Category Archives: Activities

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Official Recognition for our Albion Girls

There’s news at the Farm Park. Really big news. We’re excited to tell you that our latest rare breed herd has made history, with the news that Albion cattle have officially been brought back from the brink. After a long campaign Albions have been recognised as a distinct British breed for the first time since the 1960s, when they were declared extinct. The decision means the Rare Breeds Survival Trust will include the remaining 170 Albion cattle in its annual Watch List of native and traditional breeds, giving them new status and a level of protection with yearly monitoring of the registered cow population. If you’ve already met...

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Plenty of Potatoes!

This September saw the Farm Park host it's first ever Potato Patch and we've had a spud-tacular time! Back in May we planted approximately 10,000 seed potatoes of two varieties. These gave us a whopping 15 tonnes of spuds for you guys to dig. We also held a '#spudselfie' competition to win annual membership. To enter we asked for photos of you with your freshly harvested potatoes, after you'd crafted them into something creative. We had some cracking entries so a huge thank you to all who entered. The tubers grow deep under ground and we suspect that a few of these golden nuggets might have evaded the reach of our hard working...

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Ram wearing a raddle

Tupping on the Farm

It’s tupping time on the farm – and it means we, and our ewes, are making plans for new arrivals in the spring. A tup is a lovely old mediaeval word for an uncastrated male sheep, so it follows that tupping is when the ram is put to the ewes for mating. Normally the boys are kept away from the girls, for obvious reasons, until it’s time for tupping of course. We spend a lot of time selecting the rams with the most potential as the genetic future of the flock, and the farm’s income later on, both rely on robust, virile tups. We have a large flock of commercial sheep on the working farm in addition to the ever-popular rare and...

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Party time!

Last week, we held our second Members Party of the year. Just like last time, the event was exclusively for our members, and they could bring five friends along for free! The Farm Park and all play areas were open, but this event was a little different to our previous Members Party. The Farm Safari became a sing-a-long Farm Safari, with music and lights. We also had a disco in the adventure barn. We had planned to have a Pillow Disco, but due to the recent bad weather this was moved indoors in case of a sudden downpour! To keep in the party spirit, we were joined by Mark James, who performed a live comedy magic show, as well as...

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We are Changing…but in a good way!

We've come a long way in the 47 years that we've been open. There have been lots of great changes along the way and our latest plans are set to be the best yet. If you've paid us a visit during the school holidays you will probably have noticed that we've out grown our current visitor centre. The shop is too cramped to browse with a buggy and the cafe is creaking at the seams during a busy lunch time. The planned development and refurbishment is set to double the size of the shop and offer 3 times as much seating in the cafe. With panoramic views of the countryside, courtyard dining and fresh food prepared from local ingredients,...

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