Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, near Maidstone, has picked up another award in recognition of its outstanding education programme.
This is the third time that the popular family attraction has been Highly Commended in the Best in Education category of the National Farm Attractions Network annual awards.
The award acknowledges members who demonstrate outstanding learning, whether children visit as part of a school group or as a family. Judging criteria includes innovation, materials provided, and feedback from customers.
Kent Life has won numerous awards for the variety and quality of theme days and workshops that it offers to over 15,000 school children every year – including a Sandford Award, a ‘kite mark’ for high quality education provision which is recognised in schools and other education institutions across the UK.
Kent Life has also been awarded the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Badge for Quality and is Trained Personnel and Farm Accredited by the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme.
The attraction’s General Manager, Dan Gooch, says: “Kent Life prides itself in offering a safe and relaxed environment for children to learn and making all aspects of country life easily accessible to them.
“We try to give them a real understanding of their local heritage, with
workshops such as Meet the Animals, Kitchen Garden, Sheep to Sock and Hopping
showing them a direct link to what would have been happening on the site in the
past and allowing them to see where food comes from.
“We also work very hard to respond to changes in the National Curriculum, introducing a programme of themed days in consultation with regular school visitors, and incorporate suggestions and new topics in response to teacher requests.”
Kent Life has something to entertain all ages and generations. Kids can go wild in the outdoor adventure play area or soft indoor play barn, as well as enjoy donkey rides, a pottery studio, tractor rides, dressing up, stilt walking and much more!
The attraction, set in 28 acres of glorious countryside, is also a real working farm, so there are plenty of animals to see including pigs, sheep, ducks, goats and alpacas. Young visitors can even snuggle up to the smaller farmyard friends in Cuddle Corner. Kent Life also has special events all year round so there’s always something to do, whatever the weather.
Kent Life is just off junction 6 of the M20 or only an hour by train from London. For full details visit www.kentlife.org.uk or call 01622 763936.