The Centre

entrance to the lower pre-school (Maga) and their outdoor classroom

Welcome to Highway Farm Outdoor Activity Centre Cornwall

Highway Farm Outdoor Activity Centre Cornwall is managed and owned by Martin Besford & Jane Neill. The centre is situated in the rural village of Four Lanes, Redruth, near to the north Cornish coast line.



Little Explorers

An Early Years Outdoor Learning Centre for rising 3's, 3 & 4 year olds.

For a pre-school place please enquire at-



Little Explorers is part of Highway Farm Activity Centre. We operate in an Eco friendly Timber buildings with a back to basics, cosy atmosphere. The buildings are heated by a log burners and water heated on it. We have a compost toilets and are wrapped internally with carbon zero insulation. We try to offer the best of both worlds with a secure natural indoor space, a stimulating and challenging outdoor, enclosed area for free flow. All surrounded by an acre and a half field for the freedom and exhilaration the natural outdoors has to offer.


We take children from 2 years old (3 in that school year) until they start school and offer the free entitlement funding from the term after your child is 3. We base our EYFS curriculum around the outdoors and nature and are outdoors in all weathers for the majority of the day.


A typical day is spent collecting the eggs from the chickens, cooking snack over the camp fire, building dens to story tell in and children initiating their own play and learning. The children tend to the fruit and vegetables they grow on site and ensure they are watered and nutured, ready for them to select and prepare for their snack. Opportunities are presented through the outdoors in a range of purposeful contexts for children to appreciate and respect nature. Most of our resources are from natural materials found in the local environment. We plant, nurture, harvest and eat vegetables and fruit and incorporate physical opportunities into every day activities. We have also fully adopted the Healthy Early Years Program within our setting. We believe these opportunities give children flexible ways of working with and in nature to develop and learn. Trips to local environments such as the beach, woods or mining heritage add to the learning environment and appreciation of local surroundings.


We support and encourage children through outdoor learning to develop their emotional confidence and self esteem. Children are also supported and encouraged to manage their own risks and to develop their life skills through using the correct tools for a purpose.


Each child is allocated a Key worker member of staff who is responsible for each childs learning and general welfare. They are the families main contact with the setting (although all staff are here to help support all children and families). We base our numbers approximately on 10 per session. This allows all children to have that extra care and learning support that they need. It also allows quality teaching and strong relationship bonds to be formed with staff, parents and other children who use our setting. Each child has a detailed learning journey which shows their learning, next steps and developmental stage and the progress they make. These are available to staff, children and their own parents at all times.



Costs and Session times:~

8am-1pm =5 hours, £25

1pm-3.30pm = 2.5 hours, £15.00

8am-3.30pm = 75 hours, £40



For more information or an informal tour of our setting please contact the centre on 07798630481                

For admissions of pre-school, please e-mail



Picture gallery: a typical day at Little Explorers