The Tithe Barn, built in the 11th century as an essential part of the Benedictine St Peter’s Monastery, is at the heart of Abbotsbury Children’s Farm. The Monastery itself was destroyed in 1539 during the dissolution by Henry VIII although there are many ruins still to be seen around St. Nicholas’ Church and the village.
The Children’s Farm provides a safe place for young families to meet and feed the free ranging farm animals. Why not cuddle the guinea pigs, groom the ponies and donkeys, feed the alpacas and baby goats, race in the tractors or play in the undercover area. There is also a daily goat race and children can take the goats on a walk to warm down after their exercise.
During the year there are special events taking place that include circus skills workshops and Halloween fun. Check the events diary on the website for more information.
The Farm cafe serves local Dorset produce with teas, coffees, afternoon tea, home made cakes, hot meals and snacks. You can see St Catherine’s Chapel from both the indoor and outdoor eating areas.
You do not need to enter the Children’s Farm to enjoy the Farm cafe which is located at the entrance. Walkers and other visitors are welcome.
Members of the Armed Services, their partner and up to three children can now enjoy free entry to Abbotsbury Swannery on production of a warrant ID card.
Useful Information about Abbotsbury Children’s Farm
- Visit Abbotsbury Children’s Farm website
- Abbotsbury Children’s Farm is open 7 days a week between 16th March and 8th September, 10.00am to 5.00/6.00pm. Please ring to confirm closing time (01305 871092).
- Autumn opening is weekends only between 9th September and 25th October, 10.00am to 5.00pm.
- Autumn half term open daily 26th October to 3rd November 10.00am to 5.00pm.
- The children’s farm is 50% accessible to wheelchairs.
- Dogs are not allowed as there are free roaming animals.
- There is lots of free parking for cars and coaches in the main village car park situation on the high street.
- Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.
- The Farm cafe serves snacks, lunches, afternoon tea and morning coffee during opening hours.
- There are toilets and disabled facilities at the entrance to the Swannery.