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.

 

DRAGON EGG TRAIL
Fordhall has been entrusted with some very special gifts this summer – dragon eggs. These unique eggs are only with us for a short time during the holidays and if children are smart enough to solve the riddles, they will be rewarded with a certificate.
Trails are open from Saturday, July 22 – Monday to Saturday 9.30-5pm, 10-4pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.
£1.50 per child.

 

SUPPORTERS BARBECUE
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.
Saturday, July 22 – 12-3pm
Email project@fordhallfarm.com to confirm attendance and express any dietary or accessibility needs

 

FIRESTARTER MASTERCLASS
Join us for one of two, two-hour sessions and learn essential survival skills for the wild. Using basic (and safe) tips and techniques we’ll teach you the ancient art of fire lighting – and chat over marshmallows once all the hard work is done.
This course is suitable for beginners interested in learning basic fire lighting skills, no previous experience necessary. On Wednesday, August 23 there are another two sessions for younger children.
Tuesday, August 1
Choose from sessions at 10.30am-12-30pm or 1.30-3.30pm
Suitable for ages 11plus – £5 per child

 

POND PIRATES
The first week of the summer holidays kicks off with everyone’s favourite activity – pond dipping…but with a difference.
During one of two, two-hour sessions children will build a mini ship and set sail on our wonderful wild pond. Catch and identify watery beetles and bugs and for each species found, children receive a golden doubloon and certificate at the end. Children should be accompanied by an adult and aged four and above.
Wednesday, August 2
Choose from sessions at 10.30am-12-30pm or 1.30-3.30pm
Suitable for ages four plus – £3.50 per child

 

JUNIOR FARMERS
This summer Fordhall Farm opens its gates to offer young people an insight into organic farming with a unique experience. Junior farmers will learn about the process of ‘field to fork’ and what it takes to nurture healthy animals such as organic Aberdeen Angus cows and rare breed Gloucester old spot pigs. Working to promote sustainable farming, the event will explore animal health, diet, feeding and breeding through practical experiences.
To round off the day, newly-qualified junior farmers will collect eggs and be presented with certificates. Children will work with skilled youth project staff helping with the rota of jobs for the day and discover what farming is really like.
Tuesday, August 8
10.30am – 3.30pm packed lunches required
A limited number of subsidised places are available at £15 per junior. 

 

RIVER DIPPING
Join us for this event where we take a stroll across our organic farmland and venture into the watery world of the River Tern. Visitors might spot the odd otter, eel, crayfish or even a secretive kingfisher as we grab our wellies and identification sheets and delve into the slow flowing waterways around the farm.
The event is due to finish at 12.30 but if we have ventured along the river it may be a little later. Packed lunches for younger children may be advisable.
Wednesday, August 9
10.30am
Suitable for ages four plus – £3.50 per child

 

SCIENCE FAIR
Looking for some whizz-popping fun this summer that won’t break the bank?
Join us at Fordhall Farm while Market Drayton science teacher Buffy and friends, take the reins for this cool science fair.
Walking on water, a sand mystery and gruesome slime making, it’s all happening with rocket launches taking place on the hour too.
Each experiment compounds learning from all of the sciences in an exciting way to stimulate enquiring minds and help build a love for this fascinating and diverse subject.
Test out the impact of forces, create your own chemical reactions and literally get stuck in with a host of experiments. Admission is a free but there is a teeny charge for some of the activities to cover costs.
Sunday, August 13
10am – 4pm
Suitable for enquiring minds of all ages – free entry

 

GRUFFALO TRAIL
Come and take a stroll through our deep dark wood and see for yourself, that there is no such thing as a Gruffalo…or is there?
We’ll meet in our communal garden, and take a short walk to our woodland area where we’ll tell the modern day classic story of the Gruffalo.
Once we’re done the children can meet the world’s best-loved monster and walk back to the farm keeping an eye out for log pile, tree top and underground houses.
This event is particularly popular and we hate to see disappointed children so, as numbers are limited, please book your place as soon as possible by calling 01630 638696.
Monday, August 14
Choose from sessions at 10.30am-12-30pm or 1.30-3.30pm
Suitable for all ages – £3.50 per child

 

RAFT RACING
Using natural materials, we build our own unique rafts and test them against other teams by racing them down the river. Using design, problem solving and fine motor skills we have lots of fun working as a team to create the most effective vessel.
Stick raft building is great family fun and a super way to stretch and develop new skills and engage with nature. There is another session being held on, Tuesday, August 22 which is aimed at young people aged 11 plus.
Tuesday, August 15 & 22.
Choose from sessions at 10.30am-12-30pm or 1.30-3.30pm
Suitable for ages four plus – £3.50 per child

 

FIRESTARTER MASTERCLASS
This class is aimed at older children and looks at fire lighting technique in closer detail. Test skill and determination with traditional techniques and try to start a campfire. Marshmallows and a roaring fire will round off the day.
Wednesday, August 23
Choose from sessions at 10.30am-12-30pm or 1.30-3.30pm
Suitable for ages 11plus – £5 per child

 

REALLY WILD LOTIONS & POTIONS
Don’t miss our only session this summer that uses organic and natural ingredients such as coconut oil, raw honey and essential oils to create our own lotions and potions. The oils have a long tradition of use in natural medicine, perfume, incense, skin and health care. Using essential oils for therapeutic purposes is known as aromatherapy and this session is a great introduction into the ancient art.
Tuesday, August 29
1.30 – 3.30pm
Suitable for ages 11 plus – £5 per child

 

CLAY SCULPTURE
Ready to get your hands dirty and draw inspiration from the natural world? Our clay modelling session will let youngsters poke, prod, pull and squeeze natural clay to create their very own masterpieces to take home. This calming experience is great for children
and allows their imaginations to unfurl producing some surprising results. It’s a wonderful, tactile medium that many children love and its three dimensional nature forces them to think about structure, shapes and forms.
Wednesday, August 30
1.30-3.30pm
Suitable for ages four plus – £4 per child

 

WELLBEING & ALTERNATIVE THERAPY FAIR
This complementary therapy event provides an opportunity to chat to qualified practitioners about a diverse range of therapies and treatments. With workshops and taster sessions available and a wide range of stalls to browse, there is sure to be something to ignite your creativity and inspire you. A truly holistic event not to be missed.
Saturday, September 23
1-4pm Entry is free

 

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

 

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

 

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.
Sunday, 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

 

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