• Isle of Wight Ploughing Match

    Westover Farm are delighted to host the Isle of Wight Ploughing Match this year. It is a great tradition, not only on the Island, but nationwide to judge the best ploughing in the area. It is a great opportunity to check out a range of ploughs, tractors and other machinery both new and old. As well as the machinery on show there is always a range of other country and farming stalls to browse, a great day out for all! For more information check out the website

    See you there!

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  • Dinosaur Island

    Here on the Isle of Wight we are home to a wealth of dinosaur heritage. There are many attractions that offer a chance to learn about and experience this fascinating subject on our doorstep. Island attractions such as; Dinosaur Isle, Dinosaur Fossil Hunts and Jurassic Jim are just some of the ways in which visitors (and locals!) can discover the history of dinosaurs.

    With the December release of “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” on the horizon, Visit Isle of Wight have released an app for your smart phone or tablet that allows you discover the dinosaurs in the places they were discovered here on the Island. The app takes users across the Island to learn about the different dinosaurs as well as have their picture taken with them! Starting in Yaverland on the east side of the Island and working its way to; Bonchurch, Ventonor, Baclkgang, Compton and finally The Needles on the western side of the Isle of Wight. What a great way of using technology to learn about our wonderful Island and its history as well as getting out there and seeing some fantastic sights along the way!

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  • If you go down in the woods today…

    Have just come across this blog by a school in the North of England who are getting out and enjoying the outdoors! They visit a woodland area of their local park on a weekly basis and the blog documents what the children learn, see and feel. It’s great that they have got everyone involved so they can get out of the classroom on a regular basis as it is important for children to experience learning outside of the classroom. It’s great to see examples of children solving problems, experiencing nature and getting muddy! I’m sure when the children go home at the end of the day it is all they talk about and something they remember for ages. Such a superb way for young people learn, let’s hope other schools are inspired!

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  • Royal Isle of Wight County Show 2013

    Tomorrow (Saturday 29th June) is the Royal Isle of Wight Country Show at the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society Show Ground, Northwood. It is a great day out for all the family with lots to see and do there, the host of stalls and displays will allow visitors to experience Island country and farming life.

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  • Where do children think their food comes from?

    There appears to be some confusion amongst British children according to a recent poll by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). The BBC News article – ‘Cheese is from plants' - study reveals child confusion’ highlights some worrying perceptions of what children’s food is and where it comes from, including the perception that bread and pasta are made from meat! Let’s hope that the numerous campaigns and initiatives out there by different parties and groups will go some way to helping children understand where their food comes from and what they should be eating. Here on the Isle of Wight we are lucky enough to have some fantastic local produce and ventures such as the Cowes Food Show and Incredible Edible Wight showcase this. Of course, the best way to learn about where your food comes from is to visit the source! Westover Farm and several other Island farms offer the chance to visit a farm and discover where food begins….

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  • Learning Holidays

    I've just read a fascinating article about Learning Holidays. It highlights the great opportunities that are available to us all over the world for us to learn new things at any age! Learning shouldn’t stop when you leave school and it shouldn’t just be restricted to the classroom (but we already knew that bit…!!) In the past we have hosted visits from groups of all ages visit the farm; from early years to the local WI, proving that anyone can benefit from a trip to the countryside….or Lapland…or the Masai Mara…!

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  • TES article

    TES New Teachers recently published an article entitled “School Trips: a stress free guide to organising trips”. It reveals findings from Ofsted’s report “Learning outside the classroom: How far should you go?” in that schools and colleges are not utilising the benefits of schools trips. Having seen children of all ages visit the farm get a educational and exciting experience as well as positive feedback from teachers we can fully appreciate the value of learning outside of the classroom. I hope that new teachers in particular are inspired by the article and use the guide to explore options that will prove a powerful tool in their teaching.

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  • Safety on the farm

    One of the things that is very important when we have workers or visitors to the farm is health and safety. There are so many rules and regulations with regards to people on the farm and it is important we and other farms follow these. We provide a risk assessment before a group visit the farm and ensure that we brief visitors when they arrive at the farm as to what they can and can't do. Most of it is common sense but we have to remember that a lot of people that visit the farm have not been to one before so need to briefed on how to act on a farm.

    I was reminded of this when watching Helicopter Heroes recently as a young girl who lived on the farm had an accident, showing just how important it is to have you wits about you at all times on the farm. (Footage is at 25mins in).

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  • Twitter

    Westover Farm is now on Twitter! Follow the link https://twitter.com/WestoverFarmIW or search @WestoverFarmIW to follow us.

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  • Our website is now up and running and available for you to browse (and pass on to people you think may be interested!). Please feel free to get in touch with any queries you may have.

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