Important notice - Online Ordering Closed Temporarily - Please Read Carefully

The Apricot Centre is doing everything it can to help deliver local fresh food to the community. We have however now hit the capacity for what we can deliver and therefore will not be able to accept new orders for the time being. We still have a limited number of places available for the following groups:
 - self-isolating WITH symptoms
 - self-isolating due to underlying health problems
 - over 70's who have difficulties accessing shopping
 - key workers (as defined in the government guidelines)

If you fall into one of these groups, you are welcome to create an account and order. Following that please email bob.mehew@apricotcentre.co.uk and let me know so that I can try and put your order as a priority (and I will try to let your order go through) until we have reached our ultimate maximum capacity.

For others, we wil have a waiting list for new orders, so we would encourage you to create an account and order the items that you would like. We will then put these orders on hold and then let you know. We will then reinstate these orders on a first come first served basis as availability arises, and we will inform you that we are ready to deliver to you. We are working to try and increase our capacity but we need to hold out at the current number for the weeks commencing 23rd March and 30th March.

Thank you for your support and understanding

Warmest Wishes, 

The Apricot Centre Team

Educational Visits and Workshops

Educational Visits to the Farm

Outdoor Learning is one of possible solutions for schools : as Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman announces that from next autumn inspectors will be moving away from looking at academic results and towards whether a much broader curriculum is being delivered in schools.

Taking the curriculum outside can improve attainment, increase engagement, and develop a wide range of skills including problem solving, communication and resilience. Outdoor learning also provides endless opportunities for experiential, contextual and applied education. At the Apricot Centre, Huxhams Cross Farm we believe that Outdoor Learning is at its most potent when it is interwoven within the formal school curriculum and we have a wide range of curriculum based outdoor learning that can meet the needs of a wide range of students in a wide range of subject areas.

At a time when we are all becoming increasingly concerned about the physical and emotional wellbeing of our children and young people, and question whether they will leave education with the skills and competencies they will need for the future, outdoor learning brings with it a range of benefits which are now widely evidenced, acknowledged and accepted.

We offer a range of activities and workshops , the costs visits are dependant on activity and duration, however we usually charge £300 + VAT for a half day session which includes 1 farm tour and 1 activity for 30 children but do get in contact and we can discuss your needs. 

Please contact Rachel for more information.

We run a number of different educational visits which can be tailored to support the National Curriculum . All our courses are designed and run by a qualified Secondary School Teacher and Higher Education Tutor. 

Primary School 

Farm Tour

Discover more about our farm including visiting our cows and chickens. This is an excellent opportunity for young people to learn more about where their food comes from. We will discuss the origins of different food including meat, eggs, bread and vegetables. Includes an animal feeding session.

Apple Tasting and Pressing

Learn about the varieties of apple on the Farm, carry out an apple taste and use specialist equipment to mash and press them for the juice. Children are involved in the process from start to finish and it will be the best glass of apple juice they have ever had! This session is best in the autumn, when you can use the farm’s own apples.

Vegetable Trail

Learn about the plants grown on farms and their uses in food. We discuss plant care and growth and young people sow seeds in a pot to take away with them to care for.

Composting

Young people learn about what goes into a compost heap, the creatures live there and how to make your own compost.  This activity also includes a seed sowing activity.

Herb and Wildflower Trail

Young people explore and forage a range of herbs and wildflowers that are used to create a dye, young people then tie dye their own eco bag with plant dye.

Pick, Cook, Eat

Children can pick their own lunch from the farm, cook it in our kitchen and then sit down and eat it.  This is a lovely way for children to learn where their food comes from, an example of this activity could be making your own pizza using produce from the farm such as our flour and tomatoes, or make your own soup using the vegetables on the farm.

Secondary School

We have worked with a number of secondary school focusing on elements of the curriculum such as Food and Nutrition, Art and Design, Geography and Science. 

The farm can be used as a citizens science site to support areas in the curriculum

If you are interested in your class visiting the farm to provide an action learning experience please contact Rachel on rachelphillips@apricotcentre.co.uk