This was our first time attending an Open Farm Sunday. I only found out about the event last year and was desperate to go. If you are unfamiliar with what this is, Farms across the country open their gates to the public for one day only to take you on a tour of their farm. You experience the full farm life package from meeting the animals, taking a ride on a tractor or trailer, gaining information on how farms operate and lots of other exciting activities.
We moved to Somerset during September last year and with it being in the country we are surrounded by lots of authentic farms. I found out about Huntstile Organic Farm through a Facebook page, it was the Open Farm group. This particular farm was not too far from where we live and sounded brilliant.
Huntstile Organic Farm is surrounded by the most beautiful countryside near Bridgwater. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting in all honesty. The farm is stunning and is also a running Bed & Breakfast with accommodation you won’t want to leave. There is a bar, pizza oven and a cosy library to snuggle up in when the weather is a little chilly.
The day itself was so much fun. They had laid on tractor/trailer rides and although we didn’t get to go on one due to an almighty thunder storm it looked brilliant – maybe next year! There was so much for the children to do, face paints, walks through the grounds, trampolines, meeting the animals and obviously sampling all the delicious homemade cakes and other sweet treats. I think Amelie and Charlie’s favourite part of the day was watching chicks hatch, they had never seen anything like it and were very excited.
As I mentioned before we got there just at the right time as the heavens opened (and did not stop). We were able to have a good look around before ending up in the marquee where we were met with a hog roast, burgers, cakes, cider and Pimm’s. We spent a good amount of time in here sampling the drinks, the children had chocolate cake pops which were devoured within seconds. You really got a feel for the farming life at Huntstile and it would be a perfect location for a wedding but I would love to stay in one of the cabins by the lake as a little weekend treat away.
All in all we had a brilliant day and will certainly be returning next year. Fingers crossed we get on the tractor ride though as Amelie and Charlie were gutted.