Explore Wimpole Home Farm
Built in 1794, a visit to Home Farm is a favourite for all the family. Discover the rare-breed animals and the flora and fauna that make Wimpole an agricultural champion.
Visiting the farm
You’ll be able to see the Shire horses, pigs, goats, ponies, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, cattle and sheep around the farm. As the Trust’s only in-hand lowland arable farm, we trial new methods and techniques while supplying organic produce. Catch pig feeding every day on the farm or we also offer some immersive Shire horse experiences on selected dates, such as carriage rides around the estate and experience days.
As one of the UK’s largest rare-breed centres, the National Trust plays a key role in conserving rare and traditional breeds of livestock.
See the Irish Moiled and Shetland cattle in the traditional farmyard, or out grazing in the parkland. There are also Oxford Sandy and Black pigs, small black and white Bagot goats, and rare breeds of sheep out in the park or paddocks.
The Shire horse is a rare breed which is categorised as ‘at risk’ on the rare-breed register, which means that there are less than 1,500 breeding females left in the world.
Wimpole is working towards keeping this magnificent breed alive, as we promote the work heavy horses can do by showcasing their versatility. The horses are housed together in updated stabling and are used for carriage rides, experience days and ridden work.
There are five Shires at Wimpole: three boys and two girls. Although currently between breeding females, we’ve had a successful breeding programme in the past, showcased through home bred and trained horses, Lady and Jasper.
See the newborn Spring lambs
Each spring, Wimpole’s 280 rare-breed ewes give birth to several hundred new additions to the flock. As lambing season gathers pace, Wimpole’s pens and paddocks are filled with skipping, bleating new life.
Visit Home Farm during lambing time and you’ll see the lambs start to bond with their mothers. You may see them feeding, sleeping or being cared for by the farm staff as they get them ready to explore the new world around them.
The rare breeds of newborn lambs you may see at Home Farm during lambing time include:
- Norfolk Horn - which is black faced with spiralled horns
- White Leicester Longwool - long, silky and crimped fleece.
- Portland Down - light tan face with spiral horns
- Oxford Down - chunky coats of wool, black muzzles and ears
- Whitefaced Woodland - white face and white wool.
Meet Wimpole's Shire horses
A black Shire standing 17.2 hands high, he came to Wimpole with his mum Queenie when he was six months old in 2008. He takes part in the carriage rides and experience days.
Shire horse carriage rides and Shire Driving experience days
Our pre-booked carriage rides or Shire driving experience days are the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or provide a fantastic gift for someone special.
Experience the luxury of a private carriage ride pulled by one of the magnificent Wimpole Shire horses. Carriage rides last about 45 minutes with a stop for photographs on the mansion drive.
The maximum passenger number is four people, with children of all ages more than welcome. The cost is £80 per carriage ride.
Shire horse driving experience day
For the more hands-on approach, try a Shire Horse Experience day. This course at Home Farm gives you the chance to spend a day working with the magnificent Wimpole Shire horses. The cost is £150 per person. Each course is for a maximum of four people and runs from 10am-4pm.
Sponsor a Shire horse
Did you know that Stanley likes his ears scratched, Lady loves having her coat brushed and Murphy is a selfie celebrity? Our Shires all have their own personality and here is your chance to get to know them better.
Just £50 covers the cost of a vet call out fee or two horse shoes or four bags of horse feed which lasts a month, essential everyday costs to keep these magnificent horses at Wimpole. All of our horses are available to sponsor; Murphy, Jasper, Lady, Queenie and Stanley, which enables you to come and meet your horse one to one, have your photograph taken with them and have your special moment with them.
When you donate you receive . . .
- an information pack on your horse including "A year in the life of a Wimpole Shire"
- a sponsorship certificate
- a breed information sheet
- a breed history sheet
- a photo of your horse
- an invitation to come and meet your horse for you and one other
- a Christmas card from your horse
A great gift for birthdays or Christmas for friends and family.
For more information about sponsoring our Shire Horses, email our team on the farm.
Our grade 1 parkland and internationally protected woodlands are surrounded by our 750-acre organic arable farm.
Our farm is one of the only organic farms in the area and we are very proud of producing high quality food in a way that supports a wide variety of wildlife. We produce wheat, rye and spelt for organic breads, oats for organic porridge and barley for organic beer.
Our organic farming system includes resting the land between crops for up to 4 years. We use a range of plants which add fertility to our soil rather than artificial fertilisers. These plants also provide a great home for nature as they provide nectar and pollen throughout the spring and summer.
We are able to leave space for nature on our farm thanks to the funding from a Higher-Level Stewardship agreement, where we are paid by the government to provide habitats for wildlife. This include 17 miles of hedges, 70 acres of margins and over 8 acres of crops specifically planted to feed wild birds throughout the winter.
Flora and fauna
The success of nature-friendly farming, in the field and around the hedges and ditches, means that Wimpole has a productive and sustainable farm that has a variety of rare flora and fauna, and five of the six most threatened farmland birds in the UK.
Robots are changing the future of farming. Find out how we’re working with the Small Robot Company to tackle weeds, monitor crops and protect wildlife.
From Iron Age roundhouses to a modern estate, Wimpole has been lived on and farmed for over 2,000 years. Discover how its owners have each left their mark.
Discover Wimpole’s gardens and visit the Parterre, walk through the Pleasure Grounds meandering your way to the Walled Garden, with herbaceous borders and fruit trees.
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Step inside Wimpole Hall and discover how previous owners made their mark on this complex house.
Stop for a bite to eat at one of the cafés or in the Old Rectory Restaurant at Wimpole.
Visit the shop at Wimpole to find produce from the farm, locally sourced treats, toys and plants or bag yourself a bargain in the second-hand bookshop.
Explore the acres of parkland at Wimpole, abundant with wildlife, flora and fauna; stroll across the open space, or head across the Chinese bridge to visit the Gothic folly.