School and Group Visits

Rays Farm is a real family affair and opened to the public in 1990. We love our little piece of Shropshire and want to share it with as many adults and children as possible. We actively encourage visitors to connect with nature, learn about the environment and show how we can look after it for future generations.

We offer group and school visits from the Early Years Foundation stage through to Key Stage 1 and 2, however, we are always eager to discuss how we can personalise the time you spend with us.

On this page, find out more about: 

To reserve your date and ranger option, please call 01299 841255.

About Rays Farm

Nestled in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, you will find a peaceful retreat at Rays Farm.

Rays Farm covers 17 acres, across pastures, ancient barns and magical woodland walks. 

Why Rays Farm?

We’ve highlighted the areas of Rays Farm that make us special for groups and schools.

Hands on Animal Encounters

In the small animal barn, meet friendly rabbits, guinea pigs and our latest baby goats. In the Goat Paddock, stroll among our friendly goats for a very close, supervised encounter.

After your experience, warm hand washing is on-hand and your group will be pro-actively reminded of this on your visit.

Plenty More Animal Friends.

Rays Farm is home to the largest, privately owned, collection of Owls in Shropshire, enabling children to see some of the largest Owls in the World.

Plus in the paddocks, children can see horses, Pollyanna the Donkey, Badger Face sheep, and Millie, Izzy & Carlos, our Llama. As part of your visit, look out for the Reindeer and Kune Kune Pigs, Betty and Peggy.

Woodland Walks and Sculpture Trail

Our very own Fairytale Forest is classified as Ancient Woodland, with many native Broadleaf Trees, and a fast flowing stream. Providing a varied biodiversity, the fauna and flora changes with the seasons.

Visitors can choose from two walks; the 275 metre trail in Mythical Woods which takes you past Merlin, his dragon friend sculpture, as well as 18 other woodcarvings. Alternatively the longer 1 mile trail through Fairytale Forest will take you past at least 30 sculptures.

Within the woodland, we have a den building area with scramble ropes and a look out platform for adventurous children, and if you are lucky, in the Spring, you may even see some young deer hiding in the undergrowth.

Bird Feeding Station

An activity that ticks many boxes; In the covered bird feeding station, children can count and identify a range of our wild visiting feathered friends. They will watch them feed and if they can sit quietly, spot our greedy squirrels too.

Tell a story in the Giants Chair

Near our ancient woods is Oscars’ Chair. Oscar is of course our resident Giant, not seen very often although visitors have reported hearing him sneeze occasionally! Many groups find this a perfect base for story time or photo opportunities.

Facilities for Schools

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop stocks a range of pocket money items to provide a memento of your day out, or you can pre-purchase gift bags to suit school budgets.

Indoor and Outdoor Picnic Areas

We have an indoor picnic barn for school children that seats approx 50, or two outdoor picnic areas both seating approx 50 children in each area.

Toilets and warm hand washing

Near the picnic area and animal contact areas we have hand washing facilities and toilets.

Rays Farm Group Discounts – for playgroups, mother and toddler groups, cubs, holiday clubs, brownies, scouts, must be pre-booked
  For 21+ paying visitors For 20 & less paying visitors
Child £4.99 £7.99
Adult £6.50 (1 free adult with every 6 paying children) £10.99
Rays Farm Disabled Group Discount, must be pre-booked.
For more than 5 paying visitors Less than 5 paying visitors
Child £4.99 £7.99
Adult 1 free carer per resident. Additional adults £6.50. £10.99

Prices subject to change without notice

Option one for Schools – 100% Teacher supervised visit, must be pre-booked

Enjoy Rays Farm for a full day, supervised by your own teaching staff. To help teachers organise their day, we offer teacher resources, worksheets and recommend a pre-visit.

We kindly ask schools to take all of their rubbish back with them upon departure.

  For 21+ paying visitors For 20 & less paying visitors
Child £4.99 £7.99
Adult £6.50 (1 free adult with every 6 paying children) £10.99

Option two for Schools:- Ranger led visit, must be prebooked

Suitable for 4 years and over.

On arrival, your class will be split into two groups. One group will spend half the day with a Rays Farm Ranger and the other half will be spent with your teaching staff carrying out complementary activities.

With the groups swapping after lunch, there are a number of Ranger led activities that meet the needs of the national curriculum.

Be a Farmer – Meet the farm animals up-close at Rays Farm and find out how to care for them. KS1 and KS2.

Bird Observation and identification – In the bird viewing station, observe, identify and record data for the wild birds living at Rays Farm. KS1 and KS2.

We kindly ask schools to take all of their rubbish back with them upon departure.


  For 21+ paying visitors For 20 & less paying visitors
Child £6.50 £7.99
Adult £7.99  (1 free adult with every 6 paying children) £10.99

How to book

Call 01299 841255 to reserve your date and Ranger option.

A non-refundable deposit of £20 is required at the time of booking. BACS are accepted. Balance is due 2 weeks before day of visit. Invoices not paid on day of visit will incur a 15% admin charge.


1.  Please obey all the safety notices around the farm and also the advice of our staff at all times.

2.  Wash your own hands thoroughly before you supervise the washing of children’s hands.  Please use the soap, water and paper towels provided at the hand washing stations, following contact with animals, after playing on the play equipment and before eating, drinking or smoking, and before leaving the farm.

3.  Wash your hands thoroughly at home, after removing dirty clothes, shoes or boots that have been worn at the farm. Any soiled clothes should be washed immediately on your return home.

Please visit the following link for helpful information on E-coli.

We look forward to arranging your day out.