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Farm Open Days

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For a few days of the year, we open the farm to the public. Our open days focus on events in the farming year and aim to provide an opportunity for visitors to experience first hand and learn more about farming activities and how they fit into our farming system and the industry at large. We hope that these events will help visitors to understand how our farming system allows us to manage the countryside for wildlife and how our farming and conservation activities are interlinked.
All open days open from 10am until 4pm.

Visitors are advised to bring wellies or boots to open days.     Sorry no dogs allowed.

For photos of previous farm open days, visit the Gallery.


Spring open day at Shabden Park Farm baby lambs

Spring Open Day 

Triplet lambs and mum

Hands on experience for visitors!

Introduction

Meet the animals including the baby lambs and their mums, watch Farmer Mark working the sheep dogs, visit the Back to Nature Farm Shop, enjoy some local produce from Shabden farmers' market and talk to Countryside Ranger Bob Crompton.

Some of our chestnut Sussex cows are in the fields - you may see them if you go on a farm walk - but you can meet our pet cow, Krowka, when you visit the lambs.

Farm Walks

Bob, our Countryside Ranger, will be here to give visitors a chance to ask questions about Surrey Wildlife Trust's role in the farm and woodlands. There is also a self guided trail on the farm - you can get details and a leaflet from Surrey Wildlife Trust, or Bob will have some on the day.

Admission & Refreshments

The event is £5 per adult admission with children free.
Teas, coffees and beefburgers made by our butchers from meat reared on the farm will be available and there will be an area to sit down to eat and have a rest from all the activity. Other farmers' market stalls will be selling their local produce to eat for lunch.

Competitions

There is a 'name the lambs' competition with a voucher to spend at our farm butchers shop as the adult category prize, and a soft toy for the winner of the children's category.

Children's activities

Children will be able to do a short quiz to help them remember what they have learnt. Take your completed quiz to the refreshments stall for a small prize.

Farm Shop and Farmers' Market

The Farm Shop will be open all day selling our farm-reared lamb, beef and pork, as well as local chicken and free range eggs. Click here to visit the farm shop webpage. Shabden Farmers' market, our monthly farmers' market held here on the farm will be here for you to buy local produce to take home or eat here.

 
 

Visitors Comments

"Thank you for welcoming us into your farm on Farm Sunday. We had a superb afternoon and found it most imformative. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and we all particularly enjoyed the sheep shearing and the sheepdog demos. Our party ranged from ages of 3 months to 75 years and each of us enjoyed the event immensely."

"Thank you for all your hard work. We had a great time!"

"thanks- we had a lovely day at the farm, especialy enjoyed the sheepdog trials and the ducks!"

"Just wanted to say thank you to the organisers of open farm sunday and Shabden Park Farm for a lovely day out today [..] The farmer at Shabden was marvellous. In the drizzly rain his energy and commitment enlivened us all. When there were too many for the last tractor trip out to the fields (where his wonderful sheepdog rounded up a herd of cows and he found a new calf born that morning he didn't know about- how exciting was THAT? when the baby pooed some bright yellow colostrum feces, like a human baby but fascinating to the many children on board as well as to us. His shearing was amazing- very hard work, yet he kept up a lively patter even as he hauled the huge beast around and skillfully sheared her.
The food stalls and takeaways were excellent, farm shop produce interesting, and everyone was SO helpful and hospitable. I realise how much work was involved in setting up something like this, and hope you will pass on the thanks of two grandparents to this excellent farmer and all his staff." 2012

"We just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful day today. My children [..] really enjoyed the day and appreciate all the hard work that was put in. I grew up on a farm and am really keen for the kids to learn about farming and with the shearing, live animals and especially the trailer ride they had a fantastic experience despite the awful weather." 2012

"Attended your open day and had a fun time. Glad the weather was kind to you. Mark worked hard with the sheep, we learnt so much. Thank you." 2014

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