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ARC: Agricultural & Rural Centre

The Agricultural and Rural Centre, is a specialist farm based in Romiley, for anybody who has a disability, mental health issue, or is socially disadvantaged due to age, gender, culture, poverty or any other reason.  Our participants have the opportunity to work with animals and on the land and we offer a unique service allowing young people with additional needs the freedom to enjoy a "hands-on" approach to a range of farm based activities.

Below are some of the events and activities that we deliver:  Please contact us if you would like to get involved or if you have any questions.


Click here to watch a short Video about the Agricultural and Rural Centre which will give you more of an idea of what we are and what we do.

Saturday Young Farmers Club.  Here at ARC, we are keen to encourage rural and agricultural activities that promote a healthy lifestyle.  We encourage ALL children aged from 5 years to 15 years to enjoy an interactive and hands on experience of working with animals and on the Land. Children learn best by having fun and being engaged in exciting tasks throughout the day.  The young farmers club is a fun and memorable event for all children to enjoy. 

Children and young people who attend ARC Learn how to keep and care for our small and large animals.   Clean out the animal hutches and stables.    Feed and groom the animals.   Take an alpaca, goat or pony for a walk.   Learn how to prepare animals for the show scene.   Complete a craft task, such as making a scarecrow or make mint sauce.  Take part in planting and growing: vegetables, herbs, fruit, and much, much more.  The Saturday young farmers club welcomes children 5 to15 and runs from 12 till 3pm.  Please contact us if you’d like to join us at the Young Farmers Club.

School holidays club.  Book your place for the half term and enjoy all our fun and interactive rural and agricultural activities. Build a bug hotel, create water power from horse poo and build a puddle duck pond, all this and more.  Please contact us to find out what we are doing when and book onto a place for the next school holiday.

Own a pony day.  Want something different for your child to do this holiday?  Then why not book onto our "Own a Pony" Day.  Run by our experienced staff and our wonderful ponies, your child is bound to have a fabulous day they won't forget.   Please contact us to find out when we are doing the next ‘own a pony day’.

Parent and Toddler group.   There is no world more exciting than the world of nature.  Children love to get hands on experience of the bug and animal world. Our Centre provides a fun and safe environment for children to learn all about plant life.  They get to enjoy the discovery of all our guests in our Bug Hotel or watch the worms, busy working in our man made worm observatory.  All made by our Young Farmers Team.  Our Parent and Toddler group runs:  Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12.00 - 3.00pm.  Come for an hour any time between the above times.   Please contact us for more details or to let ARC know you are coming.

Working with Schools:  Alternative Training.  The Agricultural and Rural Centre work with schools and colleges to offer an additional training resource to support the Key Stage 4 Curriculum for any young person who would benefit from this.

Students enjoy hands on approach to learning.  We work closely with schools to provide additional vocational learning that supports the opportunity for students to enjoy outdoor and healthy activities.  Some of the courses that students undertake include: Land Based Studies, Outdoor Activities, From Field to Fork, Animal Husbandry, Rural Crafts & Activities, Traditional rural skills.

We also offer a Work Experience program for young people with disabilities or challenging behaviour (Please note: There is a small cost for all our services).  If you or your teacher would like to refer a student/students to us then please contact us  today for details of times, facilities, costs, courses etc.

Adult Volunteers.  Do you enjoy working with people with disabilities and challenging behaviour?    Would you enjoy working with animals?    Have you got skills to offer us?    Then why not volunteer to help others  to learn how to care for our small animals and horses. If you have those magic green fingers, then helping our participants to work in our horticultural gardens and Sensory garden could be for you. 

We need volunteers who can help with maintenance work, drivers, administrators, educational assistance, gardening, working with animals and much more.  If this sounds of interest to you, then contact us.

Please Note:  All our places are subject to an enhanced CRB check and suitable induction training prior to recruitment.  Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.