5,000 free school places

Primary schools in Wales can visit for free as part of conservation week.

In celebration of the birth of our critically endangered Eastern black rhino in January, we’re offering 5,000 places for primary schools in Wales the opportunity to visit for free to learn more about conservation work.

The free school visits week will take place between Monday 01 June and Friday 05 June 2020 to coincide with World Environment Day on Friday 05 June. Folly Farm’s zoo keeping team will be running activities each day to highlight conservation work, breeding programmes and and sustainable initiatives at our attraction to educate and inspire school children.

Rhino mum stands over newborn calf

A monumental birth for Folly Farm and more importantly for this critically endangered species

“The birth of our critically endangered Eastern black rhino , the first to be born in Wales, is such a significant event, not just for us here at Folly Farm but also for the breeding programme and the species. We wanted to use this amazing opportunity as a catalyst to highlight our conservation work and motivate the next generation to act.

“We’re delighted to be offering a number of free school visits to primary schools across Wales for a week of organised activities designed to educate and provide school children with some key takeaways about how they can make better decisions for the environment.” – Tim Morphew, zoo curator

5,000 free places will be provided for the week, up to a maximum of 1000 visits on each day. The successful schools will be chosen on a first come, first served basis and notified by the 27 March 2020.

Primary schools in Wales need to apply for the free places by filling in an application form on Folly Farm’s website indicating their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of day and total number of attendees by the deadline of 20 March 2020.

Terms and conditions

The free visit week will run between 01 June and 05 June 2020. Any primary school in Wales is eligible to apply. Home educators are also welcome to apply. The activities will be designed for primary aged children in KS1 and KS2, we’re sorry but the activities are not suitable for younger children so nurseries cannot apply. Any schools already booked in for a school visit to Folly Farm are welcome to apply should they wish to change their date of their booking to the free visit week.

The free visit covers entry to Folly Farm and all its free attractions, and the additional conservation activities during the week. The cost of travel must be covered by the school along with any additional costs such as food bought on site, ice cream vouchers, drinks vouchers, goody bags, fairground ride tokens, etc.

There will be a maximum of 1,000 free visits on each day to include free pupil places and the accompanying free adult ratio of one adult to eight pupils. Any additional accompanying adults will be charged at the adult school rate of £8.50 and will be in counted in addition to the free 5,000 places.

Applications for the free school visits must be made by the deadline of 20 March 2020. We will only accept applications through the form on our website and we will not accept any forms received after the deadline date. Free visits will be allocated on a first come, first served basis according to a school’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference for the date of visit and successful schools will be notified by the 27 March 2020. If a school is subsequently unable to attend on the date offered then their free places will be offered to the next school on the list.

Zoo Membership

We're proud to be members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Our membership means we share knowledge with leading zoos across the UK and Europe, and we learn from them too.