- Church Farm Stow Bardolph is open and is following UK government advice regarding COVID-19.
- Make some furry friends at Church Farm where you'll find plenty of animals to visit.
- Place your bet on your favourite piggy at the pig races.
- Get active and play outside at the many activities on offer, from football to wobbly boards.
If you're local to Norfolk or are headed there on staycation, there are tons of fun-filled family days out to plan, from top National Trust properties to brilliant beaches. Church Farm Stow Bardolph is a must-visit, so here's everything you need to know for a fun and safe family day out.
Church Farm Stow Bardolph is a Rare Breeds Centre, meaning that it is home to some really special pigs and sheep, as well as lots of other animals. From learning about rare breeds to outdoor adventures, there's loads of fun to be had. You'll find all your favourite farm animals at Church Farm. Several different breeds of sheep roam the fields, as well as rare breed pigs, horses, goats and donkeys. And there are little animals too, from rabbits and guinea pigs to fancy rats.
Enjoy some animal encounters at the petting pens where your little ones will have to chance to get up close and feed the animals. If you've ever wanted to pet a piglet (let's be honest, we all have), then Church Farm won't disappoint. For those with a competitive streak, there's even pig racing. Yes, you heard right! Choose a pig, place your bet and cheer your favourite onto victory! Pig racing is held daily at 2.30pm. Hop on a donkey (trek) and let Treacle and Honey take you on a mini trek through Church Wood, learning more about donkeys along the way. The treks are only available to book on the day and cost £5.00 each. To ride Treacle and Honey, children must be aged 3–12, be under 8 stone (50kgs), and accompanied by an adult at all times. Treks are available every day during the school holidays, but are weather (and donkey!) dependent. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, pick up a map from the shop for a £1.00 deposit and go on a nature walk. Choose one of the four signposted routes and explore the peaceful Church Wood. You can hitch a lift on the Church Farm tractor and trailer for a fun ride around the fields. The tractor tours run regularly throughout the day - check the on-site board for times and listen out for the bell! If the kids get the taste for tractors, they can continue the fun on the ride-on pedal tractors. Children can put their driving skills to the test, all within a safely enclosed track. For younger children, the farm also offer push-along toy tractors.
You'll also find lots of places for the kids to run around and play. The Treehouse Indoor Play Area is a must-visit. It is divided into two sides, one for under-fives and the other for over-fives. The little ones will be delighted with a mini tower and toys while the older kids can brave the rope walkways and tube slide. Outdoors, the Church Farm adventure play area has activities to suit kids of all ages, including the trail blazer course, wobbly boards, dizzy discs, see-saw and turnstile. There are also three trampolines, including one for the under fives. They have football goals too if the kids fancy a game.
What to know before you go
- Due to COVID-19, Church Farm are limiting the number of visitors per day, so it's vital to book tickets online in advance. The usual animal encounters and petting pens are currently closed due to COVID-19, however Church Farm are carrying out activities like goat training and washing sheep for you to watch instead. Church Farm are operating a shorter tractor ride with a reduced number of people which will now be free, but these rides are weather permitting. Bring your own balls and sand toys for outdoor and sand play, as Church Farm are currently not providing any. The treehouse play area is currently closed.
- Church Farm Stow Bardolph is open daily from 10am–5pm during the summer season.
- Grab a refreshment at the Tea Room, which offers a selection of cakes and biscuits, as well as hot drinks and ice creams. You may take these away and eat outside. You can also bring your own picnic.
- Toilets are available, with baby-changing facilities in the disabled toilet.
- Head to the gift shop to find cute animal stuffed toys as a perfect memento.
- Church Farm is an accessible facility.
- The farm's is located at Stow Bardolph, Downham Market, West Norfolk, PE34 3HT.
- If you're travelling by car, Church Farm is in Stow Bardolph, just off the A10, north of Downham Market, 10 miles south of King’s Lynn and 15 miles north of Ely.
- There's plenty of free on-site parking at the venue.
- By bus, take route 37. Church Farm is a two-minute walk from where the bus stops on the A10.
- By train, the nearest station is Downham Market, which is just over two miles from Church Farm. The easiest way to get from the station is by taxi.
- Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.