Farm News: Winter
The excitement has been mounting these last few weeks as the Farm prepared for a very special visitor. And finally Father Christmas has arrived at the Farm! Prancer and Dancer, our Farm reindeer, were so proud to lead the way as he made his grand arrival at the Lantern Parade. And now all the animals get to join in the Christmas fun! Frosty and Huw (the donkeys), Elfin and Elderflower (our Red Poll heifers) and Amber and Honey (our gorgeous Golden Guernsey goat kids) are all playing starring roles in our live nativity scene. Prancer and Dancer are on display next to Father Christmas’s sleigh. The horses are happy to be coming in for a belly full of hay and a tummy tickle. And as for the pigs… not to be beaten by everyone else, our Saddleback sow Sienna has just given birth to a gorgeous big litter of pure bred saddleback piglets!
And it’s not just the animals waiting to impress - Aunt Mary has the fire on in the cottage and is busy making salt dough decorations to hand out to all the children. There is live Christmas music every weekend from a selection of wonderful bands and choirs, children’s entertainer on site and regular festive storytelling sessions. And of course Father Christmas and his elves can’t wait to meet everyone in our fantastic grotto! The farm is open every weekend in the lead up to Christmas and Saturday 23rd December, but not Christmas Eve.
On another note, the farm has recently had amazing success with our cows at the annual national Red Poll Herd awards, winning ‘Best Small Herd’ in the whole of the UK. We are so proud of our cattle and it was amazing to have their quality recognised at a national event. A special well done to Violet and Tulip, two of our cows who also won individual prizes!
And running alongside all of this our Heritage Lottery funded Field To Fork project has begun with capital works starting on our brand new group space and renovations ongoing in Aunt Mary’s cottage and the Estate Offices. It’s amazing to see the changes and we are so excited to be able to deliver such an innovative and unique project. Further information Field to Fork.
If you are confident, enthusiastic and enjoy speaking to people and/or interested in social history, farming, healthy eating and educating people about food and farming then we have some exciting new volunteering opportunities here at Tatton Park Farm! We are looking for people who can help us bring our Heritage Lottery funded ‘Field to Fork’ story to life through drama/interactive participative learning techniques and by offering an educational experience that is engaging and memorable for all those who participate in it. We are not only looking for actors who can channel one of our key characters (Aunt Mary in the cottage, the Teamsman, the Miller, the Land Army girl, the Land Agent) but also volunteers to offer guided tours and demonstrators to run the machinery in the mill and the steam engine etc.
We would be very grateful if you could spread the word within your organisation and with anyone who you think would be interested or suitable. Please pass on Elly's email address Eleanor.Edwards@cheshireeast.gov.uk . We are holding a Learning and Interpretation focused open day for potential volunteers at the farm on Saturday 6th January (when all the xmas chaos has hopefully abated!). There will then be 3 volunteer training sessions before the project launches in April 2018. If we can get contact details for any interested persons then we can email them a reminder inviting them to the open day nearer the time.
For further information and updates on all the goings on down on the farm, don’t forget to follow us on twitter! @tatton_park And check out our new farm Facebook Page for Tatton Dale Farm
Did you miss the ducklings first swim on facebook or did you want to watch the sheep racing again? Visit our Facebook videos page.
The Lamb is over for another season but you can watch last years highlights on YouTube here:
To check out our events at the Farm in 2015, please visit our events calendar.
Adopted Animal Updates
See how Prancer the Reindeer and Frosty the Donkey are getting on in our Adopt An Animal page.