Drover’s Rest is a Hands on Kinda Place.
Get Involved in Proper Farm Life
Anything you can imagine of a farm is something you can get involved with. So get your hands dirty, muck in and be Farmer Paul or Farmer Dan for the Day.
Feeding the Animals
If you would like to walk around and feed our Farm Animals you are welcome to have some fun with them. We sell a well balanced feed for them for you to use. Please don’t use your own as it will be harmful to them. This activity is free for staying guests and for day visitors the price is £8 per person. Kids under 2 are free. You can book food with us to make the most of your visit. Food is also available as a picnic for you to take out into the fields. Open throughout the year at 9.00am. This is an educational farm visit.
Farmer For the Day & Animals Encounters
You can spend 1/2 a day or the whole day working on the farm alongside us. From mucking out, to feeding the animals, collecting the eggs, herding the sheep, milking the goats or churning the cheese. You will really get to be hands on with the animals and learn how to take care of them properly. You will also be helping in the veg garden learning where their food comes from and how food is grown properly free of baddies, how to grow veg and flowers organically and new methods of planting including permaculture and looking at ways to bring balance to a farm using natural methods eg. using runner ducks to help keep the slugs away. This activity is £25 per person for half a day and £50 per person for a full day. Children must be over 10 years old and this activity is much loved by adults too, bring a packed lunch. This is also available as gift vouchers. Available throughout the year. Seasons may influence whats going on.
Hang out in our trees. For guests who have booked to stay here at Drovers you will be able to add an even more wild experience to your stay! Cocooning in the coolest tree hammocks located in our ancient woodland. These can be booked in 4 hour time slots. Or you could even choose to sleep in them overnight. The skies around us are Magical and are protected Dark Skies. This accreditation is testament to the quality of the region’s dark skies. So this is the place to see the stars like never before. For those who don’t know the constellations as well don’t worry, there are wonderful apps that can help you eg. SkyView, Night Sky, Sky Safari to name a few. We also have Badgers, Foxes, Owls and Deer in the woodland so if you are real quiet you may be lucky enough to spot them too.
And why not add a wild feast to your outdoor experience. We will set you up for all you need to cook up a gorgeous Hereford Beef Stew or a Veggie Stew complete with ingredients, poitjie pot and instructions for you to cook on the fire. And we will collect it all after your experience and even do the washing up for you. Watch out Bear Grylls!
The Hammocks have a winter under quilt, an insulation reflective mat that goes into the hammock, an insulated camping mattress and a sleeping bag suitable for sub zero -10 degrees. You will also be provided with hot water bottles to keep you warm and toasty. This together with your warm winter clothes and woolly hat, will ensure you are warm and toasty in your outdoor Scandi experience in the trees. The Hammocks are sprayed and wiped down in between stays with anti Covid approved cleaning products and the sleeping bags are washed to keep you safe.
Cocooning costs £30 pp for a 4 hour slot and £50pp to sleep overnight and your fireside feast will cost £20 pp and will be available from Nov 2020. Available throughout the year.
This includes you learning basic fire building skills, cooking nettle bread on an open fire, collecting natural materials and building a bug hotel, finding your balance slack lining, a nature hunt to enable you all to learn about trees, edible plants and bugs & birds ending with a bit of forest bathing. This activity is 2 hours and costs £30 pp.
We have several opportunities for volunteers throughout the year. We take a max of 4 at any one time. You can help with various projects on the farm from conservation and wildlife projects, to building projects, woodland projects, the animals, growing food or flowers, guest activities and workshops. In this capacity you will have free food & accommodation in the form of a private fully insulated shepherds hut in exchange for help on the farm.
We partner with the most amazing and talented people around us to bring to you the most amazing experiences. Centred around rural crafts, outdoor cooking and farming/small holders skills. You can attend as a day/night visitor or a guest holidaying with us can book or you may come to stay especially because of the activity and make more of your workshop by staying the weekend. To find out out more look at our What’s on page. Here are some of the workshops we offer: Foraging, Star Gazing, Basket Weaving, Felting wonderful Farm Animals, Spinning and Dyeing wool, Spoon Whittling, Lino printing fabrics, Mushroom Foraging, Green wood work (making chestnut gates, Foraging and making Ancient Natural Herbal Remedies, Cookery Asado workshops etc.
All activities needs to be pre-booked and will appear on our What’s on page
Farm Life and Activities in Action Here At Drovers