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  • July – Blog 2021

    The weather plays such an important part in our farming life and it’s been a disappointing start to this summer, with heavy downpours and not enough sunshine to germinate our crops, the lack of heat has put us at least six weeks behind which will lead to a later harvest. On the plus side our animals are loving all the lush green grass and weeds, which this mad weather has produced in abundance over the early summer, the pigs, goats, sheep and cows are certainly taking full advantage whilst foraging in the fields.

    New to the Farm Park this summer we have some gorgeous baby rabbits all born here at the farm, our farm team certainly have their hands full with this bunch of bunnies, they are such social animals and love to see our visitors. Mary the farm pig has just given birth to beautiful piglets and doing well in her maternity ward, we also have a new born orphan calf who has just taken up residence in the stable while we care for him. The Indian runner ducks have made their home in our lakes, so you will see them running up and down the farm in their upright manner looking more like penguins than waddling ducks.

    Our farm team are getting prepared for the school summer holidays, our farm park is open every day from the 29th of July until September from 10.00am to 3.00pm, you can either book online or just turn up. Farm Park ‘Summer Season’ tickets will be available to purchase from our farm shop or at the entrance kiosk, allowing you unlimited entry to the farm park (not on event days) throughout the summer.

    If you love the farm life and glamping is your thing, our new super-pods are perfect for a fun family staycation. Our family sized super-pods have panoramic views of the countryside and lakes and their internal decoration gives them a luxury feel with their large glass double entrance doors. Our super-pod’s have 1 double and 1 twin bedroom, a shower room, fully equipped kitchen with fridge, oven, hob, utensils, crockery and cooking equipment. The dining area seats 4/6 people with an added breakfast bar, plus a comfy corner sofa in the lounge area which can be made in to a sofa-bed for another 2 people if required. The super-pods are heated throughout and are fitted with high quality lights, plugs, sockets etc. Take in the views on the large veranda seating area with outdoor furniture and BBQ provided or relax in the eco-wood fired hot tub (included in the price) for an exquisite luxury stay. Free entry into our Farm Park and 10% off all farm shop purchases for all our Glamping visitors. Check here for availability.

    In season this month are lovely fresh salads, rocket, courgettes, radishes, cucumbers, peas, mangetout, peaches, cherries and strawberries for making delicious, lighter summer meals. Pair these with our butchery summer grilling meats, BBQ packs, kebabs, chops, steaks and our special homemade sausages and burgers, all prepared fresh by our butchers. Our farm shop has fresh flowers and cakes delivered every weekend together with cheese and pastries all made in our farm kitchen.

    It’s the perfect time of year to indulge in an afternoon tea. We will be serving afternoon teas on our terrace and in our outdoor garden this summer. A choice of afternoon tea, fresh scones, artisan jam and clotted cream all washed down with tea or coffee, or why not book our popular high tea for two people. Dainty sandwiches with scones, jam and fresh cream plus a selection of cakes served with tea or coffee, or treat yourself with a glass of bubbly. Gluten-Free options available. Pre-book by calling our kitchen team or drop us an e.mail so we can prepare in advance for your arrival.

    So whatever you do this season, whether it be a staycation, afternoon tea on the terrace or feeding the animals with your little ones, we have it all this summer for you to enjoy!


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