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Sacrewell Farm (Peterborough)
Member Name: takeachance
Sacrewell Farm (Peterborough)
Advantages: fun, indoor and outdoor areas, cheap educational day out
Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre is situated off the A47 Peterborough to Leicester road, at the A1 Wansford crossover. It is well signposted, just follow the brown tourist signs!
Were lucky that we live just a short drive from here and have had many a daytrip with the little ones.
Sacrewell Farm is a 550 acre commercial organic farm with farm animals,play areas, cafe and shops.
Apparently the farm has been there since roman occupation but has been known as Sacrewell Farm since 1917 when it was taken over by William Scott Abbott. When he died in 1959, his wife Mary, settled the entire property as the William Scott Abbott Trust, in memory of her husband and all the work they had undertaken together.
River Nene Organic Vegetables carries out all the main farming work on contract. The nephew of William Scott Abbott still lives in the farmhouse behind the Farm Centre.
The main crops grown on the farm are apples, pears plums, leeks, swede, cabbage, sprouts, squashes and pumpkins, chard, lettuce, some soft fruit and onions.
It was in 1982 that Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre first opened to the public and has been entertaining families ever since.
My daughter loves to come here as we are able to feed and stroke the animals. THere are sheep, goats, horses, pigs, hens, rabbits, cows, guinea pigs, ducks and donkeys.
You are offered the opportunity to buy the various feeds for them as you enter the farm.
Make sure to pick up a leaflet too at the desk as it will tell you at what times during the day they will hold animal and pet demonstrations.
THese could vary from stroking the rabbits to brushing a Shire horse!
Sacrewell opened its own National Shire Horse centre in 2007 and there are 10 Shires based at the Farm where visitors are able to see the day to day activities carried out by this breed.
Opposite the Shire Horse centre you will find the wonderful working timepiece that is Sacrewell Water Mill which dates from about the middle of the 18th century. The water to drive the mill is provided by a stream flowing through the farm. You are able to climb 4 flights of rickety stairs to the top of the mill and there are 'discussion cards' at various points explaining how the mill works.
When the children begin to flail I find that bribery in the form of the outdoor activity playground usually works! Here you will find swings, slides, climbing frames, sand pit and a play house all made of timber from around the farm. THere is also a maze to loose the children in if youre lucky!
If the weather isnt in your favour there is also an indoor play barn. This houses around 25 ride on tractors, a playhouse, a huge connect four game, colouring and an all important tea machine.
THere are various picnic areas around the farm, but if youre like me and not really at one with nature then the restaurant serve anything from snacks, cakes, ice creams to hot meals between 10am and 4pm. There is seating both indoors and outdoors at the restaurant.
To leave the farm you must pass the 'little ducks' farm and gift shop whre you can purchase a souvenir, toy or even local produce. I must admit that I find the shop a little pricey and tend to steer the children towards the 'pocket money' section and convince them that a pencil with 'sacrewell farm' on is a great idea!
We dont usually plan our visits to Sacrewell. I guess thats a perk of having it on your doorstep! We tend to visit during lambing season when the children are allowed to bottle feed the lambs, at eastertime for the egg hunt and for their christmas activities all of which are usually advertised in our local rag but im sure the details could also be found online.
A day here will set you back £6.50 per adult, £5.50 per OAP, £4.85 per child or £19.95 for a family of four which must include at least one child.
Parking is free, as is entry if you only want to visit the restaurant or shop.
THe animal feed is 50p a pot and there are special bins around the farm for these once they are empty as they are re-filled. THe demonstrations and play areas are all included in the price but there is an optional tractor ride for £1 per person. All in all if you take a flask and a sandwich its a relatively cheap day out for all.
If you visit in term time you may find that you share your visit with school trippers and at the weekends youll see birthday parties gong on in the barn ... its all in a days work down at Sacrewell Farm.
Summary: One to try in the spring!