Farm Park Memberships

Join the flock today, granting you and your family unlimited access to the Farm Park during our opening hours. Choose between our full membership (access throughout our open season) and saver memberships (valid for visits on term-time weekdays).

You’ll be the first to know all the ‘big’ news from the park*, with our exclusive members-only email. As well as exciting animal announcements, you’ll get first dibs on event tickets, timeslots and accommodation offers.

Not enough to convince you?

We’ll also give you 10% off throughout our shop and catering outlets. 

*providing email address is supplied on sign up and members opt in to updates.

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Spring

The season of new life, where most of our commercial and rare breed ewes and nannies will be lambing & kidding throughout.  So come along and witness a live birth and meet lambs and kids born only hours or days before your visit.

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Summer

Catch a tan whilst you feed a ram, the summer brings optimal outdoor playtime to our park. Whether your little ones will be bouncing up high, zipping fast along the wire or carefully balancing across our wooden course, this is the perfect place to make friends and play.

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Autumn

Pumpkins, potatoes, mud pies and gorgeous skies, we love this season of harvest and golden leaves. Your wellies will love it here too! And once you’ve explored all the outdoor areas, retreat into our barns where you’ll find lots of indoor play, more animal interaction and comforting warm spiced lattes.

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Winter

Roast dinners, turkeys and trees. Experience the farm through the festive period. We’ll be serving all kinds of hot culinary delights and warm drinks, running winter events (which may include an extra charge) and providing the perfect rural Christmas shopping experience.

The Farming Year

Cultivating

We attach a range of ‘cultivators’ to the tractors to prepare the soil for planting the seeds that will later grow into the crops we harvest.

Planting

This is also known as ‘sowing’ or ‘drilling’. The seeds are planted using a machine called a drill, which is mounted on to the tractor’s lift arms or pulled from the tractor’s drawbar. A tractor with a heavy set of Cambridge rolls will follow the drill, which helps to conserve the soil moisture.

Fertilising

Nutrition from our crops comes from both organic manure (from bedding down our animals during the winter) and granular (bagged) fertiliser. The organic manure is spread with a Muck Spreader – it can hold up to 15 tonnes! The fertiliser spreader has a large hopper which can hold up to 3 tonnes. A computer inside the spreader controls how the fertiliser is released, making sure that it is spread evenly across the crops. It can also be connected to a GPS system on the tractor so that different areas of the field have different amounts of fertiliser applied. You would usually do this if the soil type in the field varies.

Spraying

To produce crops that yield consistently, we need to protect them from pests, diseases and weeds. To do this, we apply products known as pesticides using sprayers. They can hold up to 4,000 litres of water in a tank, which the pesticide is added to. It mixes with the water and is pushed through high tech nozzles by a pump.

Harvesting

Also known as combining, the final phase is to harvest all of the crops. The combine harvester machine we use is the largest machine on our arable farm. It cuts the stalks, then uses a number of processes to separate the seeds from the straw. It then compacts the straw into bales, each weighing up to 500kg. These are stacked on to trailers and moved to the barn using a telehandler.

The Future Challenge

The world population is forecast to increase to 9 billion people by 2050 – that’s a lot of food to produce!

This provides a number of challenges:

– There is little extra farmable land now available

– Some land which is currently farmed is becoming unproductive due to climate change

– The amount of water available for growing crops (and drinking!) is limited

– Fossil fuels that drive our tractors, supply our fertiliser and sprays etc are going to become more limited and expensive

Despite this, it’s a great time to be a farmer. Those who are open to new ideas and prepared to engage with the public can stand to have a very bright future indeed. By embracing new technology in plant breeding, productivity and renewable energy sources, these challenges can be overcome.

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If you’re interested in finding out more about the Arable side of the business, you can download our information pack.