River Bourne Community Farm is a working farm which is open all year and is FREE to enter making it accessible to all. This is a great opportunity to see a working farm and to get up close to the farm’s animals including: pigs, sheep, alpacas, donkeys, goats, Highland cattle, ducks and turkeys and a range of poultry, chicks and small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Children can hand feed the animals for just £1. Feed is available from the Small Animal Barn. The farm has free parking.
New additions to the farm in the Spring of 2019 are ‘Two Wise Owls’ who will be bringing their fascinating collection of birds of prey into new pens in our farmyard. You will be able to get up close to the birds, watch them flying and learn all about them.
The farm consists of 5 acres of farmyard which is mainly accessible for disabled and elderly visitors and 53 acres of adjacent water meadows which are owned by The Devenish Bradshaw Charitable Trust and leased to the Community Farm. There are a number of permissive paths and nature trails around the farm (maps are available in the farm cafe). The River Bourne, which is a chalk stream with a variety of river life runs alongside the farm’s fields. Supervised river dipping sessions are available at farm events such as Cream Tea Sundays in the summer and are part of the farm’s educational activities with local schools.
The farm has a shop and a warm and cosy cafe on site with indoor and outdoor seating areas. Free range eggs and farm meat are available in the farm shop as well as a range of other produce and gift items. The cafe sells hot and cold drinks, cakes and lunches. The shop and cafe are open from Tuesday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
The farm welcomes visits from groups (by appointment). Guided farm tours are available and a range of lunches or cream teas can be booked in advance from the farm cafe. Parking is available for coaches.
The farm holds a number of community events throughout the year including our popular annual one day music festival LIVE @ THE FARM on the Sunday of the last bank holiday weekend in May and the BIG DAY OUT in June. All events and activities are publicised on the farm’s website and Facebook page. Look out for adult and children’s seasonal activities taking place on weekends and in school holidays.
Hirings – The Big Barn and Straw Bale Room is an affordable option to hire for weddings or blessings. The farm is a unique venue for a special event that can be personalised to your taste. There are many great photo opportunities such as – on the watermeadows overlooking the beautiful surrounding countryside, on our vintage tractor, with our donkeys, alpacas, small animals, birds of prey, hand-feeding the animals or even taking our pygmy goats out for a walk. We can also arrange for your younger (and not so young) guests to have a tractor trailer ride around the farm. We are sure that you and your guests would have a very special time!
Also our Straw Bale Room is perfect to hire for Children’s Parties. Your party can include a guided tour of the farm and a tractor trailer ride!
|Season (12 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* (Cafe and shop closed on Mondays)Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
- Tea Rooms
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
- Coach drop-off point
- Dog Friendly - on leads
- Dogs Accepted
- Event Venue
- Free car parking
- On-site parking or valet parking
- On-site Restaurant/Cafe
- Open All Year
- Picnic Area
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Approx length of visit - 2 - 3 Hours
- In countryside
- In town/city centre - Walking distance from town centre (20 minutes walk)
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking - by arrangement
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
- All major credit cards accepted
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Visa accepted
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards children
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
- Marketed towards student/youth
Tours and Demonstrations
- Demonstrations Given
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
Map & Directions
The farm is situated in Laverstock on the outskirts of Salisbury City Centre.
From London/South East, take the M3, then A303, then take the A30 towards Salisbury. On approaching the city, you come to a mini roundabout. Take the first left signposted to Laverstock. Drive right through the village until you see a railway bridge ahead of you. The farm is situated on Cow Lane which is on the right hand side JUST BEFORE you go under the railway bridge.
From South/North/South West: From the A354, A3094, A36, A360 or A345 follow the ring-road (A36) through Salisbury. At St Marks Roundabout, follow signs to Laverstock. Drive up and over Wain-a-Long Road to the T-junction at the bottom. Turn right and then immediately left under the railway bridge. The farm is on Cow Lane which is the first left turn after the bridge.
Google maps: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/River+Bourne+Community+Farmfirstname.lastname@example.org,-1.781263,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4873ec05fb02c499:0x75a79c5d79c716ce
Public Transport Directions
Nearest train station is Salisbury which is 10 minutes away by car or approximately 40 minutes walk.
There is a bus stop right at the end of Cow Lane in front of the farm. Buses from Endless Street in the city centre:
Red bus number 6 from Endless Street (Stop D) leaves at 27 and 57 minutes past the hour. To get back into city centre go to the bus stop on the opposite side of the road from the farm entrance and get the bus that returns at 11 and 41 minutes past the hour.
Also Bus number 66 from Endless Street (Stop C) leaves once an hour at 15 minutes past the hour and returns on the hour.