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Rare Breeds Weekend at the Farm

17 - 18 July 2021
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The Farm works closely with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and is an Approved Conservation Centre. This special weekend is your chance to meet Molly the Middle White and all of her piggy friends, see our Shire horses, learn about the giant Buff Orpingtons chickens and many more.  Learn about why these breeds are so special from our experienced staff. Normal Farm opening times and entry prices apply.

Some fun facts about some of our rare breeds 

Golden Guernsey Goats
Rare Breed Status – Minority. This means there are only 500-1000 breeding females in the UK.
Golden Guernseys were nearly wiped out in second world war, during Germany’s occupation of Guernsey. An islander (Miss Miriam Milbourne) hid a small group of the goats, allowing the breed to survive. Tatton Park Farm is home to a family of Golden Guernsey Goats. Meet Emily, Elliot, Amber, Honey & Finstock Ben.

Middle White Pigs
Rare Breed Status – Priority. This means there are just 100 – 200 breeding females in the UK, making them rarer than the Siberian Tiger.
In the 20th century, Middle Whites were known as the ‘London Porker’ due to high demand for their meat but then a move to leaner bacon led to the breed becoming endangered. Tatton Park is one a Rare Breed Conservation Centre. Martha arrived earlier this year, joining our family of Middle White Pigs. 

Shire Horses
Rare Breed Status – At Risk. This means there just 900 – 1500 breeding females in the UK. Shire Horses were brought to this country hundreds of years ago for their incredible strength in battle, and eventually for working the land. Mechanisation gradually replaced horse power and by mid 1900s, this incredible breed became endangered. We have four magnificent Shire Horses at Tatton Park Farm. 


11am - 4pm (last entry 3pm)


Farm entry prices: £8 Adult, £6 child. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment, as restricted capacity and timed entry slots still apply to enable social distancing.

£8 Parkland vehicle entry (including National Trust members)