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A quiet retreat of woodland and pasture only 30 seconds from Haslemere High Street
The hidden gem of Swan Barn Farm nestles behind Haslemere’s bustling high street. It is the gateway to some of Surrey and Sussex’s finest countryside.
You can enjoy a picnic and catch a glimpse of views down into pastures cloaked by a wooded valley. For keen walkers there are three major walks nearby. The first is the 64-mile-long Serpent Trail, which starts here. It was designed to showcase some of the finest views and breathtaking countryside in the south east. The footpaths also link to the nearby Sussex Border Path and Greensand Way.
At Swan Barn Farm, we've long-term volunteers living in a specially designed eco-house built with locally sourced, sustainable wood from the Black Down Estate. We also have the Hunter Basecamp, where people on our working holidays stay while helping us with our work. The basecamp is also available for private hire.
The buildings are only open to visitors on special open days, but you're welcome to view them from the outside from the public footpath and the orchard.
Events and activities at Swan Barn Farm
Green Woodworking Day
Saturday 26 July, 10am - 4pm
Bring the family on a visit to the farm and enjoy the various traditional craft demonstrations on display, some of which you can try for yourself. There will be a selection of wildlife displays including a barn owl nest box webcam and falconry flights at intervals throughout the day. Refreshments and hog roast baps will be on sale, plus a bouncy castle to keep the children entertained.
Community Apple Pressing day
Saturday 27 September, 10.00am - 4pm
A family fun and interactive event. Bring your
own apples and make your own juice or simply
join in with crushing and pressing our apples
using our heritage press. Our countryside
team will be on hand to answer any of your
orchard, cider making or fruit tree related
questions. Refreshments available all day.
17 January 2014, 7 - 9pm
Learn the art of the wassail and improve your chances of a bumper apple crop. Join us for an evening of spirit warding, superstition and fun as we perform a traditional wassailing ceremony to banish the evil spirits from our orchards. Bring pots and pans to bash and scare away the spirits. And sample the traditional drink of the ceremony, wassail made with apples pressed right here on the farm.
- Park in Pay and Display car parks in Haslemere,walk through to Swan Barn Farm (five mins walk), meet in orchard in front of Hunter Basecamp
- No need to book, just turn up
- Food on sale: burgers made from our Black Down beef, homemade soups and baked potatoes
- Please dress warmly and with footwear appropriate for a January night