Saturday, May 29, 2010

Scarecrow arts and crafts event for Half Term

If your wondering what to do this half term holiday then why not come down to Fordhall Farm for some holiday fun. We need help to build a scarecrow to help keep the birds away from our vegetables - can you help us build one?

You will also get the opportunity to build a small scarecrow to take home for your own garden! Running from 10am to 12.30pm on Wednesday 2nd June, these children's activities provide fun for all the family on a real working organic farm.

Suitable for over 3 yrs. Under 9's must be accompanied by an adult. £5 per child. Places are limited so please book in advance. 01630 638696.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Are you looking forward to the Fordhall Beer Festival & Summer Fair?

.......Because we certainly are! There is not long to go until Fordhall farm host our fantastic Beer Festival & Summer Fair and we have got so much going on! We have got so many fantastic things going on that I really don't know where to start!
The Saturday is a pure Beer Festival with lots of live music from 11am - 6pm so pop in and see us before you watch the England match (what a great day!)
On Sunday, as part of Open Farm Sunday, the fantastic beer festival continues but is joined by our annual Summer Fair that is bigger and better this year!  Attractions include a great Farmers' Market, live theatre, woodland art, tree climbing, fishing, face painting, chainsaw carvings, tractor rides, RAF helicopter, hog roast and much, much more! Don't miss out! (Entrance to both days is just £2) We hope to see you there as we are raising money in order to renovate some of the buildings on the farm. So please help us to spread the word as much as possible!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Here at Fordhall Farm we would like to wish Charlotte a very happy birthday!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Dawn Chorus at Fordhall was a great success

On Saturday 1st May and Sunday 2nd May we held dawn chorus walks around the farm. They went very well and a lot of people joined in even though it was a very early start, (getting to the farm for 4.30am!). Between fifteen and twenty people turned up on each morning feeling slightly groggy, but excited about what they might be about to see and hear. At this time of year the birds are coming back to find a mate and make their nests, making them more vocal at this time as they state their territory.

On Saturday morning, although it was reasonably warm, it was very misty which meant the birds could be heard but not seen. Unfortunate as this was, it did not hinder the morning at all and everybody loved it, especially as it was that bit warmer the birds were more vocal which made for the most beautiful sounds! On Sunday it was a lot colder, but very clear and we were fortunate enough to see a beautiful sunrise. We saw a large array of birds, including black caps, rooks, blue tits, owl pellets, robins, sparrows and very excitingly a glimpse of a peregrine falcon.

On our return we were presented with a hot cup of tea, porridge and a locally produced full English breakfast, so delicious and kindly prepared by Charlotte and thankfully received by everyone that had got quite cold during the walk. This made the cold walk well worth it!

A huge thank you goes to Paul Rutter who led the walks, everybody learnt a great deal and had a great time.

Beth, Admin Assistant and wildlife enthusiast!