Obsolete – General information for teachers


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We are embracing the new curriculum and activities are now available for Stone Age, Bronze Age, Anglo Saxons and Vikings as well as the Celts and Romans. We offer a unique educational experience covering many aspects of the national curriculum for pupils at Key stages 1 and 2.  For pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4 the farm can be a valuable resource for various areas of the curriculum. For sixth form students and students from colleges and universities we offer a range of experiences.

Please note: Due to essential renovations, the Roman villa will be closed during February half term. Major work on the villa will then start at the end of May or beginning of June and will last for three months. During this time we cannot guarantee full access to the villa. A range of fantastic Roman activities will continue to take place for schools. To learn more about our exciting renovation project, please visit our information page here. During this time the rest of the site will be OPEN and fully accessible. 

Please note: It is company policy that all school trips are supervised by Butser staff and booked as an education visit in advance.

Butser Ancient Farm is a real working farm.  It is also an open air research laboratory, where the ancient world of the Iron Age Celts and the Romans is being explored.  Providing a wonderful setting for an educational visit, pupils and students experience life in the past by using as many of their senses as possible.  Particular emphasis is placed on “hands on” experimental experiences at all levels, promoting continuous discussion. This makes it suitable for all abilities.

Butser Ancient Farm education team organise the day for all visitors. We plan the entire day, organising the timing and the activities that teachers have chosen in advance. All visits begin with an introductory talk and discussion around the fire in one of the ancient houses ranging from the Stone Age to the Saxons.

Cost for Sept 2016 – July 2017:

Full day visit with 4 activities and a talk: £8.95 + VAT at 20%

Half day visit with 2 activities and a talk: : £7.00 + VAT at 20%

The minimum charge is £179 + VAT (£214.80 incl VAT)
This is the equivalent to the cost of 20 children.

Cost for Sept 2017 – July 2018:
Full day visit with 4 activities and a talk: £9.25 + VAT at 20%
Half day visit with 2 activities and a talk: : £7.20 + VAT at 20%
The minimum charge is £185 + VAT (£222.00 incl VAT)
This is the equivalent to the cost of 20 children.

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Planning your visit

We recommend that all teachers come to the farm for a planning visit, particularly if they have not visited us before. There is no charge for this pre-visit.

  • Bookings need to be made well in advance as we get extremely busy.

  • There is ample room for coaches to park and manoeuvre in the car park.

  • All visitors need to come well prepared for the worst of the British weather: old clothes, old shoes (or wellies) and warm waterproof clothing for cold days. A bag for mucky wellies and a change of shoes are essential.  In summer there is very little shade so please make sure you have sunhats and suncream for all.

  • There are toilet facilities on site including disabled access.

  • We have an ecofriendly sewage system. The waste from the toilets is processed by bacteria living in a special tank after which the liquid runs into a reed bed. Antibacterial gel kills these bacteria, so please do not use this at the farm.  Please also ensure than no wet wipes or sanitary items are put down the toilets.

  • If the weather is bad, we will provide alternative activities indoors.

  • Special Winter Offer: Hot blackcurrant drinks for all the children @ 50p a cup – a great warmer in the middle of a cold day!  Please place your order on the morning of your visit or before and we will have the drinks ready for your children at lunchtime.

  • Please bring packed lunches for a picnic (if the weather is bad you may eat in one of the houses). For information on how to make these more exciting and extend your pupils’ learning at the same time, please click here.

  • We will email an invoice on the day of your visit. Cheques should be made payable to Butser Education CIC. We also accept payment by BACS.

  • The farm is sign posted from the A3 and is approx. 4 miles south of Petersfield (post code : PO8 0BG)

  • To check availability, costs and any further information, please call 02392 598838