Opening 19th October 2019!

The Barn

Indoor Activity Space and Cafe

Opening on Saturday 19th, we’re excited to be able to offer visitors a brand new indoor seating facility, indoor play and café!

The Barn will be included in the entry price to visit the Animal Park & Gardens.

The exterior is now complete, and the interior is well under way. In the mean time, here are a few drawings of how the interior will look once it is completed…

An indoor classroom for outside learning. Let the adventure begin.

The Barn contains a unique wooden play zone with tactile and sensory elements. Every aspect of the play is designed to develop motor skills, problem solving and social skills, particularly for children from pre-school age up to key stage 1, and in addition a wider age range of young people with special educational needs.

Adjacent to this zone, there is ample space and seating to suit a multitude of needs and can be quickly converted to make an indoor classroom for visiting school groups. School visits take place in the Animal Park all year round, but are particularly active in the autumn and late spring when the chances of dry weather are highest. The introduction of this new facility will enable us to provide the guarantee of shelter and comfort whatever the weather, utilised as base to venture out from, return to, and draw conclusions about outside learning activity. Local primary schools are really excited to hear that we have this new resource, which highlights the demand for a covered area in this kind of learning environment.

There has also been an increase in demand for us to also service learning activity for home education individual families and organised groups, forest school style activity, and visits from Beavers, Cubs and Scouts groups. The Barn therefore has the capacity to create a unique learning environment without the usual surroundings associated with a conventional school classroom. Combined with the benefits of having this facility within six acres of Animal Park, in heart of Kingston Maurward’s diverse estate makes a great deal of sense for the modern educational needs of Dorset’s young people, whatever their background.