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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Horse Arc

We have recently welcomed a Horse Arc to the Farm Park that is being enjoyed by our string of Exmoor Ponies! After its great success at Countryfile Live, being used by our Highland Cattle, it has been moved to the park. ‘Developed in co-operation with Equine Scientists and the National Trust, Horse Arcs are loved by horses and are becoming the must have field shelter for horse owners.’ - Horse Arc The Arc is helping to keep our Exmoor Ponies and their foals warm and dry in the cold weather! Learn more about Horse Arcs here:

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IAE Barn New Piglets

New Arrivals!

Our brand new IAE Animal Barn saw its first birth last night at 7pm, in the form of a dozen gorgeous Gloucestershire Old Spot piglets. Dolly XXVII (the 27th!) is an experienced mum and some of her grandpiglets are even coming with us to The Big Feastival later this month. She did a fantastic job delivering all 12 piglets, including her youngest, who decided to come out backwards and has been named 'Orion's Belt' due to the 3-spot formation on his side. Dolly had a very relaxed birth, with Livestock Manager Mike keeping a careful eye on things, but not needing to assist at all. This is the first birth to have taken place in one of...

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20 things to do in the summer holidays

20 Activities for the Summer Holidays

Here are 20 fun activities to have a go at (indoors and outdoors!) while the children are off school.   1. FREE - Play the memory tray game Remember the Generation Game programme? If you haven't played this game before, you might recognise the format! Place a selection of interesting objects on a tray and cover them with a tea towel. Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil. Uncover the tray, give them a set amount of time to memorise the objects and then cover the tray back up again. Ask the children to write down a list of the objects they can remember. Whoever remembers the most wins a small prize. ...

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Adam and Dave Danson-Hill

Say ‘hello’ to Inspiration

We've just welcomed a new addition to the Rare Breeds Walkway – a steel white bull, which towers over its paddock-mates, standing at 3.3 metres tall. The steel sculpture, named ‘Inspiration’ after one of the real-life White Park bulls here at the Park, is a celebration of the life and work of Adam’s father, Joe Henson, founder of the Park and well-known in the farming community for his work with rare breed farm animals. ‘Inspiration’ was designed and created by artist and artisan, Dave Danson-Hill and is a result of 6 long months of hard work. Look out for Inspiration when you visit us... you'll be able to spot him from quite ...

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New Animal Barn

  On Saturday 22nd July we'll be opening the gates to our brand new Animal Barn, where animals and activities will be kept, regular demonstrations will be shown and bottle feeding will be held. Our new addition means there will be more space on the park as well as more attractions for our visitors to explore - just in time for the summer holidays! The Demonstration Barn and Touch Barn will be undergoing upgrades too, with new indoor play equipment and animal pens for all to enjoy. We are always trying to improve the park to help our customers have the best experience possible. We are very excited about our new development...

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