Down at Home Farm

UPDATE : 5 November - 2 December 2020 Home Farm is closed

Whether you arrive by car, bicycle or on foot, we recommend you book your farm, parkland and garden ticket in advance of your arrival to Wimpole.  We also have some new social distancing measures in place, but don’t worry, you’ll still be able to see all your favourite animals at Home Farm.

We have created a special one way route in order to keep you and your friends and family safe on your visit to Home Farm.

You will be able to see some of our pigs, goats, Shire horses, Shetland ponies, donkeys, rabbits, geese, cattle and sheep on the new specially created route around the farm.

To help you keep 2m from other visitors we’ve even added some socially distanced painted hoofprints, can you spot them?

To keep a track of the numbers of people on the farm and make sure everyone stays safe, we’ll check you in when you arrive at the farm entrance. If we are at capacity you may have to wait a short time until someone leaves the farm, or go for a wander in the garden and return when it is quieter.

To access the farm please head to the front of the Hall and join the one way system through the gardens. Please keep to the waymarked one way route and observe social distancing to help keep everyone safe.  

I spy

To keep the family occupied check out our Summer Scavenger Hunt, see what you can discover on your visit to Wimpole, or spot some beautiful butterflies and tick them off this Butterfly Spotter Sheet.

Explorer Woodland

In order to conform with government guidance we would need to consider introducing booking systems to restrict numbers so we can maintain social distancing.  We would also need to introduce a frequent cleaning regime to maintain the safety of families using the equipment. At present, we are unable to do this at Wimpole therefore it remains closed. We will open it as soon as we can ensure it is safe to do so.

Our daily events will also return once the situation has eased.

Farm cafe & toilets

The farm cafe and toilets remain closed at Home Farm, the nearest toilets are at the Stable Block and takeaway refreshments are available at the Old Rectory Restaurant.

Wimpole Shire horses

We have five Shire horses at Wimpole who are used for carriage rides, experience days and ridden work, such as musical ride displays, you'll get to see some of them on your visit around the farm.

Shire horse experience days & carriage rides

If you want to be more hands on, enjoy the experience of a lifetime, learning to drive these gentle giants.
These are suspended for the moment but for further information on these one-day courses with Wimpole's shires contact us for details

Rare breeds

As one of the UK’s largest rare breed centres we play a key role in conserving rare and traditional breeds of livestock.
The iconic White Park cattle and traditional Longhorns look at home in the traditional yard.  The Shires are true gentle giants, but our miniature Shetland ponies are at the other end of the scale.
We also have Sandy and Black pigs, small black and white Bagot goats skipping around the paddock looking for mischief, whilst the rare breeds of sheep are out in the park or paddocks.


Places that bring us together

Don and Jenny's story

At Wimpole Estate, retired farmer Don and his wife Jenny are rediscovering their love of agriculture. Don was diagnosed with dementia five years ago and lost touch with his farming past. But thanks to Jenny and the Farming Memories group she helped set up at Wimpole, Don has found a community that shares his life-long passion.