Our aims at Animal Antiks are to open hearts, unlock minds and inspire people.
We achieve this by operating an alternative provision based on a 230 acre working farm in North Marston, deep in the beautiful, Buckinghamshire countryside.
We welcome and support children (from the age of 10 years) and adults who are experiencing various challenges in their lives. This can include physical and mental health difficulties, difficulties accessing mainstream education or being at risk of school exclusion or those facing social isolation and exclusion
Our approach is to create a diverse group of people with various needs, to work together in this safe and calm environment. They get involved with a variety of activities around animal care, animal enrichment, gardening, craft, bushcraft and other outdoor and nature projects. We find that working on the farm, carrying out these types of activities help to reduce anxieties, increase confidence and builds on life and social skills and knowledge whilst being outside and close to nature
- - - WELCOME TO ANIMAL ANTIKS - - -
--- OUR OFFER ---
Animal Antiks offers a variety of different placements depending on the needs of the individual.
These placements may be appropriate for people with mental or physical health issues, anxiety, various learning difficulties, ASD, those suffering from social isolation or exclusion or young people struggling in conventional educational sessions.
Below is a slideshow giving a few more insights about what we do at the farm.
Quick links to types of placements
Link to Referral Form:
- - - WORK EXPERIENCE - - -
Using the farm environment as our backdrop we aim to build confidence, knowledge and self esteem, whilst developing key social, life and work skills.
This will involve working in a small group.
During these sessions we help to develop employment skills, encourage independent working, encourage to stay focused on task to task completion, problem solving.
- FARM THERAPY -
It may be that a school or college is looking for an opportunity to provide a student with some additional support or perhaps an individual looking for an alternative day care opportunity.
It will involve participating in a variety of activities on the farm in a small group.
They will get involved with a number of different tasks around the farm, such as grooming the ponies, walking the goats or the alpacas, looking after the smaller animals, participating in nature projects and walks. They will have plenty of opportunities to develop a variety of practical and social skills and if appropriate, work towards increased independence and possibly employment or volunteering opportunities.
--- POST 16 TRAINING ON-SITE ---
Working in partnership with Haddon Training, our training provider we can provide on-site training for Post 16 pupils.
We currently offer City & Guilds Level 1 and Level 2 Work based Animal or Equine Care, plus functional skills (various levels) in English and Mathematics.
--- WALK & TALK ---
Promoting mental health wellbeing, gentle exercise and social interaction. This will be a gentle walk around the fields surrounding the farm, with a group of the animals. Then back to our community library for a chat and a cuppa and an opportunity to look through the books.
--- ENCOUNTER EXPERIENCES ----
Whether you want to
walk an alpaca,
be a mini-farmer or
just spend time with the animals
we have perfect 'Encounter Experience' for you. Vouchers available via our 'shop'. Just click the link on the right, or go to our 'Shop' webpage
--- TERM DATES ---
We follow the Buckinghamshire school term dates:
Autumn Term 2021
Wed 1st Sept - staff training day
Thu 2nd Sept - first day of term
Mon 6th Sept - new starters begin to arrive
HALF TERM - week beginning 25th Oct
Fri 17th Dec - last day of term
Spring Term 2022
Tues 4th Jan - first day of term
HALF TERM - week beginning 21st Feb
Fri 8th April - last day of term
Summer Term 2022
Mon 25th Apr - first day of term
Mon 2nd May - closed (Bank Holiday)
HALF TERM - week beginning 30th May
Thu 21st July - last day of term