The Farm Park Blog

New arrivals, events, announcements ... you'll find all the latest news from Cotswold Farm Park here in our blog.

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Jessie Leveret (1)

Jessie the Hare finds a new home

‘Jessie Leveret’ is one of 50 large statues being placed around the Cotswolds as part of the first Cirencester Hare Trail. Jessie was named - and painted by - ‘Sing & Sign’ groups in the Cotswolds. Needing a little more space to house Jessie in while the Trail takes place, group leader Nic Horne approached us to see if we could accommodate the 5ft hare. “Many of the families who come to Sing and Sign music classes have been enjoying the trail so I thought it might be nice for us to get involved,” Nic says. “The families contributed towards sponsoring our Jessie Leveret hare, who takes her first name from J...

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Butcombe Rare Breed

A new look for ‘Rare Breed’ ale

It’s been an exciting twelve months for Adam’s ‘Rare Breed’. Winner of a gold medal at the International Beer Challenge 2013, the pale ale now has a striking new bottle label.From this month, for the first time, thirty Asda stores will be listing Rare Breed throughout the South West and you can also find it at seventy-five Tesco stores in the region.Launched in 2011, Rare Breed is produced by our friends at Butcome Brewery. It combines a shared passion for farming and brewing, using the finest ingredients - Maris Otter malting barley from our farm, aromatic Herefordshire hops and Mendip spring water.For further information ...

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Iron Age Piglets

Our Iron Age piglets have arrived

Yesterday our wonderful Iron Age sow farrowed (gave birth to) her litter of piglets. Nic Nic is 8 years old and tends to have two litters a year. The gestation period for pigs is three months, three weeks and three days. The Iron Age pig is a breed that Joe (Adam’s Dad) created for a BBC series in the seventies that needed an authentic looking Iron Age pig. They are a mix of Wild Boar from London Zoo and a Tamworth sow from our farm. You will notice that some of Nic Nic's piglets have stripes and this is because of them having that touch of Wild Boar in their genes. The father of Nic Nic’s piglets is a Tamwort...

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Archie the Highland bull

Introducing Archie

Earlier this year, we discovered that our lovely bull Eric (a firm Countryfile favourite) was sadly infertile. He has since been re-homed to a nearby patch of land where he can happily retire.Following in his footsteps is our new Highland bull, Archie. Eric will be a tough act to follow, but we think Archie’s going to be just as much of a character.Adam bought him from Her Majesty the Queen’s Balmoral Estate in May 2014. He was born on February 12th 2013 and his official name is Gilleasbuig 1st of Balmoral… but we like the name Archie!  

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Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new website

The new website makes it even easier for us to keep you up to date with news from the team. We'll be keeping the blog updated and you can also sign up for newsletters if you would like us to keep in touch.Buy or renew your Farm Park membership online or if you're planning a visit to us soon, check the daily schedule to see what the day will have in store. Why not extend your visit by camping with us? You can check the camp site availability online too.We hope you like the new look website as much as we do, but if you think it's missing something important, or you can't find what you're looking for, please let us know via the en...

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