Shabden Park Farm’s open day: June 9

Shabden Park Farm, down the Chipstead Valley Road from Coulsdon, is playing its part in Open Farm Sunday this weekend, from 10am to 4pm on June 9.

Sheep dog farm herdingThere will be sheep shearing demonstrations, with working sheep dogs being used to herd the sheep for the “hair cuts”.

“You can find out what happens to the wool with our information display and quiz sheet for children, plus we are happy to be welcoming Epsom Spinners, who will let you have a go at spinning and teach you to make a friendship bracelet,” the farmers say.

There will be tractor and trailer tours, hosted by countryside ranger Bob Crompton, showing off the farm’s young bullocks and wildflower meadows. There will be face painters and other child-friendly activities.

Croydon Beekeepers will have a display where you can find out why bees are so important for the countryside and food production, and Surrey Wildlife Trust will tell you all about how they manage some of Surrey’s wildlife spaces.

The Farm Shop will be open all day with a range of seasonal sausages and burgers, while producers from the regular farmers’ market – who will have ready-to-eat specialities as well as produce to take home – will be there, plus there’s also local ice cream from St Joan’s Dairy in Reigate.

There is also a barbeque and refreshments stall and there will be a picnic area in the market.

Entrance is free and parking in the field (if you are unable to walk please tell the parking attendant at the top of the drive, who will let you drive down).

The farm’s full address is:
Shabden Park Farm
High Road
Tel/Fax: 01737 552744

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