We host daily demonstrations giving a flavour of farm life at the turn of the 20th Century. The farm bailiff and the bailiff's wife will be around the farmyard and cottage carrying out everyday tasks and interpreting Victorian farm life.
Throughout the season there are special events organised on highdays and holidays along with our ever-popular harvest celebrations and threshing weekends towards the end of our year. See below for events and dates:
Saturday 24 to Monday 26 May
May Music, Fun and Games
It will be fun at the farm over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend. As well as the farm’s gorgeous collection of Baby animals – there will be the Wheelwright demonstrating his skills and Jean Atkin the Poet in Residence encouraging you to demonstrate your literary ability by writing a Farm Poem. On Saturday the staff and students of St. Lawrence Primary School will be dancing round the Maypole in the Parkland. Please note, due to the predicted wet weather the Maypole dancing has been cancelled. On Monday 26, Richard Beaumond will be playing tunes on his century-old concertina.
We are waiting for our new sow, a Tamworth to have her third litter of piglets. This sow has only recently returned to Acton Scott, she was in fact born here during the filming of the 'Victorian Farm' television show – so it's ”Momma come home” to farrow!
In addition we will have the traditional games of yesteryear out for children and even adults to have a go at hurling the hoopla, proving that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have fun. The Café will be open selling traditional Dandelion and Burdock plus, Chef Matt Poulten’s fabulous home baked cakes – an absolute treat. The Bailiff’s wife will be making traditional lemonade and drop scones on the griddle over the range.
So as usual it’s all going on at Acton Scott – it will be worth a visit, rain or shine.
Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 July
Horses, Harness, Wheels and Wagons
A weekend where our own shires are joined by visiting horses. See our splendid horse drawn vehicles and marvel at the work of the Guild of Model wheelwrights.
Saturday 23 to Monday 26 August Wonderful Wood Weekend
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 September
An iconic time on any farm, see preparations being made on Saturday for the procession at 3pm on Sunday.
Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 October
Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 November
Steam Threshing Weekends
This most evocative of events brings our season to a close. There’s an extra special atmosphere on the farm at threshing time.
To avoid disappointment, if you are hoping to see a particular craft demonstration on the day of your visit, or a special event, please call in advance to check the programme.