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EASTER EGG HUNT at Easter Weekend

5 April, 2017

We are once again holding our own version of an Easter Egg Hunt at 2pm on
 
Good Friday
Easter Saturday
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
 
You will be given half a picture of an Easter egg, the other half is hidden in Church Wood – you just have to find it!
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View of the pond at Church Farm with flowers and a water spout

When are we OPEN?

23 December, 2016

 
We are now open EVERY DAY, 10am – 5pm
 
We are open every bank holiday and Easter Sunday – see the Easter Holiday event page for more details.
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Father Christmas in his Woodland retreat

Father Christmas Breakfasts – FULL, still space for Tea with FC !

7 October, 2016

We are now fully booked for the Breakfast with Father Christmas, but we do still have places on the Tea Party with Father Christmas on Monday 5th December 4pm – 6pm – see event pages for more details.
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Tea Party & Breakfast with Father Christmas – Selling fast!

2 September, 2016

 
We are now taking bookings for The “Tea Party with Father Christmas” on Monday 5th December and the “Breakfasts with Father Christmas” on Saturday 3rd December & Saturday 10th December.
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A little boy stroking a tame rabbit in the petting pens

NEW – Pet care course for children

22 June, 2016

We are running 2 courses for children to help them care for and handle their rabbits & guinea pigs
See the Events page for more details

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Welcome to Treacle

1 June, 2016

We would like to announce the arrival of Treacle, our newest donkey.
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Bernard and Belle our beautiful Suffolk Punches enjoying the sunshine

Summer Season Starts 11th Feb

9 February, 2016

Now is the perfect time to buy your season ticket for our 2016 / 2017 season.
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New for 2016 – Monthly Sunday Nature Walks

11 January, 2016

 New for 2016 !
A monthly Sunday evening nature walk suitable for everyone aged 8 & over.
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We are open during the Christmas Holidays!

14 December, 2015

We are open on the following days over the Christmas Holidays!
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Father Christmas in his Woodland retreat

Father Christmas arrives!

3 December, 2015

Guess who has arrived in the Farm today?
Yes, its Father Christmas,
He is now enjoying his woodland retreat where he gets to meet all the wonderful children and give them a present.
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Pony Rides for the charity - Riding for the Disabled

Pony ride dates for summer

10 June, 2015

The RDA are bringing their ponies on
Thursday 6th August
Tuesday 11th August
Thursday 20th August
Tuesday 25th August
from 11am – 2.45pm.
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The Fruit Pig Company

BBQ on Father’s Day

5 June, 2015

The Fruit Pig Company, an award winning, rare breed Butchery will be serving a delicious BBQ from 11am – 2.30pm on Father’s Day, Sunday 21st June.
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The Tamworth terrors racing on a beautiful day in summer

Pig Racing returns at the Weekend

28 May, 2015

The Ham National pig race returns at the Weekends.
Join in the fun at 2.30pm on Saturday & Sunday to see the pigs compete in the most unusual race around!
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Welcome to the fab four!

22 May, 2015

Welcome to 4 gorgeous Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep.
Their names are Heidi, Edelweiss, Yodel & Emmental.
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The lovely home-made cakes served in our Tea Room, victoria sponge and epic brownies

Free Cupcake for Mums on Mother’s Day

4 March, 2015

All Mums who come to the Farm on Mother’s Day on Sunday 15th March will receive a FREE CUPCAKE – yummy!
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Bottle feed the calves every day at 11.30 & 4.00

Bottle feed the calves – Sven & Olaf

20 February, 2015

You can now feed our beautiful new calves – Sven & Olaf every day at 11.30am & 3.00pm.
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View of the pond at Church Farm with flowers and a water spout

Season tickets for 2015/16 now on sale

7 January, 2015

Season ticket for the Summer Season and for all year round Membership are now on sale.
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Join us on Christmas Jumper Day

28 November, 2014

Join us for ” Christmas Jumper Day” on Friday 12th December.
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The crib in the nativity barn with all the animals

Santa’s Grotto starts to take shape!

19 November, 2014

Santa’s Grotto – or as we like to call it Father Christmas’s woodland retreat is taking shape at the farm.
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Our beautiful Gloucester Old spot pigs looking over the wall for food in the winter

Winter Season Tickets on Sale Now!

22 October, 2014

Our winter season ticket is now on sale and is excellent value for money.
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Ahoy there! I spy a pirate ship!

Hook’s Pirate ship takes shape

17 October, 2014

We are well on the way to creating Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship now in time for the start of our Peter Pan event.
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Bernard our beautiful Suffolk Punch in harness

Bernard – Fully recovered

14 October, 2014

Bernard is now fully recovered following a really nasty bout of colic.
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Shaun the Sheep came to Church Farm – 19/7/14

11 July, 2014

Shaun the Sheep came to  Church Farm on Saturday 19th July and had his photo taken with the children.
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Members of the Riding for the disabled group holding up letters to make the work Than you

RDA Pony rides – 4 dates in August announced

5 June, 2014

 
We have 4 dates in August when the RDA will be bringing their ponies to Church Farm
Thursday 7th August
Tuesday 12th  August
Thursday 21st August
Tuesday 26th August
 
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A donkey foal called Rolo

New arrivals at the Farm

27 May, 2014

We have 4 new donkeys at the farm.
 
These are Ruby ( mare) with her foal – Rolo – he is very cute!
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The Tamworth terrors racing on a beautiful day in summer

Pig Racing returns at the weekends

6 May, 2014

Pig racing returns!
 
After the long winter and a fantastic lambing season we now see the return of the “Ham National” .
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A young quail chick being held

Chick holding proved very popular over Easter

9 April, 2014

Chick holding proved a very popular event at the Farm.
 
It is happening everyday throughout the Easter Holidays at 11.30 and 1.30pm.
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This gorgeous white park calf was born at the farm

White Park calf born!

1 April, 2014

On Saturday 29th March we had a gorgeous White Park calf born – It was a little girl.
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Church Farm logo of a goat and pig with the phone number

Happy 10th Birthday to us!

27 March, 2014

Its our 10th Birthday on 29th March.
Church Farm was officially opened by Mr Paul Heiney a rare breeds enthusiast, 10 years ago.
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Giant rabbit with the norfolk horn sheep in the petting pen

New giant bunnies

25 March, 2014

We have some new additions to the petting pens – 2 giant rabbits.
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Bernard leading the St Winnold's Parade in Downham Market - What a clever boy!

Bernard leads the way!

25 March, 2014

Bernard was the head of the St Winnold’s Parade in Downham Market once again.
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A Wensleydale ewe with a new born lamb

The Wensleydales have started to lamb

17 March, 2014

What wonderful woolly lambs the Wensleydales are!.  We have a beautiful set of triplets born yesterday – well done Mum!
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A Golden Guernsey nanny goat with her new born kid

Birth day for the Golden Guernseys

14 March, 2014

We have had some beautiful Golden Guernsey kids born
They are one of the prettiest baby animals we have in the farm and are full of fun.
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A child bottle feeding the orphan lambs

Lambing – Spring has Sprung!

26 February, 2014

Lambing is in full swing now with all our breeds of sheep giving birth over the next 2 months.
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Bernard and Belle our beautiful Suffolk Punches enjoying the sunshine

Bernard and Belle have a new temporary home

13 January, 2014

Our Suffolk Punch beauties have moved temporarily to the field on the right as you enter Stow Bardolph village while their paddock recovers over winter.  They would be very happy to see you!
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Little Red Riding Hood on her way to Grandma's House

Once Upon a time at Church Farm

30 October, 2013

30/10/2013 – Lynn News
Fairy tale themed fun at the Farm
Once upon a time, during the half-term holidays, children donned their finest fancy dress and headed to a fairytale farm in Stow Bardolph for a magical day out with their families.
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Ring returned to Stow Bardolph after 180 years

20 October, 2013

20/10/2011 – EDP – David Blackmore
A mouring ring dating back to the 1800s that belonged to Sir Thomas Hare has found its way back to Stow Bardolph after being missing for over 180 years
When travelling back to his vast Norfolk estate in the early 19th century, Sir Thomas Hare lost a ring dedicated to his beloved wife Ann who died in the “prime of life”.
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Star crossed Lovers

19 February, 2013

19/02/2013 – Lynn News
First lambs born at Church Farm were on Valentines Day – Gill McCoy the livestock manager with the two Norfolk Horn lambs Romeo and Juliet with the ewe.
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A Rosy Day for Apples at Church Farm

2 October, 2012

02/10/2012 – Lynn News –
Anyone who can tell the difference between a Norfolk Beefing and a Pitmaston might have been sampling a few of the delights at an apple weekend at Church Farm, Stow Bardolph.
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A Christmas Present for Church Farm

28 December, 2011

28/12/2011 – Lynn News
Joseph arrives in time for Christmas
A NEW arrival has proved to be a real scene-stealer at the Church Farm Christmas festivities at Stow Bardolph.
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Apple Day at Stow Hall Gardens

2 October, 2011

02/10/2011 – Lynn News
The Biennial Apple Day & Produce Show
Stow Hall Gardens opened its gates to a record 2,100 people when it held its biennial Apple Day and Autumn Show.
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A rare day out

1 August, 2011

01/08/2011 – Lynn News
1st Dersingham Rainbows visit Church Farm
ITS all smiles from these 1st Dersingham Rainbows, celebrating their end of term with a special coach trip to the Rare Breeds Centre at Church Farm, Stow Bardolph.
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Did ewe back a race winner?

1 August, 2011

16/08/2011 – Lynn News
SIX lambs took to the track for no-holds- baa-rrd “Lamb National” races at a West Norfolk rare breeds farm.
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Royal Wedding Day at Church Farm

29 April, 2011

29/04/2011 – EDP – David Blackmore
How we celebrated the Royal Wedding
Town mayor John Fox was delighted and surprised by the amount of people who came into Downham to catch a glimpse of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day.
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Bernard is the star of the St Winnolds Parade

18 March, 2011

18/03/2011 – EDP – David Blackmore
Bernard heads the St Winnolds Fair Parade through Downham Market
For centuries the horse fair held over several days in Downham Market at this time of year was one of the largest of its type in Europe.
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West Norfolk Life – Goat Article

10 January, 2011

10/01/2011 – West Norfolk Life
All about the goats
Two new arrivals have been settling in at Church Farm, getting used to their new surroundings and meeting our resident goat family.
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Downham Market Life Magazine – Winter

10 January, 2011

10/01/2011 – Downham Market Life Magazine
An article for Downham Market Life
We now know it was the coldest November/ December since records began, and there is some gratification in that statement, because it certainly felt like it to the workers and livestock at Church Farm.
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In and Around Church Farm

1 December, 2010

01/12/2010 – Downham Life Magazine
One for the boys!
IN AND AROUND CHURCH FARM – One For The Boys……..
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Orphan Anya, the new kid at Stow Bardolph

22 June, 2010

22/06/2010 – Lynn News
An adorable orphan kid goat has been hand-reared following an emergency Caesarean section birth, moments after her mother had to be put down through labour problems.
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