Staff at Tatton’s Home Farm have been busy creating yet another highly imaginative (and educational!) programme of summer holiday activities for children to immerse themselves in this school holiday.
Amongst this year’s farmyard fun is the farm’s latest rare breed, The Beastie. This exceptional creature is spending the summer at the farm as the star attraction of this year’s Don’t Wake the Beastie fun farm activities which are already underway.
This charming story, by children’s author Dawn Casey is based around a farmyard full of animals. The animals all want honey but it’s high up in a tree guarded by the Beastie. They have to creep, whisper and climb on top of each other in their attempt to topple the hive – without waking the beastie!
Other Summer Farm Fun kicks off on Tuesday 28th July and continues until Friday 28th August. Children can search for honey bees in the maize maze and learn more about how bees make honey.
Back by popular demand are the daily sheep races with some of the farm’s lambs running as fast as their hooves can carry them cheered on by farm visitors.
Jayne Chapman, farm manager and head coach said ‘’’we have 5 lambs who are currently being trained up for this year’s sheep racing all with honey themed names-Buzz, Bee, Bumble, Honey and not forgetting the Beastie. At the moment it’s neck and neck between them all, so it’s going to make for some really exciting racing this summer.’’
The farm’s well-liked farm facts sessions are a great way to get close to and learn more about some of Tatton’s wonderful farm animals – the hatchery talks are a particular favourite where cute newly hatched chicks are guaranteed. You can then pop in to the farm’s shippon used for milking cows in the past and now the venue for regular milking demonstrations with Tatton’s very own and very gorgeous Lou lou the Jersey cow. She loves showing off her lovely special creamy milk and you will be able to learn more about the milking process.
Top off the day with some real adventure in the farm’s den building zone – great for all ages…and a fantastic woodland play trail will really test those skills of balance and agility.
Why not bring along a picnic and enjoy the woodland setting of the farm’s own picnic area? The perfect family day out this summer!
Home Farm opening times and prices
The farm is open for high season (until October 26, 2015) Tuesday to Sunday from noon-5pm (last entry 4pm).
High season prices for single attraction entry: adult £6, child £4 (aged four to fifteen years of age), family £16 (two adults and up to three children).
Totally Tatton Ticket (entry to three attractions: mansion, gardens and farm): Adult £11, child £5.50, family (two adults and up to three children) £27.50.
National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies to all.