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LEAF Open Farm Sunday

LEAF Open Farm Sunday

Believe it or not, as a young child I used to live on a Cheshire farm near to Tattenhall. I still remember feeding the lambs to this day and even had my favourite cow whom I would eagerly wait for by the gate each evening. Needless to say, when we learnt about Open Farm Sunday we were very excited by the prospect of taking our daughter to sample farm life for herself.

LEAF Open farm Sunday offers a great family day out as hundreds of farms throughout the UK will open their gates for free on the 9th June 2019. LEAF Open Farm Sunday is an annual open day, providing families with the opportunity to explore real working farms and learn all about farming first hand. Where does our food come from?  Why is British farming so important? How should the animals be cared for?

Interesting discussions about farming practices await as young families can learn all about the farming industry behind the scenes, meet a whole host of different animals, enjoy some fresh air as they embark on a trail or two, and perhaps even have a go at milking a cow, have a go at axe throwing, or go pond dipping. Each farm will offer a slightly different experience as each farm can showcase their own specialities, ensuring that activities on offer will cater perfectly to their visitors.

Below is a list of the farms involved in Open Farm Sunday, along with their activities. Of course there will be plenty of specialist tasty farm treats available to purchase too.

CHESHIRE

 

* Hilltop Farm

Address: Aston by Budworth, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NG
Time of event: 11am to 2.30pm

Event cost: Free

Activities: Learn all about the process of dairy farming on a free day out with the kids to Hilltop Farm. Learn all about a typical day of the farms 185 pedigree diary cows and get the opportunity to see the stars of the herd up close. Enjoy an hourly milking demonstrations, witness the young animals on the farm roaming around in their habitat enjoying themselves, and watch them being fed. Enjoy one of the two vet tours taking place throughout the day, play games, and don’t forget to get a sneaky photo of the kids enjoying sitting on the tractors.  There will also be an opportunity to purchase excellent quality award winning locally sourced food on the day.

Tel – 01606 891536 
Email – budworthholsteins@hotmail.com

 

 

* Riverside Organic

Address: Shipbrook Hill Farm, Manor Lane, Whatcroft, Davenham, Cheshire, CW97RH.
Time of event: 11am – 4pm

Event cost: Free entry, but other charges apply e.g. for food and drink, tractor ride and face painting.

(We will be charging for food, drinks and certain activities such as the tractor ride and face painting)

Activities: Meet and pet the animals with Farm Tots-Riverside Organic, donkey rides, enjoy a tractor and trailer ride, face painting, static machine display, guided walk, live music, paint a pot, live craft demonstrations with Crafting Corner, BBQ with home grown grass fed organic beef burgers, Snugburys Ice cream and more. A great day out with kids to learn about organic farming.

Tel – 01606 46258 
Email – 
Rosie@riversideorganic.co.uk- Simon@riversideorganic.co.uk 

 

 

*The Grange,

Address: Warrington Road, Mickle Trafford, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 4EB.

Time of event: 15:00

Event cost: Free BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL!

Activities: Meet the animals including the few remaining Red Poll Cattle and enjoy a farm tour. Take a guided walk that lasts approximately two hours where families can explore the conservation crops, restored wetlands and woodlands.

Tel: 07950 963526 
Email
: huw.rowlands145@btinternet.com 

 

 

* Trevor’s Close Farm

Address: Dark Lane, Gawsworth, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK119QZ
Time of event: 11 am until 4 pm 

Event cost: Free entry, but other charges apply e.g. the BBQ

Activities: Head on down to learn about dairy farming on this free day out with kids in Cheshire. Come and see where the cows are milked, where the milk gets stored and the pasteurisation process. Enjoy seeing the cows and the baby calves and learn all about what the cows eat and why. Children are sure to love seeing the modern and vintage tractors on display and will jump at the chance to go on a tractor and trailer ride to see where the cows graze through the summer.

Tel – 01625 423987 
Email – Dannynewton11@outlook.com

 

 

MANCHESTER

 

* Jacaranda Farm

Address: Sandyford Farm, Ashworth Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 5UN
Time of event:
 10am – 4pm

Event cost: Free but charitable donations welcome.

Activities: For a free day out with kids in Manchester, why not visit Jacaranda Farm, a small farm with a fantastic mix of animals for both educational and therapeutic purposes. Your day out will include meeting the chicks, ducks, baby goats, piglets, lambs and alpacas. 
Tel – 07526010060 
Email – 
jacarandafarm@outlook.com 

 

 

* Whitegate Farm

Address: St Helens Road, Over Hulton, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL5 1AD
Time of event: 10am til 3pm

Event cost: Free

Activities: For a free day out with kids in Manchester, head over to Whitegate farm and admire its pedigree Ayrshire cattle. Learn about the ins and outs of what dairy farming entails and enjoy a milking demonstration with ten cows being milked every hours. You will see a selection of calves and two bulls and enjoy sitting on the tractors which make a great photo opportunity. You can also view the farming machinery on display and relax on a self guided walk.

Tel – 01204 774322

 

 

* Woodbank Community Food Hub

Address: Woodbank Memorial Park, off Park Lane, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK1 4JS

Event cost: Free but BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

Time of event: Ticketed tours will run regularly between 10am & 4pm.

Activities: Learn all about organic farming on a guided tour of the farm before heading off to explore the farmers market. Here families can learn about the future plans of the farm and purchase refreshments.

Tel – 07764693325 
Email – abi@kindling.org.uk 

LIVERPOOL, WIRRAL AND MERSEYSIDE

 

* Goose Meadow Farming

Address: Gore House Farm, Acres Lane, Lydiate, Merseyside, L31 4EX
Time of event: 10am

Event cost: Free entry, but other charges apply

Activities: Enjoy a free day out with the kids as you learn all about how arable farming works. Learn about the field to fork process from growing oats for your breakfast to potatoes for your tea.

Staff will take you on a guided tour of the farm where you will learn about the history of farming on the Lancashire Mosslands and see the wildlife that visits the farm. Learn about how the crops are grown and stored. After the tour which involves a short ½ mile walk along the cart tracks, you will be invited to enjoy refreshments and home made cakes in return for a charitable donation to RABI and Ormskirk Foodbank.

Tel – 07759 266697 
Email – Edwards@goosemeadow.co.uk

 

NORTH WALES

 

* Fronlas Farm.

Address: Mochdre Lane, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4JA.
Time of event: 1pm – 4pm

Event cost: Free entry, but other charges apply (Free entry. Burgers £2)

Activities: 750 sheep and 60 cows call the farm home. Why not come and say hello and have a go at tossing the bale, make a scarecrow, play on the toy tractors and much more!

Tel – 01686 614289 
Email – sue.lloyd-jones@nptcgroup.ac.uk 

 

* Plas Dolben

Address: Llangynhafal, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych), LL16 4LN
Time of event: 11am-4pm 

Event cost: Free entry, but charges apply for refreshment

Activities: For a free family day out in North Wales why not head to Plas Dolben, a 350 acre beef and sheep farm. Get up close and personal to some chickens, pigs, and horses. If you enjoy fishing, the fishing demonstrations in the carp pond are not to be missed. Don’t forget to learn about the bee hives and there are a range of quizzes to keep young ones entertained. All profits from the sale of refreshment go to charity and you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the orchard, garden or fields.

Tel – 07984 521413 
Email – rhianpierce@gmail.com

 

SHROPSHIRE

 

* Babbinswood Farm

Address: Berghill Lane , Whittington, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY114PF
Time of event: 11am to 3pm

Event cost: Free entry, but other charges apply

(£5 have a go at archery £2 plant a pumpkin seed Food and drinks are available to purchase )

Activities: With lots going on, a visit to the farm is an excellent choice for a family day out. With farm tours throughout the day, milking demo, cow calf dairy, outdoor activities such as archery, plant a pumpkin seed and more. Learn about the organic farming process and the Science behind soil health and holistic planned grazing. Sample the farm produce and enjoy milkshakes, tea, coffee, soft drinks, icecream samples and hot food which are available for purchase.

Tel – 07769607404 
Email – babbinswoodfarm@gmail.com 

 

* Hawkstone Abbey Farm

Address: Marchamley, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5LN
Time of event: 2pm – 5pm

Event cost: Free

Activities: Learn all about arable farming and learn about the journey of food from field to fork as you learn about what happens from soil, grass, cow, milk to cheese! There will be guided tours of the farm and of the traditional Cheshire cheese enterprise.

Tel – 01948 840221 
Email – sarah.appleby@applebyscheese.co.uk 

 

* Hatton Farm

Address: Hatton, Shropshire, SY6 6QP

Time of event: 11am – 3pm

Event cost: Free

Activities: Come along and find out how a modern organic dairy farm produces milk, and looks after the environment.

Tel – 01694781480

 

* Home Farm Attingham

Address: Attingham, , Atcham, , Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TN, United Kingdom
Time of event: 10am untill 5pm

Event cost: Free

Activities: A visit to this family run farm will help educate families about the organic farming process. The farm is predominantly a dairy farm and there are robots that milk the cows. Children can enjoy visiting animals such as the herd of traditional English beef cattle also sheep, pigs ducks geese and chickens. For Open Farm Sunday there will be lots of big farm machines to see, lamb feeding and you can also buy bags of feed to feed the rest of the animals.There is a BBQ, home made cakes and sandwiches along with a range of hot and cold drinks available to buy.

Tel – 01743 709243 
Email – dixonhomefarm@hotmail.com 

 

* Little Shrawardine Farm

Address: Ford, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY59NE
Time of event: 11am until 2pm

Event cost: Free

Activities: Come and visit a local dairy farm. Meet the cows and calves and learn how the farm care for them. Sample some products too.

Tel – 01743 850387 
Email – Tim.dale@hotmail.co.ukducts too!

 

* Moor Farm

Address: Ruyton Road, Baschurch, , Nr Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 2BA
Time of event: 10am until 4pm Tours start at 11am 

Event cost: Free entry, but other charges apply. (Tractor trailer rides. £2 per adult £1 per child £5 per family)

Activities: Enjoy a tractor and trailer tour of the farm with commentary from the farmer. Enjoy a free tour of the buildings and cattle therein, Machinery display, visit the pigs and chickens, plant a pumpkin, take a stroll on the woodland walk and enjoy some children’s races.
Wet weather plan: Tractor tour and woodland walk- you will need wet weather gear-waterproof clothing and umbrellas. Other activities , tours and refreshments under cover with disabled access.

Tel – 01939 262632 
Email – 
shop@moorfarmshop.co.uk 

 

* Sheepcotes Dairy

Address: Sansaw Estate, Hadnall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 3DL
Time of event: 
Three Tours Available – 09:00am, 12:00pm & 15:00pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL – https://www.trybooking.co.uk/KMF

Event cost: Free

Activities: At this ticket only event families can see the working parts of a large dairy farm working within your community. Come and explore and find out about the science of the milk production and how that transforms to the dairy products found on the shelves in supermarkets worldwide.
Lots of fun activities to get involved in on the day. Opportunities to get inside a tractor, meet a selection of our newly born calves and a Q&A Session with the Farm Manager.

Tel – 01939 211100 
Email – 
emma.morton@sansaw.co.uk 

 

* The Farm

Address: Longnor, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 7PP
Time of event: 
2pm – 5pm

Event cost: Free

Activities: Watch the cows being milked and calves being fed. Enjoy the countryside, and look out for wildlife on this organic dairy farm.

Tel – 07739 864718

 

* Walford Farm, SY4 2HL

Address: North Shropshire College, Walford Campus, Baschurch, Shropshire, SY4 2HL
Time of event: 
10.00am – 3.00pm

Event cost: Free

Activities: This FREE event is a great day out for all the family and an opportunity to learn all about farming and environment, as well as having lots of fun along the way. Parking and toilets are onsite and there will be refreshments for the day and a variety of activities and demonstrations including:
Animal corner, Animaldoodles drawing competition for local schools, Welly wanging, Farm livestock talk and Machinery display.

Tel – 01432 365433 
Email – 
hargestd@hlcollege.ac.uk 

 

*LEAF = Linking Environment And Farming.

*Images are of animals on typical farms and are not farms necessarily involved in the Open Farm Sunday.

 

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