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Welcome to Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm

We are a registered charity in Worcestershire, offering holidays and short breaks to children who are less fortunate than most and particularly those living in deprived areas.

Some of the children who come to stay with us are disabled or have special needs

Most of the children are disadvantaged by their situation; Families are referred by their social worker, health visitor, GP or community worker.

What’s On Offer?

Up to 5 Day residential stays
Day Visits

Who Comes to Stay?

Children Under 9 from Schools & Nurseries
Families on a referral basis
Disabled or Special Needs Children with Parents/Carers or school

Facilities

9 Acres of Meadow, Woodland & Stream
Animals to Care For & Ride
Accommodation in a Converted Farmhouse
Indoor & Outdoor Playareas
Paddling Pool;
Conservatory

If you are a Teacher, Social Worker, Health Visitor, or someone working with families in need please visit the Bookings and Downloads section for more information.

The Stay

The Farm offers breaks, usually for 5 days, to children up to the age of nine. Many come as part of a group from inner-city nursery and primary schools. We can accommodate up to twenty two including supervising teachers for residential stays and larger groups on day visits. We can also take smaller groups of children with special needs. Other visitors are families who have been referred by Social Services, where it is thought that they will benefit from a stay in the countryside, away from the stresses and strains of inner-city life.  We can accommodate four families but please note we can only accept bookings on a referral basis.

Although Dodford is not a working farm, there are a number of animals including ponies, donkeys, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs and goats. Feeding the animals is a ‘must’; and donkey rides are also extremely popular with the children. There is plenty to do around the Farm and the surrounding area. The Farm staff are always on hand to offer support and help to adults and children to ensure they get the most out of their stay.

Costs;
5 day booking for schools/groups £650
Split week (changeover on Wednesday) £750
Short stay (per day) £150
Use of flat for groups £60
Day visits for schools/groups (per person) £5.50 (with food)
£3.50 (without)
Families – please see referral form in Downloads section.

Why not come in Winter? we are always very busy during the warmer months but Dodford is just as lovely in the winter and schools/groups can benefit from a discounted price in November, December and January. Below is a testimonial from Heath Mount Primary School who came to the farm in December as well as every year in June;

Our children had a great time at Dodford during December. The cold weather certainly did not stop us working with the animals, going on walks, playing outside, etc. The children really benefited from the experience and saw how the colder weather effects country life.

Through organising a programme where the children were outside and then came in for an activity, they were not only engaged but also not getting cold for lengthy periods of time.

The indoor Play Barn was a great asset as it allowed the children to play in a warm room. Cooking with the centre’s cook also enabled the children to come inside and learn. Overall a great week, the children not only learnt a great deal, they had a great time and are still talking about it now!