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Salvation Army Farm (Hadleigh, Essex)

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Castle Lane / Benfleet / Essex / SS7 2AP / tel: 01702 558550

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      13.07.2008 11:55
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      A Salvation Army Farm that has rare breeds and sells fresh farm produce

      I live in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and although there are plenty of activities available to do here- being near the seafront, I like to discover new outings for my 4 yearold daughter and I. Especially outings that are reasonably priced, fun, and educational. This is where the Salvation Army Farm, Hadleigh, Essex comes in. ~What is the Salvation Army Farm?~ ---------------------------------------------- This is a 900 acre organic farm that cares for rare breed animals, aswell as your more 'common' breeds. It is set in the beautiful countryside surrounding Hadleigh Castle (pretty much a ruin now, but nevertheless picturesque as it looks out to the Essex estuary). The land is owned and tended by the Salvation Army, and some adults with learning disabilities are trained and work in the shop on site. The farm houses a 'Rare Breeds Centre', fenced enclosures for farm animals (goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, and even rabbits) so that children can peruse the land and visit the animals. Feed can be bought in paper bags at the entrance, and kiddies are able to feed the animals in their enclosures. There is also a sand pit, and toy tractor (ride-on) area for kids to play in, whilst parents sit on picnic benches and relax. A cafe that overlooks the farm serves fresh, organic cakes and other produces, and a little shop sells small souvenirs. Farm produce is often sold, and Farmers Markets are staged here on occasions (see website www.hadleighfarm.co.uk). ~Where is Hadleigh Salvation Army Farm?~ ------------------------------------------------------- Travel along the A13 to Southend, and follow the signs for Hadleigh Castle. The farm is just off the A13 down a road called Castle Lane. See website for details. ~Price and Opening Times~ ----------------------------------- £2.00 per person entrance Kids under 36 months go free. Farm opens at 10.30am and closes at 4pm (weekdays). Closes at 5pm weekends. Closing times vary in the Winter months, so check website for details. Season tickets can be purchased, a very reasonable £12.00 if ordered in advance, or £14.00 at the gates. ~Conclusion~ ----------------- Overall this is an excellent venue, reasonably priced and great fun for kids and adults alike. The scenery is beautiful and the area peaceful. You could even take a picnic to Hadleigh Castle if the weathers fine.

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      The 900 acre Hadleigh Farm has been owned and farmed by the Salvation Army for over a hundred years. In 2004 the Rare Breeds Centre was opened to promote conservation and education.