Deer School

Sika Deer running

27th - 30th August 2024

6 - 10 years: 10am - 2pm = £45 (incl. VAT) per day

Day 1 - Red Deer, Deer Behaviour & Deer Husbandry

Day 2 - Habitats & Feeding

Day 3 - Native Species, Wallowing

Day 4 - Field to Fork (plus family farm walk and venison tasting!)

Our Deer School is a four day course catering for 6 - 10 year olds. It is a progressive course where the children will learn all things related to deer! Participants will be able to get up close to our friendly Red Deer herds at Church Farm and learn all about deer ecology, habitats, behaviours, deer species, deer husbandry and so much more. There will be practical hands on activities each day, plus a light overview of the field to fork process to understand where meat really comes from and how important natural farming methods are. On the final day we will welcome the participants and families to join us for a short farm walk and to sample our very own Church Farm Venison at The Barn Farm Shop & Café (Sunningwell).

This was previously a 3 day course but has now been extended to 4 days. We encourage participants to take part in all 4 days as new skills and knowledge will be learnt each day. Benefits of the course include:

  • Exposure to the great outdoors
  • Getting up close and personal with Britain's largest land mammal
  • Understanding natural farming methods
  • Learning about where our food comes from
  • Establishing a strong connection with nature
  • Learning basic bushcraft skills

Courses will be led by...

Tom Alden has a former military background, stemming from early days in the Scouts and CCF. He has travelled widely across the globe, taking on extreme expeditions and races. Having established Church Farm & Park in 2017, Tom is now firmly embedded in the day to day livestock, land management and deer husbandry on the farm, together with educating school groups on the great outdoors and all about deer!


How to book?

Please email with the following information:

1) Name of child

2) Age of child

3) Any allergens/intolerances

4) Any other information we need to be aware of (medication etc.)?

We will then send out an invoice email for a 50% non-refundable deposit to secure their place, along with an exact kit list and an outline for the four days!

For bespoke, private courses, birthday parties or school enrichment programmes, please get in touch!

 Courses held at Church Farm, Sunningwell Village, OX13 6RE