Jolly John's Play Farm

Jolly John’s Play Farm is set in a one acre paddock within the School’s grounds and offers an enchanting setting for private parties, learning courses/workshops, Forest School and special events. Raised growing beds intermingled with pathways invite you to explore the Play Farm’s calm and natural surroundings which include a Willow Tunnel, Celtic Walled Roundhouse, Wildlife Pond and Polytunnel with ‘nurture growing beds’ and a straw bale seating area.


Jolly John’s now houses a brand new 37metre square ‘Eco’ Learning Lodge, providing an all-weather space with ample seating on straw bales for up to 30 children or 20 adults. The Lodge looks out onto the Play Farm’s raised beds through four sets of restored Georgian Patio Doors providing an excellent and ‘natural centre piece’ for hirers wishing to take advantage of this uniquely natural environment.


In addition to the natural play environment encapsulated within the Play Farm’s grounds, hirers also benefit from the free use of a brand new Trim Trail set at the entrance to Jolly John’s Play Farm. The Trim Trail is ideal for children who enjoy play, climbing and exploring!

Jolly John’s Play Farm is a partnership project of both the School and volunteers from our community who maintain and develop the Play Farm’s facilities.


Jolly John’s Play farm is available to hire at the following times;


Term Times - 4pm – 9pm weekdays (daylight permitting)


                        9am - 9pm weekends (daylight permitting)


School Holidays - 9am-9pm throughout the week/weekends


The cost of hiring Jolly John’s Play farm is £35 an hour. If you wish to have a Forest School themed party or catering supplied there is an additional cost.


If you are interested in hiring the facilities at St John's please contact the School on 01306 884506 or email