If you go down to the woods today at Tatton Park Home Farm
you’ll be sure of a big surprise!
April 19, 2012
Visitors to the farm since it
opened for high season at the end of March have been delighted by a
fantastic new woodland play trail. Part of the farm’s
woodland has been transformed with a clatterbridge, a bubble
tunnel, wobble boards and balance beams.
The woodland play trail is just one of many
significant farm developments which have been implemented over the
last few months.
A duck pond and new animal paddocks line the
approach to the woods, would are also now home to den building
activities and a magical woodland area for storytelling on Sundays
from May to the end of September.
To complement the woodland storytelling area,
the pigeon bothy in the stableyard has been transformed into an
indoor story room, with farm inspired books and colourful farmyard
murals on the walls.
The newly renovated milking parlour or
‘shippon’ will be a hub of activity with daily milking
demonstrations throughout the summer holidays. Staff are also
planning to give demonstrations of butter churning and cheese
making in the future.
In July a maize maze will open for our younger
visitors to help ‘Farmer Egerton’ find his missing sheep.
Natural Childhood Report by naturalist, author and TV reporter
Stephen Moss demonstrates that increasingly children are losing
touch with the natural world. The National Trust has
recently launched a two-month inquiry into the benefits of the
outdoors and developing ways to engage children with the outdoors.
Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, said:
“Getting outdoors and closer to nature has all sorts of
benefits for our children. It keeps them fit, they can learn about
the world around them and most of all it’s fun.”
Considerations of the farm’s historic and
natural environment have been integral to the development
plans. Farm manager Jayne Chapman said: “Our key aim is
to provide visitors with a longer and more enriching farm
experience. The new activities are already proving extremely
popular and it’s satisfying to know all the hard work of the last
few months is paying off! It’s wonderful to see our visitors, young
and old, loving the new areas - there is now so much more to
To celebrate these fantastic new developments
there is a special weekend of activities from Saturday, 21 to
Sunday, 22 April. Visitors will be able to experience the new
play trail, take part in willow weaving workshops and den building
(there will be a prize for the best den!). They will also be
able to watch chainsaw carving demonstrations by local carver, Tim
Burgess and even have their faces painted.
Farm New Activities: Celebration Weekend
Saturday April, 21 and Sunday April 22,
noon-5pm (last entry 4pm).
Come and enjoy many new fantastic activities
now included in a farm visit including a woodland play trail, den
building area, new maze experience and story room. Special
activities take place throughout the weekend. Normal opening
times and prices apply.
Farm opening times and prices
The farm is open for high season (until
October 28, 2012) Tuesday to Sunday from noon-5pm (last entry
High season prices for single
attraction entry: adult £5.50, child £3.50 (aged four to
15 years of age), family £14.50 (two adults and up to three
Totally Tatton Ticket(entry to three
attractions: mansion, gardens and farm): Adult £10, child (aged
four to 15) £5, family (two adults and up to three children)
National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry
to the farm. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies to
Please visit our website http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/
or call 01625 374400 for more information.
For further information about this
Eleanor Gorsuch, Marketing
Tel: 01625 374447 / Email:
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 750,000 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 and year-round events
Tatton Park is one of Cheshire’s
leading Gardens of Distinction.
Cheshire’s Gardens of
Distinction programme celebrates the richness and
diversity of Cheshire’s horticultural heritage and green
spaces. Building on the success of Cheshire’s Year of Gardens
08 marketing programme, the project aims to continue to achieve
significant impact for the regional tourism industry from local,
national and international markets. For more information
Find out more about the National Trust outdoors initiative
Supported by the European Regional
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real
difference to people and businesses in the North West. With €755
million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the
competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in
enterprise and employment.
ERDF in the North West is managed by the
Department for Communities and Local Government – for further
information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf.