Church Farm offers not only a fun, but educational day out for the whole family. Learn about life on an ecological farm, which produces a range of meat, fruit and vegetables. You’ll have the opportunity to help feed some animals, including piglets, sheep, lambs, cows and calves. There is also a woodland play area for the kids to enjoy.
There are two main trails that can be followed on the free map which is downloadable from the website or available in the Farm Store (where animal feed can be purchased to enhance the experience and create some interaction with the animals if desired). It is possible to see the activities of the horticulture department as well on the walk including the Kitchen Garden and the herb varieties which they use in the Farm Café and The Jolly Waggoner. It is a field to fork experience as the children can interact and learn about the food they eat.
During half term they will have free activities; the main one will be to build the sparkliest, spangliest scarecrows for their horticulture team. There will be themes, but these will be revealed each day so it will be a surprise. They will also have story writing and illustration introduction skill workshops and a still life/book illustrating session with the 2 cows on one of the trails, with a twist as we will be playing some music to them as we draw. Music has been proven to have a calming influence on farm animals. For the free activities they would appreciate a donation to Rural Care if it is possible.
Children can visit the Chick Shed in the car park where currently we
have ducklings and chicks. Past that in Home Field they will be able to see orphan lambs grazing and pigs in the corner of the field.
Seasonal activities include egg collecting where the children will walk through Vicar’s Orchard to meet the layer hens and collect eggs from the layer sheds as little farmers. They receive a carton of eggs as part of the experience.
This is charged at £7.50 a child. There is also a chance to do lamb bottle feeding which will go on at least through half term, this is a popular activity and not offered in many places any more. This is £5.95 a child.