Tatton’s farm welcomes the arrival of an extremely rare breed

Don't wake the beastieThis week Tatton’s farm welcomed its latest rare breed – the beastie. This exceptional creature will be spending the summer at the farm as the star attraction of this year’s Don’t Wake the Beastie fun farm activities.

This charming story, by children’s author Dawn Casey, is ideal for the farm. It’s based around a farmyard full of animals. The animals all want honey but it's high up in a tree guarded by the beastie. They have to creep, whisper and climb on top of each other in their attempt to topple the hive - without waking the beastie! Can they do it ...or will the beastie grab them?

The fun starts in the farm’s story room where visitors can learn all about how the wonderful bees make honey. Visitors will then make their way through the farmyard to the farm wood where the beastie is asleep high in a tree. If they do wake him they’ll be in for a surprise as his roar can be heard across the farm! Once they’ve made their way past the beastie they’ll be looking to see if they can find four of Tatton’s special honey bees (increasingly rare to spot) who are working hard to make enough honey to keep the beastie fed and happy.

A visit to the farm includes an exhibition of artwork in the estate offices by Kirsteen Harris-Jones, illustrator of Don’t Wake the Beastie.
Farm manager Jayne Chapman said “We are delighted to give this incredibly rare breed a home here at Tatton. He is rather shy and spends most of the day in his tree asleep or eating honey. From time to time he clambers down from his tree so visitors will get to meet him and give him a hug which he loves!”.

The beastie will be living in the farm woods until Friday August 28th

Home Farm opening times and prices

The farm is open Tuesday to Sunday from noon-5pm (last entry 4pm).  

Prices for single attraction entry: adult £6, child £4 (aged 4 to 15 years of age), family £16 (two adults and up to three children).

Totally Tatton Ticket (entry to three attractions: mansion, gardens and farm): Adult £11, child £5.50, family £27.50.National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm.  Park entry charge of £5 per car applies to all. 

Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information about this release contact:

Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department
Tel: 01625 374417 / Email: vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, a new Gardener’s Cottage tea room and year-round events programme. 

Tatton Park was named Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2014.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. By 2016/17 it is expected that over 1 million visitors a year will enjoy this experience. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision.