Frequently Asked Questions

What days are you open? Tuesday – Friday

Are you open to the public? No, but we welcome visits from commissioners and carers.  These can be pre-arranged by phone or email.

Are you open in the holidays? We are open throughout the year including school holidays. We are shut on bank holidays and we close the farm for a week no more than once per quarter. We try to give as much notice as possible of these days.

How much does it cost to attend the farm? £58.25 per day

How long is a day at the farm? 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Do you have breaks during the day? We start the day at 9.30 am with a cup of tea and a catch up.  We have a tea and biscuit break at around 11 am.  Then we stop for lunch around 12.45.  We finish the afternoon activity at 3pm, in time for completing review diaries and packing up.  During breaks, care farmers can listen to music, read and play games including darts, table football, pool and cards.

Where is the farm? It is on Purdis Farm Lane, near Foxhall. Because it is down a rough track, we collect people from a pick up point at St Augustine’s roundabout.

How do I get there? You can get dropped off at St Augustine’s roundabout where we will meet you and bring you back to the farm. There are public buses (4, 6 and 11) which go past the roundabout.  Number 4 is the most direct from Ipswich Tower Ramparts bus station.  Timetables can be found at here.

What do I need to wear and bring? You need to be prepared for the weather! In winter this means wellies or waterproof boots. In summer it means comfortable shoes (not sandals). You need enough layers to keep warm outside (or protect you from the sun). Bring anything you need during the day (sunscreen, medication) and a packed lunch. We provide drinks and biscuits for morning breaks; cake sometimes!

What animals have you got? We have alpacas, donkeys, goats, guinea pigs, chickens and two cats!

How many people come each day? It varies, but the maximum at the moment is 6 per day.

What activities do you do? The activities vary with the season but always include caring for the animals and gardening in the Market Garden. In good weather we spend most of the time outside working on farm projects (paths, steps, new planting areas, animal shelters, fencing).  Indoor activities including woodworking, crafts, log-splitting, painting, cooking.

What if it rains? We are lucky to have a number of indoor working areas: the Yellow Barn, a workshop, woodshed and stable. Indoor activities include woodworking, preparing produce for sale, art and craft, log-splitting, painting, cooking.

Do you take volunteers? At the moment we do not have a volunteer programme.

If you have any questions not listed here please contact us.