Events

Booking is essential for all courses, workshops and for some events as places are limited.
Just call the office on 01630 638696 or email project@fordhallfarm.com

 

Seedlings and Saplings ­- Parent and Toddlers Group
Every Tuesday – 9.30 to 11.30am

In our 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 farm and the gorgeous creatures waiting to be discovered. It’s a lovely space to meet other parents, let the children play and enjoy a cup of tea, cake or lunch from our farm kitchen.

Call 01630 638696 for further information

 

 

Enchanted Door, Spring Trail
Throughout May Tuesday to Sunday – 9.30am to 5pm (4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays)

Follow the gentle one-mile trail known as ‘Charlotte’s Walk’, starting at the walkthrough to the picnic area, where Old Betty the elf’s door hides a letter.

Collect 11 letters hidden near fairy, elf, pixie and goblin doors to solve the riddle and collect a certificate from Arthur’s Farm Shop.
Children can experience a truly ‘free range’ day while exploring the beautiful grounds of one of England’s oldest organic farms and learn about the environment in a fun and engaging way.
Why not bring a picnic to enjoy in the Heritage site? Here children can swing on the rope tyre, balance on stepping stones and build dens under the canopy of ancient woodland.

Entry costs £1 per child. Visit www.facebook.com/events for further details

 

 

May Half Term
Tuesday & Wednesday May 30 & 31

Not long to go until half-term and Fordhall Farm is the ideal place to get children back to nature and away from those screens. Try something different like making wax leaf mobiles, pendants from wild materials or clay sculpture on Tuesday, May 30 between 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm.

If all that sounds too tame, then the Firestarter Masterclasses on Wednesday, May 30 will let youngsters test their skills (and determination!) with traditional techniques to start campfires. Marshmallows and a roaring fire will be on hand to round off the day.

Morning sessions are for children aged four to 11 while afternoon sessions are aimed at 11- 16-year-olds. Woodland craft sessions cost £3.50 per child and the firestarter master class is £5 – children must be accompanied by an adult for both sessions.

Experienced professionals will support two special days where children’s imaginations can run wild in the organic farm’s safe surroundings. With ancient woodlands, a shallow river, free farm trails and a rustic Farm kitchen, Fordhall Farm is the ideal place to get away from it all and spend time with the family.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Call 01630 638696 to avoid disappointment

 

 

24Hr BioBlitz
Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4 – 2pm to 2pm.

Join experienced naturalists and wildlife watchers in a series of free interactive challenges and activities taking place over a 24-hour period from 2pm on June 3 and 4 at Fordhall Farm in Market Drayton.

Birds, butterflies, bugs, trees and flowers will all be identified on the spot and recorded to help create a map that pinpoint the farm’s natural treasures.

It’s a race against time to identify and record as many species as possible. It’s a fantastic day out for the family and no specialist knowledge is needed – just bags of enthusiasm. It’s a great way of breaking down barriers to engagement with science, by raising awareness of the role of biological recording. It also gives the public an opportunity to contribute to a genuine scientific survey.

The free event will see hunters on the lookout for beetles, centipedes, caterpillars and spiders with a helping hand from experts.

The’Bioblitz HQ – the ‘Bunker’ will be in the community garden where a variety of other local wildlife groups will help with activities with powerful microscopes, bug hunts  for children to create a snapshot of the variety of life that can be found in an area.

Just like a real scientific expedition, everything found during the BioBlitz will be documented and passed on to local and national databases that monitor local wildlife.

The event starts at 2pm on Saturday, June 3 and runs until 2pm on Sunday with activities including pond dipping, bug walks, moth talks, spider hunts amongst lots of others. Budding photographers can submit images that capture the spirit of the day in the photography competition to events@fodhallfarm.com with a prize for the winner.

Full details of specialists will be announced on the Facebook events page www.facebook.com/fordhallorganicfarm or call 01630 638 696

 

 

Volunteer Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, July 1 & 2

Our famous volunteer working weekends take place on selected weekends over the year (see the events page for details of those coming up) and they focus on outdoor work, where you get to help us with conservation, wildlife and access focused projects.
These weekends are great fun and everyone always leaves with a real sense of fulfilment from what they have helped us to achieve. We will match the jobs to you, assign you to a group and give you all the instructions 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, building bridges, planting fruit trees, scrub clearance and hedge laying. You will never be bored!

Call 01630 638696 for further details and speak to Rachael

 

 

Build a Clay Oven
Sunday, July 2 – 9.30am to 4.30pm

Spend an enjoyable and instructive day learning how to build a clay oven with experienced tutor Bex Syrett. Her relaxed and friendly style will ensure participants learn all the essentials such as where to site an oven, how to build the right kind of base and what kind of structure is required to keep an oven dry. With a bread oven on site at Fordhall, guests will also light a fire and make pizzas or flatbread. All materials are provided as well as crucial notes so you can focus on building.

By the end of day, visitors should be confident to build their own oven from scratch at home in time for the summer.

Booking in advance is essential 01630 638696. The cost of £65 per person including all materials and lunch

 

 

Supporters Barbecue
Saturday, July 22

This is our opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our supporters, shareholders, volunteers and friends. Resident famer Ben invites you to spend the day with us in the farmhouse garden partaking in a free barbecue lunch and a behind the scenes farm tour.

Call 01630 638696 for details

 

 

Volunteer Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17

Our famous volunteer working weekends take place on selected weekends over the year (see the events page for details of those coming up) and they 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 us to achieve. We will match the jobs to you, assign you to 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, building bridges, planting fruit trees, scrub clearance and hedge laying. You will never be bored and guaranteed to make lasting friendships.

Call 01630 638696 for details of this free event

 

 

Bread Making
Sunday, October 1 – 10am to 4pm.

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.

Call 01630 638696 to reserve your place. £80 including lunch

 

 

Gluten Free Bread Making
Sunday, November 5 – 10am to 4pm.

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.

The course fee is £80 inclusive of lunch and materials.

 

 

Mushroom Mosey and Munch
Sunday, October 15 – 10am to 12.30pm

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.

Call 01630 638696 to reserve a place. £30 (inc. lunch) 10.30am – 2.00pm

 

 

Merry Berry Mosey and Meal
Sunday, October 21 – 1.30 to 4.30pm

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.

Call 01630 638696 to reserve a place. £30 including high tea

 

 

Magic & Mystery Night
Sunday, October 29 – 5.30 to 8.30pm

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.

Call 01630 638696 for further details.

 

 

Autumn Banquet
Sunday, November 18 – 5.30 to 8.30pm

Each year the upstairs function room transforms into an autumnal hideaway, allowing you to experience the tastes of this bountiful season like never before.

Individual courses are personally introduced by head chef, Nicola Shuttleworth. Most ingredients have been foraged in the grounds of the farm or sourced locally and lovingly put together to tickle your taste buds and awaken the senses.

In true banqueting style, there is lots of food to go around and large tables to clunk wine or ale glasses across! This convivial layout allows guests to attend the event either on your own, with friends and loved ones – everyone is welcome.

Places for this this event are limited so call 01630 638696 to reserve a place. The cost of £32.95 includes a four-course meal plus introductory drink. All dietary requirements can be catered for if notified in advance.

 

 

Volunteer Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, November 25 & 26

Our famous volunteer working weekends take place on selected weekends over the year (see the events page for details of those coming up) and they 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 us to achieve. We will match the jobs to you, assign you to 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, building bridges, planting fruit trees, scrub clearance and hedge laying. You will never be bored and guaranteed to make lasting friendships.

Call 01630 638696 for details of this free event

 

 

Christmas on the Farm
Throughout December

More details to follow