Events

Booking is essential for our courses, workshops and most events as places are limited. Just call the office on 01630 638696 or email project@fordhallfarm.com
We have some funding from the Shropshire Housing Group to support families with low incomes to attend activities at Fordhall Farm. If you would like to access this support please ask our office staff when you book.

 

SEEDLINGS & SAPLINGS
During our parent and toddler group held in a secure and beautiful classroom, there are various toys and activities to keep your children entertained where they can learn about new sights, sounds and textures. Venture outside and explore the farms’, trails, mud kitchen or wonderful creatures just waiting to be discovered. It’s a lovely space to meet other parents, let the children play and enjoy a cup of tea, piece of cake or lunch from our farm kitchen.
Every Tuesday – 9.30-11.30am

 

GEOCACHING – COW PAT CACHES
There are millions of geocaches around the world, just waiting for you to find them and this summer we launched our route on the farm ‘Cow Pat Caches’. We’d love you to come and see if you can retrieve the caches, from the six easy ones on Charlotte’s Trail for younger children or, if you’re willing to go the extra mile on Arthur’s Walk, you can find nine, more challenging puzzles, challenges, tree climbs and adventures beyond the usual routes of the farm. Please be warned, Geocaching is not for the faint hearted and you are highly likely to get muddy and wet. Make sure you create a profile at www.geocaching.com to get you started.
Geocaches are available Monday to Saturday 9.30-5pm, 10-4pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.

 

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY DAY
Come and discover something for your mind, body and spirit with our complementary therapy fair.
It is the ideal place to learn about different therapies through taster sessions and workshops, stock up on supplies through independent store holders or to simply chat with various qualified and experienced practitioners.
Learn more about Homeopathy, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Therapeutic Touch, Shamanism, Musical Spine Therapy, Soul Resonance Readings, Crystal Therapy, Sound Healing, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Saturday, September 23
10am-4pm Entry is free. Charges will apply to taster sessions.

 

VOLUNTEER WEEKEND
Our famous volunteer working weekends take place on selected dates over the year (see the events page for details of those coming up) and focus on outdoor work, where you get to help us with conservation, wildlife and access focussed projects.
These weekends are great fun and everyone always leaves with a real sense of fulfilment from what they have helped to achieve. We match jobs to people’s skills, assign a group and give you all the instruction you need from one of our fantastic Fordhall leaders. Then you set off and get your hands mucky.
Past jobs have included building a boardwalk, putting in steps, planting wild flowers, building an otter holt or bridges, planting fruit trees, scrub clearance and hedge laying. You will never be bored and guaranteed to make lasting friendships.
Saturday/Sunday, September 16/17
AND Saturday/Sunday, November 25/26
Start from 9.30am with lunch included

 

BREAD MAKING
This workshop proves to participants how bread made the natural way tastes delicious and demystifies the baking process. The day-long course with an experienced tutor, covers all the fundamentals including mixing, kneading, fermentation, baking and of course eating.
Through practical demonstrations, this hands-on course is ideal for getting to grips with all the essentials and learning the art of slow baking. Sourdough starters and fresh yeast, left to ferment for 24 hours are the basis for making good bread that is both healthy and delicious, ensuring a taste that can’t be replicated.
During the day, a number of techniques will be taught to give you the confidence and skills needed to recreate the process at home. The end result will be a number of different loaves  to take home from the onsite bakery.
Sunday, October 8
10am to 4pm
Course fee is £80 including lunch and materials

 

MUSHROOM MOSEY AND MUCNH
Go on a fungi forage with local mushroom expert John Hughes from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust. See what delights the fields of Fordhall have to offer and enjoy a two-course mushroom-themed lunch after a stroll through the organic farmland from Arthur’s Farm Kitchen.
Sunday, October 15
9.30pm-1.30pm
£30 including guided walk and lunch

 

MERRY BERRY MOSEY AND MEAL
Guided walk around Fordhall farm and woodland foraging for herbs, fruits, berries, seeds and more. Learn to harvest wild food, understand the medicinal benefits and, see some cooking techniques to preserve your bounty over winter! The walk will finish with a delicious high tea back at the farm. The chefs will be using hedgerow fruits, foraged goodies and the seasonal produce you’ll see on your walk.
Saturday, October 21
1.30-4.30pm
£30 including high tea

 

MAGIC & MYSTERY
Celebrate autumn and the coming of winter with a mulled cider and hot hog bap plus lots of activities to entertain your little goblins and fairies. More details to follow.
Saturday, October 28
5.30-8.30pm

 

GLUTEN FREE BREAD MAKING
This workshop provides a gluten free option to traditional bread making. With allergies and intolerances becoming increasingly common, this hands-on course develops the techniques in rice fermentation and wheat-free grains in order to make breads that are both healthy and tasty. The day long course with an experienced tutor covers all the essentials to help recreate the bread making process, giving you the confidence to create your own at home. By the end of the day, guests will have produced a number of gluten free loaves to take home from the onsite bakery here at Fordhall Farm.
Sunday, November 5
10am to 4pm
Course fee is £80 including lunch and materials

 

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM
Join us during this festive period and explore the special activities that are currently being planned throughout December.
Details to follow