Summer fun at the Farm

At Community Update, we take pride in showcasing the very best services provided by people, companies and charities that provide a wealth of benefits for their community. As such, in this issue we are proud to announce that we have selected Rutland Farm Park as the recipient of our Commitment to Excellence Award.

Rutland Farm Park is a small 18-acre Victorian working farm in the beautiful market town of Oakham, Rutland – England’s smallest county.

It is open all year round for you and your family to explore and meet the wonderful and friendly animals. It is easily accessible from the surrounding counties of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and from across Rutland.

Rutland Farm Park is known for putting on a variety of events for all ages. Some dates for your diary include: 16th September Car Boot Sale, 1st October – Grandparents Day, reduced entry for grandparents, 19th – 29th October – Halloween fun on the farm, dress up in your best spooky outfits on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th and join in the spooky fun.

Rutland Farm Park has a wonderful range of animals from white peahens, geese, chickens and ducks, to fun-loving goats who love a cheeky snack from visitors, a wide range of pig breeds, guinea pigs, alpacas, llamas, cows and sheep and of course: John and Daphne the donkeys, and Lady Bridie and Bear, the horses.

Amy Ball, Farm Manager – gave us some insight on the three sheep of the farm.
“Odin is a Grey Face Dartmoor which is an ancient hardy breed of hill sheep which traditionally grazed the moores. They have long curly lustrous wool traditionally used for blankets and carpets. Its outstanding feature is their dark nose but unfortunately the breed is on the “at risk” register.

Maya and Mabel are Lincoln longwool sheep. This breed is one of the largest breeds in the world with the longest, shiniest and thickest fleece. Lincoln wool is long and lustrous and the fleece grows up to twelve inches per year with each sheep producing 12 to 16 pounds of wool. Lincoln sheep originated in the Lincolnshire region of England in the 18th century. The breed is on the “priority “list for saving the breed.”

Rutland Farm is set for a fantastic end of the 2023 season and is excited to enter the 2024 season with some incredible new features and additions. Julie explained, “we are progressing well with our programme of improvements with the woodland now open. Our online booking is now available, and the newly converted Pigsty into the new party barn is nearly done.”

If you’re interested in visiting, please see below.
T 01572 722122