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“Children love this place”

River Bourne Community Farm
Ranked #21 of 76 things to do in Salisbury
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: River Bourne Community Farm is based on land adjacent to Cow Lane in the village of Laverstock, Salisbury. Initially on 63 acres of land adjoining the River Bourne, the farm has developed into a sustainable working farm, supported by full-time staff and by volunteers.The farm is managed by The River Bourne Community Farm C.I.C. This is a 'Community Interest Company' designed specifically for those wishing to operate for the benefit of the community rather than for the benefit of the owners of the company.Education plays a large part of the farm, giving local educational establishments access to the day-to-day work of the farm whilst stressing sustainability and ecologically sound practices. A traditional herd of cattle, with sheep, pigs and hens is complimented by some crop planting. Fruit and vegetables are grown in our education field and polytunnel. Visitors are welcome to come and have a look around the farm and see all the animals including our very friendly goats and donkeys. We have a farm shop selling eggs from our chickens, pork and sausages from pigs reared on the farm, local honey and many other lovely treats! We also have a cafe where you can get refreshments, home-made cakes and light lunches and snacks. Check our website for events, workshops and other information.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 21 September 2016

The first time I visited Riverbourne Community Farm I was pleasantly surprised with how this had evolved over the years. Originally a group of locals got together to develop allotments. With their success in the venture came new buildings: plans for a greater eating area have been drawn up for next year. At present there is a very tiny cafe in a bit with an undercover awning by the side. There is an excellent range of chutneys, dressings, flours and small range of other food stuffs, along with their own meats and fabulous eggs from their own chickens: eggs with large bright yellow yolks.

The farm holds special open days during the year, such as Cream Teas on Sundays, or musical events. Tractor rides and walks to paddle in the river appeal to young and old alike. What steals the show, especially for the children are the pigs with their piglets, young goats and chickens galore. Excited faces and eager hands stroke the donkey, cows and huge spotted pigs can be seen further along the country path leading into the fields. Tracks follow in various directions and can be seen on leaflets provided by the farm.

The only downside being they do not open on Monday. on the other hand they have offered various cookery courses for adults or children recently. The open days are free and there is plenty of parking provided in the adjoining field. Dogs on leads are allowed. Everyone can enjoy the animals free of charge and it is quiet during the week.

I believe these hard working people are putting their all into making this business a great success and every year it grows a little bigger. Money is spent to make this a place to visit. Meantime it is doing a very valuable job in the community by bringing groups there to teach them about farming.

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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Went to this farm today for the first time, didn't know it was in Salisbury, took our granddaughter who lives in Milton Keynes, she enjoyed it very much especially the donkey's she thought they were great, a really good place to take your children considering it is free to go in and see the animals.

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Reviewed 18 May 2016

We took the local primary school reception class for a visit. They had a wonderful time seeing all the animals and collecting eggs!

Thank Sue M
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

Here is a wonderful community-driven project. Excellent for children, young and old. Animals galore and friendly volunteers to serve you excellent foodstuffs.

Thank arthurb578
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Reviewed 6 April 2016

A really lovely free attraction which is open daily. They also do arranged trips for schools etc. They have set up a sixties style farm with a range of animals, pigs, goats, donkeys, chicken and sheep. Kids really enjoy learning about the animals and staff are happy to chat and explain things. They have some fun days over the summer with added attractions.
Fairly flat so should be wheelchair accessible. There is a shop selling farm produce and some souvenirs. There is a cafe but it is not always open. Cream teas served on some days in summer.

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