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New course! Introduction to Keeping Chickens. Limited places.

On Saturday July 28th, 1pm to 4pm, right here on the Farm, we’ll be running an “Introduction to Keeping Chickens” course for anyone thinking of getting their own chickens. No existing knowledge required. We’ll cover everything you need to think about and plan for, with advice on choosing breeds, on what equipment you’ll need to buy, and how to look after your chickens. The three-hour course will include plenty of hands-on time learning how to handle chickens safely and confidently. It’ll be a hen party, but you’ll be left with a great feeling (and handouts) instead of a hangover. £25 per person, children over 7 welcome. Includes refreshments. To make sure everyone has lots of chicken-time, there’ll be just 8 places. Book early!

The course will be run by Nick Golson, Farm Manager, RAU graduate and chicken-liker. 

What the course will cover:

Thinking it all through: reasons to keep chickens, commonly asked questions

What you need in terms of housing and equipment, how to deal with foxes, what to feed

How to choose and buy the chickens: hybrids, pure breeds, bantams

How to get them home and settle them in

The daily, weekly and monthly routine

Pest control and predators

Seasonal care

Behaviour

Eggs

Basic anatomy, general health and health problems

When to call the vet

 

 

Easter is coming!

Hopefully there’s less snow and more sunshine, but that only time will tell… As per usual, we’ll be running extra activities during the Easter holidays.

  • During the week from Tuesday to Friday we’ll have our Animal Handling (Tues & Thurs) and Groom A Goat (Weds & Fri), running from 10:00 – 12:00pm and 2:00 – 4:00pm 
  • Pony Rides will be running on all those days too at 12:00pm as well at 3:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Good Friday, Easter Sunday and the first week of the holidays you’ll be able to take part in our craft activities! (Supplies permitting)
  • From Good Friday through to the following Friday will be our Easter Egg Hunt!
  • The Barn Owl Café will be open from 10:00 – 3:00pm, and the kiosk in the portacabin will be open until 4:30pm

We will also be running our regular holiday programme with Own A Pony and Young Farmer days. There’s still spaces available so for further information and booking check our holiday programmes page

 

Young Artist’s Day, Saturday 20th May!

Looking for something to do on Saturday 20th May? Feeling like letting your inner artist lose? 

One of our lovely volunteers, Gaja, will be running a Young Artists Day workshop for ages 3 – 7 in our Porta-cabin!

It’ll be running from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Just turn up and join in for £2.50, all the art materials will be provided and there may even be a prize in it for the Best Young Artist! 

 

Young Artists day Poster

February Half Term!

The first half term of the year is upon us! We’ll be running our school holiday activities as listed below from the Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th. Please be aware that, as we normally are, we’ll be closed to the public on Monday 13th.

Holiday Schemes

As per usual, we’ll be running our Own A  Pony and Young Farmer days across Tuesday – Friday  (Now fully bookable online via our website, you can check availability and pay via the Holiday Schemes webpage). A full day helping on the farm or working with the horses for ages 8+, check out the above link for more information on what the day might entail.

Animal Handling

Will take place in the yellow and white marquee out by the fields will be taking place from 10:00 – 12:00pm and 2:00 – 4:00pm Tuesday – Friday at £2 a go. A chance to get up close and personal with our small pets.

Pony Rides

Will be in the gardens at the end of the arena, Tuesday – Friday at 12:00pm and weekends at 3:00pm at £2 a go, for ages 7 and under.

Barn Owl Café

Will be open full days, 10:00am until 4:00pm (take away only from 3:00pm).

 

If you’ve not been in a while, the bridge next to the farm entrance is now fixed and accessible to the public, hurrah! Once again there’s easy access onto the farm entrance from Phipps Bridge Road, making it an easy walk once again from the Phipps Bridge tram stop to the farm.

We aim to put on a full roster of activities throughout the holidays, but it may depend on staff availability. If anything is likely to vary we’ll aim to update via our Facebook page as soon as possible!

We are open from 10am-4pm please book your visit to guarantee entry.