Visitor Guidelines

At Stonebridge City Farm, we are aware and conscientious of the health and well-being of everyone who visits the farm.

We would like you to be aware and responsible for your own Health & Safety when you are visiting, and would advise all our visitors to read these important guidelines before any visits, especially if you intend to bring children with you.

Before your visit, make sure that everyone:

  • Is aware of our Health & Safety Guidelines
  • Does not bring dogs onto the Farm
  • Is dressed appropriately for the trip

During and after the visit, make sure that everyone:

  • Is reminded of the rules/precautions to take upon arrival at the site.
  • Does not kiss animals.
  • Always washes hands thoroughly before and after eating, after any contact with animals and again before leaving the site.
  • Eats only food that you have brought with you or food for human consumption that you have bought on the premises, in designated areas.
  • Never eats food that has fallen to the ground.
  • Never tastes animal foods.
  • Does not suck fingers or put hands, pens, pencils or crayons etc. in mouths.
  • Where practical and possible, cleans or changes footwear before leaving.
  • Washes hands after changing footwear.

Please ensure that everyone in your group will:

  • Not use or pick up tools (e.g. spades and forks) or touch other work equipment unless permitted to do so by site staff .
  • Not climb on to walls, fences, gates or animal pens etc.
  • Listens carefully and follows the instructions and information given by the site staff .
  • Approaches and handles animals quietly and gently.
  • Does not chase, frighten or torment the animals.
  • Does not wander off into unsupervised or prohibited areas e.g. manure heaps.

Remember the children are your responsibility during the visit:

  • You should supervise them during the visit, especially during hand washing to make sure that each child washes thoroughly. Site staff may be able to help with this supervision.
  • Allow plenty of time for hand washing before eating or leaving the site so that the children do not have to rush.
  • If anyone shows signs of illness (e.g. sickness or diarrhoea) after a visit, advise them or their parent/guardian to visit the doctor and explain that they have had recent contact with animals. Please also contact and inform us of the illness.

Key points to cover with the children should include:

  • Explain the rules for the visit, stressing that they must not eat, drink or chew anything (including sweets) outside the areas in which you permit them to do so.
  • Explain why they must wash their hands thoroughly after contact with the animals, and before eating or drinking anything.
  • Demonstrate how to wash their hands properly.
  • Discuss the requirements for appropriate clothing, including suitable footwear.
  • Check that cuts, grazes etc on children’s hands are covered with a waterproof dressing.