Run by Mr and Mrs Hatton, Stone Farm Study Centre is located on the edge of Dartmoor in the heart of the Devon countryside. Set in the foothills of the National Park, the site boasts 110 acres of organic park-land pasture and is an idyllic retreat for children to visit.
Every morning and evening visiting groups help with supervised farm jobs - complete with pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, alpacas, a donkey, a pony, 'Hedwig' the African eagle owl, resident sheepdog Diesel and Baloo the puppy there really is something for everyone! Stone Farm also has its own onsite lake where, if lucky, the children will be able to spot local birdlife including ducks, geese, moorhen and kingfishers and when taking a nature walk in the adjoining woodland we often see deer, foxes and badgers.
During the day, the children participate in a wealth of off-site excursions:
Dartmoor Hike – three experienced Dartmoor Guides take us for a hike across some of the country’s harshest yet most beautiful terrain. If we are lucky, we’ll catch a glimpse of a famous Dartmoor ponies.
Morwellham Quay – in the 1800s Morwellham was a bustling and busy mining town. Restored in the 1970s, during our visit the children will dress like a Victorian, take a trip down into a Victorian copper mine, learn how to make rope and experience a day in the life of a Victorian school child.
Plymouth Aquarium – experienced tour guides show us around the tanks and the fascinating underwater creatures being cared for. The children also spend time thinking about natural disasters and the impact of these on coastal regions and wildlife before designing, making and testing their own tsunami barrier system.
Dingles Fairground – raditional fairground rides restored to their former glory are waiting for us to enjoy! Dodgems and the ghost train have always been firm favourites for a second ride!
Lydford Gorge – together we take a walk down a steep incline to view the magnificent white lady falls.
We also have a range of evening entertainment to enjoy: a campfire with toasted marshmallows, games on the fields, a visit from a falconer all culminating in the infamous Locks Heath Barn Dance!