Farm News - Summer
Summer Fun on the Farm!
We’ve been putting off writing the summer update as it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s arrived yet but we’re sure the weather will pick up very soon and we’ve got lots of exciting things planned over the next few months.
The Farm is full of our new arrivals. We’ve had several batches of chicks hatch out already as well as ducklings and a gorgeous gosling, and the ever popular hatchery talks are running twice daily. Tilly the Tamworth gave birth to 10 lovely piglets at the end of May and Molly our very rare Middle White is due mid July. The lambs are half grown and enjoying themselves out in the field. There is certainly no shortage of grass for our sheep at the minute but I don’t think they thanked us for shearing them just before this very unseasonal weather! Our first calf arrived at the end of May after Berry, our Jersey cow, kept us waiting for a very long time! The shock of it being a bull calf after we had used sexed semen to ensure we got a heifer was soon forgotten when we saw how handsome he is and how much Berry loves him! We are now doing daily milking demos in the shippon. The Red Poll herd are due to calve in July and August so we should have plenty more calves over the summer.
Our daily summer programme is always jam packed with all kinds of fun food and farming activities from lamb feeding to cheese making and seeing the mill machinery running. This year we are also running some brand new activities focussed around food with weekly ice-cream, jam and cheese making demos and tasters as well as a ‘Family Forest Fun’ week in our woodland area running from Sat 17 August. The Maize Maze will be open for the start of the school summer holidays and of course you will be able to meet our 1940’s characters including Aunt Mary, the Farm Caretaker, and Mr Wiglesworth the Land Agent.
Dates for the food demos:
Sun 4 Aug - Cheese Making
Tues 6 Aug - Vanilla ice cream
Thurs 8 Aug - Raspberry jam
Sun 11 Aug - Cheese Making
Tues 13 Aug - Honeycomb ice cream
Thurs 15 Aug - Strawberry jam
Sun 18 Aug - Cheese Making
Tues 20 Aug - Fruits of the Forest to tie in with Family Forest Fun week
Thurs 22 Aug - Lemon curd making
And finally we have some extra special events planned starting with our Rare Breeds weekend on 13/14 July, followed by a visit from Tractor Ted on 3 August, our Farm Fun Dog Show on 11 August and 3 days of traditional crafts and foods at our Country Weekend over the August Bank Holiday. You can check our events listings for all the details!
Looking forward to seeing you all for some summertime fun on the Farm!
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