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)
  • Roll With Ham or Cheese
  • Frube Yoghurt Stick
  • A juicy raisin pot
  • A piece of fruit

Packed lunches are £3 each and must be ordered at time of booking. Please indicate number required on your booking form.

Room Hire

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.

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

*Coaches must be pre-booked so that we can allocate a suitable parking space.

FAQ

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

Read what some happy customers have to 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 handling 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

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