During term time, the centre is used for school residentials, with priority given to schools in the most deprived and disadvantaged areas of Leeds. Outside term time, we provide unforgettable breaks for neglected, abused or poverty-stricken children and young carers.
The farm is surrounded by fields, woods, lakes and wetlands where all kinds of wildlife take advantage of our bird boxes, nesting boxes and habitat piles. Children can view the animals and birds from our viewing platform overlooking the wetlands. The farm itself is home to pygmy goats, pigs, sheep, chicken and both miniature and standard Shetland ponies. The animals are a very important addition to life at Lineham – we even use the eggs produced by our chickens. The young people we work with and support love to be with them, to feed them, to groom them and to take care of them. The animals are very well loved and looked after.
There’s just as much to do inside the farm as out. Children can play pool, table football and table tennis in our games room – there’s also space for noisy group games. The cosy sitting room has big, squidgy sofas and an open fire, plus there’s a library area filled with children’s books. Then there’s our brilliant play barn, where children can tackle our 30-foot climbing wall or take on Jacob’s Ladder.
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We offer a vast range of activities, indoor and out, for the children to take part in. Some are educational, some relaxing, and all of them fun.
Activities include: Cycling, Archery, Climbing, Low-ropes, Orienteering, Bushcraft, Walking, Building campfires, Growing plants, Nature-watching, Learning about wildlife, Caring for farm animals, Emergency training, Learning the countryside code, Arts and crafts, Singing and dancing, Sensory activities, Team games.
Bedtime is never boring at Lineham. We’ve got 12 bedrooms with bunk and single beds, each named after our favourite birds – Owl, Robin, Lark and Kestrel. Our standard residential package accommodates up to 32 children and a minimum of 4 staff, but we can accommodate a maximum of 46 children and 7 staff if requested in advance.
Find out more about how our residential breaks work and why they are so valuable in supporting disadvantaged children.
Are you a Leeds-based school looking for a residential venue that will support your curriculum and delight your pupils?
As well as school trips and respite breaks, Lineham Farm can be booked for weddings and private hire during weekends.