Open Farm Sunday – 11th June 2023
Join us for our third Open Farm Sunday at Deepdale Farm! The whole family is welcome at this FREE event. Come and find out about how we farm, what we’re doing for wildlife and soil health, and explore our machinery and enjoy various fun activities.
We will be running two sessions throughout the day: 10am – 1pm and 1pm-4pm. Session times are a rough indicator of timings, but if you would like to join a farm walk, then please arrive in time to join departures from the farmyard at either 11am or 2pm depending on which session you have booked.
The walk is about 3km, approx. 1.5hr, with regular stops and discussions about our crops, regenerative and organic farming practices, woodland and wildlife. It will take you to areas of the farm not usually open to the public, with fantastic views of Scolt Head Island and Brancaster Harbour. We have found this walk is most appropriate for ages 12+, but this is at your discretion depending on your child’s interest in farming and wildlife, and their capacity for a good walk.
Members of the Iceni Bird Monitoring Group, who regularly record on the farm, will be joining us on the walk to give an insight into our birdlife. Please note bird activity is likely to be greater in the morning session than the afternoon, and will always be dependent on weather conditions.
As well as the walk, there will be various activities in the farmyard, including:
interactive display from Norfolk Rivers Trust including an invertebrate tank with water and invertebrates taken from our dykes on the marsh
bird ringing demonstration with the Iceni Bird Monitoring Group – separate session at 9am, please book here, only 10 places available
owl pellet dissection
green woodworking demonstration
machinery to explore
display on regenerative farming practices
honey bee display from Heath Farmhouse with delicious local honey on sale
Places are limited, so book ahead.
Please come suitably dressed for the weather, with decent shoes/boots for walking as there will be some dirt tracks and uneven ground.
Dogs are welcome if kept on a lead at all times.
The guided farm walk is on level ground with a gentle uphill climb. Please be aware that we will be walking on fields and crossing field boundaries; this walk may not be suitable for wheelchair users. Please email us with any queries.
Price: FREE but please pre-book your place, to help us plan for appropriate numbers.
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) – the leading organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. Their mission is to inspire and enable more circular approaches to farming and food systems through integrated, regenerative and vibrant nature-based solutions, that deliver productivity and prosperity among farmers, enriches the environment and positively engages young people and wider society. LEAF Open Farm Sunday is a nationwide campaign giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about farming and the countryside, and farmers the chance to talk about what they’re so proud of: British food and farming!
Directions and Car Parking
- Follow the postcode PE31 8DD, turning in where the large green sign says Deepdale Camping & Rooms
- Drive up the drive, and follow the Car Park signs into the farm yard on your left
- Once you’ve parked, please follow the signs and team directing you