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This is the place to keep up to date with news of special events, culinary innovations and new arrivals among our herds of deer.

 

Developments Around the Farm

07.07.2022

The farming year is busy! On a day to day basis as a deer farm, the estate team and Rangers take care of the deer, feeding them daily. Maintenance is also a large part of the day, looking after the paddocks, fencing, gates, farm buildings, overhanging trees, hedgerows and any water supply / water ways around the farm. 

On a dual purpose estate like Sky Park Farm, where visitors also come to enjoy the Farm Experience, eat in The Grazing Rooms, shop from the Butcher, Deli and Farm Shop, constant maintenance and improvements are needed to ensure the visitor experience is seamless. 

Over the past year, the estate team at Sky Park Farm have been working hard! Key new features include:

  • Deer Larder – extended facility enabling onsite butchery and storage of meat to meet demand for our full range of meats, including venison, beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game.
  • Farm Experience Car Park – a large car park providing dedicated access to the Farm Experience. Enjoy a sneak peak at the Adventure Playground as you head across the Farm Trail! 
  • Adventure Playgroundover the course of the year children of all ages have enjoyed letting off steam in our dedicated playground. With a separate fenced off play area for under 5’s, children have been able to leave their screens behind and set off on a real-life adventure. Work is currently underway for TreeTop Towers, our latest addition aimed at older children. In keeping with the rest of the playground this is being handcrafted from robinia, a splinter proof hardwood with a greater density than oak. Each piece is individual, keeping the tree’s natural shape. Inevitably, with other demands pulling the team in many different directions, the playground is taking longer than hoped. But rest assured, with other key construction areas now complete it’s our primary focus – and it will be worth the wait! 

Looking forward, over the coming year, the team are hoping to add Information signage – across the Farm Trail;  a Ticket Kiosk – by the Farm Experience Car Park with hot and cold drinks, snacks and confectionery. 

Our team work hard to create events throughout the year to make your visit even more exciting, visit our What’s On page to find out more.

On occasion we have to close the Adventure Playground, parts of the Farm Trail or the whole Farm Experience. This can be due to adverse weather, maintenance works or for moving the deer. We endeavour to give you as much advance notice as possible when we need to close, especially for planned maintenance works. However, as a working farm, sometimes this is not always possible.

Our regular newsletters sent to Deer Friends keep our visitors informed of progress across all aspects of Sky Park Farm and weekly Farm News available from the Visitor Centre details the latest updates about the deer, farm developments and information about latest events and offers. Sign up for our newsletter  here or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep abreast of progress. 

two children walking along climbing frame in sky park farm adventure playground

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